December 30, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

From Aerostats to chat rooms, the demand for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets in Afghanistan is at an all-time high. As coordinators work to allocate and organize the largest number of capabilities ever deployed, the challenge remains to maximize the potential of what already exists.

December 6, 2010
By George Seffers

DRS Technical Services Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, was recently awarded a $7 million contract to provide management, supervision, manpower, equipment and supplies necessary to provide satellite-based wireless service for morale, welfare, and recreation purposes to three locations within the Helmand province of Afghanistan. The locations are Camp Leatherneck, Camp Delaram and Camp Dwyer. Leatherneck Regional Contracting Center, Helmand province, Afghanistan, is the contracting activity.

December 3, 2010
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Owego, New York, is being awarded a more than $45 million contract for two cargo unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and pre-deployment readiness activities in support of cargo UAS services in Afghanistan and required modifications to the systems. Frontier Systems Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company, Irvine, California, is being awarded nearly $30 million for a similar contract. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

November 12, 2010
By George Seffers

Alenia North America has been awarded an approximately $4 million contract by the United States Air Force to provide training of pilots, loadmasters and maintenance personnel on the C-27/G.222 tactical transport aircraft for the Afghanistan Air Force. This is a follow-on contract to a previous contract with the U.S. Air Force, which had three training classes on the C-27/G.222. This new contract will consist of four training classes over the next year. In 2008, the company received a contract to supply 18 refurbished C-27/G.222 aircraft for the Afghanistan Air Force.

October 26, 2010
By George Seffers

IAP World Services, Panama City, Florida, was recently awarded $12 million, which exercises the second option, third year of service, for the operation and maintenance of the electrical power grids at Forward Operating Bases Salerno and Sharana. Work is to be performed in northern Afghanistan. Defense Contract Management Agency, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, is the contracting activity.

August 9, 2010
By George Seffers

DRS Defense Solutions LLC, Bethesda, Maryland, was recently awarded a $12.8 million contract to perform information technology support services for U.S. forces located on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Bagram Regional Contracting Center is the contracting activity.

January 4, 2010
By Katie Packard

What does the United States need to make its efforts in Afghanistan successful? According to SIGNAL's newest Incoming columnist, Dr. Linton Wells II, the answer is sharing unclassified information--a key channel to allowing the United States and its coalition partners to reach the populations they're trying to help. Wells argues that unclassified situational awareness--and the communications networks to share it--are critical enablers. He says:

September 1, 2012
By Rita Boland
An instructor from Georgia teaches a class to a group of Afghan cyberprofessionals.  
An instructor from Georgia teaches a class to a group of Afghan cyberprofessionals. The Afghans traveled to Turkey as part of a NATO program to improve cyberdefense in their home country.  
November 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine


U.S. Marine Corps officials in Afghanistan mount two AN/PRC-117G radios onto an aerostat platform, effectively doubling the radio’s range.

A manpack radio enables on-the-move data flow in Afghanistan.

July 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine


Staff Sgt. Robert D. Custer, USMC (l), intelligence analyst, and Martin Susser, a ScanEagle operator with Insitu, prepare a ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for flight in western Iraq. Special operations forces also employ the asset to enhance their operations in Afghanistan.

June 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

May 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

[Editor’s Note: This is the first of two articles based on interviews with U.S. Marines while they were deployed in Afghanistan. The second piece will run in the June edition of SIGNAL.]

April 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine


Children in the Jalalabad area of Afghanistan surround Todd Huffman,
a U.S. civilian contractor, as he shows them how to use the Internet. The computer is part of the "One Laptop Per Child" program.

The troubled country’s future depends on government and industry collaboration.

April 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine


Staff Sgt. Michael Ackley, USA, runs fiber cable between buildings throughout the Regional Command–South compound. Signalers in the command must contend with active war conditions as well as coordination issues among multinational partners.

December 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine


April 2010
By Col. George Franz, USA; Lt. Col. David Pendall, USA; and Lt. Col. Jeffery Steffen, USA, SIGNAL Magazine