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AFMC Spark Tank Finalists Advance Functionality

October 14, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
One of two semifinalists of U.S. Air Force’s Material Command (AFMC) Spark Tank competition, Gregory Monroe, Air Force Lifecycle and Management Center, created a web-based system to provide coordinated flight test planning. Credit: AFMC, Pilot Maj. Allen Black, USAF, Air Force Test Center, one of two semifinalists of the U.S. Air Force’s Material Command (AFMC) Spark Tank competition, speaks to leaders about his solution to enable interoperability between the recently upgraded F-22 open architecture rack and the F-35’s so-called FoX Table effort. Credit: AFMC

The Air Force’s program to enable innovation from its airmen, and now guardians, pulls in actionable ideas of warfighters from the Material Command.

Project Convergence Conquers Tech Valley of Death

October 13, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Army officials believe Project Convergence 2021 may help technologies emerge from the valley of death, a term commonly used to describe the fate of technologies that never put to use after being developed in a laboratory. Credit: Galyna Andrushko/Shutterstock

For those technologies that prove mature enough during the Project Convergence 2021, Army Futures Command will draft a transition plan by Christmas for Army leadership approval.

Sponsored: The Real Deal on Zero Trust

October 13, 2021

A new playbook helps customers wrap their arms around zero trust and provides a practical approach to implementing the concept.

In With the New, Out With the Old for Navy Information Technology

October 8, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
The USS Zumwalt, one of the Navy's most technologically advanced ships, transits the Golden Gate as it enters San Francisco Bay. The U.S. Navy is working with industry to speed new information technology capabilities into the service. Credit: U.S. Navy photo

The U.S. Navy is speeding new information technology capabilities into service concurrent with eliminating old systems.

U.S. Army Delivers Hypersonic Hardware

October 7, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army has delivered the first prototype hardware for the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon system to a battalion of the 17th Field Artillery Brigade. U.S. Army photo by SPC Karleshia Gater

Known as the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW), the land-based, ground-launched system is designed as a deterrent to adversaries. 

AI for Pilots Wins Dragon’s Lair Competition

September 28, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
Soldiers rappel from an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an air assault course at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, September 16, 2021. An artificial intelligence system that provides biofeedback for rotary wing aircraft pilots won the fifth iteration of the XVIII Airborne Corps Dragon’s Lair competition. Photo by Markus Rauchenberger, U.S. Army

The pilot performance program now moves forward to full implementation across all XVIII Airborne Corps aviation units. 

Scientists Discover Additional Silicon Crystal Properties

September 13, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Dmitry Pushin, from the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing and a professor in the Canadian university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, says that recent breakthroughs during an international research collaboration at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) will “open the door to future technologies,” such as quantum-related capabilities. Pushin is pictured at NIST’s Center for Neutron Research in Maryland. Credit: University of Waterloo/NIST

Researchers unveil characteristics of subatomic particle that may aide the development quantum technologies.

Closing the Information Loop with Better Data Use

October 12, 2021
Data discovery tools and techniques will help warfighters and the machines supporting them cut their decision-making time. Credit: Shutterstock

As the U.S. military shifts its operational focus from counterinsurgency to contending with near-peer nation state adversaries, the need to remain dominant in multidomain operations is key.

Air Force to Widely Deploy Force Generation, ACE Tool

September 1, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Detachment 12, otherwise known as Kessel Run, has created a powerful command and control tool called C2IMERA that will provide airmen, wing commanders and major command leaders with a real-time operational sight picture of installation resources for force projection and emergency management, amongst other mission applications. Gen. Mark Kelly, commander of the Air Combat Command (ACC) has directed its use at all of ACC’s installations. Credit: Kessel Run, Stuart Wagner, the chief digital transformation officer for the Air and Space Forces, learns about Kessel Run’s three product lines during a June 22 visit to the Boston software factory. Kessel Run has developed a key command and control tool, C2IMERA, that will be used in all of Air Combat Command’s installations. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Richard Blumenstein

Kessel Run’s so-called C2IMERA solution will now be used at all Air Combat Command installations.

Securing Online Voting Remains Elusive Goal for National Elections

August 30, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
Credit: Shutterstock/vesperstock, Clockwise from top l: Ben Adida, executive director of Voting Works, former NIST digital identity chief Michael Garcia, Jocelyn Bucaro, director of mobile voting for Tusk Philanthropies and Josh Franklin, senior security engineer at the Center for Internet Security take part in a panel discussion at Fed ID. Photo/screengrab by Shaun Waterman

It will be a long time before it’s possible to securely deploy internet voting systems for most Americans, but technology may allow for limited online ballots in the future.

Who Will Hold the Quantum Keys to the AI Kingdom?

August 26, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Vladimir Putin has said that whichever country controls artificial intelligence will rule the world, but experts now question who will be the first to master quantum-enabled artificial intelligence. Credit: By Pavel Chagochkin/Shutterstock

While the United States debates basic issues related to artificial intelligence, quantum-enabled AI may be on the horizon.

FBI Expands Next Generation Identification System with Iris, Palm Prints

August 23, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
Two people demonstrate how a device is used to capture imagery of irises for the Next Generation Identification (NGI) Iris Service. Credit: FBI

The FBI has been running a full-scale iris-print ID service as part of its Next Generation Identification, or NGI, system for almost a year now.

DoD to Deliver Initial JADC2 in Coming Months

August 19, 2021
By George I. Seffers
A soldier helps set up a tactical command post to test communications in Germany, July 8, 2019.  Photo by Army Sgt. Patrick Jubrey

JADC2 will become a reality—at least to a minimal degree—in the coming months.

Army Officials Outline Unified Network Technology Needs

August 18, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Panelists at TechNet Augusta 2021 discuss how to achieve a unified network. Photo by Michael Carpenter

To make the unified network vision a reality, the Army will need to adopt an array of technical capabilities, including 5G, zero trust cybersecurity, software-defined networks and data fabric.

Software Sustainment Evolves from Pony Express to Automation

August 18, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Jennifer Swanson, director, Software Engineering Center, Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) and CW5 Linc McCoy, USA, CECOM’s command chief warrant officer, have a fireside chat during TechNet Augusta 2021.

The SEC focuses on supporting warfighters and enabling operations in the field, but until recently the organization was distributing software by mailing CDs, which often went unused.

Army Aims to Deploy Prototype Tactical Lasers

August 19, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
The U.S. Army's DE M-SHORAD air defense system, comprising a laser-equipped Stryker, is slated to be deployed in prototype form in 2022. Credit: U.S. Army photo

The Army looks to deploy four prototype tactical air defense lasers on mobile platforms in 2022.

Combat Commanders Must Grapple with Info Ops

August 17, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Brig. Gen. Paul Stanton, USA, speaks at TechNet Augusta 2021. Photo by Michael Carpenter, Lt. Gen. Ted Martin, USA, appears via video at TechNet Augusta 2021. Photo by Michael Carpenter

In 2028, the division will be the new unit of action for the waypoint force, and it will include an information advantage capability.

DARPA’s Robotic Triathletes Poised for Final Contest

August 13, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The DARPA Subterranean Challenge is expected to hold its final event in September. The program already led to advances in underground robotics technology that could be used immediately, the program manager says. DARPA photo.

The Subterranean Challenge aims to develop technologies to rapidly map, navigate and search complex underground environments.

Closing Capability Gaps to Improve Warfighters’ Real-Time Situational Awareness

August 5, 2021
Connecting data siloes within the Defense Department helps speed operational decision making. Credit: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff

As technology accelerates all aspects of modern life, from business to warfare, the need for real-time situational awareness has become critical.

Army Aims to Avoid Orphan Robots on the Battlefield

August 4, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The Network Coverage Overlay can be used to maintain a communications link with robotic vehicles. Credit: U.S. Army CCDC C5ISR Center photo/Dan Lafontaine

Officials assessed the Network Coverage Overlay (NCO) during the recent Network Modernization Experiment at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.