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Is Blockchain Ready for Prime Time?

August 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Blockchain technology has evolved to become an effective back office tool of information assurance, experts say. Credit: Shutterstock/phive

Experts say that the blockchain technology has moved well beyond its initial underpinning role.

Integration Is C5ISR Center's Core Calling

August 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Soldiers participate in live-fire training during Exercise Saber Guardian in Varpalota, Hungary on June 5. U.S. Army Europe and Romanian land forces lead Saber Guardian, which is designed to improve the integration of multinational combat operations. Army Spc. Joseph Knoch

The Integrated Tactical Network is the name of the Army’s envisioned future network, and integration is the name of the game for one of the service’s premier research and development centers.

The Congressional Link to Blockchain

August 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Credit: Shutterstock/MDOGAN

Legislators’ caucus is working to advance the digital ledger technology.

Disruptive by Design: To Disrupt the Future, Study Technology's History

August 1, 2019
By Maj. Ryan Kenny, USA

The development of a historical mind within innovators is key to enabling disruptive innovation. To design the future, you must know the past.

NSA Promises Improved Partnerships in Cybersecurity Directorate

July 24, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
The National Security Agency (NSA) has created a new Cybersecurity Directorate to improve cyber partnerships and increase intelligence coordination.

The NSA is increasing partnerships and coordinating foreign intelligence information in its upcoming Cybersecurity Directorate.

Digital Tools Will Bring the World to Army Soldiers

July 18, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Col. Dylan Morelle (l), USA, demonstration officer, Synthetic Training Environment Cross-Functional Team and Spc. Cody Palmer, USA, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, demonstrate the Army’s One World Terrain platform.

Virtual 3D terrain mapping platform and a reconfigurable trainer will elevate Army training and readiness, leaders say.

ARL Researches the Human Brain

July 17, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Scientists at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) monitor a soldier’s brainwaves as he operates systems in a simulated tank. The work seeks to understand thought patterns and physical states during combat pursuant to teaming the soldier with artificial intelligence.

The Army Research Laboratory is studying how the human brain functions under varying conditions so it can pair soldiers’ moods and perceptions with actions by AI.

U.S. Cyber Command Lists Technical Challenge Areas

July 17, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
U.S. Cyber Command officials recently released a list of tough technical challenges areas, for which solutions may not yet exist. Credit: DR MANAGER/Shutterstock

The U.S. Cyber Command has released a list of 39 challenge problems fitting under 12 categories.

Ant-Sized Robots Powered by Tiny Vibrations

July 17, 2019
Posted by Julianne Simpson
A micro-bristle-bot is shown next to a U.S. penny for size comparison. Credit: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech

Researchers at Georgia Tech have created a new type of tiny 3D-printed robot that moves by harnessing the vibration from piezoelectric actuators, ultrasound sources or even tiny speakers.

DOD Releases Digital Modernization Strategy

July 17, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Dana Deasy, the Defense Department’s CIO, pictured speaking at AFCEA’s 2018 Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore, is stressing the role of cloud and artificial intelligence as part of DOD’s new Digital Modernization Strategy. Credit: Michael Carpenter

The Defense Department’s latest IT-related strategy emphasizes cloud and cognitive computing.

Army Adds Cyber Capability to Counter-Drone System

July 15, 2019
Posted by: George I. Seffers
Using the Army’s cyber-enabled Counter-Unmanned Aerial System, soldiers were able to detect and counter small drones during training. Credit: U.S. Army

Using the Army's enhanced cyber-enabled Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) capability, soldiers were able to detect and counter common, small drones during their training.

House-Passed NDAA Includes Key Cyber Provisions

July 15, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. House of Representatives, led by Democrats, passes its version of the annual defense spending authorization bill, which will have to be ironed out with the Republican-led Senate. Credit: Shutterstock/Turtix

The House of Representatives' bill features supply chain risk measures and DOD cyber protections and operations.

DHS to Fund Terrorism Prevention Center of Excellence

July 15, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate is funding a $35 million, 10-year effort to create a research center of excellence focused on preventing and countering terrorist attacks. Credit: deepspace/Shutterstock

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate announces a 10-year, $35 million opportunity to create a Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research Center of Excellence.

Gentex is Providing Advanced Helmet Systems to SOCOM

July 11, 2019

Gentex Corp., Simpson, Pennsylvania, was a awarded a $95,000,000 maximum, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract (H92403-19-D-0004) for the purchase of SOF personal equipment advance requirements (SPEAR) coxswain helmet systems, in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) procurement division. Fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $150,000 are being obligated at time of award. This is a five-year contract with a two-year option period.

The Navy Kicks off Artificial Intelligence Cybersecurity Prize Challenge

July 11, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Navy is pursuing machine learning-based cyber security through a new $100,000 prize challenge. Credit: U.S. Navy illustration by Frances Zukowski

The $100,000 contest is especially looking for nontraditional partners to submit solutions.

Congress Raises Privacy and Civil Liberty Concerns with the DHS’ Use of Biometrics

July 11, 2019
 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security takes a closer look at how the government is using biometrics in protecting the nation. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrea Izzotti

The federal government's use of facial recognition and other technologies must be scrutinized, some lawmakers assert.

As-A-Service Technology Models Can Help the Military, U.K. Report Claims

July 10, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Advanced digital tools, accessed through as-a-service models, offer benefits to the military, a study from Frost &Sullivan says. Credit: Shutterstock/Titina Ongkantong

Digital platforms give users access to advanced commercial computing tools, which can improve readiness.

Northrop Grumman is Supporting the Air Force's Weather-Related Missions at Offutt AFB

July 9, 2019

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded a $92,905,016 ceiling increase and option modification (P00027) to previously awarded FA4600-14-D-0004 for systems engineering, management, and sustainment supporting weather-related missions; increasing the ceiling of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract and providing for the establishment of options to increase the ordering period by six months. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $392,905,016 from $300,000,000.

CIA Remains Tied to the Industry

July 3, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Thousands of British and French troops wait on the dunes of Dunkirk Beach, France, for transport to England during World War II, between May 26 and June 4, 1940. The Central Intelligence Agency cites the military evacuation of Dunkirk as the time its predecessor agency started depending on the private sector for key strategic intelligence. Credit: Shutterstock/Everett Historical

The intelligence agency continues to turn to the private sector for help solving complex problems.

NGA Tabs 10 MagQuest Winners

July 2, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has selected 10 innovative projects to help the agency measure the Earth’s magnetic field as part of its MagQuest competition. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrey VP

The Earth's magnetic field may have nothing to hide if 10 National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency innovation awards bear fruit.