April 2011

April 27, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

(This is the first in a series of online and print reports by SIGNAL Magazine Technology Editor George I. Seffers while embedded with NATO forces in Afghanistan.)

Communicators quickly cure warfighting connections of computer virus.

The Conficker computer virus, which was first detected in 2008, reared its ugly head last week in Afghanistan, where it was detected on the Afghan Mission Networkthe network NATO and coalition forces use to fight the war.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 19, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The march continues to establishing a commercial manned orbital flight capability.

April 11, 2011
By Helen Mosher, SIGNAL Online Exclusive


Twitter and Facebook are just a few of the tools being used to facilitate international collaboration to address logistical issues in disaster relief.

April 15, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

April 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

A new eye-controlled laptop could change how humans interact with computers inside offices, hospitals and homes. The capability could be part of the mass market in the next two years.

April 15, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

For a few moments during the Super Bowl, viewers caught a glimpse of U.S. Marines at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, ready for the game. The clip marked only the second high-definition shot broadcast out of the country—the first was hours earlier—and most people at home probably thought little about it. But the event was a culmination of tremendous effort and dedication on the part of the personnel who made it happen.

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

Peek-a-Boo Backpack

April 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman

April 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, USN, commander, U.S. Third Fleet, addresses the audience at West 2011 in San Diego.

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

April 2011
By Daniel P. Taylor, SIGNAL Magazine

The Navy is developing the new CANES shipboard network with its land-based cousin in mind.

Walk up to a terminal, swipe a card and log in to a single, consolidated network architecture. That is the future the Navy envisions for its sailors when they disembark after a deployment and want to use a network on land, or vice versa—something that is difficult to do in today’s environment of cluttered legacy networks.

April 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Children in the Jalalabad area of Afghanistan surround Todd Huffman,
a U.S. civilian contractor, as he shows them how to use the Internet. The computer is part of the "One Laptop Per Child" program.

The troubled country’s future depends on government and industry collaboration.

April 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. Coast Guard plays a vital role helping tie together pieces of the national security community. The Coast Guard is unique in that, while it is a military service, organizationally it sits within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and clearly has homeland security/counterterrorism, public safety and law enforcement roles. This positioning within several national security communities allows the Coast Guard to provide an invaluable coordination and linking function.

April 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Staff Sgt. Michael Ackley, USA, runs fiber cable between buildings throughout the Regional Command–South compound. Signalers in the command must contend with active war conditions as well as coordination issues among multinational partners.

April 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

Two U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians prepare a stack of explosives prior to a controlled detonation at Mahmudiyah, Iraq. The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) has declined in Iraq, but the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) continues to race against insurgents seeking to exploit new capabilities.

April 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

One of the U.S. Coast Guard’s many research and development efforts focuses on the U.S. Navy’s Fire Scout vertical take-off unmanned system.

U.S. Coast Guard’s wide array of operations requires eclectic mix of research efforts.

April 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement team joins members of the guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg in a board, search and seizure operation of a suspected pirate vessel.

April 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Staff Sgt. Andre Murnane, ARNG, became the first National Guard Special Forces soldier to jump with a prosthesis on August 1, 2010.

Future prostheses could open new doors for injured soldiers, including an option to return to their units.

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