Technology Blog

One Joint Cyber School to Teach Them All

May 10, 2022
By George I. Seffers
CERTS 2022 panelists discuss cyber training for the services.

A panel of cyber experts debates the pros and cons of centralizing training and education at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Moving Data at Volume and Speed

May 6, 2022
Cross-domain solutions help the DoD and intelligence communities move data quickly between different classification and security levels. Credit: Shutterstock

Cross-domain solutions help information flow across multiple security levels.

Beyond Thunderdome: DISA Plans Ahead on Zero Trust

April 28, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Stephen Wallace, chief technology officer and director of DISA’s Emerging Technology Directorate, shown during a session of TechNet Cyber 2022, told reporters during a media roundtable at the conference that his organization already is evaluating future capabilities for the next generation of Thunderdome. Photo by Michael Carpenter, Jason Martin, DISA’s Digital Capabilities and Security Center director and the agency’s component acquisition executive, shown during a panel discussion at TechNet Cyber 2022, told reporters reporters during a media roundtable at the conference that the agenct is still evaluating capabilities for the initial version of Thunderdome. Photo by Michael Carpenter

DISA officials simultaneously consider initial and future Thunderdome zero-trust capabilities.

DISA’s Dream List of Digital Solutions

April 26, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
DISA Director Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner, USAF, addresses the audience at TechNet Cyber 2022.  Photo by Michael Carpenter

The agency’s director unveils a cadre of capabilities that are needed to support the warfighter.

NASA's SATCOM Quandary

April 21, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
NASA is seeking to replace its NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) communications system, shown in a NASA illustration. The administration is pursuing two demonstrations with six commercial satellite communication providers to start to examine how the industry can support future near-Earth communication mission requirements. Credit: NASA

The space administration is working with industry to inform future rules for space-based communication, but the world regulating body has the final say.

Navy To Host Innovation Day

April 18, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood

The service is looking for great ideas to improve its business and enterprise systems.

5G Is Making Wishes Come True

April 14, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
TechNet Indo-Pacific panelists discussing the coming 5G revolution are (l-r) Stephanie Hutch, Makai Defense; Michael Bilyeu, NineTwelve; William Fong, NIWC Pacific; and Robert Perkins, Vectrus.

5G is opening up an endless list of potential applications.

Pacific Air Forces Target Keeping Up With Industry

April 14, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Lt. Gen. James Jacobson, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, describes the command’s pursuit of technology at TechNet Indo-Pacific. Credit: Tony Grillo photo

The Pacific Air Forces are ramping up to keep up with industry innovations.

Ubiquity Looms for AI, ML

April 13, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
TechNet Indo-Pacific panelists discussing the future of AI and ML are (l-r) Christine Lanning, Integrated Security Technologies; Brig. Gen. Jacqueline “Denise” Brown, USA, USINDOPACOM; Michele Engelhart, GDIT; Nicole Isoda, NIWC Pacific; and Catherine Johnston, USINDOPACOM. Credit: Tony Grillo photo

AI and ML are offering a revolution, but the pros and cons are not yet clear.

Technology Drives J-6 Objectives

April 13, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Members of the TechNet Indo-Pacific J-6 panel include (l-r) panel moderator Brig. Gen. Paul Fredenburgh, USA (Ret.), AFCEA International; Brig. Gen. Jacqueline “Denise” Brown, USA, USINOPACOM; Col. Donald “Thunder” Cloud, USAF, U.S. Pacific Air Forces; Robert A. Stephenson, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Col. Koichi Takagi, USMC, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific; and Col. Lisa D. Whittaker, USA, U.S. Army Pacific. Credit: Dave Livingston photo

Information technology capabilities from the private sector will change military operations.

Government, Industry Seek Similar Cloud Solutions

April 12, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists discussing cloud computing at TechNet Indo-Pacific are (l-r) moderator Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA (Ret.), AFCEA president and CEO; Bill Burnham, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Boris Kilimnik, Juniper Networks; James T. Matney, GDIT; and Angel Smith, Microsoft. Credit: Dave Livingston photo

Both government and the private sector are pursuing similar complex approaches to cloud computing.

Defense Needs Coherent AI Strategy, Say Government Watchdogs

March 31, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: dotshock/Shutterstock

The U.S. Defense Department must implement a comprehensive strategy to develop and use AI properly across the military community.

Pentagon Names Deputy Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer

March 14, 2022
Margaret Palmieri has been named the Defense Department's deputy chief digital and artificial intelligence officer (CDAO). Credit: Naval Information Forces

Margaret Palmieri tagged to lead new organization.

S6 Series: Enhancing Armored Mobility, Speed and Lethality

March 14, 2022
By Maj. Todd Klinzing-Donaldson, USA
Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conduct mission command and network communications on-the-move, during the Army’s three-week Armored Formation On-The-Move Network Pilot at Fort Stewart, Georgia, on Feb. 2.  U.S. Army photo by Capt. Detrick Moore, assistant program manager for Mission Network, Project Manager Tactical Network, PEO C3T

Armored unit aims to shoot, move and communicate simultaneously.

What the DoD Can Learn from Netflix and Mazda

March 10, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Netflix’s Simian Army of software production tools offers a potential model for the Defense Department to mimic. Credit: Wiratchai wansamngam/Shutterstock

Non-defense companies such as Netflix and Mazda provide lessons learned for Defense Department software development.

Data Access Is a Key Tool for Modern Organizations

March 9, 2022
Access to large amounts of data and the ability to analyze and model it is now becoming increasingly available to medium and small sized organizations. Credit: bleakstar/Shutterstock

A skilled workforce also helps to manage, crunch information.

The Circuitry Supply Chain Offers its Own Vulnerability

March 2, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: spainter_vfx/Shutterstock

While everyone is focused on the chip supply chain shortage, the printed circuit boards that host them may face a shortage of their own.

Learning Lessons at the Edge

February 25, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Eng Lim Goh, a senior vice president and chief technology officer, artificial intelligence, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, addresses the Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium 2022.

A technologist studying a confluence of technologies presents an interesting future edge computing environment, if we can pay attention.

Defense CIOs Look to the Tactical Edge

February 24, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
CIOs from different part of the Defense Department talk about cybersecurity issues during a panel at the Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium 2022.

Compute power, data analysis and storage are needed at the tactical edge for the nation’s geospatial intelligence agency, the Navy and Air Force.

Army Ending Era of Big Tent Tactical Ops Centers

February 10, 2022
By George I. Seffers
New communications technologies integrated onto armored vehicles during the U.S. Army’s Armored Formation On-The-Move Network Pilot could enable the service to eliminate large-tent tactical operations centers in favor of distributed command capabilities.

Successfully integrating on-the-move communications onto armored platforms is a major challenge and a significant accomplishment for the Army.