The SIGNAL Blog

The DOD Makes Social Media Official

February 26, 2010
By Katie Packard

The U.S. Defense Department has announced its policy on "Responsible and Effective Use of Internet-Based Capabilities"--in less formal words, its social and new media policy. This is the DOD's first official policy on new media.

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Congresswoman Sanchez Tells It Like It Is

February 25, 2010

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez spoke bluntly to the issues of the DHS mission, border security and cybersecurity, pointing out that these topics are still quite the mystery not only to the general public but to Congress as well.

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Experts Ponder Both Sides of Border Security

February 26, 2010

Managing the myriad programs designed to provide border security has proved challenging. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a variety of technology efforts designed to enhance border security. Likewise, civilian firms are deeply involved with DHS in supporting these programs. Two panels running Wednesday examined the government and industry perspectives of coordinating border security.

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Social Media Creates Opportunities and Challenges

February 25, 2010

The popularity and growth of social media networks and blogs offers federal agencies with new tools to get their message to the nation's citizens. However, the openness of social media platforms also presents a security challenge. A panel of government and commercial media experts pondered the implications of widespread adoption of social media platforms at AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference.

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Homeland Security Conference Looks At Protecting Physical and Virtual Borders

February 25, 2010

AFCEA's ninth annual Homeland Security Conference kicked off yesterday morning with a panel session focused on cybersecurity issues. The panelists highlighted a variety of ongoing federal initiatives to defend the nation's critical infrastructure from cyberattacks and discussed some of the new threats developing in cyberspace.

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Davenport Named JFCOM Chief of Staff

February 24, 2010
By H. Mosher

Rear Adm. Dan W. Davenport, USN, has been assigned as chief of staff, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia.

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SIGNAL Says: Chief Cathy L. Lanier

February 26, 2010
By Katie Packard

"If one of those types of attacks were to occur anywhere in the United States, nowhere else has the assets we have that are well-trained and ready. But those are the ones you hope never happen. No matter how good we are, there is no good outcome."-Cathy L. Lanier, chief of police, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C.

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All Aboard? Yes, Women Too.

February 24, 2010
By Katie Packard

According to Defense Secretary Gates, the Navy plans to repeal its ban on women serving on submarines. He signed a letter to Congress last week that outlines the Navy's plan to lift the policy by phasing in women assigned to subs.

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