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Army’s xTechSearch May Add Specialized Challenges

May 27, 2020
By George I. Seffers
An M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew participates in gunnery training at the Doña Ana Range Complex, New Mexico, in 2018. The Army is developing a Next-Generation Combat Vehicle, and the xTechSearch program may help reduce the vehicle's weight and increase its survivability while also develop advanced antennas to replace the ubiquitous whip antenna. Credit: U.S. Army photo

The program may target more COVID-19 solutions and advanced antennas.

5G Offers Opportunity for Improved Allied and Coalition Communications

May 20, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Credit: Shutterstock/deepadesigns

Among the plethora of capabilities it will provide, 5G could be used to run a multilevel secure coalition communications system.

No Silver Bullet for COVID-19, But Tech Can Help

May 14, 2020
By Shaun Waterman
Czech military personnel load PPE supplies. Military personnel are conducting widespread testing in the Czech system of Smart Quarantine. Photo courtesy of NATO

Enterprise technology providers are making big bets on systematizing the COVID-19 contact tracing process through call centers or dashboards, rapidly ramping up capacity.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Sets Technology Priorities

April 30, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (c) visits the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield, Virginia, in 2017. The agency just released its technology needs, including advanced software and data-related solutions. Credit: DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber Smith

The agency looks to advanced software and data-driven solutions.

LLNL Develops 'Stopgap' Ventilator for Quick and Simple Assembly

April 30, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
LLNL mechanical engineer Ken Enstrom (l) and technicians Greg Norton (c) and Aaron Sperry test and validate simple ventilator prototypes that could be easily assembled from readily available parts. Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL

A self-assembled “skunk works” team has worked tirelessly to prototype a simple ventilator design for quick and easy assembly from available parts.

Software Automates Complex 3D Modeling

April 29, 2020
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Sandia National Laboratories computer scientist Mohamed Ebeida worked with a team to create VoroCrust, a software that creates meshes using polyhedral cells rather than tetrahedral and hexahedral cells. Photo by Randy Montoya, 3D models created using VoroCrust are the first software that generates Voronoi-cell meshes without the requirement to be fixed manually. Image courtesy Sandia National Laboratories, A VoroCrust mesh for a geological model can be seven layers. Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory used the software to make geological models as part of research about the geological disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level nuclear waste. Image created by Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories

A team of researchers has invented software to create accurate digital representations of complex objects.

Two Companies to Prototype COVID-19 Ventilators

April 24, 2020
The U.S. Army has selected the first two companies to provide two prototypical medical ventilators capable of operating in austere environments. The awards are the first under the service's xTech COVID-19 Ventilator Challenge launched earlier this month. Credit: Nhemz/Shutterstock

The Army xTech COVID-19 Ventilator Challenge has no deadline and is still accepting submissions.

LLNL Supercomputer Gets Upgrade to Help Fight COVID-19

April 21, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
LLNL, Penguin Computing and AMD have reached an agreement to upgrade the lab’s unclassified, Penguin Computing-built Corona high performance computing cluster. Credit: LLNL

LLNL, Penguin Computing and AMD have reached an agreement to upgrade the lab’s unclassified, Penguin Computing-built Corona high performance computing cluster.

Space Force To Rely More on the Commercial Satellite Industry

April 20, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, USAF, chief, Space Operations, U.S. Space Force, testifies in March before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C. In a virtual town hall meeting on April 16, the general explained that the service will rely on the commercial satellite industry more than the military has in the past.    Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark

The new service looks to harness commercially built low-earth-orbit systems in particular, leader says.

DARPA Biosurveillance Project Pivots to Probe COVID-19

April 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
DARPA's Detect It with Gene Editing Technologies program may prove to be a game changer for future pandemics. And the program has not yet even begun. Credit: U.S. Army photo

A yet-to-begin program may change the game for future pandemics.

Startups Hope To Transform Aerospace and Transportation Capabilities

April 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The new technology from Veracity Protocol, called Physical Code, provides authentication of a physical object, based on the object's material structure using a cellphone camera. "It is a new standard of trust for physical objects," says the company's founder Jakub Krcmar., UAT is producing a new class of military-grade lightweight thermoplastic clamps for avionics and electrical wiring needs as well as "smart" sensing clamps that report real-time data and identify problems in wiring.

Inventors are developing emerging launch platforms, power sources for space, autonomous aircraft and other aerospace solutions.

Sandia Stimulates COVID-19 Market Recovery

April 8, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Sandia National Laboratories scientists developed a pocket-sized anthrax detector that it later licensed to a New Mexico company. The Rapid Technology Deployment Program is offering the business sector free access to more than 1,000 technologies and software programs to help jumpstart the economy, which COVID-19 is adversely affecting. Photo by Randy Montoya

Sandia National Laboratories has a fast-track licensing program to rapidly deploy technology to the commercial sector.

Supercomputer Models Coronavirus Vulnerabilities

March 31, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
The Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is modeling the effects of drug molecules to stop the COVID-19 coronavirus. Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL, The vulnerability of proteins clustering on the exterior of the COVID-19 coronavirus is the target of supercomputer simulations. Credit: CDC

A national laboratory supercomputer used to model neutron star collisions now is peering into inner space to explore potential vulnerabilities in COVID-19.

Amid COVID-19 Concerns, Army xTechSearch Prize Competition Moves Online

March 16, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson

The Army xTechSearch team announced that the technology pitch for the xTechSearch 4 Semifinals will now be held via a live-streamed event open to the public.

Army Seeks Tools To Tame Data Deluge

March 11, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Lt. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford, USA, Army Chief Information Officer/G-6, listens to attendees at the AFCEA Army Signal Conference 2019., In addition to presentations, the AFCEA Army Signal Conference includes exhibits demonstrating industry solutions., Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., USA, assumed the duties of chief of staff U.S. Cyber Command in June 2019. At the 2019 AFCEA Army Signal Conference, spoke about the importance of cyber situational awareness.

Army reaches out to industry for solutions that will not only help it collect and sort information but also protect it at rest and during collaboration.

Army Announces xTechSearch 5 Competition

March 5, 2020
The U.S. Army secretary has announced the start of the fifth Army Expeditionary Technology Search competition, also known as xTechSearch. The competition seeks disruptive concepts and technologies to support the Army's modernization priorities. Credit: Derplan 13/Shutterstock

Ultimately, 10 small-business finalists will receive awards of $120,000 each and will be invited to demonstrate proofs of concept.

VIDEO: Digital Twins Offer Navy New Efficiencies

March 3, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
SIGNAL Magazine interviews Pat Sullivan, NAVWAR executive director, during WEST 2020., The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command's digital twins project is being incorporated into the 26 ships of the USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Damon Loveless/Released

The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) aims to shave years off development and training times.

Catching Menaces In Midair

February 26, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Sandia National Laboratories researchers leading the MARCUS project are developing a system to capture small unmanned aircraft systems then fly them away from crowds or sensitive areas such as government buildings. Photo by Randy Montoya, Camron Kouhestani (l) flies an unmanned aircraft system while Jaclynn Stubbs (c) and Bryana Woo monitor a camera stream at Sandia National Laboratories. Ground-based computer systems control the swarming drone platforms totrack and capture enemy aircraft systems while they fly. Photo by Randy Montoya

Mini flying threats call for drone-on-drone swarming warfare. 

Space Operations Command Takes Over AEHF-5 Satellite

February 13, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Space and Missile Systems Center’s fifth Advanced Extreme High Frequency satellite, AEHF-5, in the faring of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V vehicle, launches last August at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The center has moved control of the satellite to the new Space Operations Command. Credit: SMC

The Space and Missile Systems Center has transferred its fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite to the new Space Operations Command.

LLNL Develops 3D 'Brain-on-a-Chip'

February 5, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Lead researcher Dave Soscia said the “brain-on-a-chip” device, designed and fabricated at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was designed to be easily reproducible. The lab has applied for a patent on the device and is looking to engage with potential collaborators to further develop it. Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL

Engineers and biologists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a 3D “brain-on-a-chip” device capable of recording the neural activity of living brain cell cultures.