June 2009

June 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

A U.S. Air Force sensor management analyst at the Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, verifies the accuracy of a tracking station’s observations of several artificial objects orbiting the Earth. Tracking orbital objects and determining their purpose has become more vital as a growing number of nations challenge U.S. capabilities in space.

June 2009
By Kent R. Schneider

In the wake of the global economic downturn that began late last year, responsible governments and businesses established budget priorities to make sharp spending cuts. These efforts extended across a large spectrum of budgetary activities, and they were—and still are—necessary.

June 2009
By Christopher J. Dorobek

 
E-mail works well for person-to-person communication but today there are better options.

June 2009
By James C. Bussert

June 2009
By Bob Gourley

U.S. Defense Department’s strategic plan and cloud computing mesh well.

Cloud computing could give a major assist to the U.S. Defense Department’s information technology strategy for implementing network-centric operations.

June 2009
By Rita Boland and Maryann Lawlor

June 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

June 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

Researchers working with the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research have developed a method to spray down a film of carbon nanotubes to form thin, flexible electronics. These pliable circuits will be applied to a variety of soft materials such as cloth and plastic.

June 2009
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

A U.S. Air Force Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) air weapons officer tracks potential targets during a mission over Iraq. The E-8 Joint STARS aircraft is undergoing a modernization that affects an even larger overhaul of
Air Force command and control.

June 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

 

Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft before the beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications capability was installed and after is minute but mighty. The small orb located on top of the airplane’s tail is one piece of the new Joint STARS BLOS capability, which creates a secure airborne network.

June 2009
By Rita Boland

 

The Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) system allows operators to hone their homeland defense skills using a combination of real and virtual tools. Here, operators use simulators to train on a homeland defense scenario.

June 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

The Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) is an effort managed by the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps to develop a multipurpose missile that can operate on a variety of fixed- and rotary-wing platforms. JAGM’s software allows the missile to interface automatically with an aircraft’s targeting system once it is attached to a launch rail.