October 2010

November 18, 2010
By Beverly Cooper, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The silver anniversary of the first PC virus is approaching in January, but even after 25 years, no victory celebration is on the horizon. That first virus, distributed on a 5 1/4 floppy disk, was called the Brain, and it originated in Pakistan as a way to curtail pirating. This boot sector infection, which was fairly harmless, spread around the world in 1986 on floppy disks, introducing the world to a new type of vulnerability. Malicious programming distributed as computer viruses has become exponentially more dangerous since the early attacks as the Internet has provided the platform for rapid, stealthy spread of these and other nefarious cyberattacks.

October 28, 2010
Day 2, By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

October 29, 2010
Day 3, By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

October 27, 2010
Day 1: Cyberspace Dominates Security Concerns, By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Quote of the Day:
“You can’t command and control that domain [IT] unless you can see into it, sense inside it and control it.”—Adm. Robert F. Willard, USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command

October 13, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

October 21, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Air Force Personnel Center is transferring virtually all human resources-related information technology responsibilities to the Defense Information Systems Agency, becoming a customer rather than a human resources systems owner, according to Robert Berger, deputy director, Personnel Data Systems at Air Force Personnel Center.

October 15, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Although it cherishes the work of its sailors, the U.S. Navy is boosting its priority on autonomous systems that in many ways will save humans. The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is establishing the Autonomous Systems Research Laboratory (ASRL), which will dive deep into highly innovative, interdisciplinary research. The new facility, scheduled to open in October 2011, will be the nexus for scientists and engineers with differing backgrounds to apply their expertise to inventions that operate with little to no intervention from humans.

October 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

The command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance community's clamor for a reduction of under-the-desk hardware should soon be answered. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) officials are working through the certification and accreditation process for a one-box solution to address the need for secure access to multiple networks, and an application to enable data sharing across those networks is close behind.

October 5, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. military’s leading agency in creating mind-boggling devices that literally save warfighters’ lives is joining the app generation in a big way. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) initiated its Transformative Apps program in April of this year; by the time the Broad Agency Announcement closed at the end of August, DARPA had been inundated with hundreds of tactical app ideas from places that ranged from companies to soldiers in the field.

October 15, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Building Blocks for Computer Vision

October 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

October 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge fires a flare during a nighttime exercise. The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) is facing new challenges as it attempts to navigate through security issues in the vast Asia-Pacific region.

October 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

 
Last month I expressed concern that the growing gap between online functionality and security demanded a rethinking of several key aspects of security—more focus on tagging and tracking data, rethinking resilience and robustness, clearer security policies, and a need to change people’s behavior to reflect more security awareness.

October 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A Delta-IV Heavy launcher lifts off a pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is planning several satellite launches over the next few months to replace and update the nation’s aging space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance infrastructure.

October 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Gen. Keith B. Alexander, USA, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, spoke about cyberoperations during LandWarNet 2010.

Battlefield and homeland requirements demand innovations integrate quicker.

October 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

October 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

October 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, USAF (l), commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, and commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC–Space), receives a briefing from Lt. Col. Brent McArthur, USAF, commander, 3rd Space Operations Squadron (SOPS), during a tour of the 3rd SOPS at Schriever Air Force Base.

October 2010
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

The intelligence community faces many challenges. Some are unique, but others are symptomatic of problems throughout government. These issues address the need for consistency and reason in intelligence as well as in government decision making. My examples all pertain to the U.S. government, but they can be applied equally to governments everywhere.

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