July 1, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
The Central Intelligence Agency’s worldwide reach complicates its efforts to modernize its infrastructure amid dynamic challenges. metamorworks/Shutterstock

New technology-based capabilities such as artificial intelligence/machine learning, automation, zero-trust security and satellite communications are on the menu for the Central Intelligence Agency as it modernizes its infrastructure with great alacrity.

The agency is facing the increasing challenge of more capable adversaries adopting widely available commercial technologies that change the threat rapidly. Meeting this challenge must be paired with a dynamic threat picture that is shifting the agency’s mission as it modernizes.

July 1, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
The National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) Cybersecurity Directorate sees the NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified Program, or CSfC, playing a role in protecting 5G-related platforms, although at this time “it is still early days” in examning how the CSfC mobile access capability package might need to change or evolve for 5G architecture on public or private 5G networks. Shutterstock/ g0d4ather

The fifth generation, or 5G, of wireless and mobile communications will transform cloud computing and other networking capabilities.

In the 5G era, the next wave of cloud will be an evolution from the on-premises, hybrid cloud instantiations. At the end of a network or a node, at the so-called edge of an environment, the ecosystem of users and devices will have access to cloud services and technologies in new ways. And in this generation of cloud, telecommunication carriers may be the drivers of cloud offerings.

July 1, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Defense is in the process of rolling out 5G communications at its military bases, including at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, pictured with a 5G mobile test station on the flight line to examine 5G-related avionics testing. The plan, however, is to leverage commercial sector 5G-related technologies and networks outside the United States, including cloud capabilities. U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw

As part of the Department of Defense’s next generation of network and communication efforts, officials are embracing the approach of “operate through,” a common concept of being able to rely on infrastructure already in place, such as existing bridges, roads or rail systems. The department wants to apply the concept to communications infrastructure and operate through fifth-generation wireless network communications, or 5G, commercial infrastructure.

July 1, 2022
By Lt. Col. Ryan Kenny, USA

As artificial intelligence (AI) developers strive to deliver the potential of their applications to future battlefields, the largest stumbling block will likely be the lack of data engineering for an appropriate backside network and automation infrastructure. This infrastructure, commonly termed as data fabric, can deliver a federated environment that enables access to data, information and analytics across echelons, forces and even classifications. To have AI at the tactical edge, you need effective data fabrics. To deliver effective data fabrics, you need expert data engineering.

July 1, 2022
By Shaun Waterman

We are living through a pivotal moment in history. The technologies that will determine the shape of our new century—like artificial intelligence, quantum computing and digital engineering—will come of age this decade.

“I believe we are in one of those pivotal moments where it is vital to throw off old conventions,” Rear Adm. Lorin C. Selby, USN, chief of Naval Research, said in a speech last year. “Our time to innovate is now. If we lose this decade of progress, I don’t think we can make up lost ground.”

July 1, 2022
By Henry S. Kenyon

As the federal government moves to achieve its digital transformation goals, agencies and the chief information officers (CIOs) responsible for integrating new technologies should adopt a business-focused approach that ensures the delivery of mission value.

June 23, 2022
The Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific’s annual event to examine artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning examined AI assurance, including the robustness of algorithms and the safety of deployed systems, amongst other topics. Credit: NIWC Pacific

Technologies grouped under big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning are impacting virtually every aspect of life today. More importantly for the U.S. military and for the companies in the defense industrial base, these technologies, generally called AI, have the potential to change warfare in profound ways.

Numerous articles in the media have discussed various aspects of how AI will impact national security agencies. This constant drumbeat is important in highlighting how essential AI is to the long-term security and prosperity of the United States.

June 28, 2022
By Evan Lynch
Credit: Jacob Lund/Shutterstock

As the Internet continually connects country to country and continent to continent, wireless companies constantly evolve to improve their networks. One wireless company not only provides a unique Wi-Fi network to solve 5G problems, it is also giving back to the military community.

Boingo Wireless Inc., connects people, businesses and the U.S. military tasked with training and operating in the 5G era.

June 16, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Two U.S. Army AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division fly over an observation area during a multinational live-fire exercise as part of DEFENDER-Europe 22 at Mielno Range in Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland on May 27. Manufacturer Elbit Systems of America is offering a new dual eye visor helmet system for helicopter pilots that incorporates multiple layers of real-time and historical data from multiple sensors. Credit: Department of Defense

While visions of high-tech fighter pilots are splashing across movie screens this summer, the state of digital helmet systems in real life almost seem like a Hollywood creation, given the level of advanced capabilities. A helmet vision system in development for several years for helicopter pilots—which is a cousin of the sophisticated F-35 Joint Strike Fighter helmet system—is delving into new capabilities with a dual eye, visor-projected display that is binocular and full color. It allows helicopter pilots to see a terrain grid with data points overlaid on the real world, combining data streams not integrated before.

June 9, 2022
Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Space Force is starting to create what they are calling the SpaceVerse. Already a trademarked named, the concept will unite the digital and physical realms to empower efficiencies and innovation in guardian operations and capability development, the service says. Credit: Shutterstock/Miha Creative

With an emphasis as a digital force since its beginnings two plus years ago, the U.S. Space Force is now endeavoring to build the so-called SpaceVerse, a universe that combines digital tools and physical assets to advance guardian innovation and operations in a near-peer adversarial environment.

The Space Force’s vision of the SpaceVerse is defined as: “A secure digital environment of converged physical and digital realities, fostering a co-create culture and immersive experience through shared platforms, extended reality workspaces and the real-time operational capabilities needed to organize, train and equip human and nonperson entities (NPE) guardians and partners.”

June 7, 2022

The availability of highly capable, small footprint radio systems designed for mobility has allowed military forces to deploy tactical communications networks virtually anywhere. As the military shifts its focus from counterinsurgency wars to peer conflicts, the opportunities for expanding networking reach in the operational theatre are becoming a reality. Advances in mobile technology means the network will generally expand in scale and complexity. To fully leverage and deploy mobile networks, militaries need to have technology which can help operators to extend, bridge and protect the network.

June 1,2022
By Kimberly Underwood
NASA is looking to the commercial satellite industry to provide fixed satellite services in low-Earth orbit as well as future mobile satellite services. However, the administration needs spectrum regulatory recognition for satellite-to-satellite operations from the world’s governing body, the World Radio Conference, to proceed. NASA illustration

Building on the success of private industry cargo, launch and commercial crew services, NASA is betting on the commercial satellite industry to meet its future communication needs. It is turning to a service model for fixed satellite services in low-Earth orbit to support its various missions and later is planning on using mobile satellite services. What stands in the administration’s way, however, is a lengthy regulatory hurdle. NASA must obtain spectrum regulatory recognition for satellite-to-satellite operations from the world’s governing body, the World Radio Conference, which only meets every four years.

June 1, 2022
By George I. Seffers
An UH-60 Blackhawk flies multiple passes at different altitudes over the runway during a series of 5G avionics tests March 2, 2022, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. A 5G mobile test station was used during the testing as part of demonstration to implement 5G technologies without compromising the safety of military and civilian aircraft. U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs

Trucks used to experiment with next-generation mobile communications technologies could deploy for operations after being ruggedized, according to Amanda Toman, the acting principal director for the Pentagon’s 5G to Future Generation Initiative.

June 1, 2022
By Col. Matt Paul, USA; Col. Evert Hawk, USA; and Col. Paul Staeheli, USA
Soldier feedback through exercises, experiments, overseas operations and Capability Set fielding have reinforced the Army’s efforts to converge applications and data and deliver commanders the information needed to make decisions. U.S. Army Photo

As Army senior leaders highlight key aspects of modernization, such as a “single pane of glass” for commanders to visualize the battlespace, a future operating environment where “data is the new ammunition,” and most recently, “data-centric” as the secretary of the Army’s second major objective to guide the force, they often point to another familiar term: convergence. The Army network, mission command systems and the data they produce and manage are critical to convergence, providing the communications foundation that links sensors to shooters and delivers commanders the information needed to make decisions.

June 1, 2022
By Henry S. Kenyon

The U.S. government is working with commercial businesses to test and develop faster, next-generation 5G wireless technology-based applications for use in a variety of environments, from warehouses to the battlefield.

Such networks just now are rolling out in the commercial sector and offer government users the possibility to provide enhanced, high data, high bandwidth communications and computing for everything from tactical data networks to managing fleets of autonomous vehicles.

June 1, 2022
By Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence, USA (Ret.)

So many of us these days are tied to our wireless devices nearly every waking hour. Our cellphones are practically another appendage. Our professional lives—and all too often our personal lives—revolve around our ability to connect anytime and anywhere to the reams of information and data we require in an increasingly digital age.

June 1, 2022

Amanda Toman is the acting principal director, 5G to Future Generation Initiative, U.S. Defense Department. She has more than 11 years of experience with the department.

How would you describe the Defense Department’s overall priorities and goals with 5G?

November 20, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Bill Moore, founder of Xona Systems, hears the announcement that the judges in AFCEA International’s Innovation Shark Tank Series have selected Xona as a finalist. The company offers cybersecurity measures for so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices. Credit: Elizabeth Moon

Broadcast on CyberSecurity TV by TV Worldwide, the latest episode of AFCEA’s Innovation Shark Tank Series on November 19 featured five companies offering government solutions addressing cybersecurity, the STEM workforce, cloud migration, security of Industrial Internet of Things devices and mobile application development.

The companies were competing for selection to the association’s Shark Tank finals to be held April 22-24, 2019, at its planned joint homeland security conference with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

May 23, 2022
By Sandra Jontz
Dave Spencer, acting technical director of the U.S. Navy’s Program Executive Office, Manpower, Logistics and Business Solutions (PEO MLB), tells attendees at the monthly luncheon hosted by AFCEA’s Northern Virginia Chapter that it has done its due diligence in establishing a technical vision to help change how the Department of Navy does business. Courtesy Northern Virginia Chapter

The U.S. Navy’s Program Executive Office for Manpower, Logistics and Business Solutions (PEO MLB) has done its due diligence in establishing a technical vision—and an accompanying radar graphic—to help change how the Department of Navy (DON) does business.

Now, realizing that vision requires collaboration from industry and academia for proven technical solutions and best practices, particularly when it comes to realizing a pillar focused on changing the culture, Dave Spencer, PEO MLB acting technical director, shared Thursday during a monthly luncheon of AFCEA’s Northern Virginia Chapter.

May 10, 2022
By George I. Seffers
CERTS 2022 panelists discuss cyber training for the services.

A panel of cyber experts discussing the pros and cons of dramatically expanding joint cyber training among the military services and other agencies agreed the pros outweigh the cons.

The panel discussion took place on the second day of the AFCEA Cyber Education, Research and Training Symposium (CERTS), May 10, in Augusta, Georgia.

Moderator Robert Kazimer, deputy to the commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, told the audience he intended to ask provocative questions but that on the subject of joint training the participants agreed.

May 6, 2022
Cross-domain solutions help the DoD and intelligence communities move data quickly between different classification and security levels. Credit: Shutterstock

One of the challenges the U.S. military and intelligence communities have faced for years is quickly moving information between different networks and classification levels to reach users in a timely manner.

Recent steps taken by the Department of Defense to seamlessly move data between security levels at speed and volume will help warfighters and intelligence specialists carry out their missions more effectively, George Kamis, Forcepoint’s chief technology officer for Global Governance and Critical Infrastructure told SIGNAL Magazine’s Director of Digital News Media Kimberly Underwood in an SIGNAL Media Executive video discussion.

May 1, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Travelers in long lines at Denver International Airport pass through Transportation Security Administration screening areas. Artificial intelligence software developed under an Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity program could help identify certain human behaviors. Jim Lambert/Shutterstock

A research and development program to create automated software capable of detecting specified behaviors in videos has nearly reached its goal of detecting 75 percent of activities with a false alarm rate of only 2 percent.

May 1, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Europe’s HEXA-X 25-member consortium is delving into the technical challenges of developing the foundation for 6G networks on the continent. Shutterstock/d1sk

Led by European telecommunication carriers, the so-called HEXA-X consortium is examining solutions for advanced 5th Generation and 6th Generation mobile networks. Through carrier research and development investments, public-private partnerships, industry activity and academia studies, HEXA-X is delving into some of the most complicated issues before structuring future, powerful 6G communications networks on the continent. The group’s research so far points to the large, expected contribution that artificial intelligence and machine learning will have for 6G networks by serving a plethora of functions in many layers of the network, such as spectral efficiency, protocols and network performance.

April 28, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Stephen Wallace, chief technology officer and director of DISA’s Emerging Technology Directorate, shown during a session of TechNet Cyber 2022, told reporters during a media roundtable at the conference that his organization already is evaluating future capabilities for the next generation of Thunderdome. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is still in the prototyping stage with its zero-trust solution but already is looking ahead to the next version.

Thunderdome, the prototype being developed by Booz Allen Hamilton under a six-month contract awarded in January, is DISA’s solution for implementing zero-trust cybersecurity. It is a comprehensive effort requiring cooperation across the agency, as well as with the military services, combatant commands and others.

April 26, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
DISA Director Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner, USAF, addresses the audience at TechNet Cyber 2022.  Photo by Michael Carpenter

The need to address solution gaps has the attention of the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The agency’s leader, Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner, USAF, who is also commander of the Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network, has spent the last year reorganizing, setting strategic goals and identifying key lines of effort. Next up is tackling a wish list of nagging gaps or areas in which technology is negatively impacting warfighter operations, and Gen. Skinner is calling on warfighters and industry to assist with innovative solutions.

April 21, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
NASA is seeking to replace its NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) communications system, shown in a NASA illustration. The administration is pursuing two demonstrations with six commercial satellite communication providers to start to examine how the industry can support future near-Earth communication mission requirements. Credit: NASA

Building on the success of private industry cargo, launch and commercial crew services, NASA is betting on the commercial satellite industry to meet its future communication needs. It is turning to a service model for fixed satellite services in low-Earth orbit, to support its various missions, and later on, is planning on using mobile satellite services. What stands in the administration’s way, however, is a lengthy regulatory hurdle. NASA must obtain spectrum regulatory recognition for satellite-to-satellite operations from the world’s governing body, the World Radio Conference, which only meets every four years.

April 18, 2022
By Lt. Col. Randall Linnemann, USA
Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) use a Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter to slingload an M777 howitzer during air assault training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The 101st is experimenting with cloud computing for tailored command posts. Credit: Photo by: Sgt. Marcus Floyd

This is the second in a series of online articles written by Army Signal Corps officers.

The 101st Airborne Division travels and moves light by helicopter and foot. Air assault troopers headed to the tactical edge—to the sound of the guns on the forward line of troops—carry only what they need for that fight, planning a resupply during consolidation of gains.

April 18, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood

In its quest to advance its systems, the U.S. Navy’s Program Executive Office for Manpower, Logistics and Business Solutions is hosting its second Innovation Day on April 28 and 29. The office is looking to its end users within the Department of the Navy and its military and civilian staff for ideas to improve its digital enterprise, which includes such platforms as MyNavy HR IT Solutions Services, Ready Relevant Learning, Data Transformation Services and Marine Corps Logistics Integration Information Solutions Services, amongst others, explained Noelle Shott, principal, assistant project manager, Innovation Support Services, PMW 250, Enterprise Systems & Services & Innovation Support Services, Department of the Navy.

April 14, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
TechNet Indo-Pacific panelists discussing the coming 5G revolution are (l-r) Stephanie Hutch, Makai Defense; Michael Bilyeu, NineTwelve; William Fong, NIWC Pacific; and Robert Perkins, Vectrus.

One of the biggest challenges facing 5G is for providers and users to actually grasp what it can accomplish, some experts say. A host of new capabilities are foreseen, but they ultimately may fall far short of what innovative applications are eventually realized. As more uses are discovered, its potential may expand into areas far beyond experts envisioned.

A panel discussing the future of 5G weighed the technology’s future on the third and final day of TechNet Indo-Pacific, held in Honolulu April 11-13. The panel, comprising government and industry officials, closed out the conference with a look at the near and distant future.

April 14, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Lt. Gen. James Jacobson, USAF, deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, describes the command’s pursuit of technology at TechNet Indo-Pacific. Credit: Tony Grillo photo

Technologies such as software-defined systems, rapid data delivery and virtual training are vital for the Air Force to stay ahead of adversaries striving to exploit the same capabilities, said a theater service deputy commander. The biggest challenge may be for the Air Force to keep abreast of industry innovation as its opponents might.

April 13, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
TechNet Indo-Pacific panelists discussing the future of AI and ML are (l-r) Christine Lanning, Integrated Security Technologies; Brig. Gen. Jacqueline “Denise” Brown, USA, USINDOPACOM; Michele Engelhart, GDIT; Nicole Isoda, NIWC Pacific; and Catherine Johnston, USINDOPACOM. Credit: Tony Grillo photo

The future is bright for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), but its crystal ball is cloudy. Much uncertainty remains both in terms of positive potential and in terms of drawbacks.

A panel of five industry and government leaders discussed what may lie ahead for AI and ML during a Women in AFCEA Panel titled, “Senior Cyber Leaders Discuss AI and ML Challenges” on day 2 of TechNet Indo-Pacific, being held in Honolulu April 11-13. The five experts explored a range of pros and cons that might define the future of AI and ML in both government and the private sector.

April 13, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Members of the TechNet Indo-Pacific J-6 panel include (l-r) panel moderator Brig. Gen. Paul Fredenburgh, USA (Ret.), AFCEA International; Brig. Gen. Jacqueline “Denise” Brown, USA, USINOPACOM; Col. Donald “Thunder” Cloud, USAF, U.S. Pacific Air Forces; Robert A. Stephenson, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Col. Koichi Takagi, USMC, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific; and Col. Lisa D. Whittaker, USA, U.S. Army Pacific. Credit: Dave Livingston photo

New information technologies that are heading toward the military also promise to change the way the force operates at all levels, say experts in charge of those systems. With these new technologies come new demands that must be met to guarantee effectiveness, the experts note.

These changes were discussed in a J-6 panel on the second day of TechNet Indo-Pacific, being held in Honolulu April 11-13. Its theme of “From Data to Dominance” went to the heart of what the communicators are tasked with achieving in their missions.

April 12, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists discussing cloud computing at TechNet Indo-Pacific are (l-r) moderator Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA (Ret.), AFCEA president and CEO; Bill Burnham, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Boris Kilimnik, Juniper Networks; James T. Matney, GDIT; and Angel Smith, Microsoft. Credit: Dave Livingston photo

Advances in cloud capabilities are opening new vistas for government and industry, but both are dealing with uncertainties in both their goals and their approaches to achieve them. The federal government, with more stringent restraints on cloud operations, is looking to work with the private sector as both face similar challenges to their cloud aspirations.

April 1, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
To meet the growing demand from warfighters confronting near-peer adversaries, the Hosting and Compute Center at the Defense Information Systems Agency is updating its resources in the Indo-Pacific Region. DISA

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s new Hosting and Compute Center is pushing to advance innovation, provide modern-day “products” to warfighters, and ultimately, a global fabric of computer power and data storage. With a 2,000-person workforce, the Hosting and Compute Center has a heavy agenda, including managing the U.S. Defense Department’s large-scale commercial cloud endeavor, the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability; overseeing the department’s data centers; advancing agile computer development; and providing the hosting and compute for Joint All-Domain Command and Control, among other measures.

April 1, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Two U.S. Army officers prepare for a fire mission at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. The Indo-Pacific region stands to benefit from greater emphasis on high-frequency (HF) communications over the vast area. U.S. Army photo

The U.S. military is returning to an old friend to help conquer the tyranny of distance in an increasingly contested area. The Defense Information Systems Agency is working with its forces in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world to bring back high-frequency radio communications as a key link for operations in potentially difficult or denied environments.

April 1, 2022

John Cofrancesco, the vice president for government for Fortress Information Security, is a former information officer with the U.S. Navy and a frequent cybersecurity subject matter expert
for national news media.

What is the greatest vulnerability in cyberspace today?

Today, organizations are increasingly reliant on partners and subcontractors for critical products and services. Interconnected systems provide refined and cost-effective solutions to business and government challenges alike. The result is an increased vulnerability to network intrusions, hacks and sophisticated cyber attacks. When a supply chain is compromised, its security can no longer be trusted.

March 31, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: dotshock/Shutterstock

A comprehensive strategy with period reviews built around a goal-oriented plan are necessary for the U.S. Defense Department to prevail in the competition with China for artificial intelligence (AI), declares a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The Defense Department concurs with all seven of the recommendations issued by the GAO, which calls for the department to improve strategies, inventory processes and collaboration guidance.

March 14, 2022
By Maj. Todd Klinzing-Donaldson, USA
Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conduct mission command and network communications on-the-move, during the Army’s three-week Armored Formation On-The-Move Network Pilot at Fort Stewart, Georgia, on Feb. 2.  U.S. Army photo by Capt. Detrick Moore, assistant program manager for Mission Network, Project Manager Tactical Network, PEO C3T

This is the first in a series of online articles written by Army Signal Corps officers.

As an armored formation, our lethality is not just derived from our firepower but also from our mobility—the speed that we can bring lethality into the fight.

March 9, 2022
Access to large amounts of data and the ability to analyze and model it is now becoming increasingly available to medium and small sized organizations. Credit: bleakstar/Shutterstock

Modern organizations run on data, but they need a workforce skilled at interpreting and managing that information for the greatest advantage, says James Stanger, the chief technology evangelist at the Computing Technology Industry Association, or CompTIA.

March 14, 2022
Margaret Palmieri has been named the Defense Department's deputy chief digital and artificial intelligence officer (CDAO). Credit: Naval Information Forces

The U.S. Defense Department has named Margaret Palmieri as its deputy chief digital and artificial intelligence officer (CDAO).

Palmieri previously served as special assistant to the vice chief of naval operations and as director of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Action Group. Palmieri also founded and directed the Navy Digital Warfare Office.

March 10, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Netflix’s Simian Army of software production tools offers a potential model for the Defense Department to mimic. Credit: Wiratchai wansamngam/Shutterstock

The U.S. Department of Defense might learn a thing or two about the software-defined world from non-defense industry companies such as Netflix and Mazda, Jason Weiss, chief software officer, U.S. Defense Department, recently suggested to the AFCEA Cyber Committee.

Weiss, who serves on the committee, relayed an incident from Mazda that he said keeps him up at night. The incident was reported by BBC News in a February 10th article.

March 1, 2022

John Dvorak is a chief architect for Red Hat and a member of the AFCEA Technology Committee and AFCEA Zero Trust Strategies Subcommittee. He is a former member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service and a private sector chief information officer and chief technology officer.

What are the biggest challenges to edge computing?

March 2, 2022
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: spainter_vfx/Shutterstock

Concern over chip shortages may be drowning out a more significant supply chain threat. The circuit boards on which chips reside may become an endangered species in the United States as manufacturers increasingly rely on offshore sources. This in turn would be as damaging as being unable to obtain chips.

“Chips don’t float,” says William Marsh, president of the Printed Circuit Board Association of America and vice president of government relations for TTM Technologies. “They have to have a home.”

March 1, 2022
By George I. Seffers
Scientists at a National Science Foundation-supported institute for accelerating the use of artificial intelligence for scientific research intend to deploy an AI-based alert system to aid the detection of major cosmic events. MoVille/Shutterstock

Researchers at the National Science Foundation’s newly created institute designed to improve artificial intelligence algorithms for scientific research say they expect to make dramatic advances in the institute’s first year of operation.

March 1, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood

The capabilities of, and the industry for, artificial intelligence and machine learning have exploded in the last few years. The challenge of employing such capabilities at the far reaches of a battlefield persists, with many potential pitfalls and considerations, but one that could bring great rewards to warfighters, says Charles Clancy, general manager, MITRE Labs, and senior vice president, The MITRE Corporation.

March 1, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Applying machine learning to radar simulations has achieved radar performance improvements, researchers find. Shutterstock/your

Guided by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, researchers from the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are examining the application of machine learning to radar. They have found that memory-based machine learning algorithms work well applied to simulated radar operations. The researchers’ system provides an effective radar waveform selection capability that iteratively learns and adjusts the waveform selection over time. Their early findings demonstrate improved radar sensing and the capability’s effectiveness in different environments.

March 1, 2022
By Maryann Lawlor

Companies that opened their doors a mere five years ago couldn’t have imagined the sudden, immense need for secure communications capabilities a pandemic would demand any more than financiers could have foreseen FaceTime and Zoom as a future investment windfall. But in March 2020, COVID-19 arrived, bringing surprising needs to the forefront. In a matter of days, government agencies had to continue operations while the fast-spreading virus required staff to shelter in place and videoconferencing replaced boardrooms and classrooms.

February 25, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
Eng Lim Goh, a senior vice president and chief technology officer, artificial intelligence, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, addresses the Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium 2022.

The computing edge, where devices operate, is getting more and more intelligent. Several companies around the world are pushing the boundaries of data generation and processing, offering a view into future possibilities, said Eng Lim Goh. And if U.S. technologists pay attention, we can bridge some of the capability gaps.

Goh, a senior vice president and chief technology officer, artificial intelligence, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, spoke yesterday at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s annual Cyberspace Symposium held in Colorado Springs February 21-24.

February 24, 2022
By Kimberly Underwood
CIOs from different part of the Defense Department talk about cybersecurity issues during a panel at the Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium 2022.

To be able to face near-peer adversaries in degraded, denied and intermittent communication environments, U.S. warfighters need to be able to leverage tactical cloud computing at the battlefield or operational edge. For some departments, it is a large-scale and urgent need, chief information officers report.

A panel that included the chief information officers (CIOs) of the Air Force, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the Navy spoke yesterday at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s annual Cyberspace Symposium, held February 21-24 in Colorado Springs.

July 26, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical and the C5ISR Center integrate Stryker vehicles with the C5ISR/Electronic Warfare Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) capabilities during the Network Modernization Experiment (NetModX) 2021 from May to July, 2021 at the C5ISR Center’s Ground Activity, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Kathryn Bailey, PEO C3T

The U.S. Army for the first time has demonstrated during its Network Modernization Experiment the integration of three capability cards—one for positioning, navigation and timing, another for mounted mission command, and a third for the TSM tactical communications waveform. The capabilities are associated with the service’s open suite of standards and were integrated onto a Stryker combat vehicle.