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Key Cyber Provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act

August 14, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division (LI) perform an air assault demonstration for President Trump during a visit to Fort Drum, New York, on August 13. The demonstration was part of the President’s ceremony to sign the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019, which authorizes funding for U.S. defense and military activities for Fiscal Year 2019. Photo credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Thomas Scaggs.

Congress’ NDAA for Fiscal Year 2019 takes cybersecurity a step further, with language affirming DOD’s role in defending against attacks and operating in cyberspace.

China Advances Signals Intelligence

August 13, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
China has a significant military presence in the South China Sea that is supported by “unprecedented" levels of signals intelligence activity, says David Stupples, professor of electronic and radio systems, City, University of London. Graphic Credit: David Rosenberg, Middlebury College (www.southchinasea.org).

Expert warns of the increasing signals intelligence activity by the East Asian nation.

Improving Electronic Warfare

August 10, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The commercial sector continues to implement new electronic warfare (EW) technology, pushing towards multifunction, multi-domain applications. Sierra Nevada’s mobile land-based system, called Modi, defends against unmanned vehicle threats as well as traditional EW threats. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corp.

Tactical jammers are getting an upgrade to defend against emerging threats.

Defense CIO Describes Vision for Joint AI Center

August 10, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Dana Deasy, who became the U.S. Defense Department’s chief information officer nearly 100 days ago, has been charged with creating the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

“This is all about doing two things incredibly well: we’ve got to move at a lot faster pace and then do this at scale.”–Dana Deasy, U.S. Defense Department chief information officer, on the creation of a Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

Oracle Protests JEDI RFP

August 7, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
Oracle has launched a formal protest against the U.S. Defense Department’s potential 10-year, $10 billion cloud computing contract commonly known as JEDI. Credit: Aichi8Seiran/Pixabay

The Government Accountability Office will issue its decision on the protest by November 14.

This Itsy Bitsy Spider is a Robot

August 7, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
A new fabrication process enables the creation of soft robots at the millimeter scale with features on the micrometer scale as shown here with the example of a soft robotic spider with moving body parts and colored eyes and abdomens. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

The advance could open up the field of soft robotics at much smaller sizes.

Army CEMA Teams Advance Information, Electronic and Cyber Warfare

August 6, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
After 10 rotations with brigades, the Army’s Cyber-Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) teams are hitting their stride, Army experts explain at an Association of the U.S. Army event August 2. Photo credit: Anna Neubauer

The U.S. Army’s efforts to bring capabilities into expeditionary forces is succeeding, Army leaders report.

Navy Satellite System Approved for Expanded Operational Use

August 2, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
Marines from the 1st Marine Division test out the Mobile User Objective System at a Field User Evaluation in Camp Pendleton, California. MUOS is a satellite communication system that uses commercial cell phone technology on the battlefield. Marine Corps Systems Command will begin fielding MUOS in the fourth quarter of 2018. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Eddie Young

The authorization paves the way for “early-adopter” commands to use the system on deployment as early as this fall, primarily in the Pacific theater.

Boeing to Open Aerospace, Autonomy Research Center

August 1, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Researchers at Boeing's new Aerospace & Autonomy Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts to continue to develop autonomous aircraft systems.

The R&D facility, headed for MIT's Kendall Square, seeks to accelerate the development of future mobility solutions.

Lockheed Martin Developing Configuration Security System for AFRL

July 30, 2018

Lockheed Martin Corp., Orlando, Florida, has been awarded an $8,569,784 cost-plus-fixed fee contract for Agile ConSec Evaluation Support software/hardware system. This contract provides for developing technologies for automatically analyzing and improving the configuration of complex composed systems to reduce attack surface while assuring expected behavior.

Shark Tank Champion Caps Shark Week

July 30, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Tom Miller, CEO of Clearforce, gives the winning presentation at the shark tank concluded at AFCEA’s Small Business Innovation Summit held July 26. Photography: Elizabeth Moon

The small business winner is a Virginia firm that uncovers internal security threats before they can bite their employers.

This Is No One-Size-Fits-All Army Modernization

August 1, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Army combat units on the move need different networking capabilities from support units that set up camp and stay awhile. Service officials intend to develop a modernized network capable of being scaled and adapted depending on the operational situation. Credit: Spc. Hubert D. Delany III, USA

The U.S. Army’s major overhaul of its network may lead to a communications structure capable of conforming to an array of operational situations.

DOD Sticks to Single Source Strategy for JEDI Contract

July 27, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
The U.S. Defense Department has released the request for proposals for the potential $10 billion cloud computing contract known as JEDI. Credit: LoboStudioHamburg/Pixabay

Bidding is now open for DOD's potential $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract.

DOD Releases RFP for JEDI Cloud Contract

July 27, 2018

The U.S. Defense Department released the formal request for proposal (RFP) for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, seeking solicitations for cloud-related services.

A Future in STEM, Thanks to War Veterans Scholarship

August 1, 2018
Staff Sgt. Jenna Saenz, USAF, American Military University (l), receives a 2017 War Veterans Scholarship from her commanding officer, Lt. Col. Jonathan Dietrich, USAF, 661st Aeronautical Systems Squadron.

AFCEA’s commitment to supporting both STEM education and military personnel comes together in the AFCEA War Veterans Scholarship.

President's Commentary: Tactical C3 Must Not Be an Afterthought

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

Tactical command, control and communications (C3) is significantly changing as the U.S. military retools amid 17 years of conflict in the Middle East.

Disruptive By Design: Robotic Process Automation Invades the Workplace

August 1, 2018
By Jennifer A. Miller

Robotic process automation, or RPA, is a new type of business process technology leveraging artificial intelligence. Its uses span the realms of doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, facilities and policy.

If you are not familiar with RPA, then think of the way that Microsoft Excel allows users to record steps when creating a macro. The concept is the same with RPA. Results include efficiencies in both public and private-sector organizations. The possibilities for RPA application are all around us.

Megacity Warfare a Warfighter's Nightmare

August 1, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Data-rich 3D maps would let soldiers spend time viewing terrain from a variety of perspectives to gain an intuitive sense of the battlespace before megacity operations. Courtesy photo

Some experts warn that the nation’s military may one day have to do something militaries throughout history have tried to avoid: fight in major cities.

Army Strives to Speed Advancements to Warfighters

August 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
A new iterative approach in the Army is bringing innovative tactical communication equipment to soldiers faster, leaders say.

Leaders move to agile methods to support the service’s cross-functional needs.

Army Tests Option to Buy Tech Data Rights Upfront

August 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, and senior commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground, is working to improve the Army’s readiness.

 To increase readiness, CECOM is piloting an intellectual property rights escrow concept.

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