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National Lab Takes On Manufacturing Techniques

April 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) MedUSA additive manufacturing machine incorporates large-scale 3D printing to build and finish components simultaneously. This and other systems the laboratory is working on are part of an effort to advance the state of the art in U.S. manufacturing technologies.  Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. national laboratory scientists are exploring the state of the art in additive manufacturing.

Practicality Drives 3D-Printing Trends

April 1, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
An automatic 3D printer creates a small robot figure on an additive manufacturing platform. The technology is ideally suited for custom manufacture of small parts and items.  Shutterstock/Kyrylo Glivin

Additive manufacturing, also described as 3D printing, is opening up new pathways to production.

Wideband Steps Up to Fill the Gap

April 1, 2020
By Eric E. Johnson, Ph.D., PE
Cpl. Jacob Worshan, USMC, holds an antenna during a long distance, high frequency communications training event held on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. This training between 1st and 3rd Marine Division helps the units maintain a low electromagnetic signature that is virtually impervious to jamming and interference, which allows for distributed operations without detection in the operating environment.  Photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Ayers, USMC

Concerns are growing about warfighters’ ability to communicate mission-critical information beyond line-of-sight in conflicts with peer and near-peer adversaries.

Disruptive by Design: Have You Seen the Flurry of Acts on 5G Security?

April 1, 2020
By Jennifer Miller

The Secure 5G and Beyond Act, the Promoting United States Wireless Leadership Act and the Prague Proposals have topped the headlines in recent months. All three are focused on security.

Supporting Real-Time Warfare with Link 16: Sponsored Content

April 1, 2020
By Henry S. Kenyon

The Link 16 tactical data link has connected warfighters since the 1980s. But while the system is still associated with supporting large platforms such as aircraft and ships, it is now increasingly being used on the ground by smaller vehicles and dismounted troops to connect forces together into secure, ad-hoc networks capable of supporting a variety of missions.

President's Commentary: Material Changes Offer Major Economic Benefits

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

Many people looking at the technology of the future have focused on electronics and software. While these two have fueled the information revolution, another technology is poised to impose significant changes on life at large.

Let AFCEA's Professional Development Center Aid Your Career Journey

April 1, 2020

One of AFCEA’s primary focus areas is helping information technology (IT) professionals keep pace with technologies as they evolve. The association accomplishes this task in numerous ways, including continuing education courses at the international and chapter levels, and supporting students entering the field through scholarships and grants.

Incoming: We Are Now in an Era of a Warm War

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

A feeling of déjà vu has emerged following various conference presentations by speakers across the Defense Department and intelligence community. Their top priorities and concerns are similar to the ones that arose during the Cold War.

Augmented Reality Goes Airborne

April 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
A new augmented reality platform will help pilots train in the air with digital assets.  Design by SIGNAL Art Director of DOD photo by Tech. Sgt. Ned Johnston, Air Force Thunderbirds

A technology that harnesses augmented reality will enable the U.S. Air Force to train in the air for initial pilot qualification, dogfighting, refueling and maneuvering.

Lasers Shine a Light on Human Tissue Regeneration

April 1, 2020
By George I. Seffers
National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers have developed a new photonic sensor that could prove beneficial for growing human tissue—skin, muscle, bones or internal organs—in the laboratory. The device might ultimately be implanted in the body to monitor reactions to organ or tissue transplants.  Images by Jennifer Lauren Lee/NIST and Shutterstock. Edited by Chris D’Elia

A new photon sensor could help advance the science of growing human tissue, such as bones, skin or vital organs, in the laboratory and could benefit warfighters and society.

A 4D-Printed Face Lifts Additive Manufacturing

April 1, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Researchers generated a 3D surface using an artificial intelligence algorithm. The ribs in the different layers of the lattice are programmed to grow and shrink in response to a change in temperature, mapping the facial features of mathematician and scientist Carl Friedrich Gauss.  Illustration combines an image by Lori Sanders/Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science with a portrait of Carl Friedrich Gauss painted by Christian Albrecht Jensen in 1840. Edited by Chris D’Elia

Researchers recently announced that they can use a groundbreaking 4D-printing process to create material capable of morphing into the likeness of a human face.

DOD Successfully Tests Hypersonic Glide Body

March 23, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
A common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility during a Defense Department flight experiment, Kauai, Hawaii, March 19, 2020. Credit: DOD

The U.S. Department of Defense successfully tested a hypersonic glide body in a flight experiment held at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

Sandia Initiatives to Protect Energy Grid and Nuclear Weapons

March 23, 2020
Sandia National Laboratories’ Saturn accelerator, viewed through an artistic lens, tests countermeasures used to protect electronics against X-ray radiation from nuclear weapons. Laboratory officials have announced two new initiatives, one to protect the electrical grid, and another to help maintain a nuclear edge. Photo by Randy Montoya

Initiatives focus on defending large U.S. electrical utility systems and developing enabling technical capabilities to help maintain a strategic nuclear deterrent.

Lukos is Supporting SOCOM

March 20, 2020

Lukos LLC, Tampa, Florida (H92240-20-D-0011); People, Technology & Processes, Tampa, Florida (H92240-20-D-0012); RMGS Inc., Virginia Beach, Virginia (H92240-20-D-0013); and SPATHE Systems LLC, Tampa, Florida (H92240-20-D-0014), were awarded a $245,000,000 maximum multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for logistics support, equipment related and knowledge based services in support of Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) enterprise requirements. Fiscal year 2020 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $2,500 are being obligated at the time of award for

Former AFCEA Regional Vice President Tom Gwaltney Passes Away

March 18, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
In 2018, the Montgomery Chapter recognizes Chief Master Sgt. Tom Gwaltney, USAF (Ret.) (l), for his contributions to the chapter by naming its Young AFCEAN Award in his honor. Then-Chapter President Brian Knott is also pictured. Chief Gwaltney passed away on March 15, 2020. Credit: Montgomery Chapter

Chief Master Sgt. Tom Gwaltney, USAF (Ret.), former AFCEA Mid-South regional vice president, died on March 15. 

Pentagon Leaders Stress Cybersecurity As More Personnel Move to Telework

March 17, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Essye Miller, principal deputy, DOD CIO, speaks at a town hall on the response to COVID-19. Credit: Screenshot of DVIDS video

During a town hall on the response to COVID-19, leaders at the Pentagon stressed the importance of good cyber hygiene while working remotely.

Army Limits Multidomain Exercise Due to COVID-19

March 16, 2020
Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 is the deployment of a division-size combat-credible force from the United States to Europe, the drawing of equipment and the movement of personnel and equipment across the theater to various training areas. The exercise was expected to test multidomain operations but is now being restricted out of caution regarding the new coronavirus outbreak. Credit: U.S. Army

Service officials are still working out details of Defender-Europe 20.

Amid COVID-19 Concerns, Army xTechSearch Prize Competition Moves Online

March 16, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson

The Army xTechSearch team announced that the technology pitch for the xTechSearch 4 Semifinals will now be held via a live-streamed event open to the public.

Kaspersky Labs Confrontation Sets Template

March 25, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Credit: Shutterstock

Measures from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and Justice Department set tone for cybersecurity supply chain trust.

Unleash the Untapped Potential of Data Analytics

March 17, 2020
By Pragyansmita Nayak
Government agencies do not have the analytics tools necessary to unleash data’s power, says Pragyansmita Nayak, chief scientist, Hitachi Vantara Federal. Credit: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay

Government personnel have more than enough data, but they don’t have the tools required to effectively leverage it.