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Upcoming in SIGNAL: November 2014

Focus: Asia-Pacific Technology Solutions

The largest theater of operation on the planet has become larger. No, boundaries have not been redrawn; rather, more nations are playing a larger role in the geopolitics that influence events over that vast area. Unlike the European theater, no single alliance defines governmental and military relationships. Instead, a hub-and-spoke construct serves to bring suspicious nations together to help solve the many problems that emerge to affect half the world’s population. Often the United States is at the hub of this construct, and the nation is showing a greater emphasis on its operations in that region. SIGNAL Magazine’s November issue describes the challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region and some of the technology solutions being applied to help provide regional stability.
  • The commander of the U.S. Pacific Command views a changing future for the vast region.
  • The head of the U.S. Navy’s SPAWAR Systems Center-Pacific discusses the technologies that will help warfighters face new challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • The U.S. Army is working on a state-of-the-art mission command center in Hawaii that will be the headquarters for Pacific missions.
  • The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology serves as a United Nations center to help member countries obtain technologies they need to advance or to share technologies that have worked.

Focus: Government Technology Policy

Technology doesn’t develop in a vacuum: it needs direction and nurturing. For basic research and large-scale projects, government technology policy seeks to provide the impetus for successful development and exploitation. These policies extend from the most basic of research to the use of advanced systems when they enter the real world. SIGNAL’s November issue examines government technology policy as it serves to shape our techno-centric world and the future.
  • The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is directing a range of government technology policies to influence where the country will go in terms of both developed capabilities and basic research.
  • The Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act gives technology developers legal protections when they provide qualified antiterrorism technologies.
  • The United States eyes potential policy changes affecting the types of technologies that can be transferred to NATO.

Special Report: Veteran-Owned Businesses

Federal government departments and agencies are looking to small business to help them meet challenges in a time of tight budgets. Veteran-owned businesses in particular serve many needs facing the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities. SIGNAL’s special report looks at how veteran-owned small businesses are coping with challenges and serving government needs.
  • Leaders of veteran-owned businesses discuss the challenges in making the transition from the military to the commercial sector—and the opportunities that await.
  • A public-private venture between the city of Alexandria and interested parties seeks to spur entrepreneurship among veterans.
The November 2014 issue of SIGNAL includes more content covering traditional and new areas of interest:
  • Five pilot studies now underway will help DISA define the way forward for all the services when it comes to cloud computing.
  • Portugal is developing an interoperable mission system to link the diverse groups that need to respond in the event of a homeland security emergency.