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Innovation, Application Concerns Weigh Heavily on Planners

By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. lead in military technology is too great, not enough or disappearing, depending on which expert is speaking. And, all three statements might be accurate in their own ways.



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Engineers to Showcase Robotics at DARPA Challenge in June
By Sandra Jontz

Industry and academia are gearing up to showcase some of the most advanced robotics and research work at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge, a competition of robotic systems and software teams developing robots with a goal of helping humans respond to natural and man-made disasters.

DISA Issues Draft of Revised Cloud Security Requirements, Seeks Industry Input
By Sandra Jontz

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has released a draft of suggestions and recommended revisions to its cloud computing security requirements guide (SRG), which documents the agency’s cloud security requirements for the Defense Department. When accepted, the new SRG would supersede and rescind the previously published cloud security model.

Innovative Solutions Needed to Spur Innovation
By Robert K. Ackerman

The traditional paths to innovation may not be enough to maintain U.S. leadership in that endeavor. So, innovative ideas may be necessary for pursuing innovation.

U.S. Technological Edge in Peril
By Robert K. Ackerman

For years, the United States maintained economic and military superiority through technological innovation. Now, that lead is diminishing, and the country must find the resources to respond.

Standards Participation May Help Ease Technology Gap
By Robert K. Ackerman

The technology gap caused by the growing sophistication of U.S. defense communications and networking systems threatens to leave less advanced nations unable to participate effectively in coalitions. One approach to mitigate the gap is to have allies work with the United States on establishing standards for new systems and capabilities.

The Bottom Line: Crowdsourcing, Crime Serial and Critical Solutions
By Maryann Lawlor

Serial has become more than an ordinary podcast. Its captivating story line has listeners joining in the conversation, an approach that could help governments solve larger problems.

Maneuver Warfare Needed in Cyberspace
By Robert K. Ackerman

If cyberspace is a warfighting domain, then warfighters should expect that it will not perform as desired. The same maneuver warfare skills common on the battlespace need to be applied to cyberspace.

Games OK for Some Military Forces
By Robert K. Ackerman

"Call of Duty" may be a sleeper introductory tool for future military personnel, according to a Marine Corps general.

Marines Aim to Pack Light, Travel Right
By Robert K. Ackerman

As the U.S Marine Corps returns to its roots as a rapidly deployable amphibious force, it needs better communications and networking gear that is small and lightweight for the amphibious mission.

Australia Critical to U.S. Pivot to Pacific
By Robert K. Ackerman

Being longtime allies does not give U.S. forces carte blanche in Australia. The Southern Hemisphere ally is hosting a U.S. Marine Corps detachment, but U.S. forces are treading carefully so as not to upset relations as a new relationship is built.


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