September 2011

September 15, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A February exercise will test concept of networking unmanned systems.

September 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Lt. Col. Joseph “Jay” Rose, USA (Ret.), says he wouldn’t change anything about his life, but his service in the military and techno-savvy contributions to AFCEA’s Tampa-St. Petersburg Pelican Chapter certainly have changed the lives of many others. From his 21 years in the Army Signal Corps—about half of which were spent supporting special operations forces—to a complete revamp of his chapter’s use of Web technologies, Col. Rose’s focus has not been on finding an easy way out but rather an easier way into accomplishing a mission.

September 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

To bring solutions and ideas closer to centers of expertise, AFCEA International will offer three new regional events in 2012. Although focused on the land forces—the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps—members from all five U.S. military services as well as coalition partners will be invited to participate.

September 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Education is an AFCEA International core value. For students, teachers and professionals, AFCEA provides opportunities for furthering their education in technical training, leadership development, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Not only do AFCEA members have access to courses in these disciplines they also are eligible for continuing education discounts and scholarships.

September 2011
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

Managing Defense Department information technology is going to require scrapping current architecture and acquisition processes for a new approach.

One mandate of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 was creation of the Information Technology Architecture. In subsequent 1999 guidance, the Federal Chief Information Officers Council defined the Federal Enterprise Architecture as the process for developing, maintaining and facilitating the implementation of integrated systems.

September 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

September 9, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The federal agency responsible for oversight of the nation’s telecommunications is trying to adapt to changing technologies.

The Federal Communications Commission is in the midst of a rulemaking process for Docket No. 11-82, which would extend the commission’s rules under Part 4 of the Communications Act to telecommunications networks based on voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology, and broadband networking services provided by Internet service providers (ISPs).  

September 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Just when it appeared that every business model had been explored, apps came along. As if the ability to purchase a digital version of a favorite old tune for 99 cents wasn’t amazing enough, very smart people from all walks of life found a way to offer little bits of technology that suddenly no one can live without. Want to know where to find the best gas prices? There’s an app for that. Planning a wedding? There’s an app for that. Want to know more about apps? Yes, there’s an app for that, too. Nothing to do while waiting for a meeting? You get the idea ...

September 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Air Force F-16 banks over Afghanistan during a recent operation. The Air Force is shifting focus to take a broad servicewide approach to networking and information operations.

Joint operations define U.S. Air Force networking.

September 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

 
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is putting the finishing touches on planning and is beginning the transition to the most profound restructuring in its history. Wherever they are based, all who work with NATO will be affected by this restructuring. NATO headquarters staff is being reduced by as much as 40 percent. NATO agencies are being reduced from 13 to three.

September 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Because warfighters need to translate and comprehend more than just, “Where’s the train station?”

Devices and dictionaries for converting basic phrases from one language to another are common tools for travelers in foreign countries. But when understanding context, dialect and personalities offers the chance to stop an attack or catch a terrorist, official personnel need more sophisticated technology. The U.S. Defense Department’s premier research organization has embarked on several projects designed to give troops in any situation the tools they need to secure the spoken word.

September 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

 The Future of the Internet

Two computing behemoths have big information technology plans for the future.

September 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

September 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

 

 

September 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announces that the NATO defense ministers have approved a reformation plan.

NATO initiates the largest agency realignment in alliance history.

September 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A variety of objects ranging from active satellites to space debris increasingly crowd near-earth space.

The U.S.Air Force aims to replace its obsolete space debris detector.

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

 
This is as simple as a tale of two airports.

September 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Google Translate has an app for the Android smartphone.

Europe turns to a commercial search engine to untangle Patent Office tower of babel through no-cost partnership.