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U.S. Navy Replaces Obsolete Part With 3D Printing

September 12, 2018
By Ali Cybulski
Stephen Cox, chief engineer at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific’s RESTORE Lab in San Diego, uses a laser scanner. Credit: Alan Antczak

The RESTORE Lab and the Undersea Communications and Integration Program Office repaired a failing U.S. Air Force antenna using a process that took about six months.

DARPA Pumps $2 Billion Into Next-Gen AI

September 11, 2018
By Ali Cybulski
DARPA research could lead to a third wave of AI technologies with humanlike communication and reasoning capabilities. Credit: DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency seeks to quickly transform artificial intelligence systems from specialized tools into problem-solving partners.

U.S. Military Takes MALD-X Outfitted with Electronic Warfare to the Air

August 24, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The DOD reports a successful demonstration of the miniature air-launched decoy technology upgraded with electronic warfare known as MALD-X. Pictured here is an earlier version of the MALD vehicles, manufactured by The Raytheon Company. Photo credit: Raytheon

The modular, air-launched missile upgraded with electronic warfare capabilities completed a flight demonstration this week, DOD reports.

The Military Downside to a Global Mesh Network

August 23, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. James J. Mingus, USA, commanding general, 82nd Airborne Division, speaks at AFCEA’s TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

A space-based global mesh network will benefit adversaries, too.

Army Delivering on Its Network Promises

August 22, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. David Bassett, USA, and Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, USA speak at AFCEA's TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The integrated tactical network helps warfighters address emerging threats.

Improving Electronic Warfare

August 10, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The commercial sector continues to implement new electronic warfare (EW) technology, pushing towards multifunction, multi-domain applications. Sierra Nevada’s mobile land-based system, called Modi, defends against unmanned vehicle threats as well as traditional EW threats. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corp., Aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the East Sea in 2017, sailors help ready an EA-18G Growler for catapult launch. The U.S. Navy is evolving its airborne electronic warfare capabilities, replacing the 40-year old ALQ-99 system on the Growler with Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) technologies covering low-, mid-, and high-bands. It tapped Raytheon to work on a mid-band NGJ pod for the aircraft. Credit: Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano

Tactical jammers are getting an upgrade to defend against emerging threats.

Defense CIO Describes Vision for Joint AI Center

August 10, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Dana Deasy, who became the U.S. Defense Department’s chief information officer nearly 100 days ago, has been charged with creating the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

“This is all about doing two things incredibly well: we’ve got to move at a lot faster pace and then do this at scale.”–Dana Deasy, DOD CIO, on the creation of a Joint Artificial Intelligence Center

This Itsy Bitsy Spider is a Robot

August 7, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
A new fabrication process enables the creation of soft robots at the millimeter scale with features on the micrometer scale as shown here with the example of a soft robotic spider with moving body parts and colored eyes and abdomens. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

The advance could open up the field of soft robotics at much smaller sizes.

Boeing to Open Aerospace, Autonomy Research Center

August 1, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Researchers at Boeing's new Aerospace & Autonomy Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts to continue to develop autonomous aircraft systems.

The R&D facility, headed for MIT's Kendall Square, seeks to accelerate the development of future mobility solutions.

New Software Provides Improved C2 Capabilities

July 25, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Lead Engineer Dan Lenhardt of the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) explains the new speech recognition platform that the center developed to facilitate hands-free computer interaction for soldiers on the move., The Army’s SFC Sheena Ferrell (l) and SFC Ramon Contreras, both from the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, demonstrate the new Tactical Computing Environment developed by CERDEC.

Software developed by CERDEC allows for increased collaboration between commanders, staff and soldiers on the move.

CERDEC Rolls Out Innovation

July 20, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
An improved command post platform is one of many capabilities that the Expeditionary Mission Command at the U.S Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center is rolling out to help soldiers communicate and be connected on the move. Photo credit: U.S. Army Fort Carson Public Affairs

The Army’s research center is sending expeditionary C4ISR capabilities out to the battlefield.


The IRS Works to Innovate While Implementing Tax Reform

July 13, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Internal Revenue Service must include technological innovation as it tackles its Congressional mandates, such as tax reform, says Kevin Bierschenk, acting director, Enterprise Program Controls, IRS.

Juggling priorities, the nation’s tax collection agency is considering how to incorporate big data analytics, cloud and automation, among other information technology innovations.

Experts Identify Emerging Technologies

July 3, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
Advances in manufacturing techniques will deeply impact a variety of businesses such as building construction. They will be particularly useful as part of emergency response efforts to reconstruct homes quickly. Credit: Shutterstock/, Mobile technologies will continue to change how and where people work. However, policies will need to be put into place to ensure cybersecurity and additional access will be required to facilitate quick, easy access. Credit: Shutterstock/GaudiLab

Evolving capabilities likely to affect several government and business sectors in the near future.

Weaving Technology Into Fitness

June 27, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
U.S Air Force Academy cadets work with industry participants during a CyberWorx design project. , Air Force and industry participants collaborate during a CyberWorx design sprint.

Air Force CyberWorx sponsoring hackathon to find physical fitness and data access tool software.

Health Care Identity Management has a Prescription for Improvement

June 28, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is improving digital access to patient health care information, as well as identity management, says Steve Posnack, executive director, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS. Posnack participated in AFCEA’s recent Federal Identity (FedID) Understanding of Identity Meetup event. Credit: Shutterstock, Identity management experts share their findings at AFCEA’s recent FedID Understanding of Identity Meetup event, moderated by AFCEA's FedID Planning Committee Co-Chair Duane Blackburn, S&T policy analyst at MITRE Corp. (pictured at the podium).

The federal government is working to increase patient access to digital health information.

Micro Unmanned Vehicles Make A Splash

June 14, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island is considering the capabilities of micro aquatic robots, such as this unmanned surface vehicle called SwarmDiver from Aquabotix. Photo credit: Aquabotix, Swarming and diving micro aquatic robots may offer the Navy and other services key capabilities. Photo credit: Aquabotix

The Navy takes a look at what small surface robots can do in the water.

Generals Contemplate Network Modernization Challenge

June 13, 2018
By George I. Seffers
U.S. Army officials intend to modernize the service’s network, which is considered too complex and cumbersome. As part of that effort, the service could potentially kick off a competition for industry and academia to offer cutting-edge solutions. Photo Credit: David Vergun

The Army may initiate a network modernization grand challenge competition.

Insider Threat Technology Swims in Shark Tank

June 12, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Tom Miller (c), CEO of ClearForce, stands with the judges who declared his firm’s technology the winner in the second AFCEA Small Business Innovation Shark Tank Competition. Flanking Tom are (l-r) Glenn Hernandez, CISO, OpEdge Solutions LLC; Manoj Bhatia, president, Network Runners Inc.; Maria Horton, CEO of EmeSec; and Bill Jones, senior vice president of DSA’s Integrated Solutions Group. Photo credit: Elizabeth Moon

The latest AFCEA shark tank competition qualifier offers technology that warns companies before an employee becomes an insider threat.

NASA Gets its ICON Satellite Ready for Launch

June 4, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite, known as ICON, will track how Earth’s weather and space weather interact. Photo and artistic rendering of ICON courtesy of NASA.

The latest program from the U.S. space agency will study the connection between Earth and space weather.

Naval Postgraduate School Advances Satellite Repair System

June 4, 2018
Ensign Edward Hanlon, USN, along with a group of midshipmen, helped create the robotic satellite repair system AMODS, which will be launched into space for testing this summer., AMODS uses a combination of miniature CubeSat research satellites, called RSats and BRICSats, to provide diagnostics of ailing satellites., AMODS BRICSats provide the propulsion to the repair Rsats., The AMODS has two 60 cm robotic arms with claws to help provide diagnostics.

The technology has the potential to alter how the Defense Department services ailing satellites, researchers say.