Europe

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 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

September 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A British soldier in an armored vehicle talks with U.S. Marines while on patrol near Marjah in Helmand province in Afghanistan. The United Kingdom probably will have military forces in Afghanistan for the next five years under the aegis of the International Security Assistance Force.

September 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Portuguese Army Capt. Rafael Aranha (l) assists Staff Sgt. William Kouba, USAF, of the 1st Combat Communications Squadron (1CBCS) with reconfiguring the Tactical Communications network as Senior Airman Stacey Whitmire, USAF, 1CBCS, takes notes in the background during Combined Endeavor 2009.

September 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The German armored reconnaissance vehicle Fennek will be one of the first armed forces vehicles to be fully supplied by the Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP) for Defense Forces and Public Security (SASPF) after deployment to Afghanistan.
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September 2010
By Henry S. Kenyon, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Despite reductions in budget and personnel resulting from the global financial crisis, the NATO Consultation, Command and
Control Agency (NC3A) continues its core mission of supporting alliance forces in Afghanistan.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

Adm. Giampaolo Di Paola, ITN, chairman of the NATO Military Committee (l), meets with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan chief of Army Staff, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Atlantic alliance is striving to be more of a global organization that works with other nations and international groups to maintain security and reduce the threat of conflict.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Rita Boland

 

The HMS Queen Elizabeth aft island mock-up is being built on the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

British forces use a laptop to keep track of personnel and logistics. NATO is developing teams of cybersecurity experts that can deploy to the field on a moment’s notice to respond to cyberattacks.

National borders are no barriers to adversaries of the world’s oldest geopolitical alliance.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

NATO’s Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) is managing more than 60 projects supporting International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops in Afghanistan. These services range from logistics and technical support
to establishing and managing communications networks for ISAF forces such as these British Royal Marines Commandos operating in Helmand Province.

August 17, 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

British forces monitor operations in a joint forces air component headquarters. While the British military is building advanced backbone and trunk networks for advanced connectivity among its forces, it is cutting back on the next layer of programs that would provide new capabilities.

August 17, 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

The global economic crisis and upcoming national elections in the United Kingdom could lead to a change of governments and a round of cuts in defense spending. Major programs, such as the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer, which has already seen the number of requested ships cut from 12 to six, may see additional funding cuts.

September 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

September 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

September 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The goal of the French army’s Scorpion program is to create a more flexible, network-centric force that can operate in a variety of missions, from full combat to counterinsurgency
and humanitarian efforts.
Modernization initiative gains momentum as government lays out plans for network-centric ground forces.

September 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Spanish army is upgrading its command and control systems with an integrated set of capabilities. The ne.on system, developed by Amper Systems, Madrid, will provide the military with battlefield management, blue force tracking and virtual training.
Battle management applications, tools, provide land forces with greater interoperability, combat capability.

September 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Warrior 21 ensemble is an updated version of the EADS-manufactured Infanterist der Zukunft ensemble used by the German army. The kit is designed for export and is currently nearing production and deployment by the Swiss and Spanish armies.
Tactical modernization efforts near deployment, but nations take different approaches to meet domestic, export goals.

September 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
Two new Czech Republic JAS-39 Gripen aircraft fly in formation. Confronted with a large bloc of obsolete or non-interoperable hardware, the Czech military has been replacing some systems outright and upgrading others to extend their usefulness.
But upgrading legacy systems does not necessarily achieve interoperability.

September 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The wireless local loop (WLL) program will provide the French army’s logistics units with a cellular communications system designed to carry voice and data traffic. The WLL system allows commanders to track supplies and to access the French Ministry of Defense’s intranet.
Twin efforts seek to provide wireless services to ground forces, unify aging defense systems into one national architecture.

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