December 2004

December 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

 
The Integrated Router Interconnected Spectrally (IRIS) program aims to create an optical packet routing system. Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs is leading the team that is researching a photonic router.
Optical packet router could facilitate ultrafast terabit computing.

December 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
Integral Technologies’ Plastenna product is an electrically conductive polymer. This application can turn the entire outer case of a handheld wireless device, such as a cellular telephone, into an antenna.
Tough, lightweight materials offer designers power and space savings.

December 2004

 
Polish communications students examine the technology displayed at one of the booths in the Product Pavilion at TechNet Europe 2004.
Military and industry must design response and recovery tactics.

December 2004
By David M. Wennergren, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of the Navy

Which emerging technology will have the biggest impact on your organization in the future?

December 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The software communications architecture (SCA) being developed by the Raytheon Company will allow U.S. Navy ships and ground facilities to communicate with high-bandwidth next-generation satellites. The SCA also creates guidelines for the development of new waveforms for software programmable radios.
Rule paves way for programmable high-capacity equipment.

December 2004
By Capt. Joseph Giaquinto, USN; Maj. Woody Hesser, USMC; and Lt. Cmdr. Dan Rieken, USN

 
Operations Specialist 1st Class Tim Martin, USN, monitors surface contacts in the Tactical Flag Command Center aboard the USS Enterprise. Naval vessels support current operations; however, the FORCEnet Engagement Packs (FnEPs) concept proposes a way to extend the combat reach of the battle groups.
Concept delivers tomorrow’s naval network-centric capabilities today.

December 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

 
Alan Huffman, research engineer, Microelectronics Center of North Carolina Research and Development Institute (MCNC-RDI), examines an experimental silicon wafer for a U.S. Defense Department project being conducted at the institute.
Military turns to nonprofit organization for advanced systems groundwork.

December 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

North or south may point the way to a new generation of small systems.

Researchers at a national laboratory have discovered a way to construct microelectrical systems using magnetic fields to arrange internal structures. The technology already is opening the door to breakthroughs in sensor and magnetic identification systems, and yet-undiscovered capabilities such as realistic artificial limbs and more esoteric applications may lie on the horizon.

December 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

 
University and military researchers are developing technologies based on biology that would allow unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) to be agile enough to dock in submarine tubes.
Flies, fish and the inferior olive help improve unmanned undersea vehicle design.

December 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

December 2004
By Vice Adm. Herbert A. Browne, USN (Ret.)

The U.S. Navy has reached a significant milestone in its drive for transformation. For the first time in my experience, the Navy has stated that intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) stovepipes are detrimental to successful warfighting. Considering them as two separate entities is the road map to failure.

December 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
The USS Tarawa sails under the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco Bay. The U.S. Navy’s transformation will network legacy systems and next-generation platforms in an architecture that brings to bear the full value of network-centric warfare.
Technology alters the face of the force for both materiel and personnel.

December 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A U.S. Navy F-14B Tomcat launches off the deck of the USS John F. Kennedy in support of operation Iraqi Freedom. Navy personnel in theater are requesting more elements of FORCEnet as they learn to exploit some of its capabilities.
It’s not just information; it’s a warfighting system.