SIGNAL Blogs

September 29, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

China's Aeronautical Establishment (CAE) is teaming with NASA to study air traffic congestion and develop new ways to manage increasing civil air operations.

September 26, 2016
By David E. Meadows

Several newsletters from organizations within and outside of government together can give technologists an enhanced picture of the state of their field and the issues that dominate it.

September 28, 2016
By Julianne Simpson
The Coast Guard's national security cutters are 418 feet long and have a top speed of 28 knots.

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the service's sixth national security cutter, Munro, will be commissioned April 1, 2017, at the Smith Cove Terminal in Seattle.

September 27, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

DARPA is hearing voices. And now, so can you. The Defense Department's renowned research arm has launched a new podcast series, Voices from DARPA.

September 26, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Col. Dean Fox, USAF (Ret.), counts international relationship building as one of the highlights of his military career.

Col. Dean Fox, USAF (Ret.), executive vice president for cybersecurity, AECOM, has done a lot of building of one sort or another throughout his active-duty career and afterward.

September 15, 2016
By J. Wayne Lloyd

When it comes to cybersecurity, many people express consternation and wonderment as to why the government cannot protect the Internet. It boils down to two things: No authorization, and officials only have visibility into a scant number of networks under their control.

September 22, 2016

Yahoo Inc. released a statement Thursday informing customers that at least 500 million user accounts were stolen from its network in 2014 by what company officials labeled a "state-sponsored actor."

September 22, 2016

The not-for-profit defense and aerospace research and development firm SRC Inc. delivered to the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) its first Agile Condor pod system, a scalable, low cost, size, weight and power (low-CSWaP) hardware architecture for on-board processing of a great deal of sensor data through high-performance embedded computing.

September 22, 2016
By Julianne Simpson

Scientists with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory discovered what officials have touted as a startling new finding for jet engine technology in their search for nanomaterials.

September 21, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

Adaptive space robotics, 3-D printing and autonomous communication systems are among the topics of 21 innovative research and development proposals selected by NASA to enable future solar system missions.

September 20, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

What happens if the Global Positioning System (GPS) that controls precision time signals goes down? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO), which operate U.S. civilian and military time standards, respectively, have worked with two companies to identify commercial fiber optic telecommunications networks as a practical backup possibility.

September 20, 2016
By Tony Bardo
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Of all of the U.S. government's modernization and reform initiatives, overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the longest standing and most important undertakings. This has been the case since a post-World War II era, when the Truman administration called for modernization of the department. Despite ongoing efforts, we still have a long way to go to ensure all veterans across the United States have access to high-quality health care.

September 19, 2016
By George I. Seffers

Former Navy lieutenant Ryan Cox is a non-techie who thrives in a technical world. His secret to success: connecting wherever he goes.

September 7, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Panelists discuss the new face of terrorism during the 3rd annual INSS in Washington, D.C. this week.

European governments are contending with the challenges of penetrable borders, an influx of refugees and the radicalization of some of its youth, complicating intelligence efforts to combat terror, said Michael Leiter, chief operations officer at Leidos, at the third annual Intelligence & National Security Summit in Washington, D.C.

August 5, 2016
By Ralph Wade
A U.S. Air Force target system analyst assigned to the 15th Intelligence Squadron, 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, 363rd ISR Wing provides training using a simulated satellite constellation at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

To meet the needs of the nation’s combatant commands and National Command Authority, government and industry must evolve the current intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, sensors and ground systems into a truly global ISR enterprise. An incremental approach must be combined with overarching actions to migrate to common ISR information technology infrastructures, orchestrated toward the larger goal of an integrated ISR enterprise. 

September 6, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

The third annual Intelligence and National Security Summit (INSS) kicks off tomorrow in Washington, D.C., a premier gathering of senior decision makers from government, military, industry and academia who will tackle some of the most difficult intelligence quandaries baffling world leaders.

August 23, 2016
By Ed Hammersla

The world of intelligence sharing has gone from on a need-to-know basis between federal agencies to one in which those key players must, by necessity, combine disparate pieces of intel to ascertain a complete picture of potential threats. Though actions by the government following the terrorist attacks 15 years ago make intel sharing easier, a class of technologies that greatly enhanced the government’s ability to accomplish this already existed: cross domain solutions.  

September 12, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Now-retired Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF, recalls the transition from signal to cyber.

Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, USAF (Ret.), saw a lot of changes during his military career. And he helped bring about some changes, too.

September 7, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper speaks at the Intelligence & National Security Summit. Photo by Herman Farrer Photography

Cybersecurity will remain as much of a challenge for the next administration as it has been for the current White House, especially in light of the constant barrage of cyber attacks from nation states, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday at the Intelligence & National Security Summit.

By Joe Kim

There is no escaping the barrage of technology and devices ever-present in our modern lives. Consider that many middle school kids today are iPhone-wielding and Fitbit-wearing youngsters. The public sector workplace is no different. Federal IT professionals must consider the sheer volume and variety of devices connecting to their networks—from fitness wearables to laptops, tablets and smartphones, with a dash of IoT and cloud for good measure. 

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