SIGNAL Blogs

April 10, 2017

The recent activation of the Unified Video Dissemination System (UVDS) at DISA's data center in Germany has improved the reliable, secure transport of full-motion video collected for the purpose of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) in support of missions led by all combatant commands.

4/7/17
By George I. Seffers
Hugh Montgomery, who jumped into Normandy on D-Day with the 82nd Airborne, served in the early days of the CIA.

SIGNAL Magazine honors the service of longtime intelligence officer and diplomat Hugh Montgomery, who died April 6 at age 93.

March 27, 2017

The NATO Communications and Information Agency will preview details of 40 upcoming business opportunities at its annual industry conference NITEC17 to be held April 24-26 in Ottawa, Canada. Agency officials intend to put 40 contracts out to tender in the next 18 to 24 months as part of a €3 billion ($3.26 billion) technology refresh.

March 27, 2017
By George I. Seffers
DARPA’s Vanishing Programmable Resources program is developing electronics that disappear.

Vanishing electronics, self-destructing drones and home-brewed beer have one thing in common: Troy Olsson, DARPA program manager.

March 24, 2017
By James Poole

Much anticipation surrounds the U.S. Defense Department's transition to Windows 10, primarily because of the promise that the software update is a significant upgrade from its predecessor, and perhaps Microsoft's best operating system yet.

January 31, 2017
By Ray Rothrock
Image credit: www.bluecoat.com

As the nation deals with intelligence reports of Russian hacks of the U.S. presidential election, some of us in industry are pondering how President Donald Trump will tackle cybersecurity issues. He already has a good road map. In December, the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity issued its “Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy.” It is high time the executive branch dug deeply into cybersecurity issues, writes RedSeal's Ray Rothrock.

March 10, 2017
By J. Wayne Lloyd

Contract streamlining and a revised NIST cybersecurity standard will lead to some big changes for firms competing for billions in federal government information technology contracts.

March 16, 2017
By James Christophersen
Soldiers with the 4th Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the Alabama Army National Guard assemble a VSAT, similar to the one Army Medical Command personnel rely upon for telemedicine support when forward-deployed. , U.S. soldiers assemble a Very Small Aperture Satellite Terminal  (VSAT ) similar to the one Army Medical Command personnel rely upon for telemedicine support when forward-deployed., The Army has replaced a satellite network with an improved one that lets Army Medical Command personnel worldwide to do  a number of telemedical services.

During the final days of November, managers for the Joint Telemedicine Network powered down the central teleport facility in Landstuhl, Germany, officially closing the network that had provided a dedicated worldwide SATCOM network to U.S. Army medical personnel treating wounded soldiers at field hospitals and forward operating bases in combat zones. Rest assured, the shuttering did not leave doctors, corpsmen and troops without a reliable SATCOM network. 

March 23, 2017
By David E. Meadows

Telecommuting offers measurable benefits to both employer and employee alike. But the employee must ensure proper use of the enabling technologies.

March 9, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Army must conduct cyber operations at increasingly lower operational levels while being limited in needed authorities.

March 9, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

The rapid pace of change has overtaken the ability of humans to anticipate the future consequences of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

March 9, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
The PEO panel at the Army Signal Conference discusses technology needs for communications-electronics systems.

As with all the military services, the U.S. Army wants to improve its communications-electronics systems to keep up with emerging innovations. But it also faces a looming problem as more systems are plagued by creeping obsolescence.

March 9, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

With the battlefield capabilities being wielded by peer adversaries, the Army will need to develop and protect its network to a greater degree than ever.

March 9, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Army must take a private sector holistic approach to developing future C4ISR capabilities, which will be game-changing.

March 7, 2017
Willingness to retaliate with force jumps when an adversary shoots down a manned aircraft versus a drone.

A significant majority of people support deploying drones rather than manned aircraft into contested territory, according to a study by the Center for a New American Security and the Future of Warfare Initiative. 

February 28, 2017
by Phil O'Reilly
U.S. Navy personnel learn about the Office of Naval Research's suite of information technology tools designed to improve fleet operations.

As we near the end of the first quarter of this new year, it seems like a perfect time to introduce and discuss four new "resolutions," if you will, for federal information technology managers and what a new action plan for progress might look like. Phil O'Reilly from Brocade Federal spells them out.

February 28, 2017
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is now accepting requests for proposals (RFPs) for its Systems Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) contract vehicle, a $7 billion, multiyear revamped acquisition process that acutely challenges the status quo in the procurement of engineering support and services.

February 23, 2017
By Monique Attar
Women share stories of hurdles and triumphs at the Women in Cyber panel at West 2017. Photo by Mike Carpenter

Career and educational hurdles still exist for girls and women entering the world of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly called STEM, despite it being the 21st century, panelists shared during AFCEA International’s Women in Cyber discussion, presented Wednesday at West 2017, a premier naval conference held this week in San Diego. 

February 27, 2017
By Ben Sharfi
A Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle tackles rough terrain during training at an air base in Southwest Asia., A soldier fires a .50 caliber machine gun on top of a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle at a range to train for a deployment.

VICTORY is yet another government attempt to create a new specification for righteous reasons, while ignoring the fact that creating any specification that goes against commercial market momentum is unlikely to gain traction.

February 24, 2017
Maryann Lawlor
Complete electronic flight bags have been under development since 2010; however, U.S. Air Force personnel like Capt. Brett Pierson, USAF, have been using tablets as early as 2011 during preflight checks aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft bound for refueling missions in Afghanistan., An electronic flight bag (center) replaces the paper flight manuals and products that can weigh nearly 120 pounds.

All Air Mobility Command wings are now approved to use electronic flight bags. The portable electronic devices consolidate nearly 120 pounds of paper products into a single tablet and will save the command nearly $3.8 million annually.

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