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Man vs. Machine

December 1, 2016
By Capt. William R. Bray, USN (Ret.)



Could there be a time in the future when a complete analysis is delivered directly from machine to man with full confidence that man could not have done better?

A U.S. Marine Corps corporal fires a GAU-17/A gun during a Valiant Shield exercise over Farallon de Medinilla, Northern Mariana Islands. Machine-learning software may help predict which warfighters will be best suited for specific missions.

NOMAD Tackles Big Data

December 1, 2016
By George I. Seffers
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Researchers are developing an open source machine-learning framework that allows a distributed network of computers to process vast amounts of data as efficiently and effectively as supercomputers and to better predict behaviors or relationships.

Incoming: A More Relevant Chief Information Office

December 1, 2016
By Lt. Gen. Mike Basla, USAF (Ret.)

The problem is that chief information officers, who are charged with managing and delivering information technology services, often operate on procedures, structures and processes developed many years ago, in an entirely different technology era.

 Maj. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, commanding general of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, speaks at MILCOM 2016. Photo by Mike Carpenter
A panel discusses military communications at MILCOM 2016. Photo by Mike Carpenter
Maj. Gen. Earl Matthews, USAF, (Ret.), former director of cyberspace operations and chief information security officer for the Air Force, speaks at MILCOM 2016. Photo by Mike Carpenter

Cybersecurity Crucial to Military Communications Even With Constrained Budgets

November 2, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
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Cybersecurity and controlling the electromagnetic spectrum, along with several years of continuous combat, are among the challenges for military communications, according to speakers at the second day of MILCOM 2016, taking place in Baltimore and co-hosted by AFCEA International and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE.

 Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, speaks at MILCOM 2016. Photo by Mike Carpenter
 Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, speaks at MILCOM 2016. Photo by Mike Carpenter

Modern Warfighters Need Modern Military Communications

November 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
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Military communications need to keep up with the needs of the modern warfighter while still protecting against cyberthreats. That was the message during the first day of of MILCOM 2016, a three-day international conference for military communications. This year's theme, Securing Communications at the Speed of Cyber, digs into the competing priorities of speed, security and cost amid emerging challenges

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