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Study Finds Robots Could Someday Recognize Human Emotions

October 7, 2019
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: Lemberg Vector studio

A new study shows that robots could be taught to recognize human emotions from the way people move.

Troubling Intellectual Property Theft and Cyber Threats Persist

October 7, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Security experts warn companies not to think separately about possible intellectual property theft and cyber attack threats, as they could be one in the same. Credit: Shutterstock/Rawpixel 

Nation-state actors continue to mount glaring yet effective attacks on the United States.

Army Approves Advanced Manufacturing Policy

October 4, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
A new policy approved by the secretary of the Army requires the use of advanced manufacturing techniques, which included 3D printing, for new and existing systems. Credit: Pixabay/mebner1

Advanced manufacturing includes robotics, artificial intelligence, composite materials and additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing.

Bastille Networks Will Perform IoT Testing for DHS IoT Security Program

October 3, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $199,680 to Bastille Networks, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia. Under the Phase 4 award of S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program’s (SVIP’s) “Security for the Internet of Things” solicitation, the company will provide its Internet of Things (IoT) security solution, which will enable system administrators to gain real-time situational awareness of threats on connected devices, according to the agency.

Charles Stark Draper Lab is Researching Guidance Tech for the Navy's Trident II Program

October 3, 2019

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (CSDL), Cambridge, Massachusetts, is awarded an $83,424,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00030-20-C-0004 to provide research into the applications of technologies to meet guidance requirements for the U.S. Trident II (D5) Strategic Weapon System, and provide specialized technical knowledge for the guidance, navigation and control applications that will support Navy programs. Work will be performed in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with an expected completion date of September 30, 2021.

NSA Creates Cybersecurity Directorate

October 2, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
The NSA's new Cybersecurity Directorate will initially focus on securing weapon systems and the defense industrial base. Credit: Shutterstock/honglouwawa

The organization will help secure weapon systems and the defense industry.

Structure Increases Content Value

September 30, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
 Putting content in predetermined structures facilitates sharing, tracking and reusing.

Going from business as usual to a structured content environment poses some trials, but making the transition is worth the work.

Students in Sandia Program Evaluate Autonomy and AI for Hypersonic Applications

September 27, 2019
Students from the Autonomy New Mexico program at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque developed drone platforms in order to test hypersonic system applications. Credit: Vince Gasparich

Team of interns developed drone platforms as a testbed for hypersonic systems.

Civil Libertarians Wrong to Fear Biometrics

September 26, 2019
By Shaun Waterman
Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley said biometrics will fundamentally change the way we must think about privacy during his closing keynote at the Federal Identity Forum and Expo. Photo: Shaun Waterman/Signal

Civil libertarians are wrong to fear facial recognition and other biometric identity technologies. But, they will fundamentally change the way we must think about privacy and could have very negative consequences for democracy if not regulated correctly.

Air Force Seeks Disruptive Solutions

September 26, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force is conducting a new program, called Air Force Explore, to find “remarkable” ideas to apply to persistent awareness, resilient information sharing and rapid, effective decision-making, among other areas. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Janweb B. Lagazo

New Air Force program is looking for “remarkable” new capabilities for future warfighters.

Misperceptions About Facial Recognition Taint Public Conversation

September 26, 2019
By Shaun Waterman
Panelists (l-r) Duane Blackburn, S&T policy analyst for The MITRE Corporation; Ralph Rodriguez, Facebook research scientist; Logan O'Shaughnessy, attorney, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board; Arun Ross, professor, Michigan State University; and moderator Stephanie Schuckers, director of the Center for Identification Technology Research at Clarkson University, discuss misperceptions about facial recognition at FedID 2019. Photo: Shaun Waterman/Signal

Experts: Bad science and click-driven media stokes public fears on facial recognition technology.

Incoming: Extended Reality Offers the Military Boundless Opportunity, as Well as Risk

October 1, 2019
By Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA (Ret.)

No longer an overhyped curio of the commercial gaming world, VR is advancing across the military community.

Finland Is Developing Communication Superpowers

October 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Three groups of researchers in Finland conduct outdoor experiments at Tampere University’s Hervanta campus to simultaneously jam a radio-controlled improvised explosive device while receiving tactical communication signals on the same frequency band.  Tampere University

The capability known as same-frequency simultaneous transmission and reception, or SF-STAR, employed with full-duplex radio technology could well be a superpower.

NATO Eyes Full-Duplex Radio Communications

October 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood

NATO’s Science and Technology Organization formed an exploratory team in 2017 to examine the potential use of SF-STAR in tactical communications and electronic warfare.

Futures Command Hunts for More Wins

October 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The Army Futures Command executed a radio rodeo with industry throughout June to determine the network requirements needed to enable autonomous vehicle support in contested, multidomain environments. The newly created command has overhauled the way it communicates its needs to industry, allowing companies to more quickly design and deliver systems to meet those needs.  U.S. Army illustration courtesy of CCDC GVSC

The U.S. Army’s recently created Futures Command achieved full operational capability in July, but improving communications with industry and delivering technologies into the hands of soldiers may be its most buzzed about achievement.

Innovation Leads NATO Modernization Efforts

October 1, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
NATO members participating in the 2019 Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exercise test communication equipment to ensure partner communications can interoperate during combined operations. Allied Command Transformation (ACT) is working to speed innovation into NATO forces to help improve interoperability along with seizing key military advantages.  Supreme Allied Commander Transformation photo

NATO is accelerating its efforts to input innovation into its operational capabilities.

Connecting Diverse Battlefield Platforms With Link 16: Sponsored Content

October 1, 2019
By Henry S. Kenyon

Developed during the Cold War to direct U.S. and NATO fighter aircraft against the threat of incoming Soviet aircraft over Western Europe, the Link 16 datalink system is now becoming a ubiquitous situational awareness and command and control tool capable of providing all echelons and services with both theater and tactical battlespace data.

Built-In Cybersecurity Key to Defense Department Mission: Sponsored Content

October 1, 2019
By Shaun Waterman

Privately held, Herdon, Va.-based Iron Bow built its billion-dollar annual revenue as an IT solutions provider by gaining something more important and much harder to get than just a sale: “The trust of the customer.”

President's Commentary: Don't Get Too Cocky About Defense Electronics

October 1, 2019
By Lt. Gen. Robert M. Shea, USMC (Ret.)

The biggest threat may be inherent in the defense electronics themselves. Caution is not the final word here; action is.

Continue Your Professional Development with AFCEA's Preferred Provider Program

October 1, 2019

The landscape of information technology, communications and cybersecurity continues to change at an increasingly rapid pace. AFCEA recognizes this and is committed to helping our members maintain and grow their knowledge and expertise.