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PTT Technology Goes to Smartphone App

July 1, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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Improved technology now can provide seamless interoperability between cellular push-to-talk and land mobile radio networks, even allowing data, video and voice communications to be shared across multiple agencies. The upgrade could prove ideal for first responders such as police officers, firefighters and EMTs as well as security personnel in schools, hospitals or shopping malls during emergencies.

An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flies over Edwards Air Force Base, Florida. Stealth aircraft may prove easier to detect in the future, when quantum radar systems mature.

Quantum Radar Could Render Stealth Aircraft Obsolete

July 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
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An international research team has developed a laboratory prototype of a quantum radar that has the potential to detect objects invisible to conventional systems while using very low-energy transmissions. The technology may improve the detection of multimillion-dollar stealth aircraft and the ability to spot cancerous cells noninvasively.

An Ounce of Cyberthreat Prevention

July 1, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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Cyber attacks by foreign governments and criminals now threaten U.S. national and economic security more than terrorism, experts say, and the perils increasingly erode the country’s safety as well as its coffers. While eradicating cyberthreats is not a realistic option, developing cyber radar systems that predict and warn, with keen precision, of incoming attacks just might be.

Building a Capability Development Work Force For the Cyber Age

July 1, 2015
By Marty Westphal



A great disconnect persists between the acquisition work force and maturation of the capability requirements development work force. Bridging the gap would help rein in the spiraling-out-of-control cost of equipping the U.S. military.

Automation Aids Cybersecurity for Financial Sector

July 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
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A U.S. cybersecurity threat analysis center that allows financial institutions around the world to share cyber attack data and solutions is adopting an automated system that permits information to be disseminated more quickly and efficiently, enhancing protection for the financial segment of the critical infrastructure.

A color-enhanced typhimurium strain of salmonella (red) invades cultured human cells. The hundreds of microbes living on and in the human body have proven to be surprisingly unique.

Creepy-Crawlies Aid Biometric Forensics

July 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
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A recent study indicates the communities of microbes found in and on the human body can be used to identify individuals, much like fingerprints and other biometric data. The discovery could lead to a new form of biometrics supporting the identification of criminals and enhancing personalized medicine.  

Air Force One departs Maxwell Air Force Base in March. The Air Force eventually will replace the aircraft with 747s—but not until 2023.

PEO Spotlight: Keeping an Aging Fleet Flying

July 1, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
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Sustainment costs worry Kevin Buckley much more than upfront program procurement costs ever will, especially as he works to keep the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of transport aircraft flying and juggles issues such as obsolete replacement parts and a fatigued work force spread thin.

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