March 2010

March 11, 2010
by Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Multinational operational commands in Afghanistan and the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) are shaping their requirements to upgrade the International Force Tracking System (IFTS). Although not finalized, one new requirement calls for a system capacity increase of at least 500 percent. Accomplishing this task will involve configuration and software changes and will likely include replacing certain components to facilitate capacity growth.

March 2010
 

Can technology counteract the determined, the deceitful and the dimwitted? This is a question that has yet to be answered as the Army and other branches look at resuming the use of flash media on military networks.

Friday, March 19, 2010
by Henry S. Kenyon, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A recently released publication is designed to help facilitate information sharing across civilian and military organizations in the U.S. Government. Produced as a joint effort by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Defense Department and the U.S. intelligence community, the document creates a common information security framework for the federal government and the contractors who support it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

DARPA no longer has a corner on the market for reaching out to nontraditional sources for new ideas. The U.S. Army has announced the Apps for the Army (A4A) challenge, a three-month outreach to the service’s active duty, National Guard and civilian employees that will award a total of $30,000 to the top 40 individuals or teams. Winners will be announced in June, and demonstrations will take place at the LandWarNet 2010 conference, Tampa, Florida, in August.

March 2010
By Kent R. Schneider, SIGNAL Magazine

Probably no other area is receiving more attention and more discussion in the global security community than cyberspace. The realm of cyberspace is so critical to every part of society that it finally has been recognized as both a major asset and a threat environment. It could have tremendous impact on defense as well as crucial industries such as finance, energy, water and others if denied to nations or companies. As a result, every nation is trying to define its roles and vulnerabilities in cyberspace, and alliances such as NATO are creating organizations and procedures to strengthen their position.

March 2010
By Linton Wells II, SIGNAL Magazine

 
Technology can help overcome Mother Nature’s wrath.

Tragedy can bring opportunity—in this case, to help save lives and reconstruct nations using the communications and information sharing tools that are the strengths of AFCEA’s members. Shame on us if we squander it.

March 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Industry offers hope but with a caveat.

The U.S. intelligence community may be a beneficiary of increased government funding for cyberspace, but it is facing considerable acquisition challenges before it commits to spending money in that pipeline. The intelligence office in charge of acquisition and technology is striving to establish a new relationship between badly needed research and development and the delivery of new systems to its customers.

March 2010
By Brig. Gen. Bernard K. Skoch, USAF (Ret.), SIGNAL Magazine

Satellite network provides over-the-horizon voice, data nets to warfighters on the move.

Ask any small unit deployed in theater, and troops will say their number one communications challenge is obtaining ready access to reliable, real-time voice and data connectivity. An innovative satellite-based tactical communications system featuring a unique multicast one-to-many architecture is helping warfighters solve that problem, and it works virtually anywhere, including the challenging terrain of Afghanistan.

March 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) features a three-tier classified watch center that includes cybersecurity and threat analysis tools such as the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team EINSTEIN program.

March 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Combining gallium and indium, Dr. Michael Dickey, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State, has created a material that he is testing for an antenna that self-heals when cut. The antenna retains its conductivity through the cut because the wire is a liquid.

March 2010
By Michael A. Robinson, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Lisa N. Wolford is the founder, president and chief executive officer of
CSSS.NET.

Federal contract rules offer attractive terms for growing company.

March 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

March 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

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.

March 2010
By Henry S. Kenyon, SIGNAL Magazine

March 2010
By Henry S. Kenyon, SIGNAL Magazine

Focused, sophisticated attacks target specific users, concentrate on social networking sites.

Strategic efforts to access top executives’ computers and to steal source code and intellectual property are taking cybercrime beyond simple financial theft. Criminals and foreign organizations are launching more sophisticated and targeted phishing and malware attacks, resulting in more prevalent infiltrations in 2009. Cybercriminals often target social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, and use an individual’s personal data to fool friends and colleagues into revealing valuable personal and corporate data.