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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.

Office of Naval Research to Hold Second Global-X Challenge

April 27, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
The Office of Naval Research Global will initiate the second round of its Global-X science and technology challenge this week with a live webinar. Credit: Suwatchai Pluemruetai/Shutterstock

ONR Global is interested in alternate navigation at high latitude; high-latitude, high-bandwidth communications; and persistent polar perception.

Army Tactical Communications Expand Reach but Face Hurdles

April 20, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: U.S. Army photo

Recent exercises have shown how new technologies can improve Army tactical communications, but they also highlighted areas that need improvement.

Army Marching Forward on Unified Network

April 20, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Ahead of a deployment to Afghanistan, the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade concluded a training rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana, that included training on the new Integrated Tactical Network. Over the next two years, Army officials expect to make significant progress on the unified network concept, which will converge the tactical and enterprise networks. Credit: U.S. Army

Officials intend to soon finish a network plan.

Specialized Teams Could Lift Combatant Commands' Use of AI

April 19, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
FEMA Regional Administrator Thomas Von Essen and Maj. Gen. Bill Hall, USA, former commander, Joint Task Force Civil Support, during a visit to New York City and USNS Comfort in April 2020. The U.S. Northern Command, which responds to domestic humanitarian crises, and the other combatant commands could expand the use of artificial intelligence through specialized teams at each command. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Specialist 1st Class Kleynia McKnight

The combatant commands' employment of artificial intelligence would help DOD grow its capabilities to a greater scale.

Army Approves Tactical Space Layer Rapid Development

April 19, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army's Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Space Cross-Functional Team has approved the rapid development and deployment of the Tactical Space Layer, which is expected to shorten the sensor-to-shooter timeline and help equip the Army for multi-domain operations. Credit: U.S. Army photo

The decision enables rapid experimentation and prototyping efforts for tactical space-based sensors with supporting ground-based equipment. 

Army Lab Places JADC2 Under Microscope

April 15, 2021
By George I. Seffers
An F-35 Lightning II receives full from a KC-135 Stratotanker. The Army's communications exercises, which are being held in preparation of Project Convergence 21, are evaluating the ability of the different services to pass data from one to the other. The F-35, for example, may be used to pass information to ground forces as part of the Joint All-Domain Command and Control concept. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Mota

Army officials are leading a series of communications exercises in its new Joint System Integration Laboratory in preparation for Project Convergence 21 in the fall.

Additive Manufacturing Aims to Meet DOD’s Needs

April 14, 2021
The DOD is concerned about the cybersecurity of additive manufacturing systems, said David Benhaim, co-founder and chief technology officer for Markforged. Credit: Shutterstock

Cybersecurity is key to software-driven manufacturing.

Guardians Need Advanced Virtual Training for Space Operations

April 8, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Space Force can employ a rapid “training refresh cycle,” with virtual tools and simulation in between real operations, says Lt. Gen. Chance Saltzman, USSF, deputy chief of Space Operations, speaking at an Aerospace Corp. event on April 8.

Elevated knowledge to conduct space operations is needed in an adversarial environment.

Joint All-Domain Warfighting Takes Leadership

March 30, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, is training leaders for joint all-domain warfare through its rigorous year-long Joint All-Domain Strategist course. Students from the 2017-2018 course pose with their instructors. The course is growing in stature, given the need for such warfighting abilities. Credit: Air University Public Affairs Photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty.

Professional military college builds the foundation for experts in global multidomain operations

Sandia’s New Open-Access Quantum Testbed Is Ready for the Public

March 18, 2021
Posted by: Julianne Simpson
Sandia National Laboratories physicist Susan Clark leads the team that built the Quantum Scientific Computing Open User Testbed. The ion-based quantum computer was made for outside researchers to use.  Photo by Bret Latter

A new open-access quantum computing testbed from the Department of Energy is ready for the public.

Networked Munitions Take Flight

March 16, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood and Maryann Lawlor
A 40th Flight Test Squadron F-16D Fighting Falcon prepares to drop four bombs for the second Golden Horde test mission designed to provide proof of concept for collaborative autonomous weapons.  U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Raven, USAF, Collaborative Small Diameter Bombs (CSDBs) are launched from the wing of an F-16 fighter. Four of the bombs were dropped during the second flight demonstration of the Air Force Golden Horde Vanguard.  Courtesy photo U.S. Air Force, A 40th Flight Test Squadron F-16D Fighting Falcon circles the target after successfully dropping four bombs for the second Golden Horde test mission near Holloman Air Force Base.  U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Nic Arosemena, USAF

Collaborative autonomous weapons climb to new heights of autonomy.

ISAC Ventures Into Space Information Sharing

March 11, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The addition of low-Earth Orbit satellite mega constellations in space brings an added threat vector, and is an area being watched closely, says Erin Miller, executive director of the new Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Organization seeks to become a platform for threat data for the space industry.

Championing Technology Also Involves Difficult Culture and Process Changes

February 26, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The cybersecurity problem is not going away for the military, warns retiring Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, pictured at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore in 2018.

The outgoing leader of the Defense Information Systems Agency shares her reflections.

TRADOC Commander Outlines Three Training Initiatives

February 16, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The Army's Synthetic Training Environment is one of three initiatives using data to modernize the service's training capabilities. Credit: U.S. Army

The three initiatives will allow the Army to leverage data for multidomain operations to enable warfighters and echelons to survive on the modern battlefield.

Army Recharges Conformal Wearable Battery Design

February 12, 2021
By George I. Seffers
A soldier dons the prototypical Integrated Visual Augmentation System during a live fire test event at Fort Pickett, Virginia, in October 2020. The Silicon Anode Conformal Wearable Battery prototype is placed in the soldier’s back pouch. Army officials will assess two versions of the new battery during Project Convergence 2021 in October. Credit: Courtney Bacon, PEO Soldier PAO

The Army’s C5ISR Center is working to improve manufacturing of silicon anode cells to lower cost and potentially add more energy into the batteries. 

Navy Intelligent Tracker Destined for Army Combat Vehicle

February 10, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
A U.S. Navy team has developed an automated target detection and tracking system known as the Intelligent Tracker for the Army's Next Generation Combat Vehicle. Image provided by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division

The Intelligent Tracker innovation adds a rapid and precise automated target detection and tracking capability to the kill chain for manned and unmanned weapon systems.

Government Must Pivot to the Intelligent Edge with Private Sector

January 14, 2021
By Julianne Simpson
The future enterprise will be edge-centric, cloud enabled and data driven, says Bill Burnham, CTO, U.S. Public Sector Business Unit, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

The future enterprise will be edge-centric, cloud enabled and data driven, says Bill Burnham, CTO, U.S. Public Sector Business Unit, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Machine Learning Makes Scientific Research 42,000 Times Faster

January 8, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a machine learning algorithm that makes scientific research about 40,000 faster and can be used for a wide variety of purposes.   Credit: Andrey Suslov/Shutterstock

With machine learning, the same simulation took 60 milliseconds using only 36 cores, equivalent to 42,000 times faster on equal computers.