January 7, 2010
By Katie Packard

Wondering how you can get your business' news published in one of SIGNAL's publications? Executive Editor Maryann Lawlor will be hosting an event at West 2010 for PAOs, business development managers and PR folks to help you learn how. "The Secrets Behind Getting News Published" in SIGNAL's media will be held Wednesday, February 3, at 9 a.m. PST.

Interested in learning more? Want to attend? Contact Maryann for details.

January 6, 2010
By Katie Packard

"Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military" is a weekly podcast from the U.S. Defense Department that highlights the importance of science and technology to modern military operations and the DOD. Interviews with scientists, administrators and operators are conducted to inform listeners about the cutting-edge research and development happening within the defense community.

December 22, 2009
By Katie Packard

A fallen soldier has been honored in an unusual way. Lance Cpl. Ryan McCurdy, USMC, was killed by a sniper in Fallujah, Iraq, in January 2006 when he attempted to save a comrade who was also injured. In recognition of his sacrifice, a portable armored wall system has been named "McCurdy's Armor" in his honor. The system is a rapidly deployed protective structure that is easily configurable to meet various force levels. Also in his memory, the Ryan McCurdy Activity Center has been established. A percentage of all future sales of McCurdy's Armor will be donated to the center, which will help provide a safe place for children in Cpl.

October 8, 2009
By Rita Boland

The first American Heroes Challenge will take place in Las Vegas Nov. 7-8, 2009. The event features four-man teams comprised of military, law enforcement and security personnel who will compete in a six-stage, live-fire firearms and tactics competition. Each stage is named in honor of a fallen American hero. The contest is designed to test technical, tactical and physical skills as well as the ability to evolve with the mission.  The American Heroes Challenge organization is a nonprofit created to benefit and honor members of the military, law enforcement and first-responder communities through the challenge event.

September 30, 2009
By Kent Schneider

Constant reorganizations and realignments occur in every government and every alliance. A major study is ongoing in NATO to determine the alliance's direction. In the United States, the creation of the new joint Cyber Command and the Air Force's new Global Strike Command are recent examples of significant change.

Many who are directly affected by such changes have worked with governments to facilitate the efforts. With that in mind:

September 16, 2009
By Katie Packard

Storytelling can be a powerful communication tool, and it is one that Andrew O'Keefe uses in his novel The Boss to show people how to be a better manager. The book's protagonist, Lauren, tries to succeed at her job as a marketing professional while under the leadership of a team of terrible bosses.

O'Keefe has more than 25 years of human resources experience, including a decade as an HR executive at IBM. After years of hearing nightmare stories about awful bosses, he decided to put those stories to good use and wrote his novel.

September 4, 2009
By Rita Boland

The Outback Steakhouse Annual Golf Classic is raising money for the American Freedom Foundation for the second year in a row. The foundation supports veterans and their families by raising money and awareness for veterans' organizations. The non-profit group has a special focus on welfare and education issues facing troops wounded or disabled in action and the families of veterans killed in action during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The 17th annual golf event will be played Monday, October 5, 2009, at  Cannon Ridge Golf Club  in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Last year, the classic raised $75,000.

March 18, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Last October, AFCEA and U.S Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) hosted SOUTH 2008, a conference focused on operations in SOUTHCOM's area of responsibility. Coverage of the event appeared in the December edition of SIGNAL in the article Narcotics and Terrorism are Linked, Pose Threats to Hemisphere. Adm. James Stavridis, commander of SOUTHCOM, played an integral role in the success SOUTH, and gave a keynote address during the event.

July 9, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

AFCEA and SIGNAL Magazine join all Americans in welcoming back our three countrymen who were rescued from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) terrorists in Colombia last week.

Northrop Grumman, their employer, has updates on their return, including a statement from the former hostages and links to Department of Defense images, here.