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Incoming: Make Sure 'As-A-Service' Initiatives Don't End Up 'As You Were'

June 1, 2020
By Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, USA (Ret.)

Buyers and sellers of XaaS can have very different ideas about service offerings. So the question is, how can buyers avoid the situation of having procured new services with nothing changing?

Quantum Technologies Suit Up for the Battlefield

June 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Atoms in a glass cell probed by lasers can act as a microwave receiver in a completely different way than traditional metal antennas, one of many discoveries made by researchers at the CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Experiments with quantum technologies there may open the door to new battlefield devices that provide soldiers with key advantages against adversaries. Credit: ARL photo

The ARL is exploring many quantum technologies that would have direct applications to the warfighter, but its scientists also expect to uncover unknown uses.

Mobile Medic Boosts Combat Casualty Treatment

June 1, 2020
By Maj. Michael D. April, USA, and Maj. Daniel P. Brady, USA
Maj. Ian Cassaday, USA (l), a surgeon with the 250th Forward Surgical Team, utilizes a Telehealth in a Bag kit and a GlobalMed TES to simulate a craniotomy performed by a non-neurosurgeon during testing of virtual health capabilities in the field.  U.S. Army

The U.S. Army’s transition to preparing for large-scale combat operations offers a telehealth solution to address a capability gap in medical care delivery..

Disruptive by Design: Med Tech and the DOD

June 1, 2020
By Maj. Ryan Kenny, USA

Many experts have imagined a future in which the Department of Defense deploys an army of gadgets to track the health of individual warfighters in real time. However, most did not envision a global pandemic being the tipping point for the large-scale adoption of devices.

President's Commentary: The Future Belongs to the Flexible

June 1, 2020
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

The onslaught of COVID-19 is changing society in an unprecedented manner, and AFCEA is fully enmeshed in preparing for what will likely be a changed new world.

Small Business Contractors Experience Diverse Results Under Coronavirus

June 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
The Government Accountability Office (GAO), which sits atop the federal contracting process, often has rules allowing flexibility in contracts that can be of assistance to small businesses confronting challenges during the COVID-19 shutdown.

The COVID-19 coronavirus has been a mixed bag for small business contractors working with the federal government.

Small Businesses Need Big Cybersecurity

May 27, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Cybersecurity experts emphasize it’s important for businesses, no matter their size, to have a plan to protect their data and systems as well as recover from an inevitable cyber attack. Credit: Den Rise/Shutterstock

Cybersecurity experts address these topics in an AFCEA International “Small Business Cybersecurity” white paper that includes best practices, recommendations and information resources.

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.

Former U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Archie Ray Clemins Dies

May 26, 2020
By Julianne Simpson

Retired U.S. Navy Adm. Archie Ray Clemins, the recipient of AFCEA’s 1998 David Sarnoff Award, died in March.

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.

Creating a Sustained Environment for Multidomain Experimentation

May 20, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Army tests an integrated mounted reconnaissance capability on a manned Stryker and an unmanned ground system called the Squad Maneuver Equipment Transport during the Joint Warfighter Assessment (JWA) 2019 in December. The Army is preparing Joint All-Domain Command and Control, or JADC2, capabilities to test at the next JWA in 2021. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Jack Bunja.

The Army is establishing a persistent atmosphere for development of Joint All-Domain Command and Control, or JADC2, capabilities.

DOD's Top Tech Priorities Shift to Microelectronics and 5G

May 19, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Credit: Shutterstock/Ivan Cholakov

The director of defense research and engineering for modernization provided an update on the department's modernization efforts during the Critical Issues in C4I Symposium.

Marine Corps Opportunities Abound for Small Businesses

May 19, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
A Marine Corps Light Armored Vehicle-25 is used to secure a position during a combat readiness evaluation at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California. The Marine Corps Systems Command foresees many opportunities for small businesses as it helps reshape the Corps for the future.

Small businesses have a plethora of opportunities to participate in upcoming Marine Corps contracts.

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.

Military Will Host Virtual Hack-A-Sat Event

May 19, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Credit: Shutterstock/Pogorelova Olga

The Space Force announced that Space Security Challenge 2020: Hack-A-Sat would proceed as planned, but in a virtual format.

DISA Delivers Cyber Data During Pandemic

May 20, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Network data gains value for the Defense Department amidst an increase in attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: solarseven/Shutterstock

Cyber attacks on the Defense Department networks are on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, spurring greater demand for network situational awareness data.

Pandemic Offers Opportunity to Prepare to Meet CMMC Requirements

May 11, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Katie Arrington (r), chief information security officer, office of the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, U.S. Defense Department, and other Pentagon acquisition officials brief reporters on cybersecurity standards for government. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class James K. Lee, USN

The coronavirus is not stopping the DOD from proceeding with work on the CMMC, and it shouldn’t slow down industry in doing the same.

Motivation Tips for Home Schooling Parents

May 11, 2020
By Beverly Cooper
Convincing children to focus on education in a quickly created home schooling environment is challenging. But today’s global pandemic also present a unique opportunity to demonstrate the relevance of STEM studies and guide children on a STEM career path. Credit: Shutterstock/Sam Wordley

As many parents face a new challenge in home schooling their children, it is important that they emphasize the importance of STEM studies and career paths as part of their teaching.

Building a Unified Threat Picture in the Post-COVID-19 World

May 7, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/metamorworks

Intelligence must be refocused in the post-COVID-19 era. Five emerging technologies may hold the key.

Senate Hearing Puts FCC Ligado Decision in the Crosshairs

May 7, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Dana Deasy, chief information officer, U.S. Defense Department, pictured speaking at the Pentagon last August, testified before the Senate as to the risks to GPS of allowing Ligado to operate in a nearby spectrum. Credit: DOD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Carroll

DOD CIO attests that allowing the company’s cellular network puts the military’s satellite navigation operations at a big risk.

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