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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.

Space Delivers Army’s Ground Capabilities

December 21, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Members of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Technical Center watch as Kestrel Eye is able to take its first images from space in April. Kestrel Eye is a small, low-cost, visible-imagery satellite prototype designed to provide near real-time images to the tactical-level ground Soldier in the field, rapidly and inexpensively. (Photo by Jason B. Cutshaw)

The benefits of space are being delivered to the ground-based warfighter in greater degrees as Army taps the ultimate high ground for cutting-edge capabilities.

The Next Internet: Decentralized, Secure and Immersive

December 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and other technologies will transform the Internet in the coming years, experts predict. Credit: TierneyMJ/Shutterstock

In the not-too-distant future, the Internet may be 3D.

DOD Culture Still Impedes Rapid Development

December 3, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Danielle Metz, acting deputy CIO for information enterprise, outlines obstacles the Defense Department faces in implementing rapid technology development and fielding processes.

“When DOD teams try to adopt modern software development practices into their normal business processes, they run into other institutional and cultural roadblocks.”

DISA Embraces DevSecOps for Future Contracts

December 3, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Defense Information Systems Agency officials are moving toward a secure and agile software development process known as DevSecOps for new contracts. Credit: Andrey Suslov/Shutterstock

“When we develop capabilities, we will use the DevSecOps methodology."

U.S. Space Force Forecasts Commercial SATCOM Contracts

December 3, 2020
By George I. Seffers
A U.S. Space Force office has revealed a hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial satellite contracts to be awarded in the coming months. Credit; Panuwatccn/Shutterstock

Mike Nichols, chief of the COMSATCOM Solutions program, U.S. Space Force, highlighted several of the opportunities.

High-Priority Satellite is Ready for Launch

December 2, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Lockheed Martin's SBIRS GEO-5 satellite is tested in a vacuum chamber at the company's Sunnyvale, California, production facility in April. The U.S. Space Force has ruled that the satellite is now ready for launching in 2021. Credit: Lockheed Martin, The U.S. Space Force certified as ready the fifth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite (SBIRS GEO-5). The satellite will be launched in 2021. Credit: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Space Force’s so-called SBIRS GEO-5 infrared surveillance satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, was finished in record time.

Human and Artificial Intelligence Merge

November 25, 2020
By George I. Seffers
While human cyborgs may still be the stuff of science fiction, the science may be a little closer to reality following breakthroughs in materials used for neural links and other implants that offer a wide array of benefits, including potential medical advances. Credit: Ociacia/Shutterstock

A breakthrough in materials could allow humans to control unmanned vehicles and other technologies directly with their brains.

Air Force Sets Ablaze Redundancy with Operation Flamethrower

November 23, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force's new initiative, Operation Flamethrower, is meant to aggressively get rid of legacy policies, processes and equipment that are not effective. Credit: Shutterstock/Mack Pansuwan

The service’s new initiative looks to make network-related policies and equipment more effective.

A Confluence of Technologies Defines Information Systems

November 10, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Krunja

Technologies such as 5G, AI and the Internet of Things will coalesce to offer capabilities far beyond their originally anticipated results.

Army Tactical Assault Kit Always Adapting for New Era

October 28, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) is a map-based software application that enables coordination among thousands of users with features such as a position data, chat, mission planning and shared overlays. Army researchers say it is being integrated with unmanned vehicles, virtual reality, wearable computers and heads up displays. Credit: U.S. Army CCDC C5ISR Center

Unmanned systems, virtual reality and wearables all need data.

AI Agents Defend the Network During NetModX

October 23, 2020
By George I. Seffers
C5ISR Center electronics engineer Michelle Moore studies vehicle positions while evaluating the Blue Force Tracking Resiliency effort during Network Modernization Experiment 20 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, September 29. The experiment also included autonomous agents monitoring the network. Credit: U.S. Army C5ISR Center photo/Jenna Mozeyko

Artificial intelligence agents defend the Army's network—including other AI technologies—during the Network Modernization Experiment.

NGA Announces Winners of MagQuest Competition

October 14, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Photo Courtesy of NOAA NCEI

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency announced the final results of MagQuest, a $2.1 million competition to advance how we measure Earth’s magnetic field.

Computers Getting Brain Power

October 5, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Sandia National Laboratories researcher J. Darby Smith examines computer boards containing artificial neurons Intel Corp designed. (Photo by Regina Valenzuela), Computer boards containing artificial neurons will serve as the foundation of a multiyear collaboration on neuromorphic computing between Sandia National Laboratories and Intel Corporation. (Photo courtesy of Intel Corporation)

An industry leader delivered artificial neurons to Sandia National Laboratories to explore how to use neural-inspired computing.

Artificial Intelligence Helps Define Army’s Future

September 24, 2020
By George I. Seffers
An Area-I Air-Launched, Tube-Integrated, Unmanned System, or ALTIUS, is launched from a UH-60 Black Hawk at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, March 4 where the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center led a demonstration that highlighted the forward air launch of the ALTIUS. Courtesy photo provided by Yuma Proving Ground

Artificial intelligence systems worked well during the Army Project Convergence exercise. The network and small quadcopters, on the other hand, need some work.