Technology Blog

Schools Are Working to Meet the Nation's Future STEM Requirements

May 9, 2017
By David E. Meadows

STEM education is beginning to take root at the earliest levels of education. Will it germinate quickly enough?

Easing the Move to the Cloud

May 12, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
SIGNAL's Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman sits down with Jasson Walker Jr., founder, president and CEO of cFocus Software Inc., to discuss authority to operate as a service.

SIGNAL’s Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman recently sat down with Jasson Walker Jr., founder, president and CEO of cFocus Software Inc., to discuss authority to operate (ATO) as a service.

Sandia Honored for Lifesaving Efforts During Ebola Outbreak

April 20, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
Paula Austin, a Sandia systems engineer within International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction group, stands outside an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone. (Image courtesy Sandia National Laboratories)

Nearly 60 employees of Sandia National Laboratories have been recognized by the Department of Energy for their work during the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

Network Tools Improve Competitive Options

April 20, 2017

Information systems require increased network speeds, as well as improved security and monitoring tools, to deal with an avalanche of big data and the advanced computing requirements that are driven by so much data.

DARPA Seeks Information on Interactive War Gaming

April 17, 2017
The Defense Advanced Research Projects is seeking information on advanced war gaming and modeling and simulation concepts.

Time is running out to respond to a DARPA war gaming RFI. The deadline for submitting responses is April 25.

Tips for Managing the DOD Transition to Windows 10

March 24, 2017
By James Poole

Much anticipation surrounds the U.S. Defense Department's transition to Windows 10, primarily because of the promise that the software update is a significant upgrade from its predecessor, and perhaps Microsoft's best operating system yet.

Technology and Telecommuting

March 23, 2017
By David E. Meadows

Telecommuting offers measurable benefits to both employer and employee alike. But the employee must ensure proper use of the enabling technologies.

This One's for You, Warfighters

March 27, 2017
By George I. Seffers
DARPA’s Vanishing Programmable Resources program is developing electronics that disappear.

Vanishing electronics, self-destructing drones and home-brewed beer have one thing in common: Troy Olsson, DARPA program manager.

Gremlins UAS Program Enters Second Phase

March 16, 2017
DARPA’s Gremlins program seeks to develop innovative technologies and systems that would enable aircraft to launch volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems and safely and reliably retrieve them in midair.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has completed the first phase of its Gremlins unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program and awarded contracts for phase two research to Dynetics and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The program seeks to develop innovative technologies that would enable aircraft to launch volleys of low-cost, reusable UASs and safely and reliably retrieve them in midair.

Technology Changes Outpace Perspectives

March 9, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

The rapid pace of change has overtaken the ability of humans to anticipate the future consequences of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Lifesaving SATCOM Migrates to New U.S. Army Network

March 16, 2017
By James Christophersen
Soldiers with the 4th Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the Alabama Army National Guard assemble a VSAT, similar to the one Army Medical Command personnel rely upon for telemedicine support when forward-deployed. , U.S. soldiers assemble a Very Small Aperture Satellite Terminal  (VSAT ) similar to the one Army Medical Command personnel rely upon for telemedicine support when forward-deployed., The Army has replaced a satellite network with an improved one that lets Army Medical Command personnel worldwide to do  a number of telemedical services.

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. 

A Successful Rest of 2017 Should Include 4 IT Resolutions

February 28, 2017
by Phil O'Reilly
U.S. Navy personnel learn about the Office of Naval Research's suite of information technology tools designed to improve fleet operations.

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.

U.S. Air Force Saves Millions With Data-Toting Bags

February 24, 2017
Maryann Lawlor
Complete electronic flight bags have been under development since 2010; however, U.S. Air Force personnel like Capt. Brett Pierson, USAF, have been using tablets as early as 2011 during preflight checks aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft bound for refueling missions in Afghanistan., An electronic flight bag (center) replaces the paper flight manuals and products that can weigh nearly 120 pounds.

All Air Mobility Command wings are now approved to use electronic flight bags. The portable electronic devices consolidate nearly 120 pounds of paper products into a single tablet and will save the command nearly $3.8 million annually.

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

February 23, 2017
By Monique Attar
Women share stories of hurdles and triumphs at the Women in Cyber panel at West 2017. Photo by Mike Carpenter

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. 

Nuclear Materials Training with a Virtual Twist

February 14, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
Tam Le (l) and Todd Noel, computer scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, demonstrate how augmented reality assists in nuclear material protection training.

Sandia National Laboratories scientists have adapted serious gaming technology and methods to enhance nuclear materials physical security training. Using prerelease stand-alone augmented reality headsets, the approach could revolutionize nuclear security engineering training.

Researchers Advance Liquid Metals for Futuristic Electronics

February 10, 2017
An Air Force Research Laboratory scientist examines liquid metal nanoparticles. Researchers are exploring potential applications for liquid metals by examining their microscopic properties.

A collaborative, multidisciplinary team of U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory researchers recently demonstrated that nontoxic liquid metals can create multifunctional, reconfigurable electronics and flexible power connections for nontraditional electronics.

Automation Provides for Efficient, Secure Data Center Optimization

February 8, 2017
By Bill Lemons

For the past several years, U.S. federal agencies have undergone a concerted effort to consolidate and streamline their data centers. As such, they’ve ramped up initiatives to drive application requirements to the cloud, used virtualization services whenever possible to improve efficiencies and deployed sensors to monitor power consumption.

Livermore's Advanced Laser System Reaches Major Milestone

February 2, 2017
Lawrence Livermore’s High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System recently demonstrated continuous operation of an all-diode-pumped, high-energy femtosecond petawatt laser system.

The High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS) being developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently completed a significant milestone: demonstration of continuous operation of an all-diode-pumped, high-energy femtosecond petawatt laser system.

DIUx Already Is a Successful Technology Initiative

February 2, 2017
By David E. Meadows

A new security approach offered by a small business illustrates the potential of the Defense Department's Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx.

Flash in the Enterprise Data Center

February 2, 2017

Organizations constantly are seeking new ways to address workload-specific storage demands in terms of performance and capacity while also meeting service-level agreements, response-time objectives and recovery-point objectives.

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