December 2011

December 23, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Officials in the Tampa FBI office recently awarded a badge and credentials to a non-agent for what, according to their research, is the first time in the bureau’s history. Sgt. Joel Tavera, USA, received the honor in recognition of the sacrifice he made serving his country and to pay tribute to his persistent spirit. But he set the process in motion with a little playful cheek.

December 15, 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Navy’s rescheduling of the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) request for proposals (RFP) should not delay the program, according to a Navy official. After slating an RFP release for December 21, the Navy changed course and extended the RFP release date to sometime in late January 2012 at the earliest.

Navy officials say that the reason for delaying the RFP is to update sections L and M. Section L deals with instructions, conditions and notices to offerors, while Section M addresses evaluation ratings. The updated sections, which will contain the latest revisions since the release of a draft RFP in September, are being released to industry for review and comment.

December 19, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Although still in the planning stages, next year’s National Level Exercise will likely include analysis of the role of social media during a major cyber event, according to sources participating in the exercise. 

The annual National Level Exercises (NLEs) are multi-agency events involving the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense Department, various state and local governments and many others. The NLEs are designed to improve the national response to major catastrophes, including earthquakes, terrorist attacks and nuclear incidents. Next year’s exercise, NLE 12, will focus on cyber issues.

December 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

Many people have heard the token dinner party question: “If you could trade places with any person for one week, who would it be?” But few people would reflect on the past to find their answer. Lt. Col. David W. Landry, USAF (Ret.), would step into the shoes of George Washington, specifically during Christmas week of 1783 when the founding father abdicated his position as commander in chief.

December 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

December 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Remember a time without cell phones? It wasn’t all that long ago when communicating with someone other than the people in the room was only possible from home, the office or a telephone booth. For better and worse, those days are long gone.

December 15, 2011
By Helen Mosher, SIGNAL Connections

December 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A computer screen view shows a U.S. Navy halo common operational picture within the Command and Control Rapid Prototype Continuum (C2RPC) system application.
Operators at U.S. Pacific Fleet use the system to assess platform readiness in real time.

December 5, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

When it comes to Internet content consumed on a mobile device, there may be an app for that … but there’s an important distinction that must be recognized.  

“One of the biggest challenges we see is that many people think of mobile as little Web,” says Gwynne Kostin, director of mobile, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, General Services Administration (GSA).

December 9, 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The small form factor of increasingly popular mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is posing new challenges to those developing applications, or apps, for these items.

December 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Sailors in the combat information center of the guided missile cruiser USS Anzio monitor communications. The Navy is extending cyber operations throughout the service as it mainstreams what once was a niche discipline.

The sea service is marshalling its forces to cruise the cyber realm.

December 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Sailors monitor computer networks aboard the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney. For its Next-Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN), the U.S. Navy is maintaining a degree of control over the network that will be provided by industry.

December 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 
The Navy hopes to move common radio rooms from submarines to warships.

The U.S. Navy is in the early stages of an endeavor to duplicate a successful program for upgrading the communications centers of its submarines and apply it to surface warships.

December 2011
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

 
The concept and practice of cyber operations are topics of considerable discussion. I thought about what I could add to this dialogue, and I came down on the side of making one more case for a comprehensive, holistic view of cyber.

December 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Earlier this year, cybercriminals spoofed the U.S. Air Force’s Web portal. Such attacks are on the rise across the Internet, and the various military branches are engaged in battling these phishing attempts.

Enhanced vigilance is required as defense Web pages face greater threats.

December 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Convergence and federation join forces in a new approach.

The defense intelligence community is considering an unlikely pairing of architecture approaches to enable necessary budget cuts without savaging performance. This hybrid method would team convergence and federation to allow all the disparate members of the community to strengthen their interoperability while maintaining a degree of autonomy necessary for their unique mission requirements.

December 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The National Cybersecurity and Communications and Integration Center, Department of Homeland Security, is in Arlington, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Federal News Radio.

Global network technologies challenge the U.S. agency that must protect them.

December 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The CICADA small unmanned aircraft can be deployed from larger manned or unmanned aircraft, weather balloons or precision munitions.

A small aircraft prototype aims to fly from the lab to the battlefield.

December 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

To demonstrate information-hiding techniques, officials with Backbone Security embedded a 122-page extract from a terrorist training manual in a photograph. The alteration cannot be detected with the human eye, or with most network security tools.

December 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Sandia National Laboratories employees Jon Salton (l) and Steve Buerger put the Urban Hopper through its paces.

Acrobatic vehicle seeks urban combat deployment.

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