February 2011

February 24, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

February 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Coast Guard is providing its Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System (SAROPS) to the navy of the United Mexican States. The partnership is designed to assist Mexico in developing maritime rescue coordination centers and improving its search and rescue capabilities.

February 15, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

February 15, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

February 15, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

U.S. Air Force officials intend to standardize command and control (C2) training across air, space and cyber domains. The move will ensure that Air Force officers and staff personnel know how to better command and control all resources—from bombs and jet fighters to communications satellites and cyber offense and defense tools—ultimately making Air Force operations more effective for combatant commanders.

February 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

February 2, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The popularity of the iPad as a holiday gift has brought a bombardment of new challenges to organizations’ information systems administrators. Rapt with what seems like endless applications, owners are bringing these tablets of wonder to their offices so they can enjoy the same capabilities they do everywhere else they boot up. Leaders in government and business already threw their hands up in their attempts to ban such activity, but when devices—even smart phones—become home to sensitive material, they must take steps to protect their organizations.

February 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A Swedish air force JAS-39 Gripen taxis on a neighborhood road during a dispersed operation. The multirole fighter, which is designed to operate from local streets and highways in wartime, is being upgraded with new avionics and other electronic systems as part of a steady military modernization that is taking place amid a significant Swedish force transformation.

February 2011
By Capt. Joseph A. Grace Jr., USN (Ret.), SIGNAL Magazine

 
In the early 1970s, the music industry was transformed by the arrival of a practical solution to mobile music—the 8-track player. The world embraced this technology, which infected car stereos, home entertainment systems, portable players and lifestyles. While transformational, this technology soon was replaced by the cassette, followed by CDs and audio DVDs until Apple came out with the iPod—another game-changing technology.

February 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The U.S. Army moved closer to deploying flexible display technology to the battlefield after field tests of the capability during the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance On the Move exercise last year. Flexible displays offer several advantages to warfighters, including less fragility than traditional screens.

February 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The U.S. Cyber Command is taking the point in protecting military networks—including active defense—in cyberspace.

What needs protecting is changing almost as quickly as what it needs protection from.

February 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

We are seeing a global trend to provide tighter coordination of defense, intelligence, and security planning and operations. In the United States, people refer to the security function as homeland security, while in other countries around the world this function is simply called security or internal security. In many nations, the law prohibits the integration of defense and security to minimize the use of military forces within the nation’s borders except under specific circumstances. But with the growth of the global terrorism threat and asymmetric warfare, the need to achieve synergies among these assets and the need to attend carefully to the seam between defense and security has become apparent to most.

February 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

February 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Staff Sgt. Travis Ancrum, USA (r), 5th squad leader with the 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Division, United States Division-Center (USD-C), discusses a rendezvous location with Iraqi Army soldiers in Baghdad.

February 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard detain personnel aboard a self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) vessel off the coast of Central America. Stricter identification verification processes at U.S. borders have led drug traffickers to use these high-tech boats to smuggle contraband into the country.

February 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

An earlier version of the Ericsson Tower Tube also is made of flexible concrete that can be colored and branded to meet specific operator needs. The tower replaces conventional telecommunications sites, and a radome or weatherproof enclosure protects the radio and antenna equipment inside.

February 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Master Sgt. Robert Bean, USAF, inspects the wireless pulse oximetry sensor, which is part of the Battlefield Automatic Life Status Monitor (BALSM) headband in his helmet. In addition to measuring the amount of oxygen in the blood, the BALSM headband estimates heart rate and respiration.

February 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A mock plane engulfed in flames is part of a simulated homeland defense exercise, which included the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) bomb disposal teams. The simulated scenario included a plane that had been flown into a nuclear, biological and chemical research laboratory.

February 2011
By George I. Seffers

 

A U.S. Army soldier works with the XM156 unmanned aerial system, a platoon-level asset that provides the dismounted soldier with reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition capabilities.

Modernization efforts increase situational awareness at platoon and squad levels.

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