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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.

Intelligence CIOs Target Advanced Technologies

September 17, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Intelligence community chief information officers are selecting advanced capabilities to support key mission efforts. Credit: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff

Innovative plans have only accelerated during the pandemic, experts say.

Mobile Devices Offer Promise in Identity Solutions

September 10, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Mobile devices could service as an identity platform for the U.S. government, providing a contactless access experience with more privacy, some experts say. Credit: Shutterstock/Drazen Zigic

While the use of smartphones is quite common, the world of identity management has yet to fully harness mobile technologies.

Pandemic Accents Federal Need for Identification Tech

September 8, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Money laundering and other crimes have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the need for more widespread use of identity verification and management technologies, government officials say. Credit: stevepb/Pixabay

“The whole CARES Act presented this amazing magnet for fraudsters, honestly."--Gay Gilbert, administrator, Office of Unemployment Insurance, Department of Labor

National Security Depends on Tech-Savvy Talent

August 31, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Dr. Irma Becerra, president, Marymount University (c), wears a face mask alongside orientation leaders and community assistants as Marymount students move back to campus for the fall 2020 semester.  Photo by Marymount University, Dr. Irma Becerra, president, Marymount University (r), chats with students in front of the Lincoln Memorial during a fall orientation event in August 2018.  Photo by Marymount University

Technology pool must grow to meet national security needs.

Orb Takes Flight

August 24, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
LIFT Aircraft CEO Matthew Chasen shows Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett the controls of the company's Hexa electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at Camp Mabry, Texas, on August 20. The demonstration, hosted by the Texas Air National Guard, was the first in a series that the service's Agility Prime will hold this fall as it strives to field eVTOL aircraft by 2023. Credit: Air National Guard photo by Staff. Sgt. Sean Kornegay, Air Force Chief of Staff Charles Q. Brown Jr., takes a turn in a LIFT Aircraft Hexa aircraft during a demonstration by Agility Prime, at Camp Mabry, Texas, on August 20. Credit: Air National Guard photo by Staff. Sgt. Sean Kornegay

The Air Force’s Agility Prime program conducts first demonstration of electric vertical takeoff and landing, or eVTOL, aircraft.

Army Eyes Artificial Intelligence for PACE Planning

August 12, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army wants to automate planning for primary, alternate, contingency and emergency (PACE) communications. A so-called intelligent engine will suffice in the short term, but over time, service officials expect artificial intelligence to conduct PACE planning.  (U.S. Army photo courtesy of the Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical)

Artificial intelligence could eventually take over planning for primary, alternate, contingency and emergency communications for the U.S. Army.

Manned-Unmanned Teaming Passes Experimental Muster

August 7, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The Ripsaw M5 robotic combat vehicle developed by a team made up ofTextron, Howe & Howe, and FLIR Systems, is one of two robotic systems being developed for the Army's manned-unmanned teaming concept.  The other is the a light robotic vehicle being developed by QinetiQ and Pratt and Miller. The service is conducting a series of experiments to test the concept using surrogate vehicles while the robotic systems are in development. Photo courtesy of Textron

Army sources largely like what they see during manned-unmanned teaming operational experiments at Ft. Carson, Colorado.

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.