SIGNAL Online Exclusives

August 25, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower Lilly

Although women make up nearly 50 percent of the U.S. work force, they fill less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions, according to a report released this month by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA). The unequal share of women in STEM is particularly apparent in the engineering field, where only one out of every seven engineers is female. This vast gender gap restricts the United States in the global race for a high-tech work force.

August 22, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

International Security Assistance Force commander recommends Afghan Mission Network concept for future NATO operations. 

The commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan has recommended that the network architecture approach established in that country be developed for future alliance and coalition operations and exercises.

August 11, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Young summer campers whose focus is cybersecurity rather than swimming or working on their tan had a chance to show their skills and maybe earn a scholarship recently in Virginia.

It is part of the latest in a series of U.S. Cyber Challenge Camps taking place across the country as part of an effort to get more young people to seriously consider careers in the high-demand field of cybersecurity and information assurance.

August 3, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Security firm analysis suggests a nation behind the effort.

A large cyberespionage campaign has been ongoing for five or more years, with its targets ranging from private companies to nations. Commercial cybersecurity experts say all the evidence so far points to a “state player” as the source of the attack, and they have located server logs outlining the extent of the attack.

August 2, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Commercial terminals may lead the service away from commercial orbiters.

A small business innovation research (SBIR) program is allowing U.S. Army researchers to generate on-the-move satellite links that would take advantage of the greater data rates available from military communications satellites. A recent demonstration at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, proved the worth of this approach for transmitting and receiving vital situational awareness data and command and control messages.

July 19, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Troops soon will have access to an upgrade that allows them to counter one of their most complex foes—Mother Nature. A project at the U.S. Air Force Electronic Systems Center incorporates weather information with flight maps so crews can more quickly understand what the environment plans to throw their way and when.

July 15, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The revelation that an unnamed defense contractor suffered a large-scale data breach emphasized the urgency and importance of a Defense Department strategy for operating in cyberspace.

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn outlined the strategy yesterday in a major policy speech at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Lynn acknowledged in his speech that an “intrusion” took place last March in the system of an unnamed defense contractor.

July 15, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The revelation that an unnamed defense contractor suffered a large-scale data breach emphasized the urgency and importance of a Defense Department strategy for operating in cyberspace.

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn outlined the strategy yesterday in a major policy speech at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Lynn acknowledged in his speech that an “intrusion” took place last March in the system of an unnamed defense contractor.

July 11, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The six-week Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) exercise that wraps up this week at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, marks the first time the U.S. Army has tested and evaluated technologies as a networked, integrated system of systems, according to service officials. The process is proving uncomfortable but necessary for deploying truly integrated technologies to the battlefield.

July 6, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Even as he was saying his farewells, now-former Defense Secretary Robert Gates apparently had a change of heart about moving responsibility for the Pentagon’s computer networks from the Defense Department Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) into the newly established U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM).

The decision was announced in one of Gates’ final memos which he signed undated, and which was posted on the Defense Department website after the 4th of July holiday. 

June 29, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Malware threats for mobile and messaging environments are increasing quickly, evolving in sophistication and functionality at a pace that eclipses PC-based malware, according to a report by McAfee Labs. Malicious programs for Android have become especially prevalent; historically, only two other operating systems have more malware.

June 20, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

New technology capabilities are driving agency goals.

Integrating the network and defending it against cyberattacks are among the top priorities in the new Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) 2011-2012 Campaign Plan. The plan, released this morning, focuses on requirements and opportunities facing the information agency.

June 14, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Digital-data investigators have a new tool in their arsenals as they try to capture bad guys' information before they can harm others. The device enables immediate, on-scene triage of devices, eliminating the need to send equipment back to a laboratory while saving precious time and resources.

May 31, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Thousands of chat rooms create confusion in the battle zone.

June 6, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

At a time when almost all of government is being squeezed by efforts to lower spending, a new report from a congressional watchdog agency strongly suggests that the Defense Department needs to do a better job of managing its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems. 

June 9, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Army is introducing its first fully immersive virtual simulation program for dismounted soldiers and small tactical units. The Dismounted Soldier Training System will provide virtual environments for soldiers to increase combat preparedness and reduce traditional training expenses. And the system’s advanced graphics and tools utilize video game elements and skills already familiar to young soldiers.

May 26, 2011

The following is a public service announcment regarding public wireless networks.

 

May 18, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

One hundred teams from around the country gathered in Virginia last week to compete in the ninth annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) finals. The event gives students in seventh through 12th grades the chance to experience math and science in action with the hope that practical application will encourage them to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in their higher education and careers.

May 25, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The once-cancelled spacecraft gains new life with a new mission.

May 11, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

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