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March 2012

Day/Night ISR Floats Over Afghanistan

April 3, 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Tethered aerostats with Persistent Threat Detection Systems that fly over separate forward operating bases in Afghanistan received capability upgrades recently with the addition of new Kestrels. Unlike the former versions, the revamped technology includes electro-optical/infrared features, enabling users to have a 360-degree view of targets in a city-size area after sundown and during the day.

Terrorists, Organized Crime Increase Teaming Efforts

March 29, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Securing the homeland will require closer cooperation among military and civilian government organizations as diverse threats adopt each others' tactics and techniques. Terrorists, smugglers and other organized crime entities have learned from each other and, in some cases, are joining forces to threaten Western democracies in new ways. Testifying before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Michael A. Sheehan, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, described a menacing trend in which "terrorism, drug trafficking and other types of transnational organized crime are increasingly intertwined."

Navy Pursues a Better Attack Submarine Virtually

March 21, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Technical advances in the field of virtual reality, also known as virtual worlds (VWs), are making it possible for the U.S Navy to tap into the collective expertise of its best submariners to design and build the next generation of attack submarines.

AFOSR Adds Features, Influences Future in Annual Review

March 15, 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) wrapped up its annual review earlier this month, during which the organization's program managers had a chance to showcase their work to authorities from defense, government, academia and the general public. Already personnel have identified areas where research will adjust to meet identified needs with more detailed plans expected soon.

Oscar-Winning Studio Emphasizes STEM Education

March 15, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower Lilly, SIGNAL Connections

Less than one month after Brandon Oldenburg and Lampton Enochs of Moonbot Studios addressed the ArkLaTex Chapter of AFCEA and became members of the association, the company took home an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

Partnership Facilitates DOD 8570.01-M Certification

March 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

The AFCEA Educational Foundation, in conjunction with its preferred education provider Cypherpath LLC, soon will offer a solution designed to assist information security experts maintain their U.S. Defense Department 8570.01-M (DOD 8570.1-M) Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) certifications.

Deadline Approaches for Case Studies Contest

March 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

AFCEA International, the Cyber Conflict Studies Association (CCSA) and the Atlantic Council have collaborated to create a cyberconflict history case studies contest. Up to six prizes of up to $1,000 will be awarded for the best submissions.

The Bottom Line: Cloud Computing Reigns

March 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Understanding the cloud will determine whether it helps organizations realize the efficiencies and cost savings it promises or the opportunities that float on by.

AFCEA Personality Profile: Dawn Ottman

March 15, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

After an accident left Dawn Ottman with limited short-term memory, she tapped into her skills as an inventor to keep her passion for engineering alive.

Know Your AFCEA Benefits: Homefront Help

March 15, 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

AFCEA features an information resource for members of the military community and people who wish to support them: Homefront Help.

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