Technology Blog

Pandemic, Defense Priorities Shape DARPA Activities

July 30, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A DARPA cubesat placed into orbit from the International Space Station contains an experiment in which microelectronic mechanical systems (MEMS) change the mirror shape of an optical system to generate high-quality imagery. Space is just one area in which the agency is boosting its research to meet new challenges. Credit: NASA photo

AI, space and biotechnology are just some of the areas that will be the focus of increased research by DARPA.

Army Experiment Plays Electronic Warfare Hardball

July 30, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The Army’s CCDC C5ISR Center uses field experimentation, such as the annual Network Modernization Experiment, to evaluate the maturity of DOD and industry technologies early in the research and development cycle and in a relevant, threat-based environment. Credit: U.S. Army

The Army's Network Modernization Experiment 2020 (NetModX20) includes roughly 20 systems focused primarily on command post survivability and mission command resiliency.

Healthy Cloud Migration

July 29, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Defense Health Agency and the Defense Healthcare Management Systems' recently completed cloud Accelerated Migration Project required a massive amount of storage, from Amazon Web Service's (AWS') Snowball Edge devices (pictured), which each have a capacity of 100 terabytes of data. Credit: AWS

Following the completion of ground-breaking health data digitalization effort, experts offer advice.

Computer Scientists from Sandia Labs Invited to National Cybersecurity Showcase

July 20, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Vince Urias, Sandia National Laboratories computer scientist, will pitch cybersecurity tools to potential investors at a special Department of Energy event. Photo by Randy Montoya, Adrian Chavez, Sandia National Laboratories computer scientist, will pitch cybersecurity tools to potential investors at a special Department of Energy event. Photo by Randy Montoya

Two Sandia National Laboratories computer scientists are earning national recognition for cybersecurity platforms they developed.

Army CECOM Tackles Outdated and Vulnerable Software

July 16, 2020
By George I. Seffers
A convoy of Army vehicles equipped with mobile Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) systems enable mobile mission command, advanced communication and real-time common operating picture from anywhere on the battlefield. WlN-T is one system supported by the Army's Communications-Electronics Command under new initiatives aimed at resolving issues with outdated and unpatched software.  U.S. Army photo courtesy of the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California

Three CECOM initiatives seek to solve vulnerable software issues that risk Army operations.

DISA Expands Defense Networks to Homes During COVID

July 15, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Among an array of activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Defense Information Systems Command supported the needs of the U.S. Navy ships Comfort and Mercy. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Bill Mesta/Released

In response to the pandemic, DISA added 63 new circuits, increased VPN access by 300%, and helped thousands of military personnel around the globe to work securely from home.

Army CIO/G-6 Offers Peek at Service’s Near Future

July 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, USA, the Army's soon-to-retire CIO/G-6, attends a working lunch during the Joint Warfighting Assessment on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., May 1, 2019. The CIO said during the Army’s virtual 2020 Signal Conference hosted by AFCEA that the time is right for the service to split the CIO and G-6 offices. Credit: Sgt. Torrance Saunders

Cloud computing, zero trust and end point security are Army priorities through the 2021 fiscal year.

Startups Push Aerospace Innovation

July 13, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Latest from startups presenting during Starburst Accelerator's U.S. Selection Committee offer innovative aerospace technology, including a new imaging sensor from Owl Autonomous Systems. Credit: Owl Autonomous Systems., Latest from startups presenting during Starburst Accelerator's U.S. Selection Committee offer innovative aerospace technology, including a new blockchain application for part and equipment procurement from SyncFab. Credit: SyncFab.

Technology accelerator event features blockchain, cybersecurity and propulsion systems.

LLNL Breaks Ground on Exascale Computing Facility Modernization Project

June 22, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Scheduled for completion in 2022, the Exascale Computing Facility Modernization project will upgrade the Livermore Computing Center by significantly expanding the facility’s power and cooling capacity in preparation for delivery of next-generation exascale supercomputing hardware. Credit: LLNL

The upgrades will enable the facility to provide exascale-class service to the NNSA laboratories.

Army Integrated Tactical Network Moves Forward

June 10, 2020
By George I. Seffers
During a webinar sponsored by the Association of the United States Army, Gen. John Murray, USA, commander, Army Futures Command, updated the audience on the service’s modernization efforts. Credit: Graphic illustration of concept for Smart Targeting Environment for Lower Level Assets (U.S. Army CCDC C5ISR graphic illustration/Jamie Lear)

Army modernization moves ahead following slight delays related largely to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NASA Hosts $1 Million Technology Challenge

June 9, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches on May 30 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station. NASA, in partnership with Starburst Aerospace, is conducting a $1 million technology challenge to pull in even more innovation from the public sector. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Effort aims to pull in entrepreneurs with advanced technologies in machine learning, artificial intelligence, autonomy, robotics and advanced sensors.

Free Software Can Cost Plenty

June 1, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
It’s tempting to think of open source software as free, but users must take into consideration the cost of systems and data protection. Credit: Wright Studio/Shutterstock, A GNU General Public License permits the distribution of source code in an understandable format via the Internet. Credit: photovibes/Shutterstock

The efficiencies of using open source software carry a number of risks.

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.