March 2009

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
by Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Army has unveiled to the public a new robot that aids troops in their fight against improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Intended to attach to more than 8,000 other robotic assets already deployed in the field, Tanglefoot employs simple tools to clear routes that military members must traverse. Developers of this new machine believe its capabilities will help save lives by improving the security of roadways and by keeping soldiers away from explosives during the detection and disarming processes.

March 2009

Once of the most distinguishing characteristics of cyber warfare is that it is not fought on land, at sea or in the air. Cyber space is not an operational theatre that any military branch or relevant agency can lay claim to dominating. The necessities and challenges of defending the nation in the Information Age require a team approach. They also demand the ongoing sharing of ideas, best business practices and lessons learned. 

March 2009
By Adam Baddeley

 
NATO’s telepresence trial linking Europe with Kabul provided an immersive, face-to-face virtual meeting capability for command staff.
Multinational military leaders employ newest video technology to plan missions and boost service members’ morale.

March 2009
By Kent R. Schneider

Each year we conduct a membership satisfaction survey so you can give us direct feedback on what is important to you and how well we are delivering on those areas of importance. More than 1,500 of you responded to the survey this year. These survey results, which I outline below, will help guide us in improving our association and its service to you.

March 2009
By Christopher J. Dorobek

 
President Obama’s new chief performance officer must deal with government management.

March 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

March 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

 
A U.S. Air Force hot bench team at the Global Cyberspace Integration Center examines software and information systems for potential problems before they are delivered to warfighters. Cyberspace could be the first line of offense in future warfare.
Attacks in cyberspace may be prelude to future conventional conflicts.

March 2009
By Rita Boland

 
Investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes are diverse and fluid fields.

March 2009
By Dean Risseeuw

 
Training for the placement of unattended ground sensors (UGSs) takes place at Fort Bliss, Texas. Tactical and urban UGSs are both part of Future Combat Systems (FCS) equipment and are scheduled to be fielded to infantry soldiers by 2011.
Networking multimodal nodes increases battlefield awareness and operational options.

March 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

March 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
FoxView resides on rugged digital cameras such as this Ricoh 500SE-M tactical digital camera. The software tags photos with location data from the camera’s internal GPS unit and other data such as azimuth and information about the unit taking the image.
Geolocation software allows pictures to show location, time, other information.

March 2009
By Rita Boland

 
The wearable supercomputer has the computing power of six to 12 standard desktop computers, but is less than six inches long and weighs one pound.
High-power hardware is part of a bigger effort to take capabilities usually stored in entire buildings and condense them into a suitcase.

March 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman