The SIGNAL Blog

Greater Integration Across the EMS Needed for Battlefield Dominance

December 20, 2016
By Capt. Kenneth Parks, USN (Ret.)

There’s no disputing technology’s role in the rapidly changing face of modern warfare. The convergence of commercial services with military applications, such as delivery of real-time data from anywhere using various devices, has changed what constitutes a combat environment. The U.S. military seeks to define a strategic approach to these converged operations. Time is of the essence, writes Kenneth Parks of Harris Corporation. 

Chinese Navy Seizes U.S. Underwater Vessel From International Waters in South China Sea

December 16, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
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A Chinese military ship seized a U.S. underwater, unmanned research vessel, prompting the U.S. Defense Department to launch “appropriate government-to-government channels” with the Chinese government to immediately return the vessel. On Thursday, China unlawfully seized the unclassified ocean glider while sailing in the South China Sea, according to a Defense Department news release. 

Farewell to Hale, the Chief

December 15, 2016
By David E. Meadows



Richard Hale, the Defense Department chief information security officer, has retired after a long and distinguished career in public service. He will be missed, but he leaves a legacy of others following his model.

DHS S&T Has Money to Award for Innovation, New Technologies

By Katie Helwig

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has money to award for innovation and new technologies to help safeguard the homefront. The DHS seeks entrepreneurs with a passion for the mission, who demonstrate collaborative problem solving characteristics and who are poised for growth.

ZeroPoint Earns Mega Points with DHS

December 13, 2016



The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced that ZeroPoint, an exploit detection and analytics tool, has spun off as a startup company called ZeroPoint Dynamics.

Sluggish Apps Foil and Frustrate Federal Employees, Study Reveals

December 13, 2016



Federal employees are frustrated by slow and unreliable applications, a quandary they say impedes them from getting their work done and diminishes confidence in information technology modernization efforts, according to survey results released today by Riverbed Technology, an application performance company.

Taking Advantage of Machine Learning to Securely Share Data

December 9, 2016
By Rob Morrow

Right at this moment, hundreds of U.S. government analysts are trying to solve the exact same problem. Without easy, trusted data sharing, these analysts, who the nation relies on to solve the most challenging of worries, cannot benefit from shared knowledge—a hurdle that adds to inefficiencies fostered by redundancies, reinforcing the public’s perception of ineffective federal bureaucracy.

Maintaining Warfighter Morale with High-Speed Internet

December 8, 2016
By Tony Bardo

Keeping the U.S. military ready to fight takes more than hard work and training. Troops need a work-life balance as much as civilians, which means enjoying time spent with family and friends. High-speed Internet connectivity ranks high on a list of priorities because little boosts morale more than staying connected with loved ones, particularly when serving thousands of miles away, writes blogger Tony Bardo.

IARPA Announces Winners of its 3-D Mapping Challenge

December 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, has selected its winners from its crowd-sourced Multi-View Stereo 3-D Mapping Challenge—a contest to see who could best convert satellite photos into 3-D models to create more accurate maps.

 

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