December 2010

December 22, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The conventional wisdom—and common joke—is that the U.S. Marine Corps receives used-up, hand-me-down equipment passed along from the Navy and Army. But that proved not to be the case during the recently completed Navy-Marine Corps exercise Bold Alligator 2011. In fact, the Marine Corps brought to the exercise more modern information technology systems than the Navy, which created interoperability problems and delays in providing critical information to commanders.

December 16, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The first satellite built by the U.S. Army in more than five decades launched last week, ushering in a new phase of space use for the military branch. Officials with the program intend experiments with the demonstration technology to lead to a number of identical satellites that could be deployed together in low Earth orbit to simulate tactical communications capabilities and to evaluate nanosatellite performance.

December 15, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Troops now have a secure means to share videos. With the unveiling of milTube, the latest addition to milSuite, the military work force no longer needs to turn to YouTube—a practice the higher echelons frown upon—to share training or professional development clips. The set of tools known as milSuite also includes milBook, milWiki and milBlog, which all feature easily recognizable user interfaces and, more importantly, security.

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

Threat Detector

December 15, 2010
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

A groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) project seeks to have sensors accepting and transmitting information in a method similar to the human brain. Being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) along with SRI International, the Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics, or SyNAPSE, project is surpassing traditional mathematical algorithms and attempting to process information in complex environments autonomously by learning relevant and probabilistically stable features and associations automatically.

December 9, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The Air Combat Command (ACC) is executing a plan that delivers more combat power through an innovative Combat Air Force (CAF) information-sharing capability. The U.S. Air Force Portal will host this dynamic method to accelerate the resource allocation decision-making process.

December 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

December 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

 
Much has been written about maneuver in various domains of conflict—land, sea and air. As in many other fields, the thinking owes much to the late Col. John Boyd, USAF, who is well known for his concept of the OODA loop (observe, orient, decide, act), and who contributed materially to thinking about maneuver warfare vice attrition warfare.

December 2, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

U.S. military command and control (C2) systems developers are closer to enhanced interoperability after the release of C2 Core Version 1.0 in October. The core is an open, Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based data exchange standard developed by the C2 community for capability implementation. These data standards change the current approach to military-systems design that results in unique interfaces, often with multiple standards for similar data, for each information exchange.

December 2010
By Daniel P. Taylor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The Next Generation Enterprise Network—the successor to the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet—will give the Navy more direct control of its network.

The transition to NMCI’s successor will take longer but eventually will give the sea service more control.

December 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A sailor aboard the USS Essex tests a radar display in the ship’s combat information center. The U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, or SPAWAR, is striving to ensure that the Navy’s sensors and systems operate seamlessly across the network.

December 2010
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

The semantic Web will connect data in new ways and lay the foundation for further advances.

It is the objective of the U.S. Navy’s Information Dominance Corps to manage a global network that delivers instant integration of military data across a number of separate specializations such as geographic, intelligence, logistics and manpower, as well as provide information about red or blue forces. The semantic Web will be the engine needed to power the effort.

December 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Sailors in the Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command monitor, analyze, detect and respond to unauthorized activity within U.S. Navy information systems and computer networks.

Information operations move out with the force.

December 2010
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

I spent some time last month in London at the AFCEA TechNet International event run by our AFCEA Europe office. This conference dealt with integrating the cyber domain into our concept of battlespace. It occurred to me during this discussion that our understanding of battlespace has changed fundamentally even before we add the cyber domain. Would we have considered the WorldTradeCenter in New York part of the battlespace before 9/11? Would we have considered the London Underground part of the battlespace before 7/7? Probably not.

December 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

December 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

December 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

This graphic shows the development of a soliton, which takes about 2.7 nanoseconds. Current begins passing through the center channel causing the magnetization to oscillate. The magnetization under the channel inverts to form the soliton, indicated by the red center.

December 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Bryan Herring (l) describes his study about forecasting storm surges and flooding to an attendee at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s University Network Summit in March 2010. Herring won the Science and Technology Directorate’s Impact Award for his research.

Tomorrow’s safety depends on today’s basic research.

December 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

This concept of a solar power satellite provided by NASA shows the assembly of a microwave transmission antenna.

Industry dares to go where governments will not.