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The Navy Needs a Network Reconfiguration

March 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Aaron Weis, Department of the Navy chief information officer, addresses WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The U.S. Navy needs to modernize, innovate and defend its information technology assets.

Sea Changes Are Affecting the Sea Services

March 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Adm. Michael M. Gilday, USN, chief of naval operations, speaks at WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The sea services have different paths to meeting new and emerging challenges.

Sea Services Maintain Vigilance About Coronavirus

March 2, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
At WEST 2020, the sea service chiefs discuss the impact of the coronavirus on operations. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The U.S. military is adopting selective measures to counter the coronavirus.

Keys to Building High Performing Teams

March 2, 2020
By Beverly Cooper
Individuals from industry and government share their expertise on building high performing teams at AFCEA West: (l-r) Brandon J. Lester; J. Michael Whelan; Joe Rohner; Cayley Rice, Ph.D.; and Stephanie D. Tharp. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Team culture and staff attitude and aptitude are factors.

Marine Corps to Field Advanced Optic Systems

March 2, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood

The technology will improve target acquisition and successful shot probability of close-combat warfighters.

U.S. Navy Builds Flexibility Into Its Digital Transformation

March 3, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The USS Abraham Lincoln is part of a pilot program that will facilitate the integration of more comprehensive capabilities to the greater fleet. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Aja Jackson

The Navy’s C4I integration efforts will boost the service’s information warfare capabilities.

RAVEN Takes Flight

March 3, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Vice Adm. Brian Brown, USN, commander, Naval Information Forces, speaks at WEST 2020. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The Navy is building off of the initial success of its key readiness data environment.

Space Warfare Requires Different Thinking

February 28, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Squadron Leader Jamiee Maika, Royal Australian Air Force, observes operations at the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. This multinational space force includes a strategic defense partnership between the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Additional nations collaborating on space operations with the center include Germany, France and New Zealand. U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong

The U.S. Defense Department faces three fundamental challenges to remaining a world military leader in the space domain.

CMMC Training Guides to Emerge in March

February 27, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Funtap

The Defense Department's new cybersecurity maturity model certification (CMMC) program is expected to issue its training guidance for companies around late March.

Catching Menaces In Midair

February 26, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Sandia National Laboratories researchers leading the MARCUS project are developing a system to capture small unmanned aircraft systems then fly them away from crowds or sensitive areas such as government buildings. Photo by Randy Montoya

Mini flying threats call for drone-on-drone swarming warfare. 

Interruption, Not Interference, Imperils Chip Supply Chain

March 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
The greatest threat to the global electronics supply may be a break at a weak point in the chain.  Shutterstock/Sashkin

The electronics supply chain to the West faces a greater threat from total cutoff than from having its components tinkered with by malefactors, according to some experts.

The Army's Pursuit of a Revolutionary Network Environment

March 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Army’s Integrated Tactical Network will leverage emerging mid-earth-orbit satellite communications, among other advanced technologies.  Shutterstock/Andrey Armyagov/NASA

The U.S. Army’s work on advancing its tactical network through its “capability package construct” will pull in significant capacity, added resiliency and interoperability, leaders say.

The Army's Tactical Network Must Support Intelligence and Electronic Warfare

March 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Army is working to advance how it integrates sensors to improve intelligence and Mission Command capabilities, says Brig. Gen. Robert Collins, USA, program executive officer, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors.  U.S. Army/PEO IEW&S

The ability to provide deep sensing for long-range fires, confront IEDs, increase the survivability of aircraft, and conduct ISR hinges on an advanced tactical network on the battlefield.

Disruptive by Design: How To Use the Evolving Federal Data Strategy

March 1, 2020
By Theresa Fox

The competitive landscape of federal procurement will change, and creating systems to access and contextualize the data will play a more critical role.

President's Commentary: A Chain That Is Its Own Weakest Link

March 1, 2020
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

The electronics supply chain is the aorta to the global economy. Both the military and the commercial sectors rely on it to provide the lifeblood necessary to flourish, yet the security of that same supply chain, with its ubiquitous importance, potentially holds the key to their demise.

Traditional and Exotic Links Build Future Army Networks

March 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A U.S. Army sergeant communicates via radio on maneuvers in Germany. Army researchers are looking to incorporate new technologies into the service’s communications network to be able to maintain information supremacy in future combat operations.  U.S. Army photo

Long-extant technologies will team with advances only dreamed of in laboratories if planners have their way in building the Army network of the future.

Blue-Sky Research Aims at the Ultraviolet

March 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman

One of the more exotic technologies being explored for Army networking is ultraviolet communications.

AFCEA Educational Foundation Celebrates 40 Years

March 1, 2020

The AFCEA International Educational Foundation is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Army Reintegrating Electronic Warfare Into Force

March 1, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The Army Rapid Capabilities Office uses the Network Integration Evaluation exercises to gain soldier feedback on electronic warfare prototypes. The service expects to make advances this year on reintroducing sophisticated electronic warfare technologies back into the force.  Original image by Sgt. Maricris C.McLane, 24th Press Camp Headquarters. Edited by Chris D’Elia.

This year the Army will take several steps in the march toward reintroducing cutting-edge electronic warfare systems capable of countering near-peer competitors.

Crisis Pending in Military Satellite Communications

March 1, 2020
By Jim Mazzei
Sgt. April Vance, USMC, a field radio operator with Headquarters Regiment, 1st Marine Logistics Group, adjusts the communications network during a field training exercise at Camp Pendleton, California. Field radio operators employ a range of frequencies to establish communications, including ultrahigh frequencies, upper-very-high frequencies and high frequencies.  U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Staff Sgt. Rubin J. Tan, USMC

As the components of the celestial network that ties commanders to troops age, the DOD must take quick action to protect warfighters’ safety and homeland security.

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