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GAO Assesses Army Acquisition

June 28, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
Officials from eight Army organizations told the GAO that the numerous organizational changes that have taken place have disrupted contracting operations and caused confusion.

U.S. Army leaders have not consistently evaluated the efficiency and effectiveness of the department’s contracting operations.

Right and Left Brains Collide

June 27, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
The TrueNorth chip has the equivalent of 1 million neurons and 256 million synapses in a form of a postage stamp.

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and IBM collaborate on brain-inspired supercomputer system.

Visionaries Need Apply

June 26, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor

Innovators invited to meet with DARPA program managers.

Curing the Government's Public Cloud Phobia

June 22, 2017
By Christine Kerns

Commercial cloud offerings are part of a modern technology arsenal that the whole of the U.S. government must consider adopting. 

Unleashing Radio Frequency Power

June 21, 2017
By George I. Seffers
A new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program seeks to converge radio frequency communications, electronic warfare and radar capabilities on compact unmanned aerial systems.

DARPA seeks to converge capabilities on compact unmanned aerial systems.

Age of Acceleration is Radically Changing Networks

June 15, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
Stephen Alexander, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Ciena, speaks at AFCEA's Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium.

The constant acceleration of technology is pushing for radical changes in the networking arena, tapping systems to continuously scale capacity and connectivity.

Speed or Security? DOD Needs Both

June 13, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, director of DISA and commander of the JFHQ-DODIN, speaks at AFCEA’s Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore.

The future for the U.S. Defense Department is coming at the speed of light—literally. Securing it presents many challenges. 

Chemistry, Cryptography Headline IARPA Opportunities

June 9, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

Diverse sciences ranging from forensics to nanoscale chemical sampling and storage are among the research opportunities being targeted by IARPA to support future U.S. intelligence community activities.

Submariners Train to Sail on Land

June 9, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
Sailors assigned to the Gold crew of the guided-missile submarine USS Ohio test the new submarine bridge trainer at Trident Training Facility Bangor in Washington.

A submarine bridge trainer at the Trident Training Facility in Bangor, Washington, enables submarine bridge team members to learn via a complex visual and auditory environment.

A New Lion of Defense Communications

June 9, 2017
By Breann Pendleton

ITAMCO researchers are developing an app known by the working name SIMBA that will tap blockchain technology—the backbone of bitcoin—to transform military technology.

CompTIA's CSA+ Mini-Boot Camp at DCOS

June 7, 2017
By Breann Pendleton
Attending conference sessions like this one from the 2016 DCOS can help you earn certifications. Photo by Michael Carpenter

CompTIA is offering a bonus to Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) mini-boot camp participants at AFCEA's Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium. 

Information Agency Innovates Innovation

June 6, 2017
By Alana Johnson
Members of DISA’s NetOps Solutions collaborate on innovative enhancements for capabilities that automate many key functions of DISA’s services and infrastructure. Photography by Kevin Headtke, DISA Visual Information Services Branch

DISA is discovering and evolving disruptive technologies with the formation of its burgeoning Innovations Systems and Engineering Directorate.

Sharon Jones Carries The Torch At DISA

June 6, 2017
By Breann Pendleton
haron Jones, director of DISA’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), received the 2016 Tracey L. Pinson Small Business Professional of the Year Award in recognition of her commitment to the DOD’s small business mission.

Sharon Jones, director of the DISA’s Office of Small Business Programs, received the Tracey L. Pinson Small Business Professional of the Year Award in April.

Unmanned Copter Cops Hidden Mines

June 6, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
On the beaches at Camp Pendleton, Cory Stephanson, president and CEO, Broadband Discovery Systems Inc., launches a sensor-laden drone that collects data about buried mine materials while Dr. Rosemarie Oelrich, scientist, Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock, monitors the information on a handheld Android device.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center and industry combine quadcopter and Android technology to remotely detect mines in surf. 

DISA 2017 Contract Guide

June 1, 2017

An extensive list of current contract vehicles available through the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is now online.

Cyborg Dragonfly Takes Flight

June 1, 2016
The DragonflEye, a cyborg insect intended for a variety of missions, recently completed its first test flight.

The DragonflEye, a cyborg insect intended for a variety of missions, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, has liftoff.

Insider Threat Training Now Required for Federal Contractors

May 31, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

Beginning today, all cleared government contractors must complete insider threat employee awareness training prior to being granted access to classified information and every year thereafter.

Virtual Reality a Friend And Foe in Terror Fight

June 1, 2017
By George I. Seffers
The ISIS terrorist group has modified a video game called ARMA III. It allows users to rack up points by killing Westerners or others considered to be enemies of ISIS. Virtual reality, or VR, is improving to the point where terrorists are able to exploit it.

As virtual reality technology becomes less expensive and delivers a more realistic, immersive experience, some experts warn it is only a matter of time before terrorists use it for plotting attacks.

DISA Determined to Tame the Acquisition Beast

June 1, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
Two U.S. Air Force airmen install network-switch panels at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is striving to improve its acquisition processes to procure and deploy innovative information technologies to its customers more quickly.

The Defense Information Systems Agency is working to streamline its acquisition processes by using a mixture of efficiency and expertise.

Go to Moscow to Learn Russian (Sort of)

June 1, 2017
By Medha Tare, Ewa Golonka and Martyn Clark
A panoramic camera view shows the room setup before conversations are recorded for REVEAL 360 Degrees, a joint immersive learning research project conducted by the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language and the university’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies.

Technology breakthroughs deliver critical language and sociocultural content faster than ever before with fewer resources than full immersion experiences.