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Sponsored: Verifying Resilience Over Networks

July 30, 2021
By Frank Puranik

Communications is an integral part of any Army, Navy, Air or Space Force.

Army Researchers: CMOSS Works

July 26, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical and the C5ISR Center integrate Stryker vehicles with the C5ISR/Electronic Warfare Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) capabilities during the Network Modernization Experiment (NetModX) 2021 from May to July, 2021 at the C5ISR Center’s Ground Activity, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Kathryn Bailey, PEO C3T

NetModX demonstrates open architecture capabilities.

Laser Technology Will Improve Operations

July 23, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
High energy lasers will improve battlefield operations through increased intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, not to mention the counter-unmanned aerial system properties, experts say. Credit: Photo Courtesy of Raytheon

As experts see the movement of directed energy technologies onto the battlefield, they are seeing improved warfighting techniques.

Technology Committee Brings Together Solution Seekers

July 20, 2021
By Julianne Simpson

Open-minded engagement helps group tackle IT problems worldwide.

Startups Expand Artificial Intelligence, Computing and Mission Capabilities

July 16, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
New York-based Intelligent Artifacts has created groundbreaking artificial intelligence software for mission-critical navigation systems, sensor fusion and machine vision applications for use across the aerospace, defense, automotive and emergency response industries. Credit: Intelligent Artifacts, Graz, Austria-based Aeroficial Intelligence has created a flight data analysis software platform called Performance Cockpit, which harnesses enhanced analytics and artificial intelligence. The solution provides air navigation service providers and airports with insights into operational inefficiencies during approach, landings, taxi and takeoff. Credit: Aeroficial Intelligence, By using artificial intelligence and digitizing airport and airspace processes, Aeroficial Intelligence provides analytics insights on operational procedures, runway capacity, on-time performance, flow management, taxiway use and gate positions at airports, helping minimize fuel consumption for airlines. Credit: Aeroficial Intelligence

Inventors create groundbreaking cyber, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things security and other advanced technologies.

Commander Touts Digital Twin Benefits

July 1, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Digital twin technology aids in the design and maintenance of ships for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.Credit: Chesky/Shutterstock

The commander of Marine Corps Systems Command indicated that digital twins are instrumental in the design of a broad array of next-generation ships.

SEALS Enlist Artificial Intelligence for Special Missions

June 29, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Navy SEALs conduct train in the Atlantic Ocean, May 29, 2019. Navy Special Warfare Command expects artificial intelligence to augment the human weapon system as well as unmanned systems. Credit: Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Jayme Pastoric

The Navy Special Warfare Command will apply artificial intelligence and machine learning toward two capstone initiatives: human weapon systems and multidomain unmanned systems.

U.S. Navy Needs Abundant Quantities of Unmanned Vessels

June 29, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
A Seahawk unmanned surface vessel in the Pacific Ocean and an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 73 participate in U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Unmanned Systems Integrated Battle Problem 21 in April. Naval exercises have been crucial to aiding the integration of unmanned vessels into the fleet and pairing with manned capabilities, experts say. Credit: U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe

The sea services should aggressively pursue plans for autonomous air, surface and subsurface platforms, experts say.

Startups Tackle Improvements to Space and Earth Systems

June 24, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Kurs Orbital is integrating its established rendezvous and docking technology with computer vision, radar capabilities and robotics to create an on-orbit servicing spacecraft fleet for satellites in different orbits. Credit: Kurs Orbital, Evitado developed a plug-and-play sensor solution for ground operators to avoid collisions when moving aircraft. The core component is the 360-degree, 3D Lidar system, similar to the advanced systems being used in the development of driver-less cars. Credit: Evitado, For ground operators, Evitado’s solution digitally defines safety zones around an aircraft to detect and warn against any kind of potential collision. Credit: Evitado

New technologies will help with on-orbit servicing of satellites as well as identity management, ground operations of aircraft, travel and product life-cycle management.

Sponsored: Securing the USAF Advanced Battle Management System

June 21, 2021
A U.S. Army soldier provides security during the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Sept. 3, 2020. Staged at multiple military sites, ABMS simulated an attack on the national infrastructure testing the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) which allowed for a fast-coordinated response.  U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young

The next-generation battlefield has gone digital.

AFWERX Launches Challenge to Improve Airfield Operations

June 16, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
A Gulfstream C-37A taxis on the flight line at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 3, 2021, carrying Gen. Mark Kelly, USAF, commander of Air Combat Command and his team for a visit about the base’s rebuild. The Air Force’s innovation hub, AFWERX, is conducting a new consecutive three-part challenge to bring in solutions for flightline security, advanced sensors and communication, and aircraft maintenance. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anabel Del Valle

Air Force innovation hub calls for industry solutions for flightline security, enhanced sensors and communication, and aircraft maintenance.

The Race for Quantum Computing and Cryptography Is Accelerating

June 15, 2021
By Julianne Simpson
Credit: Shutterstock/Yurchanka Siarhei

Quantum computing and cryptography are hot topics in the world of emerging technology. But how feasible are they on a large scale?

Sponsored: High Volume, Rapid Production of Maps and Charts for Ministries of Defense

June 10, 2021
By Wolfgang Richter

As nations aim to unify efforts to enhance overall defense capabilities, collaborative mapping strategies can help advance decision-making.

Sandia Researchers See Success in Miniaturizing Wireless Technology

June 9, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Matt Eichenfield (l) and Lisa Hackett, scientists at Sandia National Labs, recently created a groundbreaking acoustic circulator, a key radio component that separates transmitted and received signals, and is much smaller in size. Credit: Sandia National Labs/Bret Latter

Acoustic amplifier opens the door to smaller radio technologies.

Soldiers and Commanders to Assess FIRESTORM AI Technology

June 8, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Soldiers test M1A2 Abrams tanks during a live-fire accuracy screening test at Fort Bliss, Texas, in October. U.S. Army researchers intend to integrate the FIRESTORM artificial intelligence system with the Abrams for Project Convergence 2021 to be held in October and November. Credit: Army Staff Sgt. Kris Bonet

The system will face tougher challenges in Project Convergence 2021.

U.S. Navy and Marines Pursue Innovative Training Models

May 18, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Belew, USMC, academics officer, Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, speaking at AFCEA’s TechNet Augusta Virtual Series on May 18, reports that the service is working to incorporate an “always-on feedback loop” in which incremental change is incorporated in the academic cycle.

The services call on industry to follow the shift away from costly, week-long in-person training. 

5G Opens New Horizons for DoD

May 18, 2021
The DoD is investing heavily in the promise of high-speed edge computing with 5G technologies. Credit: Shutterstock

Technology offers high speeds, but many details must be considered for optimal use.

All Army Aircraft Types Simultaneously Receive CIRCM

May 14, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The CIRCM system provides U.S. Army aircraft unprecedented protection from current and emerging missile threats. Credit: Northrop Grumman photo

The system commonly known as CIRCM is a next-generation lightweight, laser-based, open architecture, infrared countermeasure system.

NIST Team Directs and Measures Quantum Drum Duet

May 6, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
NIST researchers entangled the beats of two mechanical drums—tiny aluminum membranes each made of about 1 trillion atoms—and precisely measured their linked quantum properties. Entangled pairs massive by quantum pairs might someday perform computations and transmit data in large-scale quantum networks. Credit: John Teufel/NIST

The high-efficiency radar measurements used in the work could be helpful in applications such as quantum teleportation or swapping entanglement between nodes of a quantum network.

Military Embarks on Digital Transformation As Remote Workforce Changes Many Rules

May 3, 2021
By Beverly Cooper
Unified communications is more than voice and conferencing access. It can enable agencies to embrace automation, enhance situational awareness, improve operations and business continuity, and support digital transformation and multivendor relationships as it helps ensure public safety, cybersecurity, and speed, scalability and capacity. Credit: ESB Professional/Shutterstock

Unified communications with cloud interoperability are needed for new work environments.