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Laser Communications Offer Promise

October 31, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Airbus' SpaceDataHighway system, which the company refers to as the world’s first ‘optical fibre in the sky’ employs laser communications technology, a rising capability. Credit: Airbus

Experts say the optic-based technology is ready, and they are turning their efforts to commercialization.

ID Card Kiosks, Synthetic Environments Survive Shark Tank

October 26, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
John Jacob (l), senior vice president of sales and marketing for NextgenID, shares the winner’s table with JarMarcus King, chief operations officer, J&F Alliance Group, after their two firms’ technologies prevailed in the AFCEA innovation shark tank competition held October 25. Credit: Elizabeth Moon

For the first time, two winners tie in innovation competition.

Researchers Advance the Art of 3D Printing Origami

October 23, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
Researchers used digital light processing to advance the art of 3D printing complex origami structures. (Credit: Christopher Moore)

A one-step approach to fabricating complex origami structures could offer many benefits, including improved biomedical devices and equipment used in space exploration.

ATF Grants Explosives License to Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Company

October 22, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Government has granted Aquabotix an explosives license to use with unmanned aquatic vehicles. Photo credit: Aquabotix Ltd.

Unmanned aquatic vehicles with explosives-related capabilities could help combat littoral mine threats, Aquabotix says.

Startup Companies Push Aerospace Innovation

October 12, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
At the recent Starburst Aerospace Accelerator event held at MITRE Corp., innovators presented emerging technologies for aerospace and military applications. One startup company, San Francisco-based Elroy Air, is developing an autonomous aerial cargo aircraft system that can carry 200-500 lbs of payload by air over a range of 300 miles., Another startup company, Philadelphia-based Ghost Robotics, which pitched at the recent Starburst Aerospace Accelerator event held at MITRE Corp., is offering a quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicle (Q-UGV) that can climb fences, among other capabilities.

New offerings include advanced rocket design, fuel cell power, more efficient robots, unmanned cargo systems and other aerospace solutions.

Marines Corps Outlines Technology Needs

October 9, 2018
Kimberly Underwood
James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy, speaks at the recent Modern Day Marine event in Quantico, Virginia., Leaders from the Marine Corps Systems Command present technology needs to the industry at the recent Modern Day Marine event in Quantico, Virginia.

The Marine Corps is looking to the industry to provide cybersecurity, radio, handheld, network, advanced waveforms and other capabilities for warfighters.

Behavorial Biometrics Can Supplement Traditional Identity Verification

September 27, 2018
By Shaun Waterman
Credit: Shuterstock/jannoon028

AI and machine learning technology can identify users by how they use their keyboard and mouse.

Marines Consider Compact Laser Weapon

September 27, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Appearing at the Modern Day Marine industry-related exhibits, Boeing’s compact laser weapon system is shown mounted on OshKosh Defense’s joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV). Credit: Kimberly Underwood, Boeing’s compact laser weapon system, mounted on Oshkosh Defense’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), could provide counter-unmanned aerial vehicle protection for expeditionary warfighters, the company asserts. Credit: Oshkosh, Two Boeing employees, Jerry Drelling (l), external communications, and Rhoan Boucher, weapons programs, Global Sales & Marketing Team, stand next to Boing’s compact laser weapon system, known as CLWS. CLWS offers a powerful, yet manportable solution to unmanned aerial vehicle threats, according to the company. Credit: Boeing

The service is evaluating the manportable weapon as an important counter measure against unmanned aerial vehicles.

DOD, FBI and DHS Biometric Databases Will Be Able to Talk to Each Other

September 25, 2018
By Shaun Waterman
, Officials discuss federal identity management at the AFCEA Federal Identity Form, from l-r: Russ Wilson, policy lead for Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency; Craig Archer, identity superiority manager, US Special Operations Command; Will Graves, chief engineer, DOD/PM Biometrics; and Greg Gosselin, mission support specialist, USNORTHCOM.

New standard for encoding biometric information set for approval in 2019.

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.

 

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