March 2006

March 2006
By Adam Baddeley

 
Although Italy is involved in the Multifunction Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System program to equip airborne platforms, problems have arisen over issues of software encryption.
National team is developing first prototype and planning for a system that allows portability on various platforms.

March 2006
By Dr. Jeff Grossman and Richard Akita

March 2006
M.J. Pizzella, Associate Administrator for Citizen Services and Communications, U.S. General Services Administration

Which emerging technology will have the biggest impact on your organization in the future?

There was a time when federal agencies were required to buy their goods and services from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The GSA’s business was pretty much guaranteed. Like the days of the 10-cent postage stamp, however, that time has passed. 

March 2006
By Maryann Lawlor

March 2006
By Clarence A. Robinson Jr.

March 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

March 2006
By Rita Boland

 

Fuel cells may one day be used to power small surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Fuel-cell-powered UAVs could support longer missions than current power alternatives allow.
Photograph courtesy of European Communities.

Benchmark tests pave way for longer surveillance missions.

March 2006
By Robert K. Ackerman

The information is at hand; now the community must get its arms around it.

The wealth of information available worldwide from open sources has impelled the U.S. intelligence community to establish a new center dedicated exclusively to exploitation and dissemination of valuable unclassified products. This center will scour the world’s environment of readily available information for snippets of data that could complete a vital intelligence picture as well as for messages among enemies that travel in the open through the global village.

March 2006
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
The Office of Force Transformation’s Stiletto employs a novel m-hull design to give it high speed and smooth performance even in rough seas. The all-composite hull also weighs a fraction of its equivalent in steel, giving the craft a greater cargo or payload capability. Note the relative size of the two workers at dockside.
Research craft seeks to transform littoral operations.

March 2006
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

Last summer’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) change of command was bittersweet for the information technology community, as we said farewell to one friend and welcome aboard to another. It also was a reflection of how blessed our nation is that as we make changes at the highest levels in our armed forces and their agencies, we continue to provide superb leadership and management. Even when styles and methods are different, the change almost always turns out to be healthy.

March 2006
By Maryann Lawlor

 
Commanders in current operations rely on information technology to provide a common operational picture. Modernizing the acquisition processes at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will give warfighters the ability to build a user-defined operational picture by reusing capabilities in multiple ways.
Realignment streamlines integration of programs, projects and services.

March 2006
By Rita Boland

 
Senior Airman John Ervin, USAF, 52nd Communications Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, configures a router to communicate with Croughton Royal Air Force from Dakar International Airport in Senegal. The National Gateway System improves the security of organizational messaging.
Centers facilitate message transfer among legacy and defense systems.