SIGNAL Magazine

May 20, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Three U.S. Army units are preparing to go to war with robots armed, for now, with nonlethal weapons.

May 13, 2011
By Beverly T. Schaeffer

For U.S. Defense Department computing to reach max efficiency, it's going to have to reach for the sky-the proverbial clouds, to be exact. But network transition takes time-and the process must be evolutionary for it to bring systems and users aboard smoothly.

May 6, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

U.S. Joint Forces Command, slated for final disestablishment this August, has been the closing shop heard 'round the world. Jointness among forces has been achieved, according to decision makers, so "mission accomplished." Next up: Deciding the way forward built upon JFCOM's legacy.

April 29, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

As the U.S. Coast Guard examines new ways to consolidate its logistics systems into a single business model, it is using social media platforms to open a dialogue with government and industry.

April 25, 2011
By H. Mosher

In this month's SIGNAL Magazine, Capt. Joseph A. Grace Jr., USN (Ret.), makes some interesting points about the new Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) that will be replacing the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) once the contract for the latter expires. Grace wonders if this is the best approach, noting the general success of the NMCI after the early years of growing pains. His notion is that we will have to endure another long round of troubleshooting with the NGEN, and he wonders whether this is the best use of resources (not to mention taxpayer money) given that the NMCI has resolved most of its early problems, at least as far as it could have "within the constraints of policy, procedure and security-three very difficult masters," according to Grace.

April 15, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Laptop computer users access Wifi at a local cafe, or drive through a tollbooth without stopping to pay, thanks to established seamless connectivity. The U.S. Navy's CANES network aims to equip sailors with similar but secure capabilities, enhancing overall efficiency in their daily operations.

April 8, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Injured warfighters, formerly relegated to desk jobs or early retirement, now may have a new lease on military life. Advanced prosthetics give these brave troops the option of returning to active service-a nearly foreign concept in previous wars.

April 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Army National Guard is ramping up training opportunities for troops to fight back against the deadliest weapon in war zones-the improvised explosive device (IED).

March 25, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Israel overcomes geographic limitations to its security, defense and scientific endeavors by reaching for the sky-space, in particular-with upgraded and innovative new satellite technologies.

March 18, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

In an era of social media and WikiLeaks, information assurance is critical to the mission of the U.S. Marine Corps. And Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, USMC, chief information technology officer, has his hands full ensuring that information flows smoothly and securely throughout the service.

March 11, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

With the end of the space shuttle program in sight, NASA is shifting its focus on orbital access to the private sector and building a commercial infrastructure.

March 4, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

The Marine Corps, through the Infantry Immersion Trainer virtual reality program, is giving Marines, soldiers and sailors one of the most successful, realistic battlefield training opportunities they can possibly experience--short of actually being in Afghanistan.

February 25, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Military and industry are teaming to enhance the safety, health and psychological welfare of modern-day troops. With new-age monitoring systems and technology, warfighter needs are met when they're needed, where they're needed.

February 18, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

With Sweden and other nations' governments seeking more interoperability and outsourcing opportunities, Swedish leaders and tech experts say their country's industry is prepared to deliver--and is ready for the competition.

February 11, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

As criminals turn to clandestine methods of entry into the United States, leaders in the maritime domain are working overtime to minimize threats by increasing data-sharing capabilities.

February 4, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

U.S. Army efforts in wireless technologies to enhance situational awareness, like the SPINE advanced technology objective, aim to shrink a tactical operations center down to the size of a warfighter's backpack-moving ops from brick and mortar to the battlefield.

February 2, 2011
By H. Mosher

This month, Capt. Joseph A. Grace Jr., USN (Ret.) likens the state of government technology to that of an 8-track tape player--"now DIACAP-certified, ruggedized, encrypted and able to be thrown out of the car window at 60 miles per hour unharmed"--in an iPod world, thanks to a bloated procurement process.

January 20, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

The Internet has invaded almost every facet of life. Basic browsers, social media, smartphones, document-producing software-the list goes on. And though these items may improve life, they also cause frustration headaches. Fortunately, the source of the problem can be the source of the solution. Many websites offer free help and advice about how to resolve issues from technical experts or from average users facing the same problems.

January 20, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

Everything old is new again-desktop virtualization moves computing from current fat-client server architecture back to a model similar to times past. What is now device-oriented will become server-oriented, and the technology is ready. Do you believe the Defense Department should proceed with desktop virtualization, or do you see other, more efficient paths? Read the complete article and share your opinions here.

January 14, 2011
By Rita Boland

Two U.S. Army officers who recently returned from deployments to Iraq each have the same advice for industry members who want to help soldiers-hire troops when they separate from the military.

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