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Upcoming in SIGNAL: July 2014

Focus: Spectrum Management

The infocentric military relies on spectrum access and exploitation to an ever-increasing degree. However, the infocentric society increasingly has the same requirements. For the defense community, spectrum challenges largely take two forms: being able to use communications and networking devices to move increasingly large amounts of digitized information, and being able to employ sensors and other transmitters amid commercial pressures for precious bandwidth. As a result, spectrum management is one area in which both administrative and technological solutions can vie equally. SIGNAL's July issue examines spectrum management efforts from the halls of power to the laboratory:
  • A new spectrum strategy from the U.S. Defense Department aims to reduce conflict over spectrum between the military and commercial sectors.
  • DISA strives to use spectrum more efficiently within the regulatory framework.
  • The U.S. Army’s future network will identify and reuse available spectrum as needed.

Focus: Disruptive Technologies

The 21st century has taken shape as being even more technology-oriented than its predecessor. Technology directly influences virtually all aspects of daily lives, from subsistence to consumption and across the spectrum of activities from social life to international geopolitics. Yet the direction of even this dynamic era may be altered significantly by new technologies yet to emerge from laboratories. Disruptive technologies are defined as those that create new markets and networks while displacing existing technologies, but their disruptive nature can extend well beyond conventional definitions. SIGNAL Magazine's July 2014 issue looks at some potential disruptive technologies as well as efforts to identify future trends:
  • A program in the U.S. Defense Department seeks to identify game-changing technologies that push the edge of the envelope.
  • Two key U.S. Defense Department programs strive to identify disruptive technologies or applications that might emerge from other nations.
  • New wearable technologies may turn people into network nodes, routers or even power sources.
  • DARPA officials discuss the top disruptive technologies for the U.S. military.
The July 2014 issue of SIGNAL includes more content covering traditional and new areas of interest:
  • Part two of a two-part report outlines how China actively is pursuing its aggressive strategy in the South China Sea.
  • Commercial Web browser technology serves U.S. Navy submarine command and control needs.
  • Two former non-aligned nations emerge as major players on the international stage.