February 2011
By Capt. Joseph A. Grace Jr., USN (Ret.), SIGNAL Magazine

In the early 1970s, the music industry was transformed by the arrival of a practical solution to mobile music—the 8-track player. The world embraced this technology, which infected car stereos, home entertainment systems, portable players and lifestyles. While transformational, this technology soon was replaced by the cassette, followed by CDs and audio DVDs until Apple came out with the iPod—another game-changing technology.

January 2011
By Capt. Joseph A. Grace Jr., USN (Ret.), SIGNAL Magazine

Where have all the leaders gone? Gone to better opportunities every one; when will we ever learn, when will we ever learn. Who ever would have thought that the words from the popular protest song of the 1960s could be so relevant to the world of technology and leadership today?

December 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

Much has been written about maneuver in various domains of conflict—land, sea and air. As in many other fields, the thinking owes much to the late Col. John Boyd, USAF, who is well known for his concept of the OODA loop (observe, orient, decide, act), and who contributed materially to thinking about maneuver warfare vice attrition warfare.

November 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

Cyberdefense is far from being a challenge just for the United States—there are many international aspects to this issue. In this column last month, I cited the important Foreign Affairs article “Defending a New Domain” by Deputy Secretary of Defense Bill Lynn, which addresses U.S. Defense Department cyberstrategy head on.

October 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

Last month I expressed concern that the growing gap between online functionality and security demanded a rethinking of several key aspects of security—more focus on tagging and tracking data, rethinking resilience and robustness, clearer security policies, and a need to change people’s behavior to reflect more security awareness.

September 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

This summer I attended a series of thought-provoking conferences, ranging from business technology to clean energy to cybersecurity and network integration. Collectively, they suggest that we’re living in a “golden age” of technological innovation, but they also highlighted a growing gap between increasingly interactive capabilities and the ability to provide security at several levels, ranging from individual privacy to critical infrastructure protection.

August 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

Open information sharing in diverse environments is critical. A new initiative in Afghanistan called UnityNet can help bring unclassified information to bear to support U.S. and coalition strategy there and elsewhere around the globe.

July 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

It really is frustrating. For years, the U.S. government—and others—consistently have failed to treat information and communications as either a critical infrastructure or as an essential service in Afghanistan. However, in the past few months, innovative people have been making some important progress.

June 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

Last Fall, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate asked a radical question: “How can we restore Internet connectivity to American citizens after a disaster?” Too often, he noted, the government treats citizens after disasters as victims instead of as sentient creatures who could solve many of their own problems if given the tools. 

May 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

Dramatic changes are swirling around tactical ground communications. These offer many opportunities, even as they are sure to leave frustrated soldiers in harm’s way carrying too much weight, with too little spectrum and not enough interoperability. Overcoming these obstacles is industry’s purview, and it can make a difference.

March 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

Technology can help overcome Mother Nature’s wrath.

Tragedy can bring opportunity—in this case, to help save lives and reconstruct nations using the communications and information sharing tools that are the strengths of AFCEA’s members. Shame on us if we squander it.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Linton Wells II

Taking a micro approach can produce macro benefits.

January 2010
By Linton Wells II

Effective coalition operations in Afghanistan may depend on unclassified data access.

November 2009
By Christopher J. Dorobek

The Intellipedia suite of collaboration tools is years ahead of most other organizations—public or private sector.

Change is never easy, and that is particularly true in government. When it comes to collaboration, it is the intelligence community that has been evolving and testing its own boundaries.

October 15, 2009
By Christopher J. Dorobek

The Obama administration deserves credit for looking to reconstruct National Security Personnel System.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Christopher J. Dorobek

The new Recovery and Transparency Board can make it real—and matter.

We are now nine months into the Obama administration. During that time, some answers have emerged to the many issues that have popped up, but nearly as many questions remain. One lingering question involves defining transparency.

August 17, 2009
By Christopher J. Dorobek

Good leadership is transformational and is different from management.

What does it mean to be a leader?

At our core, we innately understand that leadership matters. I recently searched the book catalog on for books about leadership, and it probably will not surprise anyone that my search came up with 348,433 hits. So on one level, we understand it—leadership is important.

July 2009
By Christopher J. Dorobek

Agency information technology executives have to find ways to be enablers ... securely.

For federal chief information officers (CIOs), it is the best of times and the worst of times. The broader, less literary question is: Do CIOs matter?

June 2009
By Christopher J. Dorobek

E-mail works well for person-to-person communication but today there are better options.