June 2008

June 2008
By Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.)

June 2008
By Maryann Lawlor

Raise the firewalls and batten down the gateways: security risks are rising.

June 2008
By Kent R. Schneider

In 1986, the Goldwater-Nichols Act mandated jointness in the Defense Department. This affected training, doctrine, personnel management and assignments, force structure and operations. Joint operations and a joint approach to command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) have become fundamental to the way we fight.

June 2008
By Rita Boland

Scientists are manipulating the speed of light to discover new capabilities and devices.

Science fiction heroes zooming faster than the speed of light is the stuff of space-age movies, but slowing down or stopping light’s speed may prove more useful to the military and others. Scientists have found that changing the pace of light brings technologies that were once considered impossible closer to reality.

June 2008
By Maryann Lawlor

 
The LucidTouch is a see-through touchscreen for mobile devices that enables users to interact with the information by touching the back rather than the front of the screen. As a result, users do not obscure the specific point they are trying to view on the screen.
Innovations from the world’s largest software company deliver and dazzle.

June 2008
By Rita Boland

 
Nanograss is a special silicon surface that resembles a lawn of evenly cut grass, with individual "blades" only nanometers in size. Researchers are developing nanotechnologies that will enable a variety of next-generation communications capabilities.
Move over, fortune tellers and psychics—scientist seers hear the future loud and clear.

June 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
DARPA’s Visibuilding program will enable warfighters to map buildings prior to urban operations. The radar-based technology also can detect the presence of large quantities of metal, such as a weapons cache, and it can track the movements of individual people in a building.
Innovative optics, radar systems cut through the fog of battle.

June 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
Researchers at Northrop Grumman and the University of Illinois have built a transistor radio with key components made from carbon nanotubes. The radio was built to demonstrate new techniques for growing parallel rows of nanotubes, which allows the structures
to be readily adapted for use in a range of electronic devices.
Microscopic radio points way to small, strong, power-saving electronics.

June 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

June 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A U.S. soldier peers through a narrow doorway on a reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan. Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) is becoming even more important as U.S. forces adjust to fighting an asymmetric enemy.
The change must be fundamental to deal with an unconventional enemy.

June 2008
By Maryann Lawlor

June 2008
By Rita Boland

June 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

A new system promises a sea change in agency operations and services.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is offering its intelligence users a menu instead of serving them the food of its own choosing. A new online system being implemented incrementally will provide the agency’s customers with the capability to individually tailor their own diet of geospatial intelligence services and products.