July 2011

July 19, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Troops soon will have access to an upgrade that allows them to counter one of their most complex foes—Mother Nature. A project at the U.S. Air Force Electronic Systems Center incorporates weather information with flight maps so crews can more quickly understand what the environment plans to throw their way and when.

July 15, 2011
By Rear Adm. Hamlin Tallent, USN (Ret.), and Capt. Thomas H. Lang, USN (Ret.)

The U.S. Navy may be setting itself up for strategic mismatches of historic proportions in the near future. While its perception of victory may be tainted by the vision of several aircraft carriers of the Imperial Japanese Fleet listing heavily, on fire and dead in the water during the Battle of Midway, today’s mismatch could likely center on the expectation of data flow in the face of an adversary’s ability to deny it.

July 15, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The revelation that an unnamed defense contractor suffered a large-scale data breach emphasized the urgency and importance of a Defense Department strategy for operating in cyberspace.

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn outlined the strategy yesterday in a major policy speech at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Lynn acknowledged in his speech that an “intrusion” took place last March in the system of an unnamed defense contractor.

July 15, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The revelation that an unnamed defense contractor suffered a large-scale data breach emphasized the urgency and importance of a Defense Department strategy for operating in cyberspace.

Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn outlined the strategy yesterday in a major policy speech at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Lynn acknowledged in his speech that an “intrusion” took place last March in the system of an unnamed defense contractor.

July 11, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The six-week Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) exercise that wraps up this week at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, marks the first time the U.S. Army has tested and evaluated technologies as a networked, integrated system of systems, according to service officials. The process is proving uncomfortable but necessary for deploying truly integrated technologies to the battlefield.

July 15, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

July 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

A new training system featuring armored autonomous robots could help the U.S. Marine Corps prepare snipers to face human enemies in battle. The smart mobile targets use Segway platforms to mimic human motion and behavior—even running for cover when a fellow robot gets hit.

July 15, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

The recent attack by Lulz Security on the CIA's networks and other breaches of major organizations have brought hacking and hacktivism to the public's attention, but these violations are only a small part of the larger landscape. Different assaults damaged networks worldwide earlier this year, and experts predict that what could happen in the future is even more frightening.

July 6, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Even as he was saying his farewells, now-former Defense Secretary Robert Gates apparently had a change of heart about moving responsibility for the Pentagon’s computer networks from the Defense Department Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) into the newly established U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM).

The decision was announced in one of Gates’ final memos which he signed undated, and which was posted on the Defense Department website after the 4th of July holiday. 

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

Squad Car Command Center

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

Squad Car Command Center

July 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Army special forces team leader with Special Operations Task Force-South radios other team members during a counterinsurgency operation in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is teaming with industry to develop new communications technologies for the wide variety of missions facing special forces.

July 2011
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Personal information assistants could be a boon for Defense Department users. They would be portable, secure extensions of the department’s network.

Funding and technology are not the barriers to Defense Department cloud computing.

July 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Staff Sgt. Robert D. Custer, USMC (l), intelligence analyst, and Martin Susser, a ScanEagle operator with Insitu, prepare a ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for flight in western Iraq. Special operations forces also employ the asset to enhance their operations in Afghanistan.

July 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command combat controllers practice firing movements on the range at a forward-deployed location supporting operation Enduring Freedom. These warfighters are trained to conduct and support special operations under clandestine, covert or low-visibility conditions.

July 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, Beverly Mowery Cooper and Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, USA, commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command, discusses national security issues at Joint Warfighting 2011.

Defense spending faces curbs as challenges grow, particularly in cyberspace.

July 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

July 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 
Government agency a leader in use of remote computing technology.

July 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai outlines cloud security issues.

July 2011
By Michael A. Robinson, SIGNAL Magazine

Company value grows with strong acquisitions.

Combining alpine skiing with avionics may not be a standard formula for business success except to Brad Lawrence. The 64-year-old avionics executive is pursuing an aggressive business model that fits with his personal recreational philosophy as he takes his high-technology company forward in an era of tighter defense budgets. Based in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, Lawrence’s Esterline Technologies Corporation is at the forefront of broad new economic imperatives reshaping defense contractors in this time of shifting Pentagon funding priorities.

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