May 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Members of the NATO Military Committee are briefed at the NATO Joint Warfare Centre in Norway. The Atlantic alliance is broadening its activities in cybersecurity amid more diverse threats and growing new technologies. Credit: NATO

NATO is doubling down on cyberspace defense with increased partnerships and new technology thrusts. Information exchanges on threats and solutions, coupled with research into exotic capabilities such as artificial intelligence, are part of alliance efforts to secure its own networks and aid allies in the cybersecurity fight.

The threats the alliance networks face constitute relatively the same ones confronting other organizations. NATO faces the double challenge of securing its own networks and information assets, as well as helping its member nations improve their own national cyber resilience.

August 24, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Amatrice, Italy, as seen on August 9, 2010. Image collected by WorldView-2. © European Space Imaging

Shortly after getting word of the deadly earthquake that has devastated much of central Italy, the European Space Imaging's satellite tasking operations team collected the first satellite image of the damage at 10:21 a.m. (UTC).

Comparing the high-resolution satellite image taken on August 9, 2010, viewers clearly see the effects of the earthquake in the town center of Amatrice.

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit central Italy on Wednesday about 65 miles northeast of Rome. Many of the dead, which by early evening local time tallied 120, were in the historic town of Amatrice. The mayor reportedly stated that three-quarters of the town was destroyed.

April 3, 2009

The French navy and air force are adding new encryption technology to their identification friend-or-foe (IFF) systems to reduce the chance of enemy interception and analysis. The new encryption is being applied to more than 1,000 IFF systems equipping the two services. The equipment will help ensure that links between aircraft transponders and ground-based interrogators are not read or corrupted by new interception technologies now appearing in the battlespace. The existing IFF systems receiving the encryption upgrades will be able to respond quickly and reliably in an electronic warfighting environment, company officials say.

August 2012
By Adam Baddeley, SIGNAL Magazine


The Star One C1 satellite is one of Brazil’s two main orbital relays for military communications. The equatorial South American country is expanding its use of satellites for communications and other military support functions.

The rising South American power is planning new launches to complement existing systems.

April 2012
By James C. Bussert, SIGNAL Magazine

November 2011
By James C. Bussert, SIGNAL Magazine

A host of paramilitary and civilian organizations populate this unofficial naval force.

The People’s Liberation Army Navy has at its disposal a variety of boats and ships for use in littoral waters. They are organized under separate maritime agencies that carry out specific missions officially similar to their counterparts in other countries. Yet, despite their diverse nature, these vessels together constitute an unofficial fourth fleet for the Middle Kingdom’s navy.

October 1, 2011
By James C. Bussert, SIGNAL Magazine


A Chinese trawler plies the waves in waters off the coast of China. While ostensibly designed for fishing, these trawlers increasingly are carrying out government and military missions against foreign vessels in areas of interest to China.

June 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

May 2011
By James C. Bussert, SIGNAL Magazine


Maj. Gen. Wang Junli, PLA (l), Hong Kong military garrison deputy commander, presents a model of China’s new 056 corvette to Hong Kong University Vice-Chancellor Lap-Chee Tsui. The corvette represents a new littoral capability for the PLA Navy.

Advanced ship technologies now will help patrol littoral waters.

June 2010
By Henry S. Kenyon, SIGNAL Magazine


The French army is conducting more mobile operations in remote regions such as Afghanistan. The RITA N4 program will provide battalion-size forces with on-the-halt connectivity to higher-echelon headquarters.

System provides high-bandwidth data services to support rapid mobile operations.

April 2010
By James C. Bussert, SIGNAL Magazine


The 67,000-ton aircraft carrier Varyag, purchased by China after the collapse of the Soviet Union, may serve as a carrier training platform until China commissions its new indigenous carriers, which may take place around 2014.

March 2010
By Adam Baddeley, SIGNAL Magazine

Alliance is implementing an innovative services-based SATCOM strategy to meet future requirements.

NATO is transitioning its satellite communications infrastructure from an ownership- and capability-based “bent pipe” arrangement to a more fluid, service-led approach. The challenge for the alliance now is in making plans and provisions for that new capability, which aims at providing a guaranteed ability to obtain the required services to meet collaborative communications needs in space and on the ground.

November 2009
By Rita Boland


A contractor from Product Manager, Defense Communications Systems–Europe, drills through a maintenance hole for fiber optic conduit and cable.

Warfighters overseas will have access to commercial-grade capabilities for the first time.

July 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon


The Networked Interoperable Real-Time Information Services (NIRIS) enhances commanders' situational awareness and provides military and civilian convoys operating in Afghanistan with real-time alerts to security threats such as improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and potential ambushes along their routes.

June 2009
By James C. Bussert

March 2009
By Adam Baddeley

NATO’s telepresence trial linking Europe with Kabul provided an immersive, face-to-face virtual meeting capability for command staff.
Multinational military leaders employ newest video technology to plan missions and boost service members’ morale.

March 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

February 2009
By James C. Bussert

Evolutionary introduction of assets leads to different combat capabilities.

February 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

January 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

The Joint Live Experiment on Network Enabled Capabilities demonstrated data interoperability between NATO and Swedish military and civilian organizations. The event simulated a national-level event that required information sharing in real time.
Multinational effort focuses on information sharing between civilian and military agencies.