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Enterprise Platform To Bridge the Technology Gap for the Air Force

February 5, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Maj. Gen. Kevin Kennedy, USAF, assistant deputy CIO, Digital Transformation, and assistant deputy chief of staff for Cyber Effects Operations, speaks at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium.

The service is currently conducting risk reduction assessments for enterprise-as-a-service investment meant to modernize.

LLNL Develops 3D 'Brain-on-a-Chip'

February 5, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Lead researcher Dave Soscia said the “brain-on-a-chip” device, designed and fabricated at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was designed to be easily reproducible. The lab has applied for a patent on the device and is looking to engage with potential collaborators to further develop it. Photo by Julie Russell/LLNL

Engineers and biologists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a 3D “brain-on-a-chip” device capable of recording the neural activity of living brain cell cultures.

Air Combat Command Is All in on JADC2

February 4, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Christopher "Wedge" Weggeman, USAF, deputy commander, Air Combat Command (ACC), speaks at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Cyberspace Symposium 2020.

The command is experimenting with how to employ operations across all domains.

EA-18 Growlers Can Be Controlled Autonomously

February 4, 2020
Boeing and the U.S. Navy have demonstrated that one EA-18G Growler can be used to autonomously control two others. Credit: Boeing

Navy and Boeing demonstrate autonomous control during major exercise.

DLA Awards Minburn a Defense Enterprise Services Initiative BPA for Microsoft Licensing

January 30, 2020

Minburn Technology Group LLC,* Great Falls, Virginia, has been awarded an $18,191,117 firm-fixed-price delivery order (SP4701-20-F-0029) against a 10-year Department of Defense Enterprise Services Initiative blanket purchase agreement (N66001-19-A-0006) and General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule (GS-35F-309AA) for a Microsoft enterprise licensing agreement. This was a competitive acquisition with five responses received. This is a one-year delivery order with two one-year option periods.

BAE is Aiding Naval Integrated Communications and Information Systems

January 29, 2020

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Rockville, Maryland, is awarded a $10,536,004 modification (P00002) to a previously-awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-20-C-0003). This modification exercises an option to provide engineering and technical services for integrated communications and information systems radio communications for Navy ships, in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Webster Outlying Field, to support the integrated communications and information systems radio communications. Work will be performed in St.

Twenty Companies Advance in Army Tech Competition

January 29, 2020
DroneShield, one of 20 companies chosen to move forward in the U.S. Army's xTechSearch contest, provides a range of counter-drone technologies. Credit: DroneShield

xTechSearch is an Army-sponsored competition focused on finding dual-use technologies developed by American entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Air Force Backs Aviation Communications Simulator

January 29, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
A new tool from West Lafayette, Indiana-based PlaneEnglish provides a training application for new pilots learning to speak with air traffic controllers during all flight phases, from taxi out, to takeoff, to airspace entrance, approach, landing and taxi in, the company says. Credit: PlaneEnglish

Radio communications training app will help pilots engage properly with air traffic controllers.

President's Commentary: A Sea Change for Our Maritime Services

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

The military services are thoughtfully making strategic adjustments and adapting their operational concepts to meet new and emerging threats. Those changes are especially significant in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

The Navy Takes the Helm in Data Management

February 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood

As part of the Department of the Navy’s aggressive effort to improve its data environment in its information infrastructure, the department appointed Tom Sasala, Senior Executive Service (SES), to oversee the its data management.

Association Enlists MindEdge To Support Learning Online

February 1, 2020

In an effort to provide additional professional development opportunities to its members, AFCEA International now offers more than 80 online courses from MindEdge.

Incoming: People Skills Are Vital to Cybersecurity

February 1, 2020
By Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, USA (Ret.)
There will never be enough professionals in the workforce who understand cyberspace operations, says Maj. Gen. Jennifer Napper, USA (Ret.), vice president, Perspecta’s defense group. Credit: Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock

More than half of organizations today are not prepared to handle cyber attacks and data breaches, according to a recent report from FireEye.

Smart Spectrum Sharing

February 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
While the push for shared spectrum comes from the private sector to support 5G, the Defense Department has to maintain access to warfighters. Warfighters from a spectrum management team in East Africa conduct radio frequency surveys.  Airman 1st Class Brennen Lege, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.

Ensuring access to the necessary electromagnetic spectrum for U.S. Defense Department missions is not an easy task.

It's All About Spectrum in Race for 5G Dominance

February 1, 2020
By George I. Seffers
The National Spectrum Consortium, a Defense Department research and development organization, is central to the Pentagon’s efforts to gain dominance in the 5G arena.

The United States and China are locked in a competition to take command of fifth-generation spectrum technologies known as 5G.

Marine Systems That Help Command

February 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
A U.S. Marine with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, fast ropes from a MV-22B Osprey during drills in November at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Technologies fielded by the service’s Command Element Systems must be lightweight and effective for expeditionary forces.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Kirk, USMC

A Marine Corps of the future with a “reinvigorated Fleet Marine Force” and a strong Marine Expeditionary Force requires robust command and control and other advanced communications.

Resiliency Boosts Confidence in Conference Capabilities

February 1, 2020
By Lynn Hitchcock, Vasko Neskovski and James Forest
Lt. Col. Johnpaul Kelly, USA, an operations officer assigned to U.S. Army North, participates in a conference call with unit leadership in Hempstead, Texas, as the U.S. Defense Department conducts Defense Support of Civil Authorities operations in response to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dustin D. Biven, USA

An Internet protocol self-healing approach ensures distributed command and control connections.

NRL Signal Processing Method Improves Communications

February 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Aaron Cohen, computer engineer and electrical engineer at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, discusses radio frequency relay testing with Amanda Bowling. To improve long-range communications, researchers at the lab developed a method to combine multiple weak signals into one stronger signal. Credit: NRL​

To improve long-range radio frequency communications, researchers are working on a method of combining signals at the receiver level after multiple relays and a single transmitter.

Disruptive by Design: Three Tips for Attracting Tech Talent Today

February 1, 2020
By Maj. Ryan Kenny, USA

To attract tech talent, organizations must compete with every other tech company looking to fill its numbers annually. Don’t just wait for resumes to roll in off the website’s job postings.

Army Blends the Best Quantum Networking Worlds

January 27, 2020
By George I. Seffers
By connecting two quantum systems, Army and University of Maryland researchers opened the door to brand new tools in the field of quantum communication, useful for timing synchronization between quantum systems, the Army has announced. (Photo credit: U.S. Army photo)

The breakthrough could lead to a hybrid quantum network that combines the best features of different types of quantum systems.

An Industry Perspective on Closing the Cyber Workforce Gap

January 27, 2020
By Julianne Simpson
Ryan Bagby, senior program manager, Cybersecurity Special Missions, Raytheon Intelligence, Information & Services, takes part in an industry panel during AFCEA CERTS 2020.

Unfortunately, this is not a problem that is getting smaller, says Ryan Bagby, senior program manager, Cybersecurity Special Missions, Raytheon Intelligence, Information & Services.