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U.S. Military Services Freed to Explore Their Own Clouds

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) no longer will be the required go-to-group for military cloud services. Beginning Monday, December 15, the services will be able to choose their own clouds. DISA will be able to compete with commercial providers on an economic basis.

Pentagon to Dip its Toe Into Wireless

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The Pentagon finally will begin a foray into wireless with a test program scheduled to begin December 23. Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department acting chief information officer, says the department has been late in implementing this capability.

Mobility, Flexibility Top Pacific Force Network Needs

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Being able to project power across the vast and diverse reaches of the Asia-Pacific region will require a mobile and flexible network that will be able to follow the force and adapt to changing conditions and requirements, says the commanding general of the U.S. Army, Pacific.

Technology Gap Widening Among Prospective Coalition Partners

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The United States must continue to improve its leading-edge technology to stay ahead of potential adversaries who are closing the technological gap. However, this risks losing interoperability with small nations that would be important allies in an ad hoc coalition. Working with partners well before a coalition is formed may help solve the problem.

Nontechnical Factors Determine Interoperability

December 9, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Systems engineers are—and must be—focusing on technical issues that would enable interoperability across national lines; three other important facets ultimately may determine whether members of an ad hoc coalition can achieve effective interoperability in a multinational operation.

3-D Printing in Space Becomes Reality

December 9, 2014
By George I. Seffers
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The 3-D printer recently installed on the International Space Station has printed a replacement part for itself, proving the process works in space and potentially paving the way for long-term space expeditions.

App Identifies Convenient and Inexpensive Parking Options

December 9, 2014
By Rachel Lilly
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'Tis the season for heading out and about to shop, travel and visit with family, and the free ParkMe app could make your activities easier this year. It shows the location and rates for lots and garages near you along with a live map of available street parking, and provides detailed directions.

NORAD Launches Santa Tracker Site, App

December 4, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
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Ho ho ho—it’s that time of year again, and though Christmas Day is a still a few weeks away, the folks at NORAD have launched their wildly popular Santa Claus tracker apps and website, giving children (big and small) a chance to play games, watch movies and countdown to Santa’s departure from the North Pole.

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