The SIGNAL Blog

A New Trainer for Airmen: Skynet From 'Terminator'

February 9, 2017



They can extinguish shipboard fires and deliver explosive devices to kill suspected shooters, and now robots can help U.S. airmen with the 27th Special Operations Wing in New Mexico practice for intense missions, such as hostage situations.

DARPA's SideArm Project Helps Aircraft Stop Short

February 8, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
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A full-scale technology demonstration system that repeatedly captured a 400-pound Lockheed Martin Fury unmanned aerial system (UAS) accelerated to representative flight speeds via an external catapult. The test was part of the DARPA's SideArm research, which focuses on creating a self-contained, portable apparatus that can horizontally launch and retrieve UASs that weigh up to 900 pounds.

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



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.

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.

Behind the Science: The Science That Binds

February 13, 2017
By George I. Seffers
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Just in time for Valentine's: a science love story. George and Marlene Bachand, a married couple working at Sandia National Laboratories, have partnered on more science projects than they can recall.

Trump Administration Should Read and Heed Obama Cyber Report

January 31, 2017
By Ray Rothrock

As the nation deals with intelligence reports of Russian hacks of the U.S. presidential election, some of us in industry are pondering how President Donald Trump will tackle cybersecurity issues. He already has a good road map. In December, the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity issued its “Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy.” It is high time the executive branch dug deeply into cybersecurity issues, writes RedSeal's Ray Rothrock.

Secure Wireless Warfighter Comms Available When Troops Need Them Most

January 30, 2017
By Charlie Kawasaki

The ability of warfighters to be mobile and nimble is not a luxury during combat operations. It is an absolute necessity. Staying ahead of the enemy or avoiding attack often means an entire command post must move, and quickly—a mammoth challenge if the command post relies on a wired communications network with cumbersome and costly cables and equipment.

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