May 2007

May 2007
By Cmdr. Gregory E. Glaros, USN (Ret.)

The rise of an industrial threat has its equivalent in the military.

May 2007
By Rita Boland

 
The Pocket-sized Forward Entry Device (PFED) makes digital much of the work forward observers previously performed manually and with voice communications. The system runs Windows CE on a rugged personal digital assistant (PDA).
Upgrades improve precision, integrate new capabilities.

May 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon and Maryann Lawlor

 
Michael P. Jackson, deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), explains the department’s priorities, which include managing border security, at the Homeland Security 2007 conference.
Collaborative technologies help U.S. government agencies keep threats from materializing.

May 2007
By James C. Bussert

 
China’s new 3,500-ton, 132-meter 054 Jingkai-class frigate, named Ma’Anshan, offers stealth characteristics and advanced combat systems. Note the large radome on the mast aft of the diesel propulsion intake vent structure.
Frigates with advanced systems complement guided missile destroyers.

May 2007
By Capt. James H. Patton Jr., USN (Ret.)

 
Sea trial experiments demonstrate recently developed joint warfare capabilities, many of which could benefit from improved submarine connectivity. The USS Georgia was used in one such trial, called Silent Hammer, off the coast of San Diego several years ago.
Transforming old technology into new concepts offers potential to enhance the evolving role of submarines.

May 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The goal of the Africa Endeavor exercise is to develop interoperability among African nations’ armed forces and to foster a culture of information sharing during multinational operations.
Command and control demonstration creates military cooperation, interaction rarely seen on the continent.

May 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst examines reconnaissance imagery from operations in Afghanistan. The surge in data from more varied sources, coupled with the need for collaboration among diverse intelligence organizations, is forcing major changes on intelligence analysis and its practitioners.
A younger work force offers an opportunity for enhanced collaboration.

May 2007
By Maryann Lawlor

 
Using the Prometheus network defense system, personnel at the U.S. Navy’s Network, Information Operations and Space Center can view information from numerous sources at one console in near real time.
Trimming the number of systems while harvesting incident information protects today’s high-value Navy targets.

May 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A Marine sergeant communicates with his squad on patrol in Haditha, Iraq. U.S. Marine Corps communications and information systems must interoperate throughout mission areas that are more varied than those found at any of the other military services.
Interoperability and jointness benefit, but innovation still is required.

May 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory is using the SpyHawk unmanned aerial system (UAS) as a testbed to study new surveillance and communications technologies. The research is part of an effort to develop a UAS platform to support Marine forces at the echelons between battalion and headquarters.
Unmanned reconnaissance platform allows testing of sensors, datalinks and communications.

May 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The experimental all-digital receiver is a 1-centimeter superconducting niobium microchip capable of processing high frequency satellite signals directly into digital format. The technology allows designers to eliminate many of the analog components currently used in satellite communications equipment.
Cryogenic technology offers increased gain from smaller dishes.

May 2007
By Rita Boland

 
This artist rendering illustrates how an Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite will appear in space. The AEHF satellites are the next phase in the Milstar program. 
Next generation of satellite family will offer greatly enhanced services.

May 2007
By Maryann Lawlor

 
Once launched with the appropriate communications payloads, satellites in geosynchronous orbit will provide converged communications capabilities worldwide on the W band.
“They” say it can’t be done, but this visionary is determined to prove them wrong.

May 2007
By Rita Boland

 
The AN/PSC-14 combines a Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminal with an inline encryptor. The integration of the components creates a secure satellite terminal small enough to fit into a rucksack.
Companies collaborate to generate secure communications tool that requires less equipment.