Vol39 No 2: Army Communicator Summer 2014

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Chief of Signal Message

Cyberspace operations offers new opportunities

MG LaWarren Patterson

Greetings Signaleers,

As the Army transitions to a more cyber-centric future, it is easy to lose sight of the role the Signal Corps has played�and will continue to play�in shaping that future. But the truth is that the Signal Corps plays not just a critical role in Cyberspace Operations, but also possesses the keys of innovation that will enable the rest of our Army to achieve its strategic goals.

In my 32 years of service, I have seen the Signal Corps change. As you'll read in this issue, we've undergone several major realignments since our inception 154 years ago. As the first to take interest in the capabilities of the airplane, we spawned the Army Air Corps, which evolved its own service�the U.S. Air Force. We created the National Weather Service, which now reports to the Commerce Department, under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. More recently, in the early 1990s, the Signal Regiment lost over 400 of its best and brightest to help stand up the newly-created Army Acquisition Corps.

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Collaborative Spectrum Management

By:  SFC Nicholas A. Perez-Santalla

The electromagnetic spectrum is a valuable resource that must be properly managed to benefit the military and society as a whole.

Spectrum governance in most regions of the world was established in the early twentieth century to accommodate government use. These legacy systems have failed to adequately adapt to the rapid rate of innovation in today's commercially dominated sector where we now have a proliferation of technologies vying for a position in a finite resource.

Over the past two decades, spectrum managers have begun reallocating spectrum use from government agency restricted to commercial uses because of shifting economic, political and strategic considerations.

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Sharing the Electromagnetic Spectrum

By CPT Bryant A. Wellmann and CW5 Garth R. Hahn

Spectrum sharing has gained national level attention as a way of furthering the economic exploitation of spectrum resources while protecting national security interests.

The electromagnetic spectrum is the medium that mobile phones, satellite communication systems, garage door openers, RADAR, and Wi-Fi devices operate within to send and receive information wirelessly.

It is not only important to our military forces and federal agencies, but an economically critical resource used by commercial companies around the world. It is this friction point that must be balanced at the national level to ensure adequate spectrum access for our forces to train on battlefield systems in the United States, while enabling the quickly developing market for mobile data to expand and innovate.

In an increasingly crowded space, spectrum sharing is emerging as one method to enable our forces and our nation's commercial needs to coexist.

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