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Upcoming in SIGNAL: August 2014

Focus: Big Data Mining and Automation

Everyone is hopping on the big data bandwagon. Terabytes of information are accumulating throughout cyberspace as users amass and store data at unprecedented rates. However, accumulating an overabundance of data can be a problem akin to constructing a boat in a basement. Extricating it can prove more difficult than building it. New tools are required to ensure that users can tap the correct data in a useful format. SIGNAL’s August issue looks at some of the challenges posed by accessing big data:
  • The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency confronts unique challenges in its exploitation of big data.
  • The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Finder program uses large-scale ground-level image acquisition, crowd-sourcing and sophisticated image matching to identify locations in images that are not geo-tagged.
  • Text and data mining restrictions in the European Union are causing Europe to fall behind competitively to other parts of the world, according to a report by the European Commission.

Focus: Army C4ISR

Command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) are a driving force for U.S. Army modernization. With each military service being called on to do more with less, information technology is playing a big role as a key enabler for operational success. The Army consistently has improved its C4ISR to meet its mission needs, but now that mission has become more diverse as the Southwest Asia wars wind down and new challenges emerge around the globe. Both new technologies and new ways of incorporating them are key to the Army maintaining its superiority across the operational spectrum. SIGNAL Magazine’s August 2014 issue examines how the Army is keeping up with modernization and ahead of technological obsolescence:
  • The U.S. Army’s program executive office for intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors (IEWS) plans the service’s future vision amid IEWS challenges.
  • The U.S. Army envisions a future network that operates with push-button ease.
  • The U.S. Army’s Modeling, Emulation, Simulation Tool for Analysis (MODESTA) will test future technologies with either each other and with legacy systems.
  • The U.S. Army’s latest simulation training designed for company and below has unprecedented fidelity and flexibility outside traditional combat roles.
The August 2014 issue of SIGNAL includes more content covering traditional and new areas of interest:
  • The head of defense acquisition, technology and logistics outlines the issues and challenges facing the department in his realm.
  • A former U.S. Army general offers some strong advice for reforming acquisition.
  • A retiring longtime Defense Department technologist looks at how its chief information officer should keep the department not only relevant but also competitive with industry.
  • A firsthand look at the Afghanistan withdrawal highlights the challenges faced during extrication.