SRI to Support Desert Owl-1 Airborne Penetrating Radar in Iraq

September 15, 2010
By George Seffers

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, was awarded a $49 million contract, in which the government requires SRI International, under the direction of engineering research and development center and with assistance from the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization to provide necessary support, material and equipment, including training center and mobile ground station, to continue operations in Iraq of Desert Owl-1, an existing advanced airborne penetrating radar system. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center Contracting Office, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity.

SRI to Support U.S. Army National Guard Virtual Training

September 15, 2010
By George Seffers

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, is being awarded a more than $22 million contract to provide Flextrain System multi-mission training support to the U.S. Army National Guard. This requirement is for the Flextrain System to support the Exportable Combat Training Capability and Mobile Virtual Training Capability for the Army National Guard. Flextrain provides multi-level/multi-mission support in a wide variety of training environments. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Cool App-titude: BioLock

September 14, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

Sliding a bar to unlock your Android device or entering a PIN? Those methods of smart-phone security could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the new BioLock app, which encrypts and locks down phones using iris and facial scanning.

An Online Marketplace Serving Those Who Serve

September 13, 2010
By planetrussell

Blake Hall is a man on a mission: to help U.S. military personnel use "Web 2.0" Internet technologies to help one another and themselves. Hall's no stranger to demanding missions. A decorated former U.S. Army Captain and Airborne Ranger who led a scout platoon in Iraq, he relates how the first time he ever led a combat mission, his battalion commander laid his hand on his shoulder and said ominously, "Hall, don't screw it up." And based on the overwhelmingly positive, initial response to his and his co-founders' new, veteran-owned web venture,, an online community and marketplace for active duty U.S. military, reservists, veterans and their families, that battalion commander would be more than proud.

Battlefield Robotics: A New "Leash" on Unmanned Life

September 13, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

The notion of robots as trusted companions on the battlefield is no longer limited to the scope of science fiction or TV adventure. With the U.S. Army's Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance and its members forging ahead on autonomous technologies, warfighters may just very well have their own "Lassie" to save the day. What more can be done to enhance robotic artificial intelligence to benefit the troops? Share you ideas here.