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Science and Technology Directorate's New Impact Series Takes on Spooky Cyber Threats

October 18, 2019
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: LuckyStep

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is launching its latest S&T Impact Series case study focused on cybersecurity.

Army Exercise To Test Multidomain Operations

October 17, 2019
By George I. Seffers
M1A2 Abrams tanks take part in a May 2019 exercise in Poland. U.S. Army officials plan a massive exercise, Defender-Europe early next year. It will be the largest of its kind in 25 years.  Photo Credit: Sgt. Thomas Mort

The exercise will test the Army’s ability to face a near-peer adversary and will be the first time the service practices power projection at the same scale it would likely operate during real-world operations.


Jette: We Need to Re-Examine Our Industrial Base

October 17, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Soldiers travel in an M113 armored personnel carrier during a combat support training exercise. The Army keeps purchases and stores for long periods components of major systems, such as transmissions for M113s, but advances in manufacturing could help the service, and the industrial base, find new ways of sustaining heavy equipment. Credit: Master Sgt. Michel Sauret

“We have a problem with the industrial base, particularly for the defense industry.”—Bruce Jette, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology

U.S. Space Force To Be Joint Warfighting Service

October 17, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
An Atlas V rocket carrying a Space-Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite for an Air Force mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in January. DOD is proposing the creation of the U.S. Space Force to protect the space domain. Credit: United Launch Alliance

Given the persistent and growing threats in space, the U.S. needs a joint force to defend the domain.

Army Invests Heavily in Multidomain Operations

October 16, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Army paratroopers sling-load a ground mobility vehicle to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a September 2019 Saber Junction exercise in Germany. Army officials intend to invest heavily in multidomain operations in the coming years. Credit: Army Sgt. Henry Villarama

The U.S. Army is committing to the multidomain operations concept with a $700 million dollar budget plan for 2021-2025. The investment includes cyber, cloud and information warfare.

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Fertile USAID Ground for Small Business

October 16, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Mauricio Vera, director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the USAID, offers that small businesses have many opportunities for procurements through his agency.

U.S. small businesses can find eager customers overseas through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Technology Supports INDOPACOM Headway

October 15, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
A Philippine airman acts as a gunner for a U.S. Marine during a surface-to-air missile simulation in a joint exercise. The U.S. Into-Pacific Command is seeking new technologies that will enable U.S. and partner forces to interoperate advanced capabilities in the battlespace. Credit: Lance Cpl. Brianna Tuck, USMC

Countering advances by adversarial nations in the Indo-Pacific region requires new technologies to restore U.S. pre-eminance in the battlespace.

DARPA Doubles Down on Blackjack

October 11, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
DARPA’s Blackjack program wilDARPA’s Blackjack program will leverage commercial low Earth orbit solutions, says Paul “Rusty” Thomas, Blackjack program manager. Concept graphic courtesy of DARPAl leverage commercial low Earth orbit solutions, says Paul “Rusty” Thomas, Blackjack program manager. Credit: Concept graphic courtesy of DARPA

Through its LEO satellite demonstration project, the agency aims to create a more resilient, and less expensive, agnostic spacecraft architecture.

Reactivated Squadron at Edwards AFB to Test B-21 Raider

October 10, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force has reactivated a flight test squadron to take on testing of the next-generation bomber. Credit: Graphic courtesy of the Air Force

The 420th Flight Test Squadron will be assessing the Air Force’s new bomber.

Information Technology the New Sextant for the U.S. Navy

October 9, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
A U.S. Navy lieutenant stands watch in the command control center aboard an amphibious transport dock ship as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit team. The Navy and the Marine Corps are undertaking a rebuild of their information technology capabilities in the face of increased global threats.

The U.S. Navy is striving for revolutionary information technology capabilities as it confronts new threats.

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Tech to Develop Electronic Warfare Combined with Cyber Effects for the Air Force

October 8, 2019

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico, has been awarded a $92,980,000 cost-reimbursement, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Playas Electronic Attack & Cyber Environment research and development. This contract will define, develop and deploy cyber electronic warfare (EW) capabilities for research and development, evaluation, test and training in support of employment of cyber EW effects.

Heartfelt Security Application Emerges

October 7, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Sandia National Laboratories is pursuing a heartbeat-based technology for a security application. Credit: Shutterstock/LuckyStep

Key government research arm signs an agreement with small business to develop security system based on the human heartbeat.

Study Finds Robots Could Someday Recognize Human Emotions

October 7, 2019
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: Lemberg Vector studio

A new study shows that robots could be taught to recognize human emotions from the way people move.

Troubling Intellectual Property Theft and Cyber Threats Persist

October 7, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Security experts warn companies not to think separately about possible intellectual property theft and cyber attack threats, as they could be one in the same. Credit: Shutterstock/Rawpixel 

Nation-state actors continue to mount glaring yet effective attacks on the United States.

Army Approves Advanced Manufacturing Policy

October 4, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
A new policy approved by the secretary of the Army requires the use of advanced manufacturing techniques, which included 3D printing, for new and existing systems. Credit: Pixabay/mebner1

Advanced manufacturing includes robotics, artificial intelligence, composite materials and additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing.

Bastille Networks Will Perform IoT Testing for DHS IoT Security Program

October 3, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $199,680 to Bastille Networks, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia. Under the Phase 4 award of S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program’s (SVIP’s) “Security for the Internet of Things” solicitation, the company will provide its Internet of Things (IoT) security solution, which will enable system administrators to gain real-time situational awareness of threats on connected devices, according to the agency.

Charles Stark Draper Lab is Researching Guidance Tech for the Navy's Trident II Program

October 3, 2019

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (CSDL), Cambridge, Massachusetts, is awarded an $83,424,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00030-20-C-0004 to provide research into the applications of technologies to meet guidance requirements for the U.S. Trident II (D5) Strategic Weapon System, and provide specialized technical knowledge for the guidance, navigation and control applications that will support Navy programs. Work will be performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with an expected completion date of September 30, 2021.

NSA Creates Cybersecurity Directorate

October 2, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
The NSA's new Cybersecurity Directorate will initially focus on securing weapon systems and the defense industrial base. Credit: Shutterstock/honglouwawa

The organization will help secure weapon systems and the defense industry.

Structure Increases Content Value

September 30, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
 Putting content in predetermined structures facilitates sharing, tracking and reusing.

Going from business as usual to a structured content environment poses some trials, but making the transition is worth the work.

Students in Sandia Program Evaluate Autonomy and AI for Hypersonic Applications

September 27, 2019
Students from the Autonomy New Mexico program at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque developed drone platforms in order to test hypersonic system applications. Credit: Vince Gasparich

Team of interns developed drone platforms as a testbed for hypersonic systems.