February 2012

February 22, 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

February 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

February 13, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

As expected, President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 defense budget request reflects significant changes in the force structure of the military, adjustments in major weapons systems, and a proposal for two consecutive rounds of base realignment and closure (BRAC).

The fiscal 2013 proposal, contained in the president’s budget message delivered today to Congress, calls for a $525.4 billion topline budget—a reduction of $5.2 billion from the current fiscal year. In addition, the budget calls for $88.5 billion for overseas contingency operations, primarily the war in Afghanistan, which is down $26.6 billion.

February 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

February 3, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The former head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says he believes a forthcoming period of budget restrictions should provide the impetus for the DHS to shift its intelligence efforts away from overseas threats and focus instead on domestic security.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

 

February 10, 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A flurry of diplomatic activity in recent months and the intervention of high-level Pentagon officials helped the NATO nations to move forward on the Alliance Ground Surveillance system. The surveillance system is designed to provide commanders with a more comprehensive picture of the situation on the ground.

February 15, 2012
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

AFCEA International is dedicated to academics through the AFCEA Educational Foundation, which offers awards, scholarships and grants. Funds are available for undergraduate, graduate, ROTC and working students; military personnel; and teachers of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. The association is interested in encouraging minds—no matter the age—and those that cultivate them with financial assistance to pursue an education.

February 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

February 2, 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

First installation planned for fleet destroyer in late FY2012 

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, has selected Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corporation to develop and produce the Navy's next-generation tactical afloat network, Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES).

February 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

February 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

An advanced wind turbine generates electricity in Illinois. The Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security, or SPIDERS, project aims to use base energy sources to power an internal microgrid that would be secure from external cyberattacks.

February 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Law enforcement plays a critical role in the homeland security enterprise. Officers combat terrorism in many ways similar to the military, and they have the most chances to interact with terrorists stateside by responding to crimes such as suspicious activity and traffic violations.

February 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

February 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 
The agency’s intelligence office builds bridges with the law enforcement community.

February 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 
Federal officials stage a nationwide test to develop a next-generation approach to informing citizens.

February 2012
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

 
I frequently characterize our membership, or constituency, as the global security community. I define this as defense + intelligence + homeland security. I don’t think anyone would argue with my notion that we live in a dangerous world and that, no matter where you live, there are significant threats to national and regional security.

February 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Lt. Col. Rafael G. Semidei Sr., USA (on screen), psychiatrist with the 883rd Medical Detachment (Combat Stress Control), and Sgt. Marie Swieta, USA, noncommissioned officer in charge with the 547th Area Support Medical Company (Combat Stress Control), demonstrate the Tele-behavioral Health System in Baghdad, Iraq.

February 2012
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

 
The adoption of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) has opened up new opportunities for reducing information technology costs. Now, the U.S. Defense Department must enter this option into its planning.

February 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

One application of FARSIGHT is to map the structure of complex tissues, including the structurally intricate brain tissue of a rat. The software, which has been enhanced with Office of Naval Research algorithms for locating and identifying undersea mines, is used for a wide array of medical purposes.

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