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MITRE in the News - 2004
Military & Aerospace Electronics
Article Title: "Air Force Looks to the Next Generation
of Avionics Networking"
The MITRE Corporation is working along with several other companies to build a battlefield Internet, called Constellation Net, for the Air Force. This internet will connect sensor platforms in land, air, and space as part of the Pentagon's Global Information Grid. The Constellation will look like a round table, with hundreds of systems, sensors, and warfighters logging into a common network. The Constellation can bridge traditional stovepipes, enable machine-to-machine data exchange, work across security domains, generate automated courses of action, and ultimately reduce the timeline for finding and engaging targets.
Article Title: "A Guide to Proactive Network Security"
While a company might spend thousands of dollars on firewalls, virtual private networks, antivirus and intrusion detection systems, the real network security culprits are Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs), which go largely undetected. CVEs are holes in applications that can be attacked by hackers and cyber terrorists to steal information or bring down networks. This article suggests that companies subscribe to the CVE list, an ongoing roster of threats and vulnerabilities compiled and documented by The MITRE Corporation.
Boston Business Journal
Article Title: "MITRE Opens Bedford Facility"
With federal, state and local officials in attendance, The MITRE Corporation formally opened a new campus building in Bedford, Mass., marking the completion of an expansion project built in part with grants to encourage "green," environmentally-friendly design and construction techniques. The three-story MITRE Center, as the building is been dubbed, provides 96,000 square feet of office and research space, and uses a solar-panel array to generate electricity that produces 16,900 kilowatt-hours each year. MITRE also emphasized storm water management and erosion control in the construction of the building, and sought to reduce light pollution and incorporate smart technology to reduce energy waste.
Article Title: "Re-inventing Retirement"
This article examines how businesses in many industrialized countries are facing the demographic challenge of an aging workforce. The story notes that The MITRE Corporation maintains a list of retired employees (called "Reserves at the Ready") who are available to return to work on special projects or to cover absences.
Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology
Article Title: Wanted: Massachusetts National Leadership
for Homeland Security"
This article reviews the IT infrastructure and industry that exists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, all of which could serve as the foundation of a regional Homeland Security center. Among the resources highlighted, it is noted that The MITRE Corporation and Hanscom Air Force Base's Electronic Systems Center have a strong background in military command and control systems.
Article Title: "Top Washington Business Communicators
Honored at 12th Annual IABC Silver Inkwell Awards"
Communications professionals from The MITRE Corporation garnered several awards at the annual International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Silver Inkwell Awards in Washington, D.C. The honors include an award of merit for a video, an award of merit for publication cover art, and an award of excellence for a "Hot Jobs—Cool Cash" poster.
Article Title: "Policy Driven: Knowing Right From Wrong"
This article about incorporating ethics policies into IT use was penned by Chad Korosec, a senior information security engineer/scientist at The MITRE Corporation. He writes that new ethical issues frequently arise, due to constant technological advancements like high-speed Internet connections and the ability to access more sensitive internal documents. He notes that many organizations have published codes of conduct that prescribe certain ethical standards for employees, and he suggests that security staff should review such codes to ensure security is taken into consideration.
Boston Globe (Northwest Edition)
Article Title: "Hanscom AFB, Natick Labs Seen as Vital
A report by the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth outlines the impact that Hanscom AFB and Natick Labs have on the state economy. Hanscom supports the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command's Electronic Systems Center, and the study notes that Hanscom Air Force Base works closely with large companies in the area, including the The MITRE Corporation.
Article Title: "First Demonstration of Air Force C2
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) and a team of industry experts, including those from The MITRE Corporation, has successfully demonstrated a service-oriented architecture that consists of both a systems framework and a set of standards and business rules that govern how different sensors and platforms will exchange information across the battlespace. The demonstration, which was held at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass., involved architecture that includes elements of the Command and Control (C2) constellation, the USAF's global network of C2 and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems and platforms.
Working Mother Magazine
Article Title: "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers"
For the second year in a row, Working Mother magazine has named The MITRE Corporation to its 19th annual list of the best companies for working mothers. MITRE was especially lauded for a full range of flexible work schedule options, a six-week maternity leave at full pay, private on-site lactation rooms, and elder care resources for employees who currently care for an aging parent as well as those who expect to in the future.
Defense Daily Network
Article Title: "USJFCOM-Developed UAV Tools Get Tryout
Software tools developed by the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) are being examined in Iraq to help synchronize and coordinate intelligence from multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to enable network centric operations. The MITRE Corporation has contributed to this effort by developing one of the tools that helps UAVs communicate with each other. "We started with a MITRE-developed capability called 'Cursor on Target' that the company initially developed for the Air Force Electronic Systems Command, and used that as the starting point," said Frank Roberts, head of UAV initiatives in JFCOM.
Business Insurance Magazine
Article Title: "Companies Take an Informal Look at
This article describes phased retirement programs, which permit older workers to reduce their work hours without changing employers, to ease their transition to full retirement. William Albright, director of quality of work life and benefits at The MITRE Corporation is quoted, telling the magazine that phased retirement offers flexibility "for those who feel like they want to get their feet wet before diving into the pool, if you will."
Federal Computer Week
Article Title: "Deployment Tips"
An article about business intelligence software systems points out that it is important for consultants to understand an organization's ongoing needs before providing them with tools to analyze their operations. The article contains quotes from John Rusnak, chief architect for Air Force Knowledge Services at The MITRE Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. Rusnak suggests asking prospective vendors to build a prototype that helps ensure successful software choices. Rusnak also advises consultants to apprise companies of the operational questions they plan to ask. "Determine what hardware upgrades you will need, what your performance is and how happy your end users are," he says.
Article Title: "Defense Science Board Hears from Review
Robert Nesbit, senior vice president and general manager at The MITRE Corporation, recently served on a panel at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Conference in California. The panel discussion explored the state of affairs of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry, touching upon issues such as controlling costs, increasing bandwidth, and achieving survivability in high persistence environments. During the discussion, Mr. Nesbit showed several slides that illustrated opportunities and challenges within the UAV sector, and closed his talk by calling for a list of lessons learned. "...A task force review group would be a good way to move forward," he concluded.
Article Title: "An Evolutionary Approach to Security"
Chad Korosec, a senior information security engineer/scientist at The MITRE Corporation, penned this article about managing risks associated with a new technology or business need, while remaining compliant with security policies. Korosec writes that there are many different risk-management models. For example, there are plans designed to expose weaknesses arising from changing technology. Likewise, the advent of telecommuting demonstrates how risk management is about adaptation. "If your company's mobile workforce is increasing—aided by new mobile technology and encouraged by business needs—you must support employee connections from public locations, such as hotels and airports," he writes. "Disallowing such connectivity could mean decreased production and revenue loss. Your workforce needs VPNs and handheld-device support... and your security policies must roll with the changes."
Article Title: "Firms Leave Door Open for Senior Employees"
An article about employment options for senior workers details the "Reserves at the Ready" arrangement at The MITRE Corporation. Under this agreement, employees who retire from the corporation may sign up for a program that invites them back on temporary assignments for special projects. These seasoned employees are also invited to step in when extra help is needed, such as when current employees are away on vacation.
Article Title: "Coming—Programmable Matter"
Dr. James Ellenbogen, a senior principal scientist at The MITRE Corporation, is quoted in an article about programmable matter, which is the practice of configuring tiny molecules, atoms, and electrons to modify software. "In order to program at this level, you have to move the matter—there is just no way around it," says Ellenbogen, who works in MITRE's Nanosystems Group in McLean, Va. Programmable matter is also referred to as "smart matter" because it has some computational capability and can be programmed to change shape. For Ellenbogen, this is "matter as software."
Federal Computer Week
Article Title: "The Master Builders: Integrators Stand
Behind Many Agencies' Enterprise Architectures"
Hiring outside experts has become an important practice for federal officials who want to make enterprise architecture the baseline for technology investment. For example, when U.S. Air Force officials recently sought to develop enterprise architecture software tools for their organization, they hired The MITRE Corporation to staff their Chief Architect's Office. Today, the Air Force chief architect, deputy chief architect, and office staff are all MITRE employees. John Gilligan, the Air Force's chief information officer, says, "We got people [from MITRE] who [are] at the vice president level—all senior-level people." The article says the advantages of this type of arrangement include experienced personnel, best practices, and expertise in architecture-building software tools.
Article Title: "How Tools Find Patterns in Flight"
In an article about new airline safety measures, a tool built by The MITRE Corporation, called the Aviation Safety Data Mining Workbench, is noted for its flight-data analyses capabilities. The program is able to discover data patterns such as altitude deviation during takeoff and landing. MITRE first tested the tool last year on data gathered from 12,000 American Airlines pilots.
Security Wire Digest
Article Title: "Security Patches Got You Running in
This article about the benefits of using the Open Vulnerability Assessment Language (OVAL), a tool for detecting viruses and security breaches, was authored by Robert A. Martin, a principal engineer at The MITRE Corporation. Martin writes that this free service saves IT systems and security administrators time, which translates to lower business overhead. He writes, "[Administrators] will be able to secure systems more quickly because... scanning tools will immediately report on successful mitigation, showing the success of any workarounds your system and security administrators have implemented, whether or not they applied the patches."
Article Title: "The Top 100's Steady Climbers Have
One Thing in Common: A Long-Term Growth Plan"
The MITRE Corporation is ranked number 18 on a list of the Top 100 government IT contractors. The rankings are determined by federal prime contracting revenue, and the article notes that the rankings demonstrate the value of information technology, and a company's ability to adapt to a constantly changing market.
Article Title: "Programming Matter: Information Systems
Will See the First Applications"
Dr. James Ellenbogen, a senior principal scientist at The MITRE Corporation, is recognized as a leading researcher in the science of nanotechnology (the technology of designing and fabricating matter sized at a billionth of a meter). He is quoted in an article about programmable matter, which is the practice of configuring molecules, atoms and electrons to modify software. "In order to program at this level, you have to move the matter—there is just no way around it," says Ellenbogen, who works in MITRE's Nanosystems Group in McLean, Va. For Ellenbogen, this is "matter as software."
Article Title: "Air Force Recognizes MITRE Engineer
for JStars Work"
At a ceremony in Virginia, The Defense Standardization Program Office of the U.S. Air Force presented Clem Huckins, a lead communications engineer at The MITRE Corporation, with an award for his performance in drafting a new standardization agreement. Huckins led a diverse international team of technical experts in developing NATO Standardization Agreement 4607, which provides a common format for disseminating radar data, allowing for interoperability of NATO air-, space-, and ground-based radar systems. This work will increase system efficiency and coalition interoperability between the U.S., France, Italy, Germany and other NATO nations, and will serve as the foundation for development of an advanced version of the data format in the future.
Aviation Week & Space Technology
Article Title: "Public-Private Group Develops Cyber-Strategies
Representatives from The MITRE Corporation served on a task force created by the National Cyber Security Partnership to develop a small business cyber security guidebook that helps small businesses protect their share of cyberspace. This joint public-private sector task force has also made available a free "Cyber RiskProfiler" that offers cyber scoring technology to help small businesses identify and manage their cyber risks. The task force also reached an agreement with a major insurance company to provide credits (where legally permitted) on cyber insurance policies for businesses that implement task force suggestions. Other participants in the program included the U.S. Secret Service, the World Bank, and several U.S. states.
The Bedford Minuteman
Article Title: "Students Work the Phones for 'Dollars
The MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Mass., hosted a phone-a-thon for the local chapter of Citizens' Scholarship Foundation. During the weekend of March 6-7, 2004, high school students based their operations in a MITRE conference hall, and successfully raised over $26,000 via telephone from the community for college scholarships.
Article Title: "Chatting to the Coalition"
Coalition forces in Iraq are able to communicate more effectively among themselves, and with the Iraqi people, because of "coalition chat line" software that uses instant messaging techniques. The system was developed by modifying a program originally developed by The MITRE Corporation, called TRIM (translingual instant messaging), which was integrated with other commercial IT hardware. The chat line capability proved so popular that the U.S.-allied Multi-National Division (MND) installed it on more than 200 computers, and both the U.S. senior army commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez and British commander in southern Iraq have requested the chat line capability as well.
Maryland Business Gazette
Article Title: "Maryland Work-Life Alliance Honors
56 Businesses in State"
The MITRE Corporation has received a workplace excellence award from the Maryland Work-Life Alliance, in recognition of paid learning and development programs, flex time, telecommuting options and tuition reimbursement. The article quotes William Albright, MITRE's director of quality of work/life and benefits, who commented upon the company's flexible work arrangements program. "We trust [our employees] to be responsible and be professional," he affirmed.
Article Title: "Information Security: Too Important
to Leave to the 'Nerds'"
In this article about information risk management and the legal consequences to corporations of technological vulnerabilities, the Common Vulnerability Exposures (CVE) List, which is maintained by The MITRE Corporation, is singled out as a reliable resource for virus information. "Many technical exposures in network and computing technologies are now in the public domain on a timely basis," reads the article, which goes on to list the CVE website, found at www.cve.mitre.org.
Aviation Week & Space Technology
Article Title: "Under New Management"
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new Air Traffic Organization (ATO) program is newly operational this month, which is intended to modernize the world's largest air traffic control system while maintaining a high level of safety. So far, the FAA has already increased traffic system capacity in the nation's aviation system by 6.5%, which was achieved based on modeling by The MITRE Corporation.
Article Title: "Ten Emerging Technologies That Will
Change the World"
In this cover story on cutting-edge research that is expected to significantly transform computing, medicine, communication, and the energy infrastructure, Dr. James Ellenbogen, a senior principal multidisciplinary systems engineer at The MITRE Corporation, is cited as a leading innovator in the discipline of nanotechnology and nanowires. Nanotechnology is the science of materials and machines measuring only a billionth of a meter.
Article Title: "The 100 Best Companies to Work For"
For the third year in a row, The MITRE Corporation has been named to Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. MITRE is ranked #38 and is specifically cited for its flexible 40-hour week schedule, paid time off policy, and tuition reimbursement program. The most important factor in selecting companies for this list is what workers themselves had to say. Randomly selected employees filled out an employee-opinion survey about their workplaces, and each candidate company also filled out a questionnaire detailing its human resources policies, practices, and philosophies. Fortune evaluated each company on both the employee surveys and the company questionnaires; employees' opinions accounting for two-thirds of the total score.
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