November 2010

November 2010
From SIGNAL Magazine's NewsNet

U.S. and allied forces operating in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan are receiving new handheld tactical radios designed to provide secure communications among the diverse militaries. The radios feature National Security Agency (NSA) Type 1 Suite B security, which will enable them to exchange Secret-level voice and data transmissions with U.S. forces using standard-issue Suite B security radios such as the AN/PRC-152(C) handheld and AN/PRC-117G manpack radios, both of which have Type 1 Suite A and Suite B encryption.

November 29, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

 

November 15, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

Sgt. Kent Byrd, USA, served in Iraq for a year as an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) expert but spent much of his free time geocaching. The game challenges participants to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to locate containers, called geocaches or caches, hidden across the globe by other players. He says the tools and techniques used to succeed in the game are the same skills that save his life in the field.

November 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

Part of the USS Cole has found new life in a field in New Jersey. Engineers at the Vice Adm. James H. Doyle Jr. Combat System Engineering Development Site (CSEDS) Aegis Technical Representative (TECHREP) in Moorestown refurbished the SPY-1B/D antenna that was installed on the ship when it was attacked by terrorists in 2000. The reworking provides necessary capability to the landlocked facility, and it serves as a reminder to local personnel of the sacrifices made by those onboard the Cole.

November 10, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Representatives from more than a dozen nations came together last week to wrap up the two-year Multinational Experiment 6 (MNE6), share their conclusions and solidify their plans for the future. In the vast majority of cases, action on the event’s categories of the four main objectives involves developing concepts and doctrine. However, in at least one case—logistics—MNE6 resulted in a concrete solution that has already been fielded in Afghanistan.

November 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

November 3, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The General Services Administration (GSA) is establishing 15 virtual meeting centers across the United States for use by government personnel. Scheduled to open in 2011, the centers will be available to representatives from all federal agencies, military and civilian, and should help reduce greenhouse emissions and travel.

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

Hybrid Helicopter Concept

November 2010
By Paul A. Strassmann

Reliance on the Internet, project budget and contract details leave much to be desired.

November 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

November 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Bulgarian soldiers stand ready during International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Afghanistan. Bulgaria is looking at an entirely new force modernization effort so it can maintain an effective military and continue to meet its international obligations.

November 2010
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

Be honest. When was the last time you thought about the frequency spectrum? For most of you, the answer is probably, “not lately.” We take spectrum for granted. As with water and air, we figure there always will be spectrum when we need it. Just as we have found in recent years that there isn’t always enough clean water and air, we are starting to realize there may not be enough spectrum to meet all requirements.

November 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

November 2010
By Rita Boland

 

The U.S. Army is looking into the Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) as part of the solution to reduce the weight of the loads troops have to carry in theater.

Wearable device is capable of carrying hundreds of pounds, transferring that bulk off of people and onto the ground.

November 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

November 2010
By Maryann Lawlor

 

Rodney Smith (l) and Ted Krainski, members of the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on-the-move (C4ISR OTM) team, set up radios as static nodes. Dismounted soldiers interacted with these "static soldiers," passing scripted voice and situational awareness traffic between squad leaders to the riflemen.

November 1, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Alexander Tsvetkov, Bulgarian Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, attends a groundbreaking ceremony for a new river information system that will help monitor traffic conditions on the Danube River, help ensure better navigation safety and reduce the impact of traffic on the environment. Tsvetkov leads Bulgaria’s e-government efforts.

November 2010
By George I. Seffers

 

The Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access-based radio served as the primary Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) prototype used for developing and testing DSA technologies in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Next Generation (XG) Program. It was developed by the Shared Spectrum Company and was generically referred to as the XG Prototype Radio.

November 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) software shown on this ruggedized JV-5 computer built by DRS will be replaced with a joint Army-Marine Corps software known as the Joint Battle Command-Platform (JBC-P).

November 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

 
Cyberdefense is far from being a challenge just for the United States—there are many international aspects to this issue. In this column last month, I cited the important Foreign Affairs article “Defending a New Domain” by Deputy Secretary of Defense Bill Lynn, which addresses U.S. Defense Department cyberstrategy head on.