August 2011

August 25, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower Lilly

Although women make up nearly 50 percent of the U.S. work force, they fill less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions, according to a report released this month by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA). The unequal share of women in STEM is particularly apparent in the engineering field, where only one out of every seven engineers is female. This vast gender gap restricts the United States in the global race for a high-tech work force.

August 22, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

International Security Assistance Force commander recommends Afghan Mission Network concept for future NATO operations. 

The commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan has recommended that the network architecture approach established in that country be developed for future alliance and coalition operations and exercises.

August 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Joining AFCEA provides business-building opportunities. Your company’s visibility is elevated through its corporate profile listing in the AFCEA Source Book. As a corporate member, your company receives space in the January issue of SIGNAL Magazine describing corporate capabilities and contact information. Sustaining members also can include the company logo and a photo of a senior executive officer.

August 11, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Young summer campers whose focus is cybersecurity rather than swimming or working on their tan had a chance to show their skills and maybe earn a scholarship recently in Virginia.

It is part of the latest in a series of U.S. Cyber Challenge Camps taking place across the country as part of an effort to get more young people to seriously consider careers in the high-demand field of cybersecurity and information assurance.

August 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Mentoring has been an integral part of Charisse Stokes’ life. As a participant in the Air Force Junior ROTC in high school, Stokes was intrigued and interested in the organization and its structure. An “outstanding adviser and mentor” encouraged her to continue her ROTC involvementadvice that resulted in Stokes becoming a scholarship cadet at Clemson University. She received her commission in the U.S. Air Force in 1998.

August 3, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Security firm analysis suggests a nation behind the effort.

A large cyberespionage campaign has been ongoing for five or more years, with its targets ranging from private companies to nations. Commercial cybersecurity experts say all the evidence so far points to a “state player” as the source of the attack, and they have located server logs outlining the extent of the attack.

August 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

AFCEA headquarters lost power right in the middle of the production cycle of this issue of SIGNAL Connections. Rumor has it that road construction taking place in the area caused the glitch. Without access to computers and VoIP phones, staff members emerged from their work spaces like bears after hibernation and actually talked to each other face to face.

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

Under a memorandum of understanding announced on July 14, the U.S. Coast Guard Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (C4IT) Service Center will leverage AFCEA resources for providing market research, identifying technology trends and raising awareness of ongoing initiatives.

August 2, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Commercial terminals may lead the service away from commercial orbiters.

A small business innovation research (SBIR) program is allowing U.S. Army researchers to generate on-the-move satellite links that would take advantage of the greater data rates available from military communications satellites. A recent demonstration at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, proved the worth of this approach for transmitting and receiving vital situational awareness data and command and control messages.

August 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Success of a new satellite contracting approach may hinge on efficiencies.

The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency is beginning a major scrub of user requirements as it proceeds with its new commercial satellite services acquisition process. The communications agency is taking a hard look at thousands of customer requirements to determine the validity of some against the necessity of others.

August 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Industry heavyweights release a framework designed to cut through the report clutter.

The cybercommunity has a new resource at its disposal to identify and mitigate issues across networks and systems. This standardization tool can make reporting problems more uniform, which should result in faster response times. Developers designed an open format that will be machine- and human-readable to automate processes, marking a divergence from standards presented in the past.

August 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The Future of the Internet

Advances will connect people like never before.

August 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

August 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Army soldier uses the new Joint Capabilities Release tracking and messaging software, which is an upgrade to the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) situational awareness system. The Army is speeding upgrades and new enabling technologies to the field to exploit existing networking capabilities.

August 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

Your association continues to move forward in what is proving to be an exciting and dynamic era, and these efforts include personnel changes. In an important step, AFCEA has just added two new members to the executive team who are going to benefit all of you.

August 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 
Recent proposals aim to secure nation’s cyber infrastructure.

From the White House, to the Defense Department, and from corporate boardrooms to computer rooms across the country, the issue of protecting the networks of government and industry is increasingly leading to the development of new strategies and plans.

August 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Fort Belvoir Garrison Commander Col. John J. Strycula, USA, right, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Berhane, USA, left, drive a new fire engine through a ribbon, opening the Fort Belvoir North Area’s new Emergency Services Center in December 2010. Photo by Travis Edwards, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Belvoir.

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