SIGNAL Magazine

April 13, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Marine Corps is moving forward with two existing solar power programs helping to reduce energy dependence and lighten the physical load weighing down troops.

April 6, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Tiny, record-breaking solar dots, developed through a U.S. government-corporate collaboration, have doubled the ability to harness the sun's power. They are intended only for electrical facilities, but why not extend that capability to other apps, including vehicle power or other uses?

March 30, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Although outside adversaries constantly attempt to gain access to U.S. Defense Department networks, cybersecurity leaders within the Marine Corps agree that internal user errors and attempts to skirt security measures pose the biggest threat.

March 23, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

The U.S. Marines' Network On The Move system aims to make C2 systems transferable from vehicle to vehicle with no modifications needed. It's proved successful thus far, but what are the drawbacks, if any? And is it interoperable with other military branches?

March 16, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Drawing on nearly 14 years of continuing effort and achievement, the U.S. Army has successfully placed its first cyber brigade into daily operation. Will it be able to continue performing its duties as a virtual Hadrian's Wall in cyberspace? Indications thus far would confirm so. What are your impressions?

March 12, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

No longer just the work of a one-man band playing hacker, cyber attacks launched either by state or non-state actors are a grim reality; one that is being addressed by the global cybersecurity exercise Cyber Storm 2012.

March 2, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

U.S. Marine Corps aviation technology goes one better than just pulling a "180" in the area of improvement-it goes straight for a 360-degree turnabout in operational readiness.

February 24, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

U.S. federal agencies conducting the 2011 test of the Emergency Alert System saw results and failures, and are working to coordinate improved social media connection and involvement.

February 16, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

A trifecta of government departments-Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security-are working to develop military and other installations into self-sustaining energy oases in the event of cyber attacks or disasters that normally would cripple operations.

February 10, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Imagine readily available service member health records all in one place, electronically, at the push of a button? It is indeed becoming a reality with the U.S. Defense Department/Veterans Affairs integrated electronic records initiative.

February 3, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

A U.S. Navy mine-hunting robot can locate a mine, so why not build a commercial robot with the same ability to detect cancer and other diseased cells in the human body? An Office of Naval Research effort is doing just that.

January 30, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

In this brave new defense acquisition world, opportunities abound not only for prime contractors, but for subcontractors as well.

January 20, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

An old adage says that the only constant is change-and for national security, acquisition must stay in step even while constant budget woes threaten to short-change U.S. security measures.

January 13, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

While China currently holds the monopoly on rare earths, others in the world community prepare to sever their dependence on that country to mine and produce their own minerals and materials.

January 6, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A recently released draft plan provides a road map for federal agencies and industry to navigate through the development of the cloud-computing model.

December 23, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but that's not always the case in cyberspace-where malicious website impostors steal vital data from legit site users.

December 16, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

The cream of the crop usually rises to the top, and the U.S. Navy's Common Radio Room project may be no exception-with submarine technology ascending to benefit Navy surface warships.

December 9, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory researchers have developed a prototype family of small-scale UAVs tailorable for myriad platforms and missions.

November 18, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

SIGNAL's business profile looks at MTN Government Services, its cutting-edge satellite apps, and the man behind the company curtain.

November 10, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

In his final installment in a series on Defense Department information technology, Paul A. Strassmann says the greatest agents of change are mindsets and money.

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