June 2012

June 17, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The new plan lists goals and objectives for exploiting commercial technologies.

Advanced 4G mobile service, the use of personal mobile devices and its own dedicated apps are among the objectives of Version 2.0 of the U.S. Defense Department’s Mobile Device Strategy. Released Friday, June 15, 2012, the strategy lists three major goals and several subset objectives designed to bring the benefits of mobile systems to the department.

June 25, 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

As U.S. military organizations and the private companies that support them struggle to adjust to decreases in funding, they are searching for efficiencies even in seemingly small matters. One area easily overlooked is office printers, but by making thoughtful selections through a well-planned process, information technology administrators can cut costs while simultaneously enhancing security.

June 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Technology simultaneously has made job hunting simpler and more daunting. Many readers may remember the days of scouring the help wanted ads, typing résumés on vellum and hoping for a phone call requesting an interview. Computers and the Internet transformed that process into one that involves clicking one’s way through applications for hundreds of job openings in only a few days. The hope factor still exists … except now it’s in the form of opening emails.

June 15, 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

UPDATED 6/18/2012: The U.S. Defense Department announces winner of new defense network operations contract.

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has announced that Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions Division, Manassas, Virginia, has won to the potential $4.6 billion Global Information Grid Services Management-Operations contract.

June 11, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

As recently as a few years ago, Second Life was a vital, flourishing virtual community in which users carried on their lives, interacting with others and “living” fully imagined existences within the memory of a large computer server.

In fact, Second Life caught the imagination of the U.S. military, and in some cases, members of the services began using Second Life for real-world collaboration and to solve problems shared by all services.

June 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

The AFCEA International board of directors elected Alfred Grasso, president and chief executive officer of The MITRE Corporation, to serve as the association’s chairman of the board. In this position, Grasso will oversee the association’s Executive and Compensation committees as well as participate on the AFCEA Educational Foundation’s board of directors.

Grasso has been an AFCEA member for more than a decade and has served as the vice chairman of the board for the past two years. In addition, he has been a member of the association’s Audit and Government committees and most recently as the co-chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee.

June 15, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

June 15, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

Called a “rare gem” by a fellow member of the Atlanta Chapter, Johnnie Young tirelessly juggles his career and volunteer responsibilities. But it’s the silent moments Young makes time for each day that truly allow him to reflect on and be grateful for everything in his life.

June 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

June 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Whether above, on land or in cyberspace, mission assurance is the goal behind advancements in power sources.

June 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

U.S. Navy sailors learn cryptologic elements in a Joint Cyber Analysis Course at the Center for Information Dominance. The Navy’s multibillion-dollar Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) program is a major step in the service’s drive toward information dominance.

June 2012
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The Reaper remotely piloted aircraft carries Gorgon Stare, a first wide-area motion imagery that can videotape a 4-kilometer radius of the surveillance area from 12 angles.

The U.S. Air Force crafts plans to harvest knowledge from increased information flow.

June 2012
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

 
At the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Mission Partner Conference in Tampa, Florida, last month, the discussion focused on the enterprise and jointness and coalition. If it did not cause attendees to have an epiphany, it certainly should have triggered a re-awareness.

June 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A participant operates an unmanned aerial vehicle as part of the Maritime Interdiction Operation experiment conducted in Souda Bay, Greece on June 6-10, 2011.

Maritime first responders receive assistance sizing up a possible nuclear weapons threat at sea.

June 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 
The U.S. Army is partnering with graphene researchers to enable low-cost thermal imaging for all warfighters.

June 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

June 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Brig. Gen. David Coffman, USMC, former commander of the 13th Expeditionary Unit who currently is assigned to the National Military Command Center, prepares for a presentation in March at the AFCEA TechNet Land Warfare Southwest Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Growing military reliance on data presents challenges.

June 2012
By Paul A. Strassmann, SIGNAL Magazine

 
In March, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) delivered to the House Armed Services Committee a report on enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. These ERPs would be replacing legacy systems costing $890 million per year. Replacing such systems would take anywhere from seven to 14 years. However, when the ERPs finally are installed, they would cost up to $207,561 per user and have a payback time frame as high as 168 years.

June 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The single spiral image is an off-angle scanning electron microscope image of a fabricated circular polarizer. A circular polarizing camera could help warfighters filter out unwanted light.

Technology may shed new light on situational awareness.

June 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Underwater Imaging System (UIS) displays 3-D imagery of a sunken vessel.

A precision imaging system is poised to gain wider exposure.

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