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Hosted Payloads Might Be Pentagon's Affordable Way into Space

October 24, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Defense Department’s experimental “pathfinder” hosted payload satellite program might be the feasible short-term middle ground sought between commercial satellite providers and the federal government, which have haggled over high costs for commercial-based bandwidth services.

Forum Gives Small Businesses Tips to Combat Cybersecurity Threats

October 16, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Might the recurring data breaches plaguing one large retailer after another be a dress rehearsal for a catastrophic attack that could cripple, if not destroy, the United States and its critical infrastructure? The doomsday rhetoric presented by cybersecurity experts at an issue forum Thursday hosted by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, while not so calamitous, served as a wake-up call to the enduring cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

U.S. Navy Developing Fleet of Autonomous 'Guard Dogs'

October 15, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. Navy is capitalizing on a first-of-its-kind autonomous technology that can transform just about any surface vessel into an unmanned platform able to protect other ships or “swarm” hostile vessels.

Army Rapid Equipping Force Opening Office in Kuwait

October 14, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF), which quickly fields technologies to meet urgent warfighter needs, intends by the end of November to open an office in Kuwait that will serve warfighters in the Middle East and Southwest Asia.

Insider Threats Could Rise as Hackers Troll Social Media

October 10, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The recent rash of cyber attacks on major U.S. companies has drawn renewed focus on network vulnerabilities, both in commercial and governmental sectors, and not just on external attackers but on potentially more ominous threats posed by insiders. Hackers are looking for self-identified privileged users who broadcast on social media sites their career positions.

DISA Successfully Migrates First Round of JRSS Network Upgrades

October 8, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

After much anticipation and preparation, the Defense Information Systems Agency, along with the U.S. Army and Air Force, successfully migrated network traffic through the first of several Joint Regional Security Stacks at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

Experts Seek Advice to Protect Aid Workers from Ebola Epidemic

October 7, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

A Defense Department-backed research effort seeks emergency expert input and advice on ways to help combat the Ebola epidemic. STAR-TIDES seeks input on methods that can help health care workers better protect themselves while providing better care to patients infected with the deadly virus. Input deadline for submissions is Wednesday.

Funding Puts DSCOVR Weather Satellite on Schedule for January Liftoff

October 2, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

U.S. Congress has approved funding to ensure the Deep Space Climate Observatory, a satellite system developed to monitor for potentially disastrous sun storms, is a go for a January space launch.  

DARPA Launches Project to Develop Prosthetic Limbs That Actually Feel

September 24, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

DARPA, the U.S. Defense Departments' primary research branch, is putting together teams of experts to embark on remarkable technology to make advanced arm prosthetics even more lifelike for amputees—technology that experts hope will send signals to the brain to indicate what the limb is actually feeling.

Rescinding DISA's Cloud Broker Role To Speed Up Process

September 23, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Having a single agency act as the cloud broker for the whole of the U.S. Defense Department's migration to commercial cloud services slowed the process too much, prompting a policy change to divvy up the duties among the services, says the department's acting chief information officer.

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