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DARPA Lays Down New Robotics Gauntlet

August 13, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The 2012 Olympics may be over in London, but the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has laid down a competitive challenge of a different sort, this time for the world's robotics experts.

U.S. Army Developing Mighty Morphing Network

August 2, 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) is building a prototype network capable of morphing over time to confuse cyber intruders and thwart attacks on military networks. The Morphing Network Assets to Restrict Adversarial Reconnaissance (MORPHINATOR) prototype is scheduled to be available in the 2014 fiscal year and will be capable of pulling a cyber bait-and-switch on unsuspecting network intruders.

Senate Now Unlikely to Pass Cybersecurity Bill Before Recess

August 2, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Civilian and military leaders had cited urgency in need for bill passage.

Robots Roll Toward More Missions

July 24, 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command recently invested almost $8 million in upgrades to current explosive ordnance disposal robots to improve their usefulness to operators. These enhancements also could benefit troops in other mission areas.

NGA Strategic Plan Looks Inward

July 18, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Breaking with traditional government strategies that target public perception, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has issued a new strategic plan that focuses on internal processes and goals. The strategy establishes measures of effectiveness by defining end-states that will be the targets of NGA activities, and it touches on topics ranging from work force activities to major organizational shifts.

NRL Scientists Hit the Deck With New Nonskid Coating

July 13, 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

A new nonskid deck coating developed at NRL, and now undergoing final development and ship testing, promises to be more durable, hold its color longer, and be more resistant to spilled chemicals. Because the new material, called siloxane, will last longer compared with traditional nonskid deck coating, it will also be cheaper in the long run.

New Lab Supports U.S. Army's Agile Acquisition

July 5, 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Systems and technologies undergoing scrutiny at the U.S. Army's next Network Integration Evaluation this fall will first have to pass muster in the service's newly opened laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The new lab facility is expected to reduce the risk associated with some new technologies and systems. It also is designed to save time, money and integration headaches during future evaluation exercises.

Small Change Realizes Large Savings

June 25, 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

As U.S. military organizations and the private companies that support them struggle to adjust to decreases in funding, they are searching for efficiencies even in seemingly small matters

DOD Releases Mobile Device Strategy

June 17, 2012
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Advanced 4G mobile service, the use of personal mobile devices and its own dedicated apps are among the objectives of Version 2.0 of the U.S. Defense Department’s Mobile Device Strategy. Released Friday, June 15, 2012, the strategy lists three major goals and several subset objectives designed to bring the benefits of mobile systems to the department.

Lockheed Martin Wins Potential $4.6 Billion Contract

June 15, 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Online Exclusive

Industry experts say they expect the Defense Information Systems Agency to announce the winner--possibly as early as today--of the potential $4.6 billion Global Information Grid Services Management-Operations contract. The seven-year contract will provide for the day-to-day operations of the Defense Department's worldwide network, known as the Defense Information Systems Network, and related telecommunications.


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