November 2009

November 30, 2010
by Maryann Lawlor

November 20, 2009
by Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Some of the digital world’s most bitter rivals have joined forces with government and public-sector organizations to develop solutions for disaster relief. An inaugural meeting November 12-14 in Mountain View, California, already has generated some products, and the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has lauded the effort and has pledged support.

November 04, 2009
by Robert K. Ackerman

Quote of the Day:
“There is no warfare area more important than cyber.”—Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, USN, commander of the U.S. Third Fleet 

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
by Robert K. Ackerman

Quote of the Day:
“You can’t bolt on security after the fact.”—Mike Guzelian, vice president for secure voice and data products, General Dynamics C4 Systems

Tuesday, November 02, 2010
by Robert K. Ackerman

Quote of the Day:
“Command and control of command and control is an extremely fertile ground that bears harvesting.”—Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, USN, deputy commander and chief of staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet

 

November 03, 2009
by Robert K. Ackerman

Quote of the Day:

“This is war, and we’re up against the largest standing army there ever has been.”—Rear Adm. Gib Godwin, USN (Ret.), vice president, Northrop Grumman Information Systems

November 2009
By Kent R. Schneider

AFCEA increasingly is engaged in the effort to improve the acquisition process, particularly as it supports the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and information technology communities. The association addresses this critical topic in this edition of SIGNAL; it has supported some workshops to discuss specific aspects of the problem; and it has held two conferences in the past several months on acquisition.

November 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

November 2009
By Christopher J. Dorobek

 
The Intellipedia suite of collaboration tools is years ahead of most other organizations—public or private sector.

Change is never easy, and that is particularly true in government. When it comes to collaboration, it is the intelligence community that has been evolving and testing its own boundaries.

November 2009
By Col. Alan D. Campen, USAF (Ret.)

Public trust and resilience are keys to cybersecurity.

The threat to cyberspace now rivals that of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. That is the message in the latest effort to rouse the public from slumber induced by ignorance, indifference, apathy, confusion and denial. Government is inundated with reports and studies from think tanks, academia, prestigious government research agencies and the cybersecurity industry—each decrying the weak and deteriorating state in our cyberdefenses and proffering advice to the new administration.

November 2009
By Rita Boland

 

In a network-centric system’s life cycle, the need for realism increases as the network matures from concept to implementation. A small business innovation research (SBIR) program grant aims to use Scalable Network Technologies’ tools to move the
Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) from simulation to emulation.

November 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

November 2009
By Rita Boland

 

A contractor from Product Manager, Defense Communications Systems–Europe, drills through a maintenance hole for fiber optic conduit and cable.

Warfighters overseas will have access to commercial-grade capabilities for the first time.

November 2009
By Rita Boland

 

Staff Sgt. Alfred Hickman, USMC, and Sgt. Sandro Kitzmann, USMC, work on a computer at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Reports by the Defense Science Board and legislation are helping the U.S. Defense Department improve the information technology acquisition process to field capabilities to troops more quickly.

November 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Maingate radio program currently is undergoing field trials with U.S. Army units. The radio acts as a gateway that allows legacy radios to communicate with each other across tactical networks.

Smart communications gear will automate tactical networks.

November 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

The U.S. Navy is outfitting its ships with unclassified wireless networks that will allow sailors and marines to move around a vessel with laptops and personal digital assistants. The program enhances personnel efficiency and saves the expense and time required to install wiring and network connection points on ships. The wireless networks also will permit deployed Marine and Army units to maintain connectivity while in transit.

November 2009
By Rita Boland

 

Weapons Intelligence Team (WIT) 18 destroys improvised explosive device materials it recovered earlier. After WITs complete exploitation of these items, they dispose of the materials by detonation to deny insurgents reuse.

Teams collect explosive device forensics to learn about the people and methods involved.

November 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

 

The Global Observer (GO) is being designed to fly in the stratosphere for up to seven days before needing fuel.
The GO-1 aircraft could carry up to 400 pounds of payload, the GO-2 up to 1,000 pounds. AeroVironment Incorporated, developer of the craft, currently is developing GO-3.