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May 2012

Defense Information Moves Toward a Common Ground

May 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

The Defense Information Systems Agency is striving to wrap its digital arms around the growing plethora of military data by consolidating standards and requirements.

Origins of Technology Materials Gain Importance

May 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

The electronics firms that are leading the information revolution now are facing the challenge of ensuring that their products have no taint of war.

Military Counters Anti-Access Threats

May 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Marking a sharp departure from recent conflicts, the future of U.S. military action likely includes enemies equipped to deny forces the ability to enter and carry out missions within areas of operations.

DISA Complements Services' Acquisition Adjustments

May 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

The Defense Information Systems Agency is helping to ensure that military branches can field technology more quickly and less expensively as it simultaneously initiates its own rapid-deployment programs.

Doing More With Less

May 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

U.S. government departments may be facing deep budget cuts, but companies could end up on top if they listen closely to agencies' priorities. At the top of the list are cloud computing, cybersecurity, mobility and information sharing between government and industry.

Marines Go Back to the Amphibious Future

May 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

After a decade of fighting throughout deserts and mountains, the U.S. Marine Corps is in the midst of a multiyear effort to re-establish itself as the nation's primary amphibious military force.

Partly Cloudy Forecast for Solar Energy at Bases

May 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

Solar energy could help reduce the $4 billion annual electricity bill at U.S. military bases worldwide, with an output of power equivalent to seven nuclear plants possible using the land at just four bases.

The Efficiency of Defense Department Information Technology Spending

May 2012
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

Any aggregation of computers, software and networks can be viewed as a “cloud.” The U.S. Defense Department is actually a cloud consisting of thousands of networks, tens of thousands of servers and millions of access points. The department’s fiscal year 2012 spending for information technologies is $38.4 billion. This includes the costs of civilian and military payroll as well as most information technology spending on intelligence. The total Defense Department cloud could be more than $50 billion, which is 10 times larger than the budget of the 10 largest commercial firms. So, the question is: How efficient is the Defense Department in making good use of its information technology?

Robocopters Reduce Resupply Risk

May 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

When U.S. Marines of the future come under enemy fire, they may be able to use a tablet or smartphone to call for ammunition, other supplies, or for air casualty evacuation by an autonomous helicopter smart enough to avoid hostile forces and safely land itself.

Fostering Technology Transformation

May 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

The Defense Information Systems Agency is at the heart of some of the U.S. Defense Department's most sweeping technological changes.

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