SIGNAL Blogs

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.  

May 4, 2017

A DHS report to Congress indicates that security has improved even as threats have increased.

May 2, 2017

The U.S. Defense Department has initiated a market research effort to identify potential industry sources under a potential five-year, $325 million acquisition program for technical support services.

April 28, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security’s S&T Directorate announced the transition of Hyperion, a malware detection technology, to the commercial marketplace.

April 28, 2017

Forecasting data collected during IARPA’s Aggregative Contingent Estimation (ACE) program by team Good Judgment is now available for use by the public and the research community.

April 27, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
People young and old—and even golden retriever Biscuit—reached out to welcome World War II and Korean War veterans arriving at Reagan National Airport as part of the Honor Flight program., World War II veteran Josephine Renshaw and her Honor Flight Guardian make their way through the path created by hundreds of grateful greeters young and old. , Vice Adm. Nancy Brown, USN (Ret.), and Pat Bixler (l), a nurse during World War II, take in the excitement generated from hundreds of greeters upon the arrival of the Honor Flight., AFCEA staff members plus Washington DC Chapter member Dr. Danielle Zeedick prepare to meet and greet World War II and Korean War veterans arriving at Reagan National Airport from Marion, Illinois.

An AFCEA employee reflects on the privilege of greeting World War II and Korean War veterans on an Honor Flight.

April 27. 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
To increase security in its facilities, the U.S. Navy began transitioning sailors to a biometrics identification verification system in 2015. All commercial suppliers must obtain the new credentials by July 15.

All vendors, contractors and service providers currently qualified for or using the Navy Commercial Access Control System are being transitioned to the Defense Biometric Identification System.

April 26, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
Ernest J. Herold, deputy assistant secretary general for defense investment at NATO, discusses the changes NATO is—and must be—undergoing in the acquisition realm during NITEC 2017 in Ottawa.

Facing the need to innovate and incorporate new technologies, the Atlantic alliance is on the move. But is it moving quickly enough?

April 26, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
Corinne Charette, senior assistant deputy minister, Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications Sector, Canada, describes how her country is an emerging source of cyber and space technologies at NITEC 2017.

Canada is offering itself as a sleeper source of advanced cyber and satellite technology.

April 25, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
A panel explores acquisition innovation at NITEC 2017 in Ottawa.

A raft of concepts can help spawn innovation. But they must be part of a concerted effort or success will be elusive.

April 25, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
Mark Anderson, president of Palo Alto Networks, describes cybersecurity threats and solutions to the audience at NITEC 2017 in Ottawa.

The evolution of cyber created ideal conditions for hackers. Now, managers must tamper with nature and reverse the consequences.

April 25, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
Several leaders from academia and industry accept awards for the NCI Agency's Defence Innovation Challenge.

NATO's NCI Agency has announced the 10 winners of its Defence Innovation Challenge.

April 24, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

The NCI Agency reaches out to industry with 11 contract opportunities in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

April 24, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
A panel discussion examines innovation as a security imperative at NITEC 2017 in Ottawa.

The need for innovation in cybersecurity often is stymied by procurement complications.

April 24, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
Glen F. Post III, CEO and president, CenturyLink, describes the difficulty in building a network of trusted peers at NITEC 2017.

NATO must build a network of trusted peers on which to rely for cybersecurity. However, that it easier said than done.

April 24, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
Gen. Denis Mercier, FRAF, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, speaks to the audience at NITEC 2017.

The networked force that defines military superiority makes interoperability for coalition operations more than important then ever.

April 21, 2017

Threat hunting allows cyber attacks to be discovered earlier with the goal of stopping them before intruders are able to carry out their attack objectives.

April 20, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
Paula Austin, a Sandia systems engineer within International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction group, stands outside an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone. (Image courtesy Sandia National Laboratories)

Nearly 60 employees of Sandia National Laboratories have been recognized by the Department of Energy for their work during the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

April 20, 2017

Information systems require increased network speeds, as well as improved security and monitoring tools, to deal with an avalanche of big data and the advanced computing requirements that are driven by so much data.

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