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Marine Corps to Add Key Communications System to Light Armored Vehicles

January 24, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Marines with 2nd Marine Division conduct a light armored vehicle (LAV) crew gunnery atn Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, last June. A new tactical communications system for LAVs that the service will field increases situational awareness and communication capabilities for warfighters. Photo credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nathaniel Q. Hamilton

The new tool will offer an advanced user interface that allows warfighters a single point-of-control for the LAV and related devices.

SAIC is Providing IT Support to U.S. Army Brigade in South Korea

January 23, 2020

Science Applications International Corp., Reston, Virginia, was awarded a $12,847,708 cost-no-fee and firm-fixed-price contract for information technology support services. Bids were solicited via the internet with six received. Work will be performed in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, with an estimated completion date of January 31, 2025. Fiscal year 2020 operations and maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $12,847,708 were obligated at the time of the award. 411th Contracting Support Brigade, Seoul, South Korea, is the contracting activity (W91QVN-20-F-0157).

Moving the Flock Into Cybersecurity

March 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force’s Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapons Systems is helping to solve the service’s cybersecurity issues by securing weapons systems, improving training and adding cyber resiliency components into programs. Credit: Shutterstock/Den Rise

Air Force CROWS organization injects cyber resiliency into the service’s acquisition processes, training and weapons systems.

DHS Unveils Successful Smart City Technology Pilot

January 17, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Homeland Security is rolling out A Smart City Technology Integration Pilot in St. Louis, aimed at increased interoperability for public safety officials and first responders. Credit: Shutterstock/Rudy Balasko

The effort in St. Louis advances interoperability for first responders.

Army Cancels Robotic Vehicle Acquisition Phase

January 16, 2020
The Mission Enabling Technologies Demonstrator manned vehicle can operate two unmanned platforms to make contact with the enemy before soldiers do, while achieving overmatch against future operating environment threats. The Army’s vision includes three robotic vehicle variants—light, medium and large, but service officials have decided for now to cancel the acquisition of a medium variant. U.S. Army photo by Jerome Aliotta/Released 

Service leaders say they will restart the program with new requirements.

Reshaping the Conversation

January 16, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Photo Credit: FGC/Shutterstock

Essye Miller, principal deputy, Department of Defense chief information officer, wants to reshape the cyber workforce conversation.

Keys to Building A World-Class Cybersecurity Workforce

January 16, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Photo Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

Keys to building a world-class cybersecurity workforce include altering the pipeline and changing the perception of it, as well as showing people cybersecurity can be fun.

'We Cannot Have A Failure to Imagine'

January 15, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Photo Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Fogarty, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, stressed the importance of people during his keynote at the third annual Cyber Education, Research and Training Symposium.

AI Is the Key to Cyber Operations, but With a Caveat

January 14, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit Shutterstock/sdecoret

Diverse entities must coordinate efforts to maximize effects.

18th Wing Holds First WestPac Rumrunner Exercise

January 13, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Three U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, fly in formation during Exercise WestPac Rumrunner January 10. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)

More than 60 aircraft and 300 personnel from the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army and Marine Corps participated in 18th Wing’s first WestPac Rumrunner exercise January 10.

Information Warfare Convergence Requires Services’ Coordination

January 9, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Maj. Gen. Dennis A. Crall, USMC, deputy principal cyber advisor and senior military advisor for cyber policy, describes the Defense Department's cyber organizational activities at an AFCEA NOVA Chapter luncheon on January 9.

The Defense Department has a strategy for cyber forces. Now it must coordinate it among the different services.

Army Announces Remote Combat Vehicle Contracts

January 9, 2020
Textron describes its Ripsaw M5 Robotic Combat Vehicle as providing speed, mobility and unmanned capability. The company has been selected to provide four medium robotic vehicles to the U.S. Army. QinetiQ North America will be awarded a contract for four light ground robots. Photo courtesy of Textron

The Army intends to award contracts next month to QinetiQ for four light remote combat vehicles and to Textron for four medium vehicles.

Advancing Military SATCOM Through WGS 11+

January 3, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
To improve resiliency, the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Center is leveraging commercial satellite communications technology for its next series of Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites on the WGS11+ platform. Pictured is the Boeing-built WGS-9 satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida in 2017. Photo Courtesy of the United Launch Alliance

The military satellite communications platform is leveraging commercial technology to increase resiliency.

Network Resilience vs. Cyber Resilience

January 6, 2020
By Wayne Lloyd
Network resilience and cyber resilience are similar but different, says Wayne Lloyd, RedSeal chief technology officer. Credit: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay

Our attack surface and complexity are only expanding as commercial, government and Defense Department networks modernize and move to the cloud and software-defined networks.

Top 10 SIGNAL Articles in 2019

December 31, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, SIGNAL looks back at the top 10 most viewed articles of the year.

1. Army Cyber To Become an Information Warfare Command
March 14, 2019
The shift reflects the importance of integrated capabilities, above and beyond cyber.

Space Force Lifts Off

December 20, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, USA, speak with Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, USA, commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) & Fort Campbell, near Bastogne, Belgium, on December 16 as part of the events for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. The leaders announced today the official creation of the U.S. Space Force, the newest branch of the military in 70 years. DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando

Signing of the NDAA later today codifies the military’s new service branch.

Connecting the Dots on Critical Event Data

January 1, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The artificial intelligence software provided by Stabilitas Intelligence Communications is designed to warn organizations of disruptive global or local events, including natural disasters, social unrest, political upheaval, or terrorist attacks, predict the results on the clients’ organization and operation, and help develop a response plan.  Vit-Mar/Shutterstock

A company founded by military veterans uses artificial intelligence to alert clients to major events, such as natural disasters, strikes or political unrest, around the world that will affect their organizations and operations.

NSF Researchers Explore a Wireless World Beyond 5G

January 1, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Research supported by the National Science Foundation could help the United States leapfrog past fifth-generation wireless networks, enabling an array of smart city technologies.  Krunja/Shutterstock

A National Science Foundation effort to ensure U.S. national leadership in wireless technologies will not stop at fifth-generation capabilities commonly referred to as 5G.

Carbon Nanotubes To Boost Communications

January 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
This artist’s concept shows the cross-section of a carbon nanotube T-gate transistor, with densely aligned carbon nanotubes, that can reach speeds of 100 gigahertz. Breakthroughs in this research, originally funded by the Army Research Office, may lead to better and more advanced mobile communications throughout the military and commercial worlds.  Imagery courtesy of Carbonics Inc.

High-frequency radios may be more resilient, military sensors more sensitive and 5G communications more versatile because of a technological breakthrough initiated by the Army Research Laboratory.

Disruptive by Design: The Blackest Black? Can You See It Now?

January 1, 2020
By Jennifer Miller

The competition is strong for individuals and groups to continue setting records discovering another depth of blackest black since the discoveries circa 2014.