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Obsolescence Looms, Innovation Beckons

March 9, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
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As with all the military services, the U.S. Army wants to improve its communications-electronics systems to keep up with emerging innovations. But it also faces a looming problem as more systems are plagued by creeping obsolescence.

Drone Use Influences Choice to Start or Escalate Conflicts

March 7, 2017



A significant majority of people support deploying drones rather than manned aircraft into contested territory, according to a study by the Center for a New American Security and the Future of Warfare Initiative. 

Lifesaving SATCOM Migrates to New U.S. Army Network

March 16, 2017
By James Christophersen

During the final days of November, managers for the Joint Telemedicine Network powered down the central teleport facility in Landstuhl, Germany, officially closing the network that had provided a dedicated worldwide SATCOM network to U.S. Army medical personnel treating wounded soldiers at field hospitals and forward operating bases in combat zones. Rest assured, the shuttering did not leave doctors, corpsmen and troops without a reliable SATCOM network. 

DISA issues RFP for Unconventional SETI Contracting Program

February 28, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is now accepting requests for proposals (RFPs) for its Systems Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) contract vehicle, a $7 billion, multiyear revamped acquisition process that acutely challenges the status quo in the procurement of engineering support and services.

A Successful Rest of 2017 Should Include 4 IT Resolutions

February 28, 2017
by Phil O'Reilly

As we near the end of the first quarter of this new year, it seems like a perfect time to introduce and discuss four new "resolutions," if you will, for federal information technology managers and what a new action plan for progress might look like. Phil O'Reilly from Brocade Federal spells them out.

VICTORY Might Not Be a Win for Everybody

February 27, 2017
By Ben Sharfi

VICTORY is yet another government attempt to create a new specification for righteous reasons, while ignoring the fact that creating any specification that goes against commercial market momentum is unlikely to gain traction.

Women Help Each Other to Make Gains in STEM, Cyber Careers

February 23, 2017
By Monique Attar

Career and educational hurdles still exist for girls and women entering the world of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly called STEM, despite it being the 21st century, panelists shared during AFCEA International’s Women in Cyber discussion, presented Wednesday at West 2017, a premier naval conference held this week in San Diego. 

ONR Awards $16 Million to Promising Young Investigators

February 16, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) awarded 33 scientists $16 million through its 2017 Young Investigator Program (YIP). The winners’ research holds strong promise across several naval-relevant science and technology areas.

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