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Exoskeletons Climb to New Heights

May 18, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
The FORTIS K-SRD supports warfighters’ legs and boosts knee capacity, enabling them to travel longer distances while carrying heavy equipment.

Sensors help put the power where it's needed.

Annual Robot Rodeo Challenges Bomb Squads

May 18, 2017
By Breann Pendleton
2015 Robot Rodeo: Bomb squads from across the country saddled up their robots and duked it out at the ninth annual Western National Robot Rodeo at Sandia National Laboratories. Photo by Randy Montoya

This isn’t Sandia National Labs first robot rodeo. For 11 years, bomb squads have competed for training and top billing. 

CNO Makes His Case for Larger Navy

May 17, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, USN, holds an all-hands call aboard the littoral combat ship USS Coronado as the ship is moored in Singapore on Tuesday. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird, USN

The U.S. Navy needs more ships and it needs them now, CNO Adm. John Richardson writes in a white paper released today.

Sandia National Labs Unlocks Potential of Waste

May 17, 2017
By Breann Pendleton
Sandia National Laboratories researchers Amanda Kohler and Ken Sale study the bacteria they used to produce LigM. Photo by Dino Vournas

Sandia National Laboratories scientists have discovered the potential of biofuel waste and the competition it could bring for petroleum.

SpaceX Delivers Inmarsat Satellite into Orbit

May 16, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
A screenshot shows the launch Monday of an Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress satellite aboard the SpaceX Falcon rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The fourth Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite boosted into space on a SpaceX rocket, adding broadband capabilities to high-frequency network.

Cyber Techs Ready for Prime Time

May 15, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
New technologies selected by the DHS will be introduced to cybersecurity professionals through a series of Demonstration Day events taking place around the country.

A DHS program unveils eight new cybersecurity technologies with commercial potential to investors, developers and integrators.

Tools to Unleash the Power of Wi-Fi

May 11, 2017
By Chris Collura
Photo by Justin Main

Despite outcry from federal workers for workplace Wi-Fi, government wireless spending recently reached a five-year low. Seams a bit counterintuitive.  

U.S. Defense Department Revises Intelligence Budget Request

May 9, 2017

The Department of Defense released today the revised Military Intelligence Program top line budget request for fiscal 2017 that was disclosed to the public on February 9, 2016. The $16.8 billion is now updated to include additional funding above the initial president's budget request. The total, which includes both the base budget and overseas contingency operations funding, is $18.5 billion.  

Schools Are Working to Meet the Nation's Future STEM Requirements

May 9, 2017
By David E. Meadows

STEM education is beginning to take root at the earliest levels of education. Will it germinate quickly enough?

Easing the Move to the Cloud

May 12, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
SIGNAL's Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman sits down with Jasson Walker Jr., founder, president and CEO of cFocus Software Inc., to discuss authority to operate as a service.

SIGNAL’s Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman recently sat down with Jasson Walker Jr., founder, president and CEO of cFocus Software Inc., to discuss authority to operate (ATO) as a service.

Technology Hits the Beach

May 8, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
An unmanned aerial vehicle launches from a multi-utility tactical transport vehicle after exiting an autonomous amphibious assault vehicle during Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2017. U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams

The Ship-to-Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise pairs sailors and Marines with scientists and technologists to increase innovation and acquisition pace.

Good News, Bad News for Federal Mobile Security

May 4, 2017

A DHS report to Congress indicates that security has improved even as threats have increased.

Joint Staff Hosts Industry Day

May 4, 2017

The Joint Chiefs of Staff Force Structure, Resources and Assessment Directorate (J-8) invites businesses to attend a Joint Staff Industry Conference.

DOD Seeks Sources on Cybersecurity, C4, IT and Data Analytics

May 2, 2017

The U.S. Defense Department has initiated a market research effort to identify potential industry sources under a potential five-year, $325 million acquisition program for technical support services.

NGA Delivers App for Maps

May 2, 2017

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) now delivers unclassified geospatial intelligence to verified government users via a mobile app.

DHS Commercializes Malware Detection Technology

April 28, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security’s S&T Directorate announced the transition of Hyperion, a malware detection technology, to the commercial marketplace.

IARPA Announces Publication of Forecasting Data

April 28, 2017

Forecasting data collected during IARPA’s Aggregative Contingent Estimation (ACE) program by team Good Judgment is now available for use by the public and the research community.

CTIC Synchronizes Service

April 28, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
Lt. Col. Matthew Castillo, USAF, commander, 35th Intelligence Squadron, speaks about the Cyberspace Threat Intelligence Center during the facility’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. Airmen and contractors with the 35th IS will conduct operations from the new facility.

A new defensive cyberspace operations facility will boost the 35th Intelligence Squadron’s ability to meet growing demands.

Bye-Bye Lithium-ion Batteries?

April 27, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's chemistry division have developed a patent-pending, zinc-based 3-D sponge electrode that allows for rechargeability and performance on par with lithium, improving safety, size, weight and availability.

NRL researchers have developed a new battery architecture that challenges lithium-ion performance in power, safety and affordability.

Biometric ID Requirement Expands

April 27. 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
To increase security in its facilities, the U.S. Navy began transitioning sailors to a biometrics identification verification system in 2015. All commercial suppliers must obtain the new credentials by July 15.

All vendors, contractors and service providers currently qualified for or using the Navy Commercial Access Control System are being transitioned to the Defense Biometric Identification System.