Cloud & Infrastructure

Army's thin-client system to keep field commanders in the loop

Command Web allows commanders to access and share information on the Army's data-rich, high-bandwidth command and control networks.

Army tests thin-client system for common operational view

The Army is evaluating a Web-based system that gives commanders access to previously unavailable data residing on thick-client applications.

First test finds glitches in Emergency Alert System

Coverage of the Emergency Alert System, built on legacy broadcast radio technology, is incomplete and not completely reliable; FCC and FEMA are updating it with an Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

Cybersecurity

Navy devising battle plan for satellite attacks

The U.S. Navy is considering how it will handle future operations where it might have little or no satellite communications or navigation, something that may be standard as cyber warfare continues to escalate.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Cloud offers feds access to police data

The Fish and Wildlife Service has led the way in testing a commercial infrastructure that gives federal officers the same access to law enforcement databases that state and local police have had for years.

Cybersecurity

DOD deputy CIO outlines challenges: Handling threats, new tech with shrinking budgets

Defense Department Deputy CIO Robert Carey discussed the steps the department is taking to protect its networks, add new tech and manage operations in a shrinking budget environment.

In Afghanistan, satellite capacity provides a lifeline

An Army satcom team worked feverishly to supply extra satellite capacity for logistics troops whose bandwidth had been squeezed by the 2010 troop surge in Afghanistan.

Are new communications technologies battlefield ready?

Brig. Gen. Michael Williamson, joint program executive officer for the Joint Tactical Radio System, discusses the latest developments and challenges for the JTRS radios and waveforms.

Establishing comms for Army brigade was a team effort

A tiger team made up of personnel from the Communications Automated Information System Interface network met the urgent communications needs of the 401st Army Field Support Brigade.

Military to streamline burden of warfighters' comms gear

The military has multiple strategies for reducing the size, weight and power of warfighter communications equipment.

Army takes mobile C2 vehicles for test drive

Two modified command and control vehicles are pushing enhanced situational awareness and connectivity to the edge of the battlefield.

Army puts tactical network through its paces

Network Integration Evaluation tests will vet new systems slated to re-equip Army units before redeployment.

Emerging Tech

DARPA at work on satellite-free navigation system

The DOD's research arm is working on a variety of new systems that would allow troops and weapons to be located even when their navigation systems are being jammed.

A model for Next Gen 911: Facebook

The FCC's new 911 will add video and text capability, but when? There's one example to follow.

Cybersecurity

P25 radios vulnerable to eavesdropping, can be jammed by child's toy

Researchers say weaknesses in interoperability standards for radios used by law enforcement leave the systems open to eavesdropping and jamming, even from a GirlTech IM-Me texting toy.

ICE to get comms help from new vehicle

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is expanding its technological reach with the help of a mobile communications vehicle.

Army wants smart phones, apps to be standard issue

The Army is sifting through a variety of technologies to find the right tools, doctrine and training for using smart phones in the battlefield.

Data & Analytics

GIS app gives first responders in Georgia a moving picture

An app built for $30,000 gives crews in Marietta, Ga., an evolving, real-time view of emergencies.

Cybersecurity

How military can lighten its load to create mobile data centers

Mobile forces can take advantage of virtualization, software tools and services used in garrison and base data centers to bring communications to the field.

Make-or-break time for Army’s digital force

Upcoming tests will evaluate the ability of Joint Tactical Radio System equipment to provide small units with network connectivity and communications.

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