Intelligence

May 8, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

The value of the virtual realm for training has been recognized for some time, but now artificial reality is being exploited for many other applications. Web 2.0 capabilities have opened new doors in cyberspace, and people and organizations are embracing the new world of virtual collaboration. The only limits to using this make-believe realm may be those of human imagination. SIGNAL's May issue looks at ongoing efforts to explore collaboration in the virtual world. One picture may tell a thousand words, but sometimes it takes more than that to generate a particular image. That was the case with the cover of this month's SIGNAL Magazine.

December 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Convergence and federation join forces in a new approach.

The defense intelligence community is considering an unlikely pairing of architecture approaches to enable necessary budget cuts without savaging performance. This hybrid method would team convergence and federation to allow all the disparate members of the community to strengthen their interoperability while maintaining a degree of autonomy necessary for their unique mission requirements.

October 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Army staff sergeant instructs others in the capabilities of the RQ-11B Raven unmanned aerial vehicle in Iraq. The increasing amount of diverse intelligence information, coupled with a growing customer base, has impelled the Defense Intelligence Agency to formulate a new strategy for intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination.

October 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A Tiger Shark unmanned aerial vehicle returns from a mission supporting forces in theater. Under NATO’s Multi-sensor Aerospace-ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Interoperability Coalition 2 (MAJIIC 2) program, nine nations will continue to improve sharing of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets.

October 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 
The U.S. Defense Department may be on the brink of harnessing brain signals for intelligence analysts.

March 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

This commercially available DigitalGlobe satellite image shows a backup of NATO supply trucks aused when Pakistan closed its border with Afghanistan.

A specialized U.S. Army unit is on call to provide unclassified satellite intelligence wherever needed.

October 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

October 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A Delta-IV Heavy launcher lifts off a pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is planning several satellite launches over the next few months to replace and update the nation’s aging space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance infrastructure.

October 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Cmdr. Donald Lee, USN (r), and other Empire Challenge 2010 participants use the Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance System–Combined to search for suspicious activity on the range during Empire Challenge 2010. The annual intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance demonstration examines emerging capabilities.

April 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

December 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

The U.S. Navy’s Distributed Common Ground System–Navy (DCGS-N) is undergoing operational testing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman.

October 15, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

Nontraditional partners and approaches characterize homeland security efforts.

The U.S. intelligence community is seeking to bring citizens into the homeland security quest through new efforts at tapping potential intelligence information from new sources. This thrust aims to provide mechanisms for collecting information that resides outside the realm of conventional sources.

October 15, 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

 

Ed Granstedt, vice president of strategy, mission solutions group, national systems, QinetiQ North America, warns that current economic conditions can favor U.S. adversaries if organizations do not invest more heavily in comprehensive information security measures.

Globalized marketplace influences how analysts view the world.

October 15, 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

Airborne Multi-INT Laboratory (AML) is a modified Gulfstream G3 business jet equipped with reconfigurable array sensors and data links. Developed by Lockheed Martin, the AML is a plug and play platform that allows a variety of systems to be mixed and tested to meet customer needs.

August 17, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

Two U.S. Army infantrymen observe artillery fire in Afghanistan. Army intelligence analysts around the world, including those located in remote regions, will be able to access and process information far better than currently possible as a result of improvements under development at the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM).

October 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A Delta II booster launches a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) payload into orbit. The NRO is revamping its ground architecture to enable its space-based assets to suit burgeoning new warfighter missions.
The key to the future overhead may lie at our feet.

October 2008
By Maryann Lawlor

 
Visitors to the Joint Intelligence Laboratory (JIL) in Suffolk, Virginia, view a virtual reality demonstration. The JIL is part of the Joint Transformation Command for Intelligence, U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM).
Innovative technologies help create joint solutions at the speed of war.

June 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

A new system promises a sea change in agency operations and services.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is offering its intelligence users a menu instead of serving them the food of its own choosing. A new online system being implemented incrementally will provide the agency’s customers with the capability to individually tailor their own diet of geospatial intelligence services and products.

April 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
This map of global Internet flow from 2005 shows the high degree of traffic that passes through the United States. This places the country at “ground zero” for Internet traffic, DNI Mike McConnell points out.
The devil you don’t know is the top concern for national security.

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