April 2012

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. The Resource Library is an e-location that currently includes information about data warehousing, security and cloud computing, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in space, and content will continue to grow.

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. Gen. Toolan commanded the II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) and Regional Command (Southwest) concurrently between 2011 and 2012.

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.

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

The U.S. Defense and State departments released a joint report to Congress this week recommending that the country relax export controls on communications satellites that do not contain classified components and remote sensing satellites with performance parameters below certain thresholds. The recommendation also includes the systems, subsystems, parts and components for those satellites, if they also fall below certain performance thresholds. Additionally, it recommends returning to the president the authority to decide export control jurisdictional status of satellites.

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 (RFP), issued in March, 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.”

April 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

May 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

If it’s time to upgrade a computer or refinance a loan, it’s time to take advantage of association member benefits. AFCEANs receive deep discounts from Microsoft, Dell and HP and 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.

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. No doubt it’s being driven in part by the airlines, which have decided to charge for everything from overweight luggage to extra legroom. But that should not excuse the behavior of some travelers who take their frustrations out on fellow fliers.

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. Col. Budura may not be the next Tiger Woods or Bubba Watson on the green, but he has been the person who has been instrumental in driving the AFCEA Huntsville Chapter from dormancy to Model Chapter of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

April 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

AFCEANs can now display their membership in the premier organization in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance with apparel that sports the AFCEA emblem. Shop!AFCEA has opened its e-doors, and members can purchase hats, jackets and shirts that include the official AFCEA logo.

April 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A Lithuanian army captain monitors activity during a coalition exercise in Germany. New steps being taken by the U.S. Defense Department aim to change the shape of command and control, and a key result would be better interoperability among U.S. and coalition partners.

April 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.), delivers some sobering assessments of the military’s future at West 2012 in San Diego, California.

Planners hope budgetary restrictions spur innovative thinking.

April 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The transportable plasma waste-to-energy system in place at Hurlburt Field, Florida, has proven the effectiveness of the gasification concept for eliminating municipal waste. Airmen are conducting additional tests with the system, which could offer solutions for military and civilian waste management.

April 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

April 1, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Solar panels provide electricity to the firing system of an M777A2 lightweight howitzer during tests of the SPACES system at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California.

Marines’ next-generation technology removes the need for risky energy supply lines.

April 2012
By Lt. Daniel T. Murphy, USN, SIGNAL Magazine

A significant force multiplier in the asymmetric ground fight must be applied to a new area.

The next time U.S. forces fight in the littorals—whether it be in the Persian Gulf, Africa, Asia or elsewhere—adversaries, if they are smart, will adopt the land tactics that have made insurgents effective in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, if the U.S. military is smart, it will bring to the asymmetric maritime fight the same force-multiplying intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools that have kept casualty rates surprisingly low in the ground fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

April 2012
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

 
I joined the U.S. Army in 1968. Having been trained as a Signal officer, I went to the field in the early 1970s with maps in hand, and I used acetate and grease pencils to prepare overlays for troop movements, command post and signal site locations, and the ever-important radio line-of-sight calculations. One of the greatest technology developments of the time was the marking pen—we got rid of grease pencils and we had color!

April 1, 2012
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

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