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Budget Cuts Complicate Military Retention Efforts

February 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Large defense budget cuts are imperiling efforts to retain quality people in the military, according to several military leaders. Career paths are becoming more difficult as promotion options drop, and programs that focus on quality of life risk being cut back, which could hasten the exodus from a force already dealing with significant reductions.

F-35 Offers Dream Capabilities for Pilots Who Have Flown It

February 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Military and civilian pilots who have flown the F-35 Lightning II praise its performance and are optimistic about its superiority in the future battlespace. However, even with fixes that have been made, some issues need to be addressed and support crew will need to adopt new ways of maintaining the flight line, these pilots say.

Admiral Views World Through Google Glass

February 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Tuesday luncheon speaker at West 2014, co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute and being held February 11-13 in San Diego, demonstrated his view of the potential for innovative technologies by donning the latest in visual display systems.

Four Criteria Will Define Future Navy Information Technologies

February 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Navy is counting on industry to provide the leading-edge information technologies that it will need to maintain superiority for the foreseeable future. Yet, if those technologies do not meet specific and broad-reaching criteria, they will not be serving the Navy, according to a Navy fleet commander.

Afghanistan Coalition Benefits Allies, Interoperability

February 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) that has helped Afghanistan rise from the ashes of the Taliban also has produced concrete benefits for coalition members, according to a pair of retired U.S. military flag officers who were involved in the effort. Gen. Allen declared, “There was a massive development of political progress” as a result of this coalition among allies.

U.S. Commitment Key to a Successful Afghanistan

February 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

All of the efforts, money and lives expended by Western nations on Afghanistan will be wasted if these governments cut and run, say two retired military flag officers who were involved in the effort. “The worst thing we could do is walk away from this turbulent part of the world,” Adm. Stavridis declared, adding that the “vectors are in the right direction.”

Technology Holds the Key to an Effective Slimmed-Down Military

February 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

Business as usual will weaken rather than strengthen the U.S. military in this time of budget cuts. The force must rely on technology development to ensure that it does not maintain current force sizes at the expense of enablers.

Defense Planners Face Hard Decisions

February 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. military must make difficult decisions that will define the force for years to come amid a substantial risk to readiness and effectiveness, according to a Defense Department official. The nation faces new challenges throughout the world coupled with severe budget cuts at home, and the response to these issues must be taken carefully with a long-term strategic look.

Duolingo App Changes Language Learning

February 11, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Want to learn a new language or brush up on skills you learned in the past? The free Duolingo app turns language lessons into fun, interactive challenges. Tackle Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian or English.

DARPA Opens Up

February 6, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has released a catalog of some of its fundamental and applied research in computer science.

Apps Feature Highlights for Olympic Winter Games

February 4, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Thanks to a handful of helpful apps, Olympic fans can follow their favorite athletes even when they're on the go.

Hyperlocal Weather App Predicts Forecast Down to the Minute

January 28, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

A lot of websites and apps offer weather predictions, but what if you could get a much more detailed forecast? The Dark Sky app for iPhone and iPad, which got its start as a Kickstarter project back in November 2011, predicts rain and storms down to the minute based on your exact location.

Robotics Competition Rallies Student Interest in STEM

January 21, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

The U.S. Army recently encouraged science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by sponsoring a robotics contest for Texas middle and high school students.

New Year, New Mobile Capabilities for Defense Department Users

January 17, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

The U.S. Defense Department will deploy version 1.0 of its unclassified mobility capability on January 31 with plans to expand the capacity to support up to 100,000 users by the end of the fiscal year. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is the lead agency for the program and has made substantial progress toward delivering the capability.

Student Programmer Competition Promotes Creativity, Diversity

January 16, 2014
By Helen Mosher

A competition for student programmers will recognize the importance of other disciplines and focus areas than the ones commonly associated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), such as art (design), diversity and digital literacy. “Dream it. Code it. Win it.” is organized by MIT and TradingScreen and will award more than $50,000 in scholarships and prizes to winners of the competition.

Scientists Developing 'X-Ray Vision' Using Wi-Fi Signal

January 14, 2014
By Cyndy Hogan

Researchers have taken the concept of radar and sonar imaging a step further to track people, even through walls. Wi-Vi, which Dina Katabi and her graduate student Fadel Adib are developing at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, transmits a low-power Wi-Fi signal and uses its reflections to track human movement.

The Bottom Line: Annual Predictions are Fun, But …

January 15, 2014
By Maryann Lawlor

Year-end business and weather forecasts have a lot in common.

Cool App-titude: Wordeo

January 14, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Bring your text messages to life. This new app turns words into videos using exclusive stock video from the Getty Images library. Just compose a text message, and the app selects related clips from the Getty content library and creates a preview. Then, tweak the preview by adjusting the font, adding a soundtrack or adding your own video clips from your device.

Florida State University Receives Funding for New STEM Teaching Program

January 10, 2014
By Helen Mosher

Florida State University (FSU) has received more than $14 million in grants to create a program that will provide focused training, resources and support to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers. FSU’s Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) and its partners are creating FCR-STEMLearn with the new grants from the Florida Department of Education. 

 

Bin Laden Avatar Could Preach Fatwa

January 9, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. intelligence community has taken some flak lately for infiltrating online games, such as Second Life and World of Warcraft. A just-released report commissioned by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, however, posits that the technology could be abused by extremists.

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