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U.S. Air Base Defense Is Lacking in Protective Measures

October 25, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
An airman from the Weapons Load Crew at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, prepares for operations. The service is shifting how it projects air power in response to near-peer threats. Credit: Air Force photo

The United States should consider greater hardening and protection of its facilities in a near-peer environment.

Marines Aim for Partner Interoperability

October 21, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo

The Marine Corps will interoperate more closely with other services and allies, but it needs mobile capabilities that can operate in a denied environment.

Team PhishRSS Wins AFCEA’s EPIC Annual App Challenge

October 19, 2021
By Sandra Jontz
TRSS colleagues formed Team PhishRSS to enter this year’s AFCEA EPIC App Challenge, creating an app that adds an element of security to social media privacy settings to win the $5,000 first place prize. Pictured from left: Hannah Lensing, Zach Seid, Zachary Drake, Chris Smith and William Garcia.

From paying the bills to streaming a favorite show, connecting with friends, ordering dinner and now enhancing social media privacy settings—there's an app for that.

U.S Space Force Launches 2021 Hyperspace Challenge

October 18, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The 2021 Hyperspace Challenge has academia and companies looking at space situational awareness, tracking the trajectory of space debris and space-based manufacturing, among other topics. Credit: Shutterstock/sdecoret

The service selects academia and startup partners to advance earth- and space-based solutions to improve space operations.

Data Fabric Weaves Modernized Fires Mission Thread

October 15, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Soldiers assigned to the 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment train with howitzers in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Enhancing the ability to harness myriad data streams is instrumental to modernizing the Army’s fires mission thread for future battlefield operations. Photo by Army Spc. Josselyn Fuentes

Three data-related modernization projects are designed to enhance the Army's sensor-to-shooter capability on the future battlefield.

AFMC Spark Tank Finalists Advance Functionality

October 14, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
One of two semifinalists of U.S. Air Force’s Material Command (AFMC) Spark Tank competition, Gregory Monroe, Air Force Lifecycle and Management Center, created a web-based system to provide coordinated flight test planning. Credit: AFMC

The Air Force’s program to enable innovation from its airmen, and now guardians, pulls in actionable ideas of warfighters from the Material Command.

Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army Innovator, Passes Away

October 13, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, USA (Ret.) (c) , and his wife, Linda (l), speak in 2013 with David Thorne, former U.S. ambassador to Italy, during a ceremony at the Italian army headquarters in Rome, when Gen. Odierno received the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. The general passed away last weekend at age 67. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade

Leader was key in how the Army coordinated warfighting in the Middle East and in creating the Army’s first cyber branch.

Project Convergence Conquers Tech Valley of Death

October 13, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Army officials believe Project Convergence 2021 may help technologies emerge from the valley of death, a term commonly used to describe the fate of technologies that never put to use after being developed in a laboratory. Credit: Galyna Andrushko/Shutterstock

For those technologies that prove mature enough during the Project Convergence 2021, Army Futures Command will draft a transition plan by Christmas for Army leadership approval.

Sponsored: The Real Deal on Zero Trust

October 13, 2021

A new playbook helps customers wrap their arms around zero trust and provides a practical approach to implementing the concept.

Sponsored: Mission Critical. Mission Ergonomics

October 8, 2021

Control room ergonomics are a matter of health and safety and an issue of efficiency and overall productivity.

The Call for Nimble IT

October 8, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Master Sgt. Michael Lesterick, USMC, carries an Afghan evacuee’s luggage as they board a plane at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, September 1, 2021. The Department of Defense, including its combatant commands, such as the U.S. Transportation Command, is still supporting the evacuation of American citizens, special immigrant visa applicants and other at-risk individuals from Afghanistan. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kyle Jia

As TRANSCOM supports the next wave of evacuation out of Europe of Afghan people, leader initially sees need for more complex IT solutions.

In With the New, Out With the Old for Navy Information Technology

October 8, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
The USS Zumwalt, one of the Navy's most technologically advanced ships, transits the Golden Gate as it enters San Francisco Bay. The U.S. Navy is working with industry to speed new information technology capabilities into the service. Credit: U.S. Navy photo

The U.S. Navy is speeding new information technology capabilities into service concurrent with eliminating old systems.

U.S. Army Delivers Hypersonic Hardware

October 7, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army has delivered the first prototype hardware for the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon system to a battalion of the 17th Field Artillery Brigade. U.S. Army photo by SPC Karleshia Gater

Known as the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW), the land-based, ground-launched system is designed as a deterrent to adversaries. 

IARPA Strives for Innovative Portable Power Sources

October 7, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
U.S. Army soldiers launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for surveillance and reconnaissance in Germany. Research by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) aims to provide UAVs, along with various small handheld devices, with power sources providing twice the energy and 10 times the shelf life of conventional batteries in extreme environments. Credit: U.S. Army photo

Longer-lasting batteries and innovative handheld power sources are just part of IARPA's RESILIENCE program for powering intelligence devices.

Air Force Adds FirstNet to 15 Bases

October 5, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Air Force is adding first responder network capability to 15 of its bases, which will help public safety personnel communicate during operations or emergencies, such as weather-related disasters, like Tyndall faced in 2018 with Hurricane Michael. Credit: Staff Sgt. Alexander Henniger

The service selects the public safety network for base emergency communications.

DHS and NIST Offer Guidance on Quantum Security Risks

October 4, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
Quantum computing advances in the coming years are expected to offer benefits while also posting a threat to national security. Guidance offered by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Standards and Technology is designed to mitigate that threat. Credit: graphicINmotion/Shutterstock

“Quantum computing will be a scientific breakthrough. It is also expected to pose new data privacy and cybersecurity risks.”—Alejando Mayorkas, secretary of homeland security.

Sponsored: Why Software Intelligence is a Matter of National Security

October 1, 2021
By Willie Hicks, Dynatrace Federal CTO

Systems continuity and performance have never played a more significant role in our national security.

AI for Pilots Wins Dragon’s Lair Competition

September 28, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
Soldiers rappel from an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an air assault course at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, September 16, 2021. An artificial intelligence system that provides biofeedback for rotary wing aircraft pilots won the fifth iteration of the XVIII Airborne Corps Dragon’s Lair competition. Photo by Markus Rauchenberger, U.S. Army

The pilot performance program now moves forward to full implementation across all XVIII Airborne Corps aviation units. 

DISA’s JADC2 Role Bigger Than Meets the Eye

September 28, 2021
By George I. Seffers
DISA supports JADC2 in more ways than many people might realize, according to Brian Hermann, the agency's program executive officer for services development. Credit: Titima Ongkantong/Shutterstock

“I think there’s more to DISA’s role in JADC2 than is obvious,” says Brian Hermann, program executive officer for services development at DISA. 

U.S. Army Prepares Armored On-The-Move Pilot Program

September 24, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Army leaders and officials visit General Dynamics Mission Systems manufacturing facility in Taunton, Massachusetts, on September 21 to preview the new pilot program the service is pursuing to equip armored vehicles with effective communications technologies in 2025. Credit: PEO C3T

Effort will discern from over 20 vendors what kinds of communications technologies are needed for armored units.