July 2012

July 18, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The agency sets lofty goals for its personnel to serve customers.

July 24, 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive
The iRobot Packbot 510 equipped with the User Assist Package.
July 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Actively participating in AFCEA calls for enthusiasm and commitment. The deep devotion one Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter member brings to every aspect of his life demonstrates that he has the right stuff. With a bachelor’s degree from William Carr College with a double major in psychology and theology and a master’s degree in divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, maybe it’s no wonder that Maj. Doug C. Steinert, USAF, is a grounded and powerful force in his work, family, church and chapter.

July 13, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

July 5, 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Systems and technologies undergoing scrutiny at the U.S. Army’s next Network Integration Evaluation this fall will first have to pass muster in the service’s newly opened laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The new lab facility is expected to reduce the risk associated with some new technologies and systems. It also is designed to save time, money and integration headaches during future evaluation exercises.

July 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Bulletin boards may seem like an old-fashioned means of finding answers in today’s world of Google, easy e-collaboration and social media, but they are still one of the best ways to connect with professionals who work in the same field. Through the Members-Only Forum, AFCEA offers its members a way to reach out to one another to find answers, share solutions or even just announce company or chapter news.

July 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Engagement Theaters that center on rubber-meets-the-road topics are one of the latest features of AFCEA International conferences. Located on the exhibit floor, these 50-minute forums appeal to industry and government personnel alike, because they provide the most current information—including changes—to military technologies, requirements and processes. Attendees come away with actionable data concerning specific military organizations’ future needs and ideas about how their companies can capture that business.

July 16, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

If one more pop-up appears on my computer screen, I’m likely to pop it one. Don’t get me wrong—I’m all about sharing information, and our ability to publish depends in large part on advertising. But it’s not just intelligence agencies or military commands that are reaching the limit on information overload. The general population—at least in many countries—has to have reached the point of saturation, too.

July 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Researchers at the Communications Research Centre Canada have devised a method to run Joint Tactical Radio System Software Communications Architecture on smartphones. The result turns the devices into smart radios that support frequencies used by public safety organizations. (Image courtesy of Communications Research Centre Canada)

July 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Army soldier uses the Joint Capabilities Release of Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) during a U.S. exercise. The Army is reconfiguring its networking to reflect an overall force shift back to the U.S. mainland.

Domestic basing and cyber operations dominate service networking issues.

July 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

When the U.S. Joint Forces Command folded, its networked functions did not disappear.

Transitioning a network amid a command disestablishment can produce more than its share of surprises.

July 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, USA, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warns of new national security threats in an address at Joint Warfighting 2012, held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, May 15-17.

Emerging technologies add to the complexities that both boost and bedevil modern forces.

July 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A Boeing H-6 helicopter cruises over the desert landscape of Mesa, Arizona, equipped with the Adaptive Vehicle Management System, or AVMS. The experimental system is designed to give rotorcraft digitized controls similar to the ones common on fixed-wing aircraft.

July 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

 

The Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) contains a petabyte of data from space, aerial and terrestrial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, including biometric information collected by soldiers on the ground. The intelligence data is becoming more readily accessible and faster and easier to use under enhancements being made by the project management office.

July 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Stryker Brigade destroys an abandoned compound in Hutal, Afghanistan. The Army soon will begin fielding a fully integrated mobile network capability to brigade combat teams
headed to Afghanistan.

July 2012
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

 
No, I did not misspell the title of this commentary. When I wrote these words, I was sitting in Sofia, Bulgaria, on a visit to a number of AFCEA’s Eastern European chapters. Earlier that same week, AFCEA Europe, in conjunction with the Czech Chapter, conducted a conference—TechNet Europe—on cybersecurity.

July 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins, USAF, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), addresses the audience at the 2012 DISA Mission Partner Conference in Tampa, Florida, in May.

The U.S. military must embrace burgeoning technologies to save money and protect data.

July 2012
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

 
Among many definitions, the Oxford dictionary defines a silo as a process that operates in isolation. In the U.S. Defense Department, everyone works in separate components. Computer silos have proliferated with the availability of a huge number of customized information technology solutions.

July 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

July 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

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