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Upcoming in SIGNAL: September 2014

Focus: Mobility/BYOD

In this rapidly changing world, virtually nothing in life is sedentary. Accordingly, technology-empowered individuals expect mobile connectivity at any given time, wherever they may be. While mobility is ubiquitous in industrialized societies, military communicators are addressing it differently. Individual warfighters are experimenting with the capabilities offered by their own smartphones, and defense officials are working to find ways of introducing those capabilities into the battlespace. However, many issues remain to be solved before military personnel can exploit a bring your own device (BYOD) approach. SIGNAL’s September issue examines how organizations are striving to develop ways to take advantage of BYOD capabilities.
  • DISA's new strategy includes emphasis on mobility initiatives to promote the use of new technologies.
  • The U.K. CESG has released security guidelines for British government organizations seeking to implement BYOD policies.
  • A new hybrid commercial technology applies government-style security certificates to data so it cannot be compromised on personal devices.

Focus: Intelligence

The past year has seen more scrutiny on the intelligence community since the mid-1970s. Insider leaks have generated critical discussions of collection and processing methods. Yet, very little dissent exists about the need for an effective intelligence community in these dangerous and uncertain times. What is certain is that the Free World must remain vigilant against diverse and evolving threats, and technology-driven societal changes have forced intelligence leaders to look outside the box for solutions that accommodate the metamorphosing needs of global security. SIGNAL Magazine’s September 2014 issue examines some of the issues facing intelligence professionals as well as potential solutions to their challenges.
  • The U.S. director of national intelligence offers his perspective on the future of the craft.
  • The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency gears up for new product requests from its customers.
  • MIT's Lincoln Labs is exploring new frontiers in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies.
  • The U.S. intelligence community is expanding its overseas presence.
The September 2014 issue of SIGNAL includes more content covering traditional and new areas of interest:
  • A mobile operations fusion kit can provide rapid-setup secure interoperable communications for the military and first responders.
  • U.S. technology companies are supporting STEM education to an increasing degree.
  • Technology is at the core of a new University of Illinois center to provide undergraduate and graduate education to wounded warriors.