Paul D. Nielsen, director and CEO at Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute, speaks at the AFCEA-GMU Critical Issues in C4I Symposium in May at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

New Frontiers in Autonomy, Spectrum Management

August 1, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
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In its ninth iteration, the AFCEA-GMU Critical Issues in C4I Symposium brought together leaders in academia, industry and government in May at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to address important topics in command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) technology.

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Theater Signal Brigade and Belgian soldiers from the 6th Communication and Information Systems (CIS) Group pass voice and data through a Belgian satellite terminal during Operation Combined Lightning last June.
U.S. and Belgian signaleers troubleshoot interoperability issues.

A Grass-Roots Approach to Connecting NATO Forces

August 1, 2017
By Maj. James Lacovara, USA, and Capt. Phil Gilchrist, USA

Senior U.S. and allied military leaders have placed a renewed emphasis on strengthening NATO and improving its battlefield capabilities. One of the most effective ways to fortify the alliance is through unit-level partnerships.

A senior airman removes his gas mask during a readiness drill. Because traditional biometric authentication techniques such as fingerprints and facial scans are not always practical for warfighters, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) officials are developing a prototypical system to track gait patterns and frequently visited locations.
Within months, DISA officials intend to provide a prototype system capable of identifying users through patterns of life, which may be described as a more advanced form of biometrics.

DISA Moves Beyond Conventional Biometrics

August 1, 2017
By George I. Seffers
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A U.S. Defense Department pilot project intends to develop a prototype system within the next year to authenticate the identity of mobile users through their so-called patterns of life, such as how fast they walk to work or locations they routinely visit.