OPM Cyber Attack Fits Pattern of Nation-State Hunt for Sensitive Data

June 5, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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The significant federal government cyberbreach that let hackers swipe the personal data of more than 4 million current and former federal employees has all the trappings of a targeted nation-state attack aimed at gleaning critical information on federal workers; and current cyber protection methods might not be enough to prevent future attacks.

DARPA to Bring Chattiness to Computers

June 1, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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In spite of all the technological advances and everything computers can do for people, the devices used today do not actually understand language. People increasingly rely on computers and machines to learn, to help navigate, to stay connected with family, to travel—to make life easier. In reality, people do not communicate with machines, and the relationship is one-sided. The two parties are not partners—yet.

A new Chinese littoral combat ship, or C-LCS, bears a striking resemblance to the U.S. Navy’s USS Independence, LCS-2, shown in the next photo. China has introduced new classes of catamarans and trimarans for coastal operations./ Photo courtesy
The U.S. Navy’s USS Independence, LCS-2 (r) looks similar to a new Chinese littoral combat ship, or C-LCS, shown in the prior photo. China has introduced new classes of catamarans and trimarans for coastal operations.

Coastal Catamarans Serve Chinese Littoral Needs

June 1, 2015
By James C. Bussert

China is introducing designs for catamarans—and even trimarans—that seem destined to serve as the country’s littoral combat ships. Some of the trimarans closely resemble their U.S. counterparts, although differences—some quite interesting—do exist.

Cognitive computing technology, which is inspired by human brain function, could lead to more humanlike robots, more autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles and smarter missiles.
An F/A-18C Hornet drops an inert MK-82 general-purpose bomb during a training exercise. Cognitive computing technology may provide smart bombs of the future a degree of autonomy that will increase precision and limit collateral damage, including civilian casualties.

Rise of the Machine IQ

June 1, 2015
By Sandra Jontz and George I. Seffers
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Machines of the future may think more like humans, promising dramatic changes for military robotics, unmanned aircraft and even missiles. U.S. military researchers say cognitive computers—processors inspired by the human brain—could bring about a wide range of changes that include helping robots work more closely with their human teammates.

The USS Shiloh, USS Benfold, USS Shoup and USNS Rainier follow the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as the Lincoln Carrier Strike Group returns from a deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. The Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems supports all surface ships and is wrapping up combat systems qualification for the USS Benfold.

PEO Spotlight: Delivering Sea Power Into the Hands of Sailors

June 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
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The Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems’ motto—sea power to the hands of our sailors—has led the office to a string of recent accomplishments and positioned the organization for greater successes. Milestones include certification of a modernized computer infrastructure for Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

A network operations battle noncommissioned officer with the DHHB, 1st Infantry Division, monitors the CJFLCC-I network near the command’s operations center in Iraq. The network employs both Iraqi and U.S. communications capabilities to link diverse forces, along with surveillance and reconnaissance assets, over the country’s rugged terrain.
A signal support specialist with Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion (DHHB), 1st Infantry Division, checks out a secret Internet protocol router network (SIPRNet)/nonsecure Internet protocol router network (NIPRNet) access point, or SNAP, in Iraq. Members of the 1st Infantry Division have joined with others in the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command– Iraq (CJFLCC-I) to build a robust communications network that can evolve over the years to come.

A New Network Emerges On an Ancient Battleground

June 1, 2015
By Lt. Col. P.K. Sayles, USA, and Maj. Daniel J. Kull, USA

A group of communicators working within the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command–Iraq has used Iraq as a laboratory of sorts, experimenting with new ways of supporting the network and finding unexpected successes in the process.

Disruptive By Design: Contract Management Automation and Outsourcing—A New Spin on an Old Problem

June 1, 2015
By Dean Dastvar

Information technology companies, especially in public sector contracts, face one of the great curses of success: the need for speedier and more efficient key processes while controlling cost. One process involves the negotiation, management and preparation of contracts. Because the client—be it federal, state, local or even an international entity—won’t speed up, companies must speed up their contract life cycles and procurement-related activities.