SIGNAL Blogs

July 21, 2017

Officials with the Institute for Cybersecurity at Regent University announced the school is building a state-of-the-art cyber range training facility at its Virginia Beach campus.

July 20, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
Caroline Scheck, a mechanical engineer with the Additive Manufacturing Project Office, tells middle- and high-school students with the Washington, D.C., Girls in Technology program about the Manufacturing, Knowledge and Education Lab, Naval Surface Warfare Center in March. (U.S. Navy photo by Dustin Q. Diaz/Released)

Even though my parents, teachers and peers told me I could be anything, and I truly believed them, I was never encouraged to be a scientist or pursue a career in STEM. It was a bit outside my comfort zone.

July 20, 2017

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory opened the Army Cyber-research Analytics Laboratory.

July 17, 2017
IARPA), the research arm for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has announced the Functional Map of the World (fMoW) challenge, which officially kicks off in August.

IARPA has announced the functional Map of the World (fMoW) challenge, which officially kicks off in August.

July 13, 2017
In late October, companies will have the opportunity to present cyber solutions to the U.S. Defense Department's Rapid Reaction Technology Office.

The U.S. Defense Department’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) will conduct a solutions meeting in late October.

July 11, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
Computers and credit cards are the new department stores, shopping malls and food marts., Only 10 years after the iPhone was introduced, phone booths, or call boxes as the British say, stand empty—if you can find one at all., Gathering intelligence used to rely on large cones and good hearing. Now, payloads on information-gathering drones can convert sound into images.

While it seems appropriate that octogenarians tell stories that begin with, "When I was your age...," now people only in their 30s are marveling at the capabilities the younger generation enjoys.

July 12, 2017
By Ray Potter

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's benchmark for encryption modules has seen recent innovation, opening the playing field for competition.

July 10, 2017

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity will host two proposers’ day conferences later this month

July 5, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

For the first time since Congress began composing the biannual Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard, more agency grades declined than improved.

June 22, 2017
By Christine Kerns

Commercial cloud offerings are part of a modern technology arsenal that the whole of the U.S. government must consider adopting. 

June 1, 2016
The DragonflEye, a cyborg insect intended for a variety of missions, recently completed its first test flight.

The DragonflEye, a cyborg insect intended for a variety of missions, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, has liftoff.

May 31, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

Beginning today, all cleared government contractors must complete insider threat employee awareness training prior to being granted access to classified information and every year thereafter.

May 30, 2017
By Ben Sharfi
Adm. Harry Harris, USN, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, delivers a keynote address at West 2017 in San Diego, saying the U.S. military needs more “exponential thinking” among its ranks.

There are two types of government procurement issues contractors might find infuriating and prevent warfighters from getting the best industry offers.

May 24, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
Dr. Paul D. Nielsen, director and CEO, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, speaks at the AFCEA/George Mason University Critical Issues in C4I Symposium.

Autonomous functionality is increasing, evidenced by drones, self-driving cars and voice-controlled devices. The key to successfully transitioning these systems for military and defense use is trust.

May 24, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

Managing spectrum, much like other national resources such as water, natural gas and land, is a growing issue due to the number of users. Now more than ever, it's important to outline a national approach to spectrum utilization for both the U.S. economy and the federal government.

May 25, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
Paul Tilghman, program manager, Microsystems Office, DARPA, speaks at the AFCEA/GMU Critical Issues in C4I Symposium.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is hosting the world’s first collaborative machine-intelligence competition to overcome spectrum scarcity.

May 25, 2017
The Internet of Things poses some risks to military forces, a draft report from NATO's Parliamentary Assembly points out. The report will be discussed at the assembly's spring session and will be updated over the summer.

The Parliamentary Assembly will discuss a report urging governments to take a more proactive role in defining the IoT's future at its spring session.

May 12, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
SIGNAL's Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman sits down with Jasson Walker Jr., founder, president and CEO of cFocus Software Inc., to discuss authority to operate as a service.

SIGNAL’s Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman recently sat down with Jasson Walker Jr., founder, president and CEO of cFocus Software Inc., to discuss authority to operate (ATO) as a service.

May 9, 2017
By David E. Meadows

STEM education is beginning to take root at the earliest levels of education. Will it germinate quickly enough?

May 9, 2017

The Department of Defense released today the revised Military Intelligence Program top line budget request for fiscal 2017 that was disclosed to the public on February 9, 2016. The $16.8 billion is now updated to include additional funding above the initial president's budget request. The total, which includes both the base budget and overseas contingency operations funding, is $18.5 billion.  

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