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September 16, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

NASA has awarded its long-awaited Commercial Crew Development contracts to Boeing and SpaceX to build the next generation of spacecraft that will deliver astronauts to the International Space Station beginning in 2017. The two firms will build, deliver and launch space capsules of their own design to provide human access to low Earth orbit.

September 16, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Driving somewhere unfamiliar and in need of a gas station? Starving but not sure which restaurants are nearby? The free AroundMe app for iOS and Android identifies your location and shows you a complete list of nearby businesses in the category you select.

September 11, 2014

There is an enormous opportunity in the Defense Department information technology to streamline operations, reduce costs and increase security. Two enabling policies from the Federal CIO are Cloud First and Shared First.

October 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

When cloud computing revolutionized the way businesses stored, processed and transmitted data, the rapid transformation—as with a lot of technological advances—left U.S. government agencies behind the times.

October 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

Explosive amounts of data and the strains on limited financial resources have prompted corporations and governmental agencies alike to explore joint tenancy in the cloud for storing, processing and transmitting data. But while good fences—or in this case isolation mechanisms—make good neighbors, in the virtual world of cloud security the idiom might not ring entirely true. In the public cloud arena, risks arise when organizations place their data in a cloud system but cannot control who their neighbors might be.

September 2, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Have you ever felt unsafe or just uneasy while walking in a certain area? The SafeTrek app, developed by students at the University of Missouri, uses a "safe button" to passively connect to police and automatically notify them if anything goes wrong.

August 25, 2014
By Chris LaPoint

"There’s an app for that" is truer than ever these days. As BYOD and BYOA increasingly infiltrate government agencies, public sector information technology departments must consider the impact these apps and devices have on their own environments. Chris LaPoint explains why agencies need to focus on applications, not devices, as the key to enabling a mobile work force.

August 21, 2014
By Rita Boland

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has initiated two $10 million projects to create separate cloud computing testbeds called Chameleon and CloudLab. Through the efforts, the academic research community will develop and experiment with novel architectures and architecturally enabled applications of cloud computing.

August 19, 2014
By Sandra Jontz
Adm. Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.), shares his views on leadership.

In a video slightly longer than six minutes, Adm. Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.), steadily delivers messages of collaboration and team building and addresses his most trying times as a leader.

September 1, 2014
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

Despite the various associated national security and economic issues emerging worldwide, this can be a time of opportunity. Major challenges often compel bold steps and creative thought, which is why opportunity defines our future.

September 1, 2014
By Rita Boland

U.K. government entities at various levels are looking into bring-your-own-device policies for their purposes. And while their mandates differ, they all have one factor in common—a need for the right level of security.

July 31, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Government information technology experts see benefits and challenges to software-defined networking.

July 24, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

It’s not just superiors who can impart knowledge that makes young military officers good leaders. Skippers glean knowledge too from peers and subordinates, says Vice Adm. Doug Crowder, USN (Ret.).

July 23, 2014
By Cyndy Hogan
A Wave Glider SV2 moments before deployment.

An ocean drone collected and transmitted weather data during one of Asia’s biggest typhoons this month. This information will allow scientists to better predict intensities of typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes with the goal of saving lives and minimizing property damage.

July 22, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Do you love listening to podcasts? The new Overcast app, developed by Marco Arment, co-founder of Tumblr and creator of Instapaper, offers a simple, intuitive interface to listen to all your favorites.

July 21, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The Department of Veterans Affairs hired a contractor to help veterans who live in rural areas learn to acccess and navigate technical programs that will give them better access to their medical records.

July 8, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Have you ever walked into a business meeting and wished you could know a bit about each person attending to spark real conversation and bypass the typical small talk? The free Refresh app for iOS provides a quick overview of the people you're about to meet, aggregating information from across the Web.

July 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

DARPA is funding a new program to help combat depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and military suicides. It has tools to analyze facial expressions, body gestures and speech, both content and delivery, and inform experts on a user’s psychological state of mind or alert them to behavioral changes that could indicate problems.

June 12, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

The White House is going green. Well, more like slate gray. And only on the roof.

July 1, 2014
By Rita Boland
DARPA’s Insight program aims to create an adaptable, integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system to reduce stovepipes of information and augment intelligence analysts’ capabilities to support time-sensitive operations on the battlefield.

Officials across the U.S. Defense Department are pushing to identify and develop the disruptive technologies that will offer orders-of-magnitude advantages on the battlefield. But while bringing such capabilities to fruition is difficult, even determining what qualifies as disruptive represents a challenge. As personnel wrestle with definitions, they are forging ahead with their creative ideas.

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