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LLNL Researchers Debut New Class of 3D-Printed Metamaterials

December 7, 2018
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Researchers injected a magnetorheological (MR) fluid into hollow lattice structures built on LLNL’s Large Area Projection Microstereolithography (LAPµSL) platform, which 3D prints objects with microscale features over wide areas using light and a photosensitive polymer resin. Photo by Julie Mancini/LLNL

“Field-responsive mechanical metamaterials” change properties under magnetic fields.

McAfee Releases Predictions for 2019 Cybersecurity Landscape

November 29, 2018
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: Rawpixel.com

The digital criminal underground is becoming stronger as hackers start to collaborate.

President's Commentary: Mechanical Minions Will Change Our Future

December 1, 2018
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

Robots, coupled with artificial intelligence, machine learning and other developing capabilities such as the Internet of Things (IoT), are among the latest technologies to offer the promise of labor-saving capabilities, improved efficiency in manufacturing, better precision in the medical field and enhanced capabilities in national security, to name just a few applications.

Army Robots Prepare to Go to School

December 1, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL’s) development of robotics technology includes the On-Demand Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or ODSUAS, which are 3D-printed. Soldiers would input requirements into mission planning software that knows the optimal configuration for an aerial vehicle, and it would be printed and delivered within 24 hours. ARL research aims to stair-step technologies that ultimately turn robots into teammates for battlefield warfighters.  Credit: ARL

Robots that will equip the future U.S. Army will progress through an environment leading to full autonomy as equal partners with soldiers on the battlefield, if the ARL has its way.

The AFCEA Community's Relentless Commitment to STEM

December 1, 2018

When it comes to giving back to the community, AFCEA members excel in supporting STEM education.

Incoming: Great Changes Lie Ahead

December 1, 2018
By Terry Halvorsen

I would like to use this final column as a summary and a reminder of what I believe is coming with technology and with some social issues.

Molecular Robotics Builds the Ultimate Miniature Machines

December 1, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Atoms are the building blocks for molecules. Scientists theorize that someday robots made of atoms may build a wide range of products at the molecular level.  Anusom Nakdee/Shutterstock

The U.S. military may manufacture combat parts and supplies on the battlefield using robots made of molecules all working together as part of a molecular factory.

Neurons Make the Robot, NRL Says

December 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL’s) work on adjusting how artificial neural networks learn aims to improve the manipulation capabilities of robots.  ktsdesign/Shutterstock

There's a large gap between robots’ locomotion and their ability to handle and move objects in their environment, and programs at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are examining how to close this capability gap.

NRL's MERLIN Robot Ready to Take First Steps

December 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The NRL is looking for a transition partner for MERLIN that wants to develop and possibly field small quadruped robots.  NRL

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL’s) work on its Meso-scale Robotic Locomotion Initiative, known as MERLIN, is advancing, reports NRL roboticist Glen Henshaw.

Student Engineers Aid Injured Veterans

December 1, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Hoisting a recumbent bike onto the back of a motor vehicle is made easier by a hydraulic device developed by engineering students at the Colorado School of Mines. A Navy veteran who participates in bike races can now get to more competitions thanks to the system built for him in a QL+ project.  QL+ photo

University engineering students across the country are plying their skills to address challenges for disabled veterans suffering from the loss of physical capabilities.

Researchers Have Artificial Skin in Robotics Game

December 1, 2018
By George I. Seffers
A smart skin technology for robots or prosthetics developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington is undergoing testing with three companies and could soon be ready for fielding.  Courtesy University of Texas at Arlington

A research team may one day cover robots and prosthetic devices with nanotechnology skin to provide them with a sense of touch far superior to humans.

Perceptive Underwater Robots

December 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
With fewer techniques to map and maneuver than aerial robots, underwater robots have to rely on advanced sonar sensors and other tools, such as multibeam sonar processing and virtual occupancy grid mapping, says Carnegie Mellon University professor Michael Kaess.  Carnegie Mellon University/Michael Henninger

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science are examining how to create systems that can perform autonomously underwater and provide a clearer view of the subsurface environment.

Robots Lighten the Load for Marines

December 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Modular Autonomous Vehicle (EMAV) is a versatile, fully autonomous ground vehicle designed to provide tactical-scale infantry support at the platoon level.  U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab

The novelty of a robot joining warfighters on the battlefield has worn off, and the U.S. Marines are settling in to make their use of autonomous systems more effective.

Exercise Reveals Capabilities Gaps

December 1, 2018
By Maj. Michael L. Hefti, USA, and Lt. Col. Christopher D. L’Heureux, USA
2nd Cavalry Regiment Strykers conduct a road march over more than 2,100 miles from Germany to Lithuania. The integrated tactical network helps mission command on the go.  Lt. Col. Christopher L’Heureux, USA

The current process for mission command modernization is not keeping pace with technology, which will dramatically impact the future battlefield.

Sarnoff Award Dinner Honors Adm. Michael S. Rogers, USN (Ret.)

December 1, 2018
Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO, AFCEA International, and DeEtte Gray, chairwoman of AFCEA’s board, present the David Sarnoff Award to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, USN (Ret.).

This year, the winner of the AFCEA David Sarnoff Award is Adm. Michael S. Rogers, USN (Ret.), who served in many roles that align with AFCEA’s mission, including as the director of the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency.

AFCEA Shark Tank Chooses Company Specializing in Industrial IoT Device Security

Novermber 20, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Bill Moore, founder of Xona Systems, hears the announcement that the judges in AFCEA International’s Innovation Shark Tank Series have selected Xona as a finalist. The company offers cybersecurity measures for so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices. Credit: Elizabeth Moon

The latest round of the association’s innovation competition selects Xona Systems’ cybersecurity solutions for critical infrastructure.

Navy Commissions Latest Littoral Combat Ship in Annapolis

November 19, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The latest littoral combat ship to be commissioned, the USS Sioux City, is "a capable and lethal and tough ship,” designed to combat asymmetric threats, says Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, USN. Credit: LCS Team Freedom

LCS-11, the USS Sioux City, boasts a lethal and flexible configuration to combat against asymmetrical threats.

Air Force Reveals Same-Day Contracting Opportunity

November 19, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force; Gen. David L. Goldfein, USAF, Air Force chief of staff; and John H. Pendleton, director, defense capabilities and management, U.S. Government Accountability Office, speak about Air Force Readiness to the Senate Armed Services Committee. They discussed topics such as closing the maintainer’s gap, training ranges and cost effectiveness in logistics. (Photo by Wayne Clark)

Small businesses will be invited to submit their best solutions to the U.S. Air Force for the opportunity to participate in pitch sessions scheduled for March 6-7, 2019.

Cyber Is at the Heart of Indo-Pacific Command Strategy

November 16, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
 Brig. Gen. Paul Fredenburgh III, USA, J-6, Indo-Pacific Command, leads a panel discussion on combined cyber operations in the Indo-Pacific region. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Across the vast Indo-Pacific region, all roads lead to cyber, according to a panel of U.S. and foreign military and civilian experts.

Diverse Communications, Networks Vital for Pacific Information Security

November 16, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Speakers at a TechNet Asia-Pacific 2018 panel on achieving cyber resilience in the Indo-Pacific region are (l-r) Jodi Ito, ISO, University of Hawaii; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, director, DISA and commander, JFHQ DODIN; Jeff Watkins, Commercial Solutions for Classified, NSA; and John Zangardi, CIO, DHS. Credit: Bob Goodwin Photography

Technologies need to be less centralized and people need to be more informed if the Indo-Pacific region is to improve its cybersecurity, according to a panel of experts.

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