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April 2012

Corruption Could Cloud Afghanistan's Future

April 24, 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The situation in Afghanistan is good but not great, and corruption is the biggest problem facing the nation, according to Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan Jr., USMC. The corruption comes in two forms: the parasitic type found in the central government and the predatory corruption found in the military and police forces, especially the Afghan National Police. At the high level, dishonest officials use the current weak state of the Afghan government as a host off which they feed, often also making money from the drug trade.

Report Recommends Relaxing Satellite Export Controls

April 18, 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The report also recommends that Congress return to the president the authority to determine the export control jurisdictional status of satellites and related items.

Oracle Offers Data Warehousing Webinar

April 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

In addition to white papers and research material, the Resource Library is the repository for archived webinars, so site visitors can view them when and where they’d like.

State Department Seeks Expanded UAV Security Fleet

April 13, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. State Department wants to spend as much as $1 billion over the next five years to expand its fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be used primarily for embassy security and to protect transportation routes.

The agency's formal request for proposal seeks bids for "real-time air surveillance of fixed installations, proposed movement routes, and special events thereby improving security in high-threat or potentially high-threat environments."

AFCEA Personality Profile: Col. Vic Budura, USAF (Ret.)

April 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

When it comes to living life, Col. Vic Budura, USAF (Ret.), certainly is above par, which is good in his personal and professional life, but not so good for his golf--a sport he’s played since age 12.

The Bottom Line: Flights of Frustration

April 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Putting aside for a minute some of the overzealous TSA security rules and the literally strange behavior of flight crewmembers recently, there’s a much more common, insanely exasperating type of activity that occurs on airplanes today: thoughtlessness.

Know Your AFCEA Benefits: Discounts on Hardware and Software

May 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

AFCEANs receive deep discounts from Microsoft, Dell and HP as well as are eligible to join the Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed), which offers member benefits of its own plus highly competitive interest rates on mortgages, auto loans and credit cards.

Homeland Security Online Directory Debuts

April 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

The Homeland Security Directory includes information about companies that design and develop technologies such as sensors, vulnerability assessments or information security solutions.

Resource Library Offers Collaboration Opportunities

August 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

SIGNAL Online now features a section dedicated to sharing white papers and other instructional and research materials.

Wear Your AFCEA Membership Proudly

April 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Shop!AFCEA has opened its e-doors, and members can purchase hats, jackets and shirts that include the official AFCEA logo.

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