January 2011

January 27, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

January 28, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

From the battlespace to the boardroom, the way of doing things in the past is passé.

Quote of the Day:
“Adaptability often is viewed as a responsive act. However, adaptability and preparation are inexorably linked.”—Alfred Grasso, president and chief executive officer, the MITRE Corporation

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Predicting the next conflict takes a back seat to flexible planning.

January 26, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The Joint Program Executive Office Joint Tactical Radio System (JPEO JTRS) has made its first major release of the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) in 10 years. This change updates a minor version released in 2005 and enables smaller, faster communications devices that cost less.

January 13, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The lines of communication between the U.S. government and the commercial satellite communications industry seem to be down. Despite the guidelines in President Barack Obama’s National Space Policy that call for the “purchase and use of commercial space capabilities and services to the maximum practical extent,” conversations between the government and companies appear to have stalled. In addition, after careful review of the policy, the commercial sector now sees contradictions that could harm U.S. companies.

January 21, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory team recently tested an underwater acoustic laser capability that might one day provide a source of voice or data communications for submarines; navigational data for submarines or underwater robots; and sonar to locate mines or other objects in shallow water—all from an aircraft and without the need for hardware in the water.

January 21, 2011

In an intelligence coup, G2 operatives were able to secure the New Year’s Resolutions of the infamous International Cyber Criminal (ICC). Normally such information would not be released to the public in order to keep military intelligence gathering techniques and operations secure. However, as this information was taken from an unsecured social networking page of one of the ICC’s top lieutenants, the decision was made to release it for its educational value.   

January 18, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

NATO’s innovative arm, the Allied Command Transformation (ACT), demonstrated a new way to improve the alliance’s military effectiveness using virtual worlds. Developers from the command presented a game called Boarders Ahoy! at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), and the program received the People’s Choice Award for the Best Serious Game.

January 18, 2011
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

The Air Force Tactical Air Control Party is upgrading its Close Air Support System software and installing it on a wearable computer that is 75 percent lighter than the previous computers TACP teams used. The GoBook MR-1 with software version 1.4.2 improves communication between airmen on the ground and their counterparts in the sky.

January 18, 2011

ARCON Corporation Product Announcement

The ARCON Corporation Digital Speech Processing Group is pleased to announce its newest service: providing custom implementations of real-time speech and audio algorithms for mobile applications.  We leverage our long history of audio and speech algorithm development and evaluation to create solutions that fit our U.S. government and commercial customers’ needs.  To find out more, please contact us at (781) 890-3330, ext. 500, or e-mail speech@arcon.com.

 

January 18, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Pill Bot

January 18, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

January 7, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The Defense Department budget efficiencies announced on January 6 by Secretary Robert Gates will generate program activity in electronic warfare (EW), intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), tactical communications and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to a department statement. These efficiencies, which would total more than $150 billion over the next five years, would be accomplished through personnel reductions, program extensions, consolidations and improved business practices.

January 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

  
 

Adm. Robert F. Willard, USN, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, opens TechNet Asia-Pacific 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii, with warnings of cyberspace hazards.

Kinetic concerns continue, but the digital domain reigns.

January 2011
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

Commercial uses show technology is mature enough to cut costs and improve networks.

Desktop virtualization offers extraordinary payoffs that could cut total U.S. Defense Department information technology spending by up to 12 percent. Depending on legacy configurations, numerous approaches are available to achieve that rapidly—it is not a “bridge too far.” The technology is mature; it is a path that already has been paved by thousands of commercial firms.

January 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Many military and civilian federal agencies rely on commercial satellite services to carry out operations. The FCSA will enable these organizations to procure their services through the GSA, but even after the award of the first contracts, the program is proving contentious.

January 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

MONAX is one of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s latest innovations. Based on mobile network access, the MONAX Lynx handset transforms a smart phone into a tactical communications device connected through a persistent, dedicated, secure broadband network.

January 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

As we move into the New Year, I want to give you a sense of the AFCEA focus for 2011, and a request.

January 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

January 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Engineers work on a Cisco IRIS payload. Many in the commercial satellite industry and other fields are calling for reform to current export regulations. Concerns that the United States is losing business to foreign companies and disadvantaging allies have prompted the U.S. government to make changes to current rules in an effort to improve trade.

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