February 2010

February 2010
By Kent R. Schneider

No, the title is not a redundancy. Given all the recent events in homeland security, it appears the whole process will undergo yet another round of reviews. I don’t think any of us would question that security is better today than in 2001. But is it good enough? Probably not.

This next set of reviews will bring about many questions. For example, do the gaps we have seen result strictly from communication and collaboration failures, or are there process shortfalls as well? How do we address each of these problems? Can technology improvements help?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Linton Wells II

 
Taking a micro approach can produce macro benefits.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

A U.S. Air Force Minotaur rocket launches TacSat-3 and two other research satellites into orbit from Wallops Island, Virginia. Future Air Force satellites may be smaller and more numerous to provide greater flexibility of operation.

Even with long-term vision, scientists plan for the unexpected technology edge.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor

 

Rear Adm. Michael A. Brown, USN, is the deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications and National Communications System manager, DHS.

Information technology professionals explore the challenges of protecting data, systems and networks.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Rita Boland

 

Airmen from the 1st Combat Communications Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, set up satellite equipment during a training exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The training was preparation for the largest Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) transformation in the history of Air Force communications.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Rita Boland

National Data Exchange pulls together disparate records to aid the fight against crime and terrorism.

Law enforcement personnel are employing a new system that enables them to connect the dots between seemingly unrelated data in an unprecedented manner. The technology correlates information from various databases, allowing users to learn more about subjects of interest than they could with previous methods. Each increment of the system’s deployment offers additional information fields and introduces new tools.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Rita Boland

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor

 

Wearing chemical warfare gear, Staff Sgt. Tamara Needle, USAF, 355th Communications Squadron, checks her e-mail during a recent exercise. Brig. Gen. Steven J. Spano, USAF, director of communications (A-6), headquarters, Air Combat Command (ACC), believes that service members should have a computer interface other than e-mail that encourages collaboration.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor

Country becomes hub of computer commerce.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

An F-16CJ with a modified sensor pod was used as a nontraditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform during the annual Empire Challenge exercise.

Modified sensor system promises to turn any aircraft into intelligence-gathering assets.