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Startups Hope To Transform Aerospace and Transportation Capabilities

April 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The new technology from Veracity Protocol, called Physical Code, provides authentication of a physical object, based on the object's material structure using a cellphone camera. "It is a new standard of trust for physical objects," says the company's founder Jakub Krcmar.

Inventors are developing emerging launch platforms, power sources for space, autonomous aircraft and other aerospace solutions.

Covid-19 Threat Update Issued Jointly by U.K. and U.S. Security Agencies

April 8, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Credit: angellodeco/Shutterstock

A joint advisory published today shows that a growing number of cyber criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 outbreak for their own personal gain.

Sandia Stimulates COVID-19 Market Recovery

April 8, 2020
By Maryann Lawlor
Sandia National Laboratories scientists developed a pocket-sized anthrax detector that it later licensed to a New Mexico company. The Rapid Technology Deployment Program is offering the business sector free access to more than 1,000 technologies and software programs to help jumpstart the economy, which COVID-19 is adversely affecting. Photo by Randy Montoya

Sandia National Laboratories has a fast-track licensing program to rapidly deploy technology to the commercial sector.

Supercomputer Models Coronavirus Vulnerabilities

March 31, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
The Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is modeling the effects of drug molecules to stop the COVID-19 coronavirus. Credit: Carlos Jones/ORNL

A national laboratory supercomputer used to model neutron star collisions now is peering into inner space to explore potential vulnerabilities in COVID-19.

Coronavirus Rewrites Business Rules for Small Federal Contractors

March 30, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
 The Defense Department could help struggling small business contractors by advising contracting officers to use their legal authority to implement more flexible requirements, experts say. Credit: U.S. Defense Department

Small businesses contracting with the federal government are facing new types of challenges caused by COVID-19 restriction.

Call to Action: 3D Printers to Make Protective Masks

March 31, 2020
Anyone with 3D printing or other additive manufacturing capabilities can help counter the spread of the coronavirus by making N95-style masks. Credit: CDC image

Hobbyists, civic groups, universities, schools, churches and available government agencies could potentially step in and help to make N95-style masks.

Fogle Nominated for Appointment to Brigadier General

March 26, 2020

Col. Todd A. Fogle, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

Ensuring FirstNet Connectivity During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 25, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Amid the COVAD-19 crisis, first responders are turning more and more to communications through FirstNet, officials say. Credit: Shutterstock/Zoff

The pandemic is testing the capability of the network that supports first responders.

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.

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