SIGNAL Blogs

January 30, 2017

General Atomics is being awarded a $532,614,821 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for the manufacture, assembly, inspection, test and checkout of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) delivered onboard the CVN 80 aircraft carrier, including installation and checkout spares, repairs, technical data and drawing changes.

December 9, 2016
By Rob Morrow

Right at this moment, hundreds of U.S. government analysts are trying to solve the exact same problem. Without easy, trusted data sharing, these analysts, who the nation relies on to solve the most challenging of worries, cannot benefit from shared knowledge—a hurdle that adds to inefficiencies fostered by redundancies, reinforcing the public’s perception of ineffective federal bureaucracy.

January 24, 2017

Northrop Grumman Corporation is accepting applications for its engineering scholars competition, which will provide $192,000 in college scholarships this year to promising high school seniors graduating from Maryland schools interested in studying engineering, according to a news release. Additionally, the company will award 26 scholarships to students who live near company campuses in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Utah and Virginia. Application deadline is February 4.

January 17, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

The Army Cyber Center of Excellence is requesting research papers that address specific areas that answer learning demands or capability gaps that inhibit operational force effectiveness or efficiency.

January 9, 2017
Perdix microdrones launched from F/A-18 Super Hornets demonstrate advanced swarming capabilities, including collective decision making, adaptive formation flying and self-healing.

The U.S. Defense Department announced that in October 2016 it successfully demonstrated one of the world’s largest microdrone swarms at China Lake, California.

January 6, 2017
As many as 40 percent of federal agency employees disregard mobile device policy.

The security risk from personal devices is much larger than policies alone can control.

 

January 6, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

Russian agents, acting on direct orders from President Vladimir Putin, ran an organized media campaign to discredit Secretary Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to a declassified U.S. intelligence community report. However, the effort stopped short of directly affecting vote tallies.

December 21, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

Calling all codebreakers. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, needs the public's help to head off what officials say is a looming threat to information security: quantum computers.

December 21, 2016
By Julianne Simpson

Thanks to an award from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Brigham Young University is developing a web middleware tool that will improve the Internet website authentication process and online security.

December 20, 2016
By Capt. Kenneth Parks, USN (Ret.)

There’s no disputing technology’s role in the rapidly changing face of modern warfare. The convergence of commercial services with military applications, such as delivery of real-time data from anywhere using various devices, has changed what constitutes a combat environment. The U.S. military seeks to define a strategic approach to these converged operations. Time is of the essence, writes Kenneth Parks of Harris Corporation. 

December 20, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
A U.S. Navy buoyancy glider, similar to one that was seized December 15, 2016, by the Chinese navy. The vessel was returned to the U.S. Navy December 20., The USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic sampling and data collector of surface, mid-water and ocean floor parameters.

Chinese naval forces returned a U.S. Navy underwater, unmanned research vessel on Tuesday, near the location where it was unlawfully seized late last week, according to a U.S. Defense Department statement.

December 16, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
USNS Bowditch

A Chinese military ship seized a U.S. underwater, unmanned research vessel, prompting the U.S. Defense Department to launch “appropriate government-to-government channels” with the Chinese government to immediately return the vessel. On Thursday, China unlawfully seized the unclassified ocean glider while sailing in the South China Sea, according to a Defense Department news release. 

December 15, 2016
By David E. Meadows

Richard Hale, the Defense Department chief information security officer, has retired after a long and distinguished career in public service. He will be missed, but he leaves a legacy of others following his model.

By Katie Helwig
Douglas Maughan from the Department of Homeland Security speaks to AFCEA committee members.

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has money to award for innovation and new technologies to help safeguard the homefront. The DHS seeks entrepreneurs with a passion for the mission, who demonstrate collaborative problem solving characteristics and who are poised for growth.

December 13, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced that ZeroPoint, an exploit detection and analytics tool, has spun off as a startup company called ZeroPoint Dynamics.

December 13, 2016

Federal employees are frustrated by slow and unreliable applications, a quandary they say impedes them from getting their work done and diminishes confidence in information technology modernization efforts, according to survey results released today by Riverbed Technology, an application performance company.

December 12, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department of Commerce Digital Attaché Program will expand to six new markets: South Korea, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Germany and France.

December 8, 2016
By Tony Bardo
A U.S. soldier talks with his wife on Facebook at an Internet cafe set up at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

Keeping the U.S. military ready to fight takes more than hard work and training. Troops need a work-life balance as much as civilians, which means enjoying time spent with family and friends. High-speed Internet connectivity ranks high on a list of priorities because little boosts morale more than staying connected with loved ones, particularly when serving thousands of miles away, writes blogger Tony Bardo.

December 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, has selected its winners from its crowd-sourced Multi-View Stereo 3-D Mapping Challenge—a contest to see who could best convert satellite photos into 3-D models to create more accurate maps.

 

November 29, 2016
By Julianne Simpson
With support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a portable measurement system to monitor the amount of electricity used by individual household appliances, lighting fixtures and electronic devices.

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, with support from the Office of Naval Research, have developed a portable measurement system to precisely and inexpensively monitor the amount the electricity used by individual household appliances, lighting fixtures and electronic devices.

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