Lt. Col. Joseph “Jay” Rose, USA (Ret.), says he wouldn’t change anything about his life, but his service in the military and techno-savvy contributions to AFCEA’s Tampa-St. Petersburg Pelican Chapter certainly have changed the lives of many others. From his 21 years in the Army Signal Corps—about half of which were spent supporting special operations forces—to a complete revamp of his chapter’s use of Web technologies, Col. Rose’s focus has not been on finding an easy way out but rather an easier way into accomplishing a mission.
To bring solutions and ideas closer to centers of expertise, AFCEA International will offer three new regional events in 2012. Although focused on the land forces—the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps—members from all five U.S. military services as well as coalition partners will be invited to participate.
Education is an AFCEA International core value. For students, teachers and professionals, AFCEA provides opportunities for furthering their education in technical training, leadership development, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Not only do AFCEA members have access to courses in these disciplines they also are eligible for continuing education discounts and scholarships.
Just when it appeared that every business model had been explored, apps came along. As if the ability to purchase a digital version of a favorite old tune for 99 cents wasn’t amazing enough, very smart people from all walks of life found a way to offer little bits of technology that suddenly no one can live without. Want to know where to find the best gas prices? There’s an app for that. Planning a wedding? There’s an app for that. Want to know more about apps? Yes, there’s an app for that, too. Nothing to do while waiting for a meeting? You get the idea ...
Mentoring has been an integral part of Charisse Stokes’ life. As a participant in the Air Force Junior ROTC in high school, Stokes was intrigued and interested in the organization and its structure. An “outstanding adviser and mentor” encouraged her to continue her ROTC involvement—advice that resulted in Stokes becoming a scholarship cadet at Clemson University. She received her commission in the U.S. Air Force in 1998.
Joining AFCEA provides business-building opportunities. Your company’s visibility is elevated through its corporate profile listing in the AFCEA Source Book. As a corporate member, your company receives space in the January issue of SIGNAL Magazine describing corporate capabilities and contact information. Sustaining members also can include the company logo and a photo of a senior executive officer.
Beginning with this issue, SIGNAL Connections has been enhanced to better meet your needs as an AFCEA member. Each issue will highlight events that are taking place in your area, as well as news about your chapter, the association, AFCEA benefits and fellow members. Also featured will be industry news and commentary from other SIGNAL media to provide a comprehensive package of information.
AFCEA headquarters lost power right in the middle of the production cycle of this issue of SIGNAL Connections. Rumor has it that road construction taking place in the area caused the glitch. Without access to computers and VoIP phones, staff members emerged from their work spaces like bears after hibernation and actually talked to each other face to face.
Under a memorandum of understanding announced on July 14, the U.S. Coast Guard Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (C4IT) Service Center will leverage AFCEA resources for providing market research, identifying technology trends and raising awareness of ongoing initiatives.
The U.S. Navy may be setting itself up for strategic mismatches of historic proportions in the near future. While its perception of victory may be tainted by the vision of several aircraft carriers of the Imperial Japanese Fleet listing heavily, on fire and dead in the water during the Battle of Midway, today’s mismatch could likely center on the expectation of data flow in the face of an adversary’s ability to deny it.
A new training system featuring armored autonomous robots could help the U.S. Marine Corps prepare snipers to face human enemies in battle. The smart mobile targets use Segway platforms to mimic human motion and behavior—even running for cover when a fellow robot gets hit.
The recent attack by Lulz Security on the CIA's networks and other breaches of major organizations have brought hacking and hacktivism to the public's attention, but these violations are only a small part of the larger landscape. Different assaults damaged networks worldwide earlier this year, and experts predict that what could happen in the future is even more frightening.
Squad Car Command Center
Squad Car Command Center
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is asking companies not only to create better keyboard-tethered 3-D imaging platforms but also to bring analysts into the 3-D world through kinesthetic interaction with imagery taken from above areas of interest. The goal is to improve digital signal processing to make 3-D coordinate-under-cursor capabilities such as overlapping images into one image. In addition, the agency wants the ability to create one complete image using information received from several platforms regardless of sensor location and preferably with video and still picture capabilities.
Wearable Tactical System
The battle against damage to equipment from sand and dust has gained ground with the unveiling of the first device that simulates exposure to both in a single chamber. Aptly named Desert Wind, the tool enables real-time, repeatable tests on equipment to determine the effects of temperature, humidity, and sand and dust concentration. It also simulates dust, sand and wind speeds up to and exceeding 65 miles per hour.