March 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

"NATO SATCOM will certainly be handicapped if interoperability with national systems is not key to the design of how we go forward."--Malcolm Green, chief of Capability Area Team (CAT) 9 National Information Infrastructure (NII) Communication Infrastructure Services, NC3A

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November 25, 2009
By Katie Packard

Beginning this month, 14 government agencies across the U.S. are part of a pilot program testing a new multiband radio that enables first responders to talk to each other across frequency bands. The DHS's Science and Technology Directorate developed the radio, which resembles current single-band emergency communications equipment but works on five frequency bands and can work on four additional bands used exclusively by the U.S. Defense Department, National Guard and Coast Guard.

November 24, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

A new capability called TactiCell will enable secure cell phone use in harsh environments. Warfighters will be able to text, talk and send video knowing their communications are reliable and protected. Maryann Lawlor's article Cell Phones on the Front Lines, in this month's issue of SIGNAL Magazine, dials in on the military's efforts to develop the TactiCell capability. The Joint Special Operations Command, a component of the U.S. Special Operations Command, began pursuing the capability through the U.S.

October 1, 2012
By George I. Seffers

Military radio experts reveal emerging trends in acquisition and technology.

October 1, 2012
By Rita Boland

A key release for Blue Force Tracker brings new benefits to two theaters.

August 2012
By Clarence A. Robinson Jr., SIGNAL Magazine


Soldiers at a training facility receive instruction with the U.S. Army’s Secure Mobile Antijam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T). These soldiers learn to send and receive voice, data, video and text communications via Raytheon’s SMART-T secure mobile equipment without detection and interception by adversaries.

February 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

Federal officials stage a nationwide test to develop a next-generation approach to informing citizens.

April 2011
By Daniel P. Taylor, SIGNAL Magazine

The Navy is developing the new CANES shipboard network with its land-based cousin in mind.

Walk up to a terminal, swipe a card and log in to a single, consolidated network architecture. That is the future the Navy envisions for its sailors when they disembark after a deployment and want to use a network on land, or vice versa—something that is difficult to do in today’s environment of cluttered legacy networks.

May 2009
By Rita Boland

The GATR 2.4-meter Ku-band system sits in Germany during a U.S. Special Operations Command planning conference early this year.
Smaller, lighter technology offers same connectivity as its larger, heavier counterparts.

April 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

April 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

Satellite dishes are lined up for testing at Fort Lewis, Washington. The U.S. Army’s 51st Expeditionary Signal Battalion is training on new networking equipment before it ships out to Iraq later this year.
New capabilities mean new training challenges.

February 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

January 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

Soldiers with the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, radio other friendly forces during a search mission in Iraq. Experiences gleaned in Iraq and Afghanistan are changing the road map for U.S. Army communications.
The messenger is the message as course changes loom.

December 2007
By Maryann Lawlor

The rise in the number of technologies that demand their place on the spectrum calls for a balance among the military, federal government and commercial sectors.
Sharing a finite resource requires unprecedented cooperation.

November 2007
By Tim Albone

Maj. John Fraser, USA (r),
of the Communications Embedded Training Team, Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan, trains Afghanistan National Army soldiers on the PacStar 5500 advanced deployable communications system.
Internet protocol-based communications offers beleaguered country’s military efficient and secure systems.

October 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

Project Marti will use a high-flying unmanned platform to collect data from a variety of low-flying unmanned aerial systems (UASs) such as this ScanEagle. Hovering high over the theater of operations, the system will collect sensor information and transmit it to users below.
Linked unmanned platforms to offer troops instant mobile information architecture.

April 2007
By Rita Boland

Four chemical attack “victims” are helped to the triage area by Alexandria, Virginia, firefighters during a training exercise at the Pentagon. A proposal being presented to the federal government aims to allocate specific spectrum to first responders in an effort to improve interoperability.
Revolutionary plan would have private companies pay for and build public network, but time is short.

January 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

Deployable technology allows instant networks in disaster areas, battlefields.

A telecommunications system that connects military and commercial radios and telephones into a single encrypted network is enabling warfighters and first responders to communicate securely with each other. Based on commercial technologies, the compact, portable solution establishes a cellular network that can support both military and disaster recovery operations.

December 2006
By Capt. Dave Munichiello, USAF

The everything over Internet protocol (EoIP) solution promises improved efficiency while supporting more end users than legacy equipment. The circuit-based telephony setup requires 238 more cubic feet and six more people than EoIP architecture.
Size, weight, cost and personnel concerns amplify demand for communications system built on flexible framework.