SIGNAL Magazine

October 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Air Force soon will begin installing a new system to aid intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance planning and tasking.

Possibly as early as this month, U.S. Air Force officials will begin installing a prototype system that supports the command and control of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. The system dramatically reduces manual labor and cuts the planning development process from hours to minutes, allowing warfighters to focus on the mission.

October 1, 2012
By Max Cacas

The National Intelligence University prepares for its fifth decade with a shift in focus and a change in venue.

October 1, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman

New common goals open doors for more efficient approaches to information sharing.

Technological and cultural barriers are falling away as intelligence community organizations strive to establish a collaborative environment for sharing vital information. This thrust may be a case of an urgent need overcoming traditional obstacles as onetime rival groups embrace cooperation with the goal of building a synergistic information realm.

October 1, 2012
By Rita Boland

People, not necessarily technology, come together in a plan to foster creativity in acquisition.

The head of technology information at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization has initiated a plan to improve how coalition members procure capabilities by focusing first on personnel, not technology. Through the new approach, government, industry and academia will re-frame conversations and have more meaningful dialogues, which should lead to deploying apt solutions more quickly.

August 24, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Extreme instances of electromagnetic energy from solar events, known as solar storms, could increase in frequency and intensity in 2013, according to space weather experts. While scientists recommend the public and private sectors prepare for the potential threat, insufficient information about the source and nature of solar storms makes the task challenging.

August 17, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Going wireless doesn't have to be a security risk, and the nation's oldest military service is proving that there IS security in the ether.

August 10, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

By making public-private communications seamless, a national research center aims to speed up emergency response times. With national security a top priority, the National Emergency Preparedness and Response partners say cooperation is critical now. How can the center eliminate stovepipes and unite communications systems?

August 3, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

What you CAN'T see CAN hurt you. In this case, it's wireless intrusion by unauthorized devices. The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Defense are hot on the trail to ramp up detection and amp up protection.

July 13, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Select U.S. Army brigade combat teams headed to Afghanistan will soon receive components from the service's first integrated mobile network. The equipment package, known as Capability Set 13 (CS 13), could revolutionize combat operations and help the Army in its overarching modernization efforts.

July 6, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Forget about the standard "iPhone vs. Android" debate--the U.S. government is pushing to make sure it meets mobile demand no matter what the platform. While HTML 5 looks like a promising solution for multiplatform needs, it might not solve the challenges for every federal agency.

June 29, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A 3-D imaging system is providing the U.S. Coast Guard with real-time undersea data critical to its mission. Although the technology is still under evaluation, it has already assisted the service in its response to the Coast Guard helicopter crash off the Alabama shore in February.

June 26, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

The U.S. Air Force is polishing its magnifying glass to find usable information in amongst overwhelming stacks of data.

June 15, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Safe passage on the oceans isn't always guaranteed, thanks to smugglers, pirates and rogue nation-states. But the swift actions of concerned nations, militaries, and organizations like the U.S. Pacific Command are bringing about a sweeping sea change to maritime security.

June 8, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

In the world of cybersecurity, the problem is not the threat to, but the vulnerability of, the Internet to breaches. The question is whether this reality can be conveyed successfully to the populace. What do you think is the key to solving these kinds information-age challenges?

June 5, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Cutting through to expand further into the Arctic Region, the U.S. Coast Guard's initial efforts have been successful-but a treaty and climate change may keep some plans stranded on an ice floe.

May 25, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Providing secure mobile devices to the warfighter-a top DISA priority-could have the potential to completely transform battlefield communications and information sharing.

May 9, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

With installation of a revolutionary technology--the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System--helicopters potentially could be retrofitted to perform completely unmanned missions. Lives spared and money saved? You bet.

May 2, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Always well-versed in land combat, the U.S. Marine Corps now is focusing on its heritage as a premier amphibious force by re-emphasizing the "sea" portion of its expertise "in the air, on land and sea."

April 27, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

The U.S. Army is working to enable its current GeoGlobe database to operate on smaller, more intricate platforms such as handhelds, but will warfighters in the field benefit from this capability soon?

April 20, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

The littoral fight must adapt asymmetric ground tactics if U.S. forces are to defeat the enemy. In his viewpoint article, one Navy lieutenant believes it must be done; but can operational obstacles from land to sea be overcome?

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