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  • ICE above the Arctic Circle

    "So you're telling me we're going to lose all our satellite connectivity, my NIPR and SIPR and phones, and my tactical C2, for an hour and a half . . . every day?" "Yes, sir," I answered. "We still have line-of-sight, but in these mountains it's a crap shoot. And, we have our land lines provided by the Norwegians for wireless Internet and
  • Airborne Networking Integration

    Net-centric warfare is not just about routers, switches and computers. Rather, it's an emerging theory of warfare and involves a culture change affecting large communities of interest groups across the Global Information Grid throughout three platforms: terrestrial, air and space. Airborne networking is the DOD's "GIG in the sky" and will enable
  • Disruptive technologies: Comm troops seek immediate solutions

    Terrorist organizations have an ability to rapidly procure and field technology without having to jump through research and development issues and bureaucratic hurdles. This causes what's known as disruptive technologies, which are technologies that force a paradigm shift in business practices. This shift is forcing our military to find or develop
  • Alabama ANG shows how they're a Total Force Team

    Thirteen members of the Alabama Air National Guard's 280th Combat Communications Squadron recently got a chance to experience AFSOC's version of the Air Force's Total Force Integration initiative. The opportunity came as they deployed to Afghanistan in support of a Joint Task Force operation as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. The initial team
  • No comm, no bomb - but no power, no comm period

    I'm an Electrical Power Production Airman assigned to the 353rd Operations Support Squadron's communications flight. My main mission is supporting two tactical deployable communications packages, the Initial Communications Element package and the Integrated Communications Access Package. I've had the experience of supporting these two packages in
  • 353rd OSS supports joint mission

    The Southern Philippines are a known breeding ground for terrorists, and that's why the U.S. Joint Special Operation Task Force has a presence there. They advise and educate the Philippine military in overcoming this tough enemy. "Deny sanctuary, deny movement, deny resources, and separate the population from the insurgents -- straight from the
  • SHARK: Special Operations Forces High-speed Agile Reachback Kit

    What is it?  The Special Operations Forces High-speed Agile Reachback Kit, known as SHARK, is an "everything over IP" system small enough to be carried onto a commercial airliner, yet robust enough to provide unclassified, secret and top-secret voice/video/data using any available IP-based network. The SHARK is intended to be a "first boots on the
  • Air Resupply and Communications Service serves as prelude to AFSOC mission support

    There are four truths people in Air Force Special Operations Command have realized and developed during its history. This history includes the air commandos in the China-Burma-India theater of operations, as well as Maj. Gen. William J. Donovan and his Office of Strategic Services agents in the WWII European theater.These Special Operations Forces
  • What I will remember

    I still remember when Karen and I had our first (and really only) meeting with Col. David Kovach, then commander of the Air Force Communications Agency, about the magazine. We both arrived on the job in early 2003 (within weeks of each other) and the time was ripe for change. The colonel had envisioned something slick, something fun, but he wasn't
  • So long, old friend

    No more intercom? Say it isn't so! It's the end of the world as we know it. That last statement is more accurate than you'd think. The Army Airways Communications System's "World" newspaper was serving communicators until 1961. When the "World" ended, the intercom was born to coincide with the establishment of Air Force Communications Service as a
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