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MITRE in the News - 2003
Test & Measurement World
Article Title: "See Me, Hear Me, Touch Me, Feel Me:
Aircraft Navigation and Guidance Give a Sense of Where You Are"
This in-depth article examines the technological intricacy of modern commercial aircraft. For example, a Global Positioning System navigation tool has become a must on aircraft, but to receive signals and properly navigate, the aircraft needs yet another antenna. The author points out that The MITRE Corporation has developed just such an antenna: a concentric, two-element adaptive-array innovation that uses microstrip elements.
The Boston Globe
Article Title: "Workforce Gap May Put Older Workers
In Demand: Employers Need to Shift Hiring Focus Now"
In this article about recruiting, training, and retaining mature workers, experts observe that The MITRE Corporation is a company that is serious about retaining employees, regardless of age. MITRE offers flexible scheduling, a phased retirement benefit, and a part-time work program for retirees. According to William Albright, director of quality of work life and benefits, "This means we have 60-year-olds and some 70-year-olds in the mix." He continues, "At MITRE, the feeling is that as long as you can bring something to the table, age is not a factor... our clients want experienced people who can help them design and put together major IT systems. So, demographics are important to us."
The Boston Globe
Article Title: "Brainpower as a Military Asset: State's
Intellectual Strengths Pitched in Bid to Save Bases"
Massachusetts government leaders and business executives, including those from The MITRE Corporation, are employing an innovative strategy to keep Greater Boston's military bases open: they are demonstrating to the Pentagon that brainpower is vital to national security. Robert F. Nesbit, senior vice president at MITRE, cites technological advances pioneered by Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass., such as tools that have improved bombing accuracy and shortened the time between targeting and delivery.
Article Title: "How the Radio Changed Its Spots"
Dr. Joseph Mitola, a consulting scientist at The MITRE Corporation, is cited as a pioneer researcher and quoted in this article about software-defined radio. (Software-defined radios are capable of switching from one wireless standard to another based on software applications.) Mitola tells the Economist that software-defined radio base stations are more reliable in comparison to conventional base radio stations, which have hundreds of coaxial cables connecting various signal-processing circuitry. Software-defined radios can help various parties to better communicate, such as police, fire and EMT workers.
Government Computer News
Article Title: "Army Assesses State's LAN Security"
Personnel from The MITRE Corporation are working with the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command's Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) at Fort Monmouth, N.J., to conduct a security evaluation of the State of New Jersey's IT networks. Based on the information gleaned, policy and procedure recommendations will be drawn up that suggest specific hardware and software that should be installed to improve the state's network security.
Article Title: "Mesh Technology Boosts Wireless Performance"
The MITRE Corporation has been working with mobile mesh technology, an open source, ad hoc network system that allows users to exchange information in a wireless environment without the need for a fixed infrastructure. Specifically, MITRE has been applying the technology in mobile battlefield networks. Users are free to move about while communicating with each other, the communications path between any two users can traverse multiple wireless links, and the radios can be heterogeneous, allowing different types of links to be part of the same ad hoc network.
Article Title: "The Big Picture—Building Blocks
of Tight Security—Putting Up Another Firewall Just Doesn't Cut
Chad Korosec, a senior information security engineer and scientist at The MITRE Corporation, penned this article about the importance of implementing a corporate electronic security policy. Korosec says there is no quick fix for common security threats such as Internet worms and denial-of-service attacks. Rather, "It's important to define objectives: securing intranet sites, protecting business and personnel data and establishing emergency procedures for recovering sensitive data-up front." Korosec also says that "[A] security policy should define the roles and responsibilities for everyone in the organization, from the CEO and board members to the custodians and temporary staff."
Article Title: "Who Goes There? How the U.S. Army's
New Satellite Tracking System Helped Avert Friendly Fire"
Dr. Bruce T. Robinson, a lead operations research analyst at The MITRE Corporation, authored this article about a new satellite-based tracking unit that was used for the first time by the U.S. Army during the Iraq war. A team of engineers from several companies, including MITRE, designed the system's architecture, software, installation kits and a satellite hub facility for the Global Command and Control System (GCCS), the classified computer network used by top-level U.S. brass.
The Boston Globe
Article Title: "Many Are Choosing to Extend Careers"
This article about mature workers references the new AARP list that names 25 companies nationwide as among the best employers for people over 50 to work for in 2003. The MITRE Corporation is recognized on AARP's ranking, because the corporation offers older workers continued opportunities for advancement, provides flexible work schedules, and maintains benefits for current and retired employees.
Article Title: "The 100 Best Companies for Working
The MITRE Corporation was recognized as one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine. The corporation was lauded for its policies on work life benefits such as flextime, employee assistance programs, and women's advancement. Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media, said, "Workplace cultures at the best places to work have changed and now reflect the permanent presence of working mothers. And companies are responding to pressure from both men and women who demand a balanced life. Work/life benefits are here to stay."
Inside the Air Force Magazine
Article Title: "ESC Initiative Aimed at Providing Common
Language for C4ISR Systems"
Senior U.S. Air Force officials are touting "Cursor-on-Target," an initiative developed for the organization's Electronic Systems Center by a team of engineers from The MITRE Corporation. This initiative, which fosters machine-to-machine integration, is seen by military officials as an important first step to connecting various command and control and battle management systems, which will reduce time needed to engage enemy targets on the battlefield.
Article Title: "Defense Communications and Army Transmission
Systems (DCATS) KICC's Off Massive Project to Relieve Army Signal Units
U.S. Signal unit soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait will soon be able to come home, thanks to the Kuwait Iraq C4 (Command, Control, Communications and Computers) Commercialization (KICC) project. The MITRE Corporation is a member of the KICC Task Force, which addresses Army, Joint, and Coalition C4 operation requirements at 100 separate base camp locations in Kuwait and Iraq. The commercialization of some processes, such as reconstruction and humanitarian affairs in support of Iraqi civil governance, frees up many American units.
Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Service
Article Title: "Providence, RI Airport Tests Federal
Runway Safety Program"
T.F. Green Airport in Providence, RI, is being used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test a new program that could reduce the number of close calls and accidents on runways at airports across the United States. The program, which was designed with assistance from The MITRE Corporation, was first tested by MITRE and the FAA in late 2002. Pilots were hooked up to simulators in order to test their reactions to elements such as new runway markings and brightly numbered runway signs. According to Oscar Olmos, a systems engineer at MITRE, pilot responses were universally positive.
The Wall St. Journal
Article Title: "Restrictions on Low-Power Radio Draw
Static in Independent Probe"
A study conducted by The MITRE Corporation on behalf of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suggests that a campaign by large broadcasters to limit low-power community radio stations has little technological justification. Broadcasters claimed their full-power radio signals would suffer interference from the 100-watt radio stations and cause frustrated listeners to tune out. MITRE concluded, in part, "Perceptible interference caused during the tests... occurred too seldom, especially outside the immediate vicinity of the sites where the stations were operating." The findings could open the door for Congress to ease restrictions currently imposed on low-power radio.
Article Title: "Businesses Join Nation's Terror Attack
The MITRE Corporation is helping the State of New Jersey develop a pilot emergency database matching all its security needs, resources and contacts with the state's corporate capabilities. MITRE is working with the Business Executives for National Security (BENS) to organize corporate assets—such as trucks, heavy equipment, cell phones and aircraft—that could be called into action in the event of a terrorist attack. This pioneering partnership under way in New Jersey could be replicated nationally.
Article Title: "STARS Commissioning Clears Path for
The MITRE Corporation has begun reviewing the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), an airspace modernization program, for the FAA. STARS was recently deployed for the first time in the U.S. at Philadelphia's international airport, but plans for implementation beyond Philadelphia are yet to be determined. MITRE's report will include financial analysis and risk assessment, and will help establish how much integration should occur at U.S. airports.
Article Title: "OIS Releases Vulnerability Reporting
The Organization for Internet Safety (OIS) recently released a draft of a plan, based on an earlier document written by security experts at The MITRE Corporation, which establishes a strict protocol for security researchers when reporting vulnerabilities. The goal of this plan is to prevent details of new vulnerabilities from being leaked publicly before vendors and customers have an opportunity to fix them.
Article Title: "Search-rescue Robots Test Their Mettle
in Tournaments; Researchers Aim to Improve Vehicles' Skills"
The MITRE Corporation's innovation in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic machines is close to the leading edge of the software frontier, due in part to robot search and rescue research conducted by Alan D. Christiansen, an AI engineer at MITRE. Christiansen conducts his work by sending his robots to navigate a prototype of wreckage-strewn scenes, find the injured, and conjure up electronic maps that direct human rescuers to victims. The challenge is to marry the two disparate disciplines of AI (which allows robots to accumulate data and determine its value) and machinery, which enables robots to climb stairs, pick its way over broken concrete, and squeeze into small spaces to find victims.
Article Title: "Top 2003 Federal Prime Contractors"
The MITRE Corporation is ranked #28 on a list of the top 100 contractors in the federal Information Technology market. MITRE is cited for its systems engineering and integration work, systems research and development, and strategic, technical and program management advice for its major customers: the U.S. Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.
Optimize Magazine (a CMP Publication)
Article Title: "Envisioning Growth—Having a Clear
Vision, Especially During Difficult Times, Will Set Your Business and
Your Leadership Apart"
This article discusses corporate strategies for managing the IT function in a challenging economic environment. The MITRE Corporation is cited as exemplary for its broad organizational vision and accessibility of information across the corporation. Specifically, MITRE's Center for Information and Technology (CI&T) is discussed as a place where employees can find tools and data that let them perform mission-critical work. Company managers have a saying, "MITRE knows what MITRE knows," to describe the accessibility of information across the corporation. Ensuring that the body of MITRE knowledge and technology is available to employees, when and where they need it, is critical to its CIO/CTO leadership.
Article Title: "All Systems Continue to be a go for
Air Force, MITRE"
The Bedford, Mass. defense team of The MITRE Corporation and Hanscom Air Force Base recently supported successful electronic warfare systems operations in Iraq, and engineers are further refining products aimed at surveillance and intelligence gathering. MITRE engineers and the U.S. Air Force's Electronics Systems Center (ESC) collaborate on projects such as target-attack radar, airborne warning systems, and other forms of electronic warfare. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, a mobile system called BUG-E, or Battlefield Universal Gateway Equipment was used to funnel secure voice and digital data from the battlefield to military command and control centers. "MITRE is an integral part of the ESC," says Chuck Paone, an ESC spokesman.
Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazine
Article Title: "50 Most Important Hispanics in Technology"
Dr. Bernard Lisker, a simulation modeling engineer at The MITRE Corporation, has been selected as one of the most powerful Hispanic executives in American technology and business. Dr. Lisker was selected from hundreds of candidates in government, academia, and corporate America. He was chosen based on his progressive leadership responsibilities, achievements in helping to advance access to technology, effectiveness in engaging technology within the global economy, and his contributions to furthering technical literacy.
Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology
Article Title: "Technical Services Ramps Up Again This
The U.S. government is increasingly focused on integrating their vast array of computer network systems, and this article illustrates several interoperability projects that are underway. One such program is led by Dr. Bill Neal, a systems engineer at The MITRE Corporation. Dr. Neal helps the U.S. Army identify science and technology programs to create futuristic computer systems. "It's one of the biggest [undertakings] on the Army's plate today," Neal says.
Article Title: "FAA Considers Near-term, Far-term Versions
of Airspace Plan"
The Federal Aviation Administration is currently considering the implementation of several beneficial long-term initiatives. One such proposal is space-based air traffic management (ATM) architectures, which The MITRE Corporation advocates. ATM architectures integrate critical data such as flight positions and traffic flow, to compose a broad picture of aviation activity.
International Herald Tribune
Article Title: "Nanotechnology to Revolutionize War"
Dr. James Ellenbogen, a nanotechnology analyst for The MITRE Corporation, is quoted in an article about some of the tiniest products ever manufactured—measured by one billionth of a meter—that are currently part of U.S. communications systems and weapons deployed in the Iraq conflict. Dr. Ellenbogen believes that the most exciting stage of nanotechnology innovation is about to be reached: "Most of the materials that would really make a difference are still in the research stage," he says.
New York Times
Article Title: "On the Trailing Edge of the Arms Industry,
With the rapid pace of technology advancement, the Pentagon must develop plans for obtaining obsolete parts for weapons before it finishes developing the actual weapons themselves. To solve this dilemma, "the real issue is figuring out the cost picture of different alternatives," said Tim Szczerbinski, an engineer at The MITRE Corporation. According to Szczerbinski, alternatives include buying enough components to meet future repair needs at the time of purchase or signing contracts that guarantee the manufacturer will keep making the components for a specific period.
Los Angeles Times
Article Title: "War with Iraq: Technology Goes to Battle"
Peer-to-peer technology, which lets computer users bypass central servers and connect directly with one another, is making inroads with the U.S. military. These types of systems are more resistant to attack and can be faster and easier to use than traditional, server-based setups. "There are prototypes in development right now," said Stanley Manoski, a principal software systems engineer at MITRE Corporation. "There are issues of security that still have to be dealt with, but within five years, I think you will see systems that have more peer-to-peer ideas embedded in them."
Black Engineer Magazine
Article Title: "Black Engineers of the Year"
M. Brian Blake, Ph.D., a lead engineer at MITRE, has been recognized as one of 2003's "Black Engineers of the Year." Blake garnered recognition for his software development efforts at MITRE, especially his application of intelligence agents like software robots, which are used in electronic commerce and web-based systems. The award is given to highly experienced, mid-career professionals who have made significant achievements in a science, engineering or technology industry.
The Times of London (U.K.)
Article Title: "The World's Smallest Computer"
This article discusses the nanotechnology work of Dr. James Ellenbogen, a senior principal engineer at MITRE. (Nanotechnology is the science of materials and machines measuring only a billionth of a meter). Dr. Ellenbogen believes the world's smallest computer, tiny enough to fit 400 times on top of a grain of salt, will be built by the end of 2004. This mini-computer will store information and pave the way for miniature sensors that can be inserted under human skin to provide early warning of medical problems.
Air Safety Week
Article Title: "Electrical Wiring is an Aircraft System"
In this article, Kent Hollinger, a principal engineer at MITRE, emphasizes the importance of aircraft wiring on safety and operations. According to Hollinger, the delivery of electrons throughout the aircraft is such an essential function that wiring can no longer be viewed as "fit and forget." Today's aircraft depend upon wiring not only for power delivery, but for flight-critical functions such as communications and navigation signal delivery.
Article Title: "100 Best Companies to Work For"
For the second year in a row, The MITRE Corporation was named to Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. MITRE's benefits, such as a $14,000 tuition reimbursement program and free investment counseling, were cited as exemplary. Two-thirds of each company's ranking is based on the opinions of its employees, while the remaining third is based on an assessment of benefits and practices. MITRE was elected to the list from a pool of more than 1,000 companies.
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