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Asian Economic Growth May Lead to Sea Change in U.S. Finances

November 4, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The rise of China and the growth of other Asian economies could hold serious consequences for the U.S. economy, and subsequently relations with other countries. One day, major world economies no longer will use the dollar as the basis for international transactions. And when the U.S. dollar no longer is the global currency of choice, the United States will have to enter a period of severe frugality.

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U.S. Army Pacific Needs New Technologies--Still

November 4, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Army, Pacific, is pushing technological limits to link its diverse elements. While it has had some successes, it still needs some breakthrough technologies to achieve its goals over the vast region, according to Brig. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, USA, commander, 311th Signal Command.

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Webinar Nov. 12: Can the Cloud be Secured?

November 4, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

As defense entities continue to virtualize their IT environments, they must revisit not only their security architectures but their policy and governance models, the subject of the next SIGNAL webinar on November 12 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Join Dr. James Ransome of Cisco Systems as he explores how the three commonly accepted models for cloud-service delivery can be implemented to drive efficiencies while maintaining desired security levels.

For more information and to register, click here.

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U.S. Needs Both Traditional and New Methodologies for Cyberspace

November 4, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. military by and large is taking the wrong approach to cyberwarfare by treating it as a separate entity without the innovation that should bring. The country needs to incorporate it with other military activities and turn loose creative leadership for U.S. cyberwar activities to prevail.

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Deepwater Moves Ahead With New Label

November 3, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater program has a new name and already is generating results for Coast Guard personnel. Now known as the Coast Guard Acquisition Program, the troubled effort is generating positive results, according to Rear Adm. Manson Brown, USCG, commander,14th Coast Guard District.

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U.S. Coast Guard Fights Enemies far From U.S. Shores

November 3, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman
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National security threats are drawing the U.S. Coast Guard deeper into the Asia-Pacific region as it carries out its conventional missions in unconventional areas. Piracy, drug smuggling and even overfishing are becoming more prevalent in U.S. and neighboring waters, and the Coast Guard is finding itself forming alliances with foreign counterparts.

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