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January 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Sailors collect and analyze weather observations at the Naval Aviation Forecast Center at Naval Station Norfolk. Information technology provides more valuable information to commanders than ever, but its users face challenges in exploiting it effectively without sacrificing key tenets of command and control.

Some badly needed basics are taking a back seat to electrons.

September 1, 2012
By Rita Boland
 
Stephen Guerin of Simtable showcases his solution to the common operational picture portion of the second PlugFest mash-up challenge. Guerin won first place in the event.  
August 2012
By Clarence A. Robinson Jr., SIGNAL Magazine

 

Soldiers at a training facility receive instruction with the U.S. Army’s Secure Mobile Antijam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T). These soldiers learn to send and receive voice, data, video and text communications via Raytheon’s SMART-T secure mobile equipment without detection and interception by adversaries.

August 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 
Scientists, researchers and military organizations step up observations of the sun ahead of  the solar max season.

A predicted increase in the number and intensity of solar storms is forecast for 2013, and solar weather experts are advising both the public and private sector to make preparations.

August 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

August 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

WildCAT technology one day could be used to protect the wireless networks at critical infrastructure facilities, such as major U.S. ports.

A cybersecurity technology with multiple agency support prepares for fielding.

A new technology

July 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Army soldier uses the Joint Capabilities Release of Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) during a U.S. exercise. The Army is reconfiguring its networking to reflect an overall force shift back to the U.S. mainland.

Domestic basing and cyber operations dominate service networking issues.

July 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A Boeing H-6 helicopter cruises over the desert landscape of Mesa, Arizona, equipped with the Adaptive Vehicle Management System, or AVMS. The experimental system is designed to give rotorcraft digitized controls similar to the ones common on fixed-wing aircraft.

July 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Stryker Brigade destroys an abandoned compound in Hutal, Afghanistan. The Army soon will begin fielding a fully integrated mobile network capability to brigade combat teams
headed to Afghanistan.

July 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 
The scramble is on to meet the needs of government staff  to use varied devices on the job.

June 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

June 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

U.S. Navy sailors learn cryptologic elements in a Joint Cyber Analysis Course at the Center for Information Dominance. The Navy’s multibillion-dollar Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) program is a major step in the service’s drive toward information dominance.

June 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The Reaper remotely piloted aircraft carries Gorgon Stare, a first wide-area motion imagery that can videotape a 4-kilometer radius of the surveillance area from 12 angles.

The U.S. Air Force crafts plans to harvest knowledge from increased information flow.

June 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Underwater Imaging System (UIS) displays 3-D imagery of a sunken vessel.

A precision imaging system is poised to gain wider exposure.

May 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A Eurofighter Typhoon flies over Abu Dhabi. The Eurofighter, designed by a multinational consortium of aerospace companies, may be just a harbinger of future European defense activities. Budget constraints almost certainly will require that European nations pool and share resources for future system development and procurement.

May 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

May 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The U.S. Defense Department’s "Joint Operational Access Concept" (JOAC) addresses the threat of future enemies using anti-access/area-denial capabilities to prevent U.S. forces from operating freely in combat theaters. Preparing in advance to thwart these activities and projecting force will increase U.S. successes during forthcoming battles.

May 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Marine Corps sergeant communicates position information while on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is striving to replace service-oriented standards with joint requirements to improve interoperability and technology innovation.

May 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Nellis Air Force Base, just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, hosts the largest solar array on any U.S. military facility. It is capable of generating 14.2 megawatts of electricity.

Hurdles exist to harnessing the sun, but bright spots still can be found.

May 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The CH-47 Chinook helicopter, which has been used for decades to transport troops and supplies across the battlefield, potentially could fly without a crew if the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility Sensor System (AACUS) is installed.

Future unmanned helicopters will replace deadly logistics convoys.

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