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January 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Sailors collect and analyze weather observations at the Naval Aviation Forecast Center at Naval Station Norfolk. Information technology provides more valuable information to commanders than ever, but its users face challenges in exploiting it effectively without sacrificing key tenets of command and control.

Some badly needed basics are taking a back seat to electrons.

September 1, 2012
By Rita Boland
 
Stephen Guerin of Simtable showcases his solution to the common operational picture portion of the second PlugFest mash-up challenge. Guerin won first place in the event.  
August 2012
By Clarence A. Robinson Jr., SIGNAL Magazine

 

Soldiers at a training facility receive instruction with the U.S. Army’s Secure Mobile Antijam Reliable Tactical Terminal (SMART-T). These soldiers learn to send and receive voice, data, video and text communications via Raytheon’s SMART-T secure mobile equipment without detection and interception by adversaries.

August 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 
Scientists, researchers and military organizations step up observations of the sun ahead of  the solar max season.

A predicted increase in the number and intensity of solar storms is forecast for 2013, and solar weather experts are advising both the public and private sector to make preparations.

August 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

August 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

WildCAT technology one day could be used to protect the wireless networks at critical infrastructure facilities, such as major U.S. ports.

A cybersecurity technology with multiple agency support prepares for fielding.

A new technology

July 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Army soldier uses the Joint Capabilities Release of Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) during a U.S. exercise. The Army is reconfiguring its networking to reflect an overall force shift back to the U.S. mainland.

Domestic basing and cyber operations dominate service networking issues.

July 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Stryker Brigade destroys an abandoned compound in Hutal, Afghanistan. The Army soon will begin fielding a fully integrated mobile network capability to brigade combat teams
headed to Afghanistan.

July 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A Boeing H-6 helicopter cruises over the desert landscape of Mesa, Arizona, equipped with the Adaptive Vehicle Management System, or AVMS. The experimental system is designed to give rotorcraft digitized controls similar to the ones common on fixed-wing aircraft.

July 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 
The scramble is on to meet the needs of government staff  to use varied devices on the job.

June 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

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 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.

May 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A Eurofighter Typhoon flies over Abu Dhabi. The Eurofighter, designed by a multinational consortium of aerospace companies, may be just a harbinger of future European defense activities. Budget constraints almost certainly will require that European nations pool and share resources for future system development and procurement.

May 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

May 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The U.S. Defense Department’s "Joint Operational Access Concept" (JOAC) addresses the threat of future enemies using anti-access/area-denial capabilities to prevent U.S. forces from operating freely in combat theaters. Preparing in advance to thwart these activities and projecting force will increase U.S. successes during forthcoming battles.

May 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Marine Corps sergeant communicates position information while on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is striving to replace service-oriented standards with joint requirements to improve interoperability and technology innovation.

May 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Nellis Air Force Base, just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, hosts the largest solar array on any U.S. military facility. It is capable of generating 14.2 megawatts of electricity.

Hurdles exist to harnessing the sun, but bright spots still can be found.

May 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The CH-47 Chinook helicopter, which has been used for decades to transport troops and supplies across the battlefield, potentially could fly without a crew if the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility Sensor System (AACUS) is installed.

Future unmanned helicopters will replace deadly logistics convoys.

April 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A Lithuanian army captain monitors activity during a coalition exercise in Germany. New steps being taken by the U.S. Defense Department aim to change the shape of command and control, and a key result would be better interoperability among U.S. and coalition partners.

April 2012
By James C. Bussert, SIGNAL Magazine

April 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientist Keith Emery examines a Semprius solar module at the laboratory’s Outdoor Test Facility. The NREL helped Semprius characterize and test its tiny solar cells, which have the diameter of a dot made by a ballpoint pen.

March 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Adm. James G. Stavridis, USN (c, l), supreme allied commander Europe and commander of the U.S. European Command (EUCOM), speaks to attendees of the Western European Chiefs of Defense conference at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany. NATO command and control (C2) often involves 28 alliance nations and other countries working in coalition operations.

March 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Marines in Afghanistan radio their patrol’s security element and observe a reconnaissance robot’s camera feed on a laptop. Cybersecurity professionals around the Marine Corps strive to ensure the confidentiality, availability and integrity of the information provided through Marines’ networks at all times in all locations.

March 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

March 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

 

A 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division soldier uses the handheld version of Joint Battle Command-Platform software during an evaluation. The U.S. Army is working to develop and field smaller handheld systems that can replace large bulky communications and networking equipment.

March 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

  

MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) staff vehicle and an M2C2 PoP vehicle undergo testing at Yuma.

 
The Marines use commercial components to extend mobile capabilities to  remote battlefields.

March 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Soldiers from the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, the service’s first brigade with a network operations mission, receive cyber training.

The Army activates its first cyber brigade.

February 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

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

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

February 2012
By Lt. Col. Scott Harrison, USAR, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. mine resistant ambush protected vehicle and a French tactical armored vehicle bring troops back to their base from a mission in Afghanistan. Future military networks must be configured to enable
multinational interoperability, as future military operations likely will involve coalitions.

January 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Adm. Timothy J. Keating, USN (Ret.), the former commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), led off TechNet Asia-Pacific 2011 by calling for the United States to "lead from within" instead of "leading from behind."

Allies must remain engaged or fall prey to rapidly changing political and economic trends.

January 2012
SIGNAL Magazine

 

Georges D’hollander, general manager of the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency, addresses the audience at TechNet International 2011 in Heidelberg, Germany.

Paying less and having more is the goal in NATO’s dynamic digital realm.

Janaury 2012
By Michael A. Robinson, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Molycorp Incorporated’s Mountain Pass, California, mine, is one of the largest rare earth mines outside China. It recently reopened after being closed for about a decade.

China’s newly gained monopoly may disappear by mid-decade.

January 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

U.S. Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel discusses cloud computing at a forum where the government road map was released.

A draft plan maps cloud computing priorities.

December 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 
The Navy hopes to move common radio rooms from submarines to warships.

The U.S. Navy is in the early stages of an endeavor to duplicate a successful program for upgrading the communications centers of its submarines and apply it to surface warships.

December 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The CICADA small unmanned aircraft can be deployed from larger manned or unmanned aircraft, weather balloons or precision munitions.

A small aircraft prototype aims to fly from the lab to the battlefield.

December 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Sandia National Laboratories employees Jon Salton (l) and Steve Buerger put the Urban Hopper through its paces.

Acrobatic vehicle seeks urban combat deployment.

December 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The National Cybersecurity and Communications and Integration Center, Department of Homeland Security, is in Arlington, Virginia. Photo courtesy of Federal News Radio.

Global network technologies challenge the U.S. agency that must protect them.

November 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Intel Lab’s experimental single-chip cloud computer is a 48-core concept microprocessor that is like a microcosm of a cloud data center. The architecture could offer a solution to some of the issues chip developers face.

These tiny technologies will influence what systems can accomplish in the years to come.

November 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

U.S. Army soldiers adjust cables on a satellite communications dish. Army communications and information systems are becoming more sophisticated and reaching further down to the force.

Smaller is better for Signal Corps units and their equipment.

November 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

U.S. Marine Corps officials in Afghanistan mount two AN/PRC-117G radios onto an aerostat platform, effectively doubling the radio’s range.

A manpack radio enables on-the-move data flow in Afghanistan.

November 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Army captain uses a training application on a mobile device. The Defense Information Systems Agency is studying the possibility of providing mobile devices and services.

The U.S. Defense Department considers centralizing control of mobile devices.

October 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A U.S. Army staff sergeant instructs others in the capabilities of the RQ-11B Raven unmanned aerial vehicle in Iraq. The increasing amount of diverse intelligence information, coupled with a growing customer base, has impelled the Defense Intelligence Agency to formulate a new strategy for intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination.

October 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

 

An E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) prepares to taxi out for takeoff in Guam. The AWACS aircraft, from the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, provides all-weather surveillance, command, control and communications.