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13 May 14. Harris Corporation has received Type-1 National Security Agency certification for its Falcon® RF-330E-TR Wideband Rifleman Team Radio. The certification enables Harris to field the radios for secure voice and data communications up to the Secret level of information assurance classification. The RF-330E is Harris’ commercially developed, fully compliant radio for the Department of Defense (DoD) Rifleman Radio program. Designed with the dismounted warfighter in mind, the RF-330E is lighter and provides superior battery life and transmission range, making it more reliable and effective than other existing radios. The radio quickly connects warfighters into the tactical network for enhanced command and control and situational awareness through voice, data and position location information. The RF-330E-TR offers a built-in display that provides the soldier with an intuitive visual interface to simplify the loading of radio configuration files, to validate network availability, and to monitor radio status with confidence. Separately, the RF-330E has received two additional certifications that highlight the radio’s readiness for fielding. The radio was certified for interoperability by the Joint Interoperability Test Command and for Software Communications Architecture compliance by the Joint Tactical Radio System Test and Evaluation Laboratory.
13 May 14. DoD seeking ways around mobility hurdles. Funding shortages, long acquisition cycles and slow certification processes are among the chief hurdles in getting to Defense Department mobility, and officials are looking for ways to break through them. The Defense Information Systems Agency is spearheading many of the Pentagon’s mobility efforts, including several pilot programs and the DoD-wide mobile device management (MDM) program. DISA is in the process of transitioning mobile users, including about 2,000 so far migrated from the MDM pilot to the now-formalized program that uses MobileIron. Soon the program also will support Samsung’s Knox operating system as well. Overall, DISA is building toward 100,000 users under its unclassified mobile capability, a transition being completed in 25,000-account increments, according to John Hickey, DISA program manager for DoD mobility. Hickey, speaking at the C4ISR & Networks Conference in Arlington, Va., on May 5, emphasized that the specific device involved is not really the primary issue. Security is another area where defense leaders are looking beyond the conventional view and instead taking a new tack that many hope will shift the status quo. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
09 May 14. New plug-in TEMPEST filters for your IT system security require no installation engineer. To prevent the covert interrogation of conducted lines, MPE Ltd of Liverpool, UK, has long specialised in the design and manufacture of TEMPEST specification filters, in both standard and custom formats, that offer high insertion loss performance across a very wide frequency spectrum. Now the company has launched a new range of convenient, plug-in TEMPEST filters in 1-, 2- and 4-socket and inline versions. They are designed to the IT equipment safety standard EN 60950-1. Requiring no electrical contractors for their installation, these filters could therefore not be quicker, easier or simpler to deploy to meet an immediate need. Over 300 units in different versions with different current ratings have already been supplied for UK sites of the Ministry of Defence, who immediately recognised the advantages of the new product. Fully compliant with NATO SDIP-27 Levels B and C, MPE’s 250V AC, 50/60Hz, pluggable TEMPEST filters cater for 6A, 13A and 32A currents. The units provide EMI suppression across the full frequency spectrum. Accordingly they meet the TEMPEST protection standards applied to individual pieces of equipment of 60