July 2000

July 2000
By Sharon Berry

Despite growing Internet use and successes, designers’ patience shrinks with Web-page obstacles.

A growing industry and government effort to provide nationwide Internet services has created an intricate maze of accessibility, content and quality control challenges. With the number of Internet users now totaling 320 million, more than a score of browsers in use and the development of constantly changing Internet technologies, the online challenges are complex. Navigation has been difficult, errors continue to creep in, and many users are excluded from access to a large number of World Wide Web sites.

July 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

Program targets word relationships in documents, provides concise summaries of requested material.

An information retrieval tool that is more powerful and accurate than standard search engines allows users to quickly retrieve information within several mouse clicks. The application combs through the “hits” produced by investigation programs to find documents based on specific word associations and creates a database from these results. By highlighting only specific paragraph-sized sections of text, the technology streamlines the research process by eliminating the task of scanning entire documents to find bits of relevant data.

July 2000
By Capt. Allan D. Bartolome, USAF, Scott Gustafson and Steve Presley

Engineers and customers collaborate to analyze effectiveness of proposed innovative technologies.

A synergistic interaction between experts, processes and technology is producing concepts of space systems for the U.S. Air Force that will effectively use current and planned assets to address future warfighters’ needs. In a corporate facility dedicated to maximizing a coordinated team approach, specialists in utility, availability, cost, power, propulsion, software and payloads develop consistent point designs in as little as three days.

July 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

Program targets voice, data compression methods to increase tactical battlefield systems’ bandwidth capacity.

July 2000
By Robert K. Ackerman

Situational awareness takes center stage as experts maneuver to plan for rapid deployments in different types of operations.

The U.S. Army’s transformation to a rapid-response fighting force is compelling its information systems experts to shift their plans for digitization. Situational awareness is increasing in importance, sensors are becoming more sophisticated, and diverse elements and activities are being linked to make the individual soldier an information-enhanced warrior.

July 2000
By Maryann Lawlor

Battlelab employs might of the Four Horsemen to formalize tasking order processes, procedures.

Military and civilian command and control experts are exploring new ways to exploit one of the most powerful weapons in the U.S. Air Force arsenal—information. Processes, procedures and technologies currently under development are scheduled to be put into place later this year and in early 2001.

July 2000
By Robert K. Ackerman

Joint experiments, intelligent agents and simulation come together to lay the groundwork for future battlespace information systems.

U.S. Air Force experts are introducing new methods of developing, deploying and exploiting information systems in the joint environment. However, instead of inventing new technologies for leap-ahead capabilities, planners now are innovating system architectures and operational methodologies to provide more efficient and effective networking and information access.

July 2000
By Robert K. Ackerman

Government-funded academia team generates breakthrough that may help eliminate fiber bottlenecks and open new applications.

A new polymer-based electro-optic modulator may provide fiber optic networks with an order of magnitude increase in bandwidth that could clear the way for applications ranging from broadband Internet access to full-scale holographic projection currently found in science fiction television programs. Developed in a joint research effort by scientists at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and the University of Washington, Seattle, the new technology also uses less power than present-generation modulators and features low noise disturbance.

July 2000
By Maryann Lawlor

Virtual reality takes mission planners on a ride through three-dimensional battlespace data.

July 2000
By Lt. Gen. C. Norman Wood, USAF (Ret.)

The information age that is defining our entry into a new millennium is being driven by the rapid development of technology, and that development in turn is being driven by research. Both government and industry are reaping the benefits of this windfall in electronics. However, both must not forget the importance of continuing to pursue scientific advances that will fuel and sustain this technology boom. And, both sectors must also coordinate their efforts to ensure that government needs are met through purposeful research.

July 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

Science of submicroscopic substances begins to reach marketplace with the first nanobased tools, solutions.