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Incoming: Having Great Technology Isn't Enough; Operators Must Use it

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

With budget resources so tight, we no longer can afford to invest in capabilities that are not successfully deployed.

Ensuring the Physical Security of Microelectronics

July 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Some of DARPA’s research into microelectronics is creating automatic security mechanisms integrated into the design of microchips, which are smaller than a grain of sand.  Connect world/Shutterstock

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, is looking to automatically include defense mechanisms into the design of microchips.

National Science Foundation Pushes the Quantum Edge

July 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The NSF’s Quantum Leap initiative includes a number of programs aimed at advancing the quantum technology research and helping the United States maintain a competitive edge over other nations.  Nicolle R. Fuller/ NSF

The NSF is investing in research institutes designed to advance quantum technologies.

Detecting Microelectronic Defects

July 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The need from the semiconductor manufacturing industry to be able to validate circuits will only grow in the future, says Lynford Goddard, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Shutterstock/fotografos

As semiconductor manufacturers aim to produce devices at the 5-nanometer node, the ability to find tiny defects created inadvertently during the fabrication process becomes harder.

Crawling Robots on the Brain

July 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Using traditional processes for manufacturing silicon chips, researchers can fabricate 1 million nanosized robots on a single chip. The robots may one day crawl around inside the body to collect data on the brain or the spinal column. Shutterstock/solarseven

Researchers suggest mini machines could serve medical purposes such as gathering data on the brain or the spinal column.

Security Homesteads the Chip

July 1, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Shutterstock/Kritsana Maimeetook

The fight to secure microelectronic chips is becoming as basic as the chip itself.

Disruptive by Design: What the Military Can Learn From Swedish TV

July 1, 2019
By Anders Klintäng

From a military standpoint, the base architecture of Swedish TV could help evolve our networks to handle next-generation requirements for higher-level data streams and keep larger data sets further downstream to provide more data for operational awareness in a complex battlespace.

Russia Continues Information Warfare

July 10, 2019
By Gopika Ramesh
According to a recent study from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Russia has not ceased its disinformation efforts. Credit: Shutterstock/Viacheslav Lopatin

The nation is persisting with its disinformation tactics, focusing on Western democracies.

Artificial Intelligence 101

June 26, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Ron Schmelzer and Kathleen Walch (r), who both are managing partners and principal analysts at Cognilytica and spoke at the recent AI World Government conference, advise that not every information technology problem can be solved by using artificial intelligence systems.

Experts make sense of the burgeoning industry and offer words of wisdom to AI users.

NSF and Federal Agencies Announce Update to National AI Plan

June 24, 2019
Posted by Gopika Ramesh
The Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas in Austin is funded by the NSF and specializes in high performance research and development and data analysis. Credit: Texas Advanced Computing Center

2019 update to the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan refreshes 2016 version.

SR Technologies is Integrating Information Operation Payloads into UAVs for SOCOM

June 21, 2019

SR Technologies Inc., Sunrise, Florida, is awarded a $12,360,400 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for engineering services, materials, and support for integration and operation of information operations payloads into multiple unmanned aerial vehicles used by the U.S. Special Operations Command and Navy. This two-year contract includes one three-year option which, if exercised, would bring the potential value of this contract to an estimated $23,433,021. All work will be performed in Sunrise, Florida.

DRS Global is Supporting the Army's Wideband Enterprise COMSATCOM Network

June 21, 2019

DRS Global Enterprise Solutions Inc., Dulles, Virginia, was awarded a firm-fixed-price task order to support the Army's Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Network. The face value of this action is $23,756,299 funded by fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds. The total cumulative face value of the task order is $127,496,857.

Missile Defense Agency Selects DTechLogic to Provide Cybersecurity and Infrastructure for Ballistic Missile System

June 19, 2019

DTechLogic LLC, a joint venture** from Huntsville, Alabama, is being awarded a competitive cost-plus-award-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-reimbursable contract. The total value of the contract is $255,909,986. The contractor will provide the infrastructure and cybersecurity engineering necessary to support ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) and related ground testing in a continuous integration/continuous agile testing (CI/CAT) environment. The work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama. The performance period is from June 2019 through June 2024.

The Department of Homeland Security Looks to Industry for Biometric Solutions

June 20, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Homeland Security is reaching out to the private sector for ideas about advanced cloud-based biometric technology for immigration and border security.

Latest Request for Information from DHS seeks input on biometric capabilities.

Army Adds Radio Network Capability to Ground Robots

June 19, 2019
Posted by Gopika Ramesh
The Wave Relay MANET assists the CRS(I) in communications by eliminating the need for fixed infrastructure. It is helpful for applications that require complete mobility. Photo credits: Persistent Systems.

The service will use Persistent Systems’ mobile ad hoc networking technology to connect to its backpackable robot.

Cyber Militia Launches Nonprofit to Share Technology

June 19, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The Missouri Cyber Team, a part of the National Guard, developed RockNSM an open source cybersecurity system. Now, they are building a nonprofit organization to help share that system with others. Credit: Missouri National Guard Cyber Team

Creating a nonprofit organization ensures that a cybersecurity solution created by the Missouri National Guard Cyber Team will remain freely available.

Corps Is Using New Satellite Communication System

June 19, 2019
Posted by Gopika Ramesh
A U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal is assembling an AN/PRC-117G radio on the flight deck of an amphibious assault ship. The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) adds updated firmware to the radio, giving warfighters more advanced satellite communications.” Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tawanya Norwood.

This new system brings SATCOM capabilities in various formats to Marines and improves their ability to communicate in the field.

Metal Foam Stops Armor-Piercing Bullets

June 17, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
Afsaneh Rabiei examines a sample of composite metal foam. Her pioneering research has led to armor plating that weighs far less than steel and is capable of stopping armor-piercing .50-caliber bullets. Credit: North Carolina State University

The armor was tested using .50 caliber ball and armor-piercing rounds. The armor was tested with rounds fired at impact velocities from 500 meters per second up to 885 meters per second.

Defense Information Systems Agency Cuts Contracting Fees for Enterprise Acquisition Services

June 17, 2019
Posted by Gopika Ramesh

The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO) is reducing their contracting fee for enterprise acquisition services from 2.5% to 2.25% starting on October 1st, 2019 according to a recent release by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). This will be coinciding with the start of fiscal year 2020.

Hypersonic Weapon Passes First Flight Test

June 13, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
The U.S. Air Force has successfully launched the AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon from a B-52 Stratofortress for the first time. Credit: Airman 1st Class Victor J. Caputo/U.S. Air Force

A sensor-only version of the AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon prototype was carried externally by a B-52 during the test to gather environmental and aircraft handling data.