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Contest Primes Innovation with Cash

September 5, 2012

Lockheed Martin Corporation is sponsoring a competition designed to encourage new ideas about how to enhance global security. Titled "Innovate the Future," the company is asking for ideas on a range of topics, including sustainable energy, cybersecurity and health care.

 

Hover Bike

August 23, 2012
By George Seffers

Aerofex Corporation, Manhattan Beach, California, recently released video of a proof-of-concept, motorcycle-like hovercraft that requires no flight control software and is touted as being intuitive to ride. The design pushes dust, snow or debris away from the pilot to avoid the brownout or whiteout conditions helicopter pilots often face in sandy or snowy terrain. The hover bike could be used for personal entertainment, border patrol in areas without roads or in a fleet of first-responder craft. Company officials envision an unmanned version in the future. The proof of concept vehicle is being used as a testbed for manned and unmanned technologies.

Tracking Humans in Defense Studies

August 21, 2012

The U.S. Defense Department is creating a department-wide system to track and manage human subjects in studies the federal government funds. A Web-based application developed by the Office of Naval Research, called the Protections in Research, Oversight Management Information System, will form the basis for the new system.

Robotic Device Lends Troops a Hand

August 17, 2012

A new robotic hand, developed by Sandia National Laboratories, mimics the capabilities of a human hand and could help disarm improvised explosive devices.

U.S. Marines Conduct Unmanned Convoy Training

August 13, 2012

The U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory trained Marines--for the first time ever--using multiple unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) in a convoy. Seven Marines were trained on the Oshkosh Corporation's UGV, which uses the company's TerraMax technology to operate autonomously.

Open Source Cybersecurity Software Receives Thumbs Up

July 25, 2012

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has unveiled an open source cybersecurity tool for information sharing across the Internet.

Service Announces Evaluation Opportunity

July 23, 2012

The U.S. Army's System of Systems Integration Directorate (SoSI) is seeking participants for the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 13.2 event, which is scheduled to take place at Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range in May 2013. Only mature solutions that focus on SoSI-identified network gaps will be considered.

SOF Communicators Unit Now Hiring

July 18, 2012

Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen who think they represent the best-of-the-best of military communicators have an unusual opportunity to prove it.

Defense Department Unveils Cloud Computing Strategy

July 12, 2012

On Wednesday, the Defense Department (DOD) issued its long-awaited cloud computing strategy. Officials also announced in a memo from Teri Takai, chief information officer for the DOD, that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will oversee the new strategy as "enterprise cloud service broker."

Future Bright for Nanoparticles in Radiation Detection

July 9, 2012

Materials researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories have developed a new class of nanoporous materials that could lead to more effective and less costly radiation detectors for homeland security inspectors. The new material works with plastic scintillators to make them glow brightly in the presence of charged particles or high-energy photons. Sandia officials say though more work is needed, they are currently seeking commercial partners to license the technology.

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