As the top graduate of iCollege’s Advanced Management Program, the FBI’s David Lubinsky (l) receives an AFCEA award from Gen. Dubia.
At a spring ceremony, Paul Agosta of the Defense Health Agency (2nd from l) receives an AFCEA award as the top graduate in the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Program at the National Defense University’s (NDU’s) iCollege. Attending the event were (from l) John G. Grimes, former assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration, and CIO, Department of Defense; Lt. Gen. John A. Dubia, USA (Ret.), former AFCEA executive vice president; and Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department CIO.

Academic Awards Recognize Excellence, Promote Achievement

July 1, 2015

The AFCEA Educational Foundation sponsors awards at the nation’s service academies and other military educational institutions. In addition, the top commissioning ROTC cadet in each service and midshipman are similarly recognized with an AFCEA Honor Award.

Incoming: The Great Wall of Sand

July 1, 2015
By Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

China is flexing its muscles and expanding its reach, particularly in the maritime domain. As the United States tries to consolidate the so-called pivot to Asia by bringing 60 percent of the U.S. fleet to bear, leaders need to be thinking through all their other options to deal with the growing ambition of the People’s Republic of China.

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.