Arlington, Virginia-based Shift5, Inc., signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) in Warren, Michigan, the company announced on April 2. Under the CRADA, Shift5 will support the GVSC—which is the military's research and development facility for advanced technology in ground vehicle systems—by developing advanced cyber defense capabilites to protect such vehicles from cyber attacks. The technology developed by Shift5 will integrate, demonstrate, and validate cyber resiliency and inform cyber situational awareness prototype solutions to defend Army platforms from proof of concept cyber attacks, the company said.
The U.S. Army’s recently created Futures Command achieved full operational capability in July, but improving communications with industry and delivering technologies into the hands of soldiers may be its most buzzed about achievement.
There’s a common phrase in military circles about building the plane while flying it. That phrase could easily describe Futures Command’s efforts to carry on the mission at the same time officials were hiring staff, deciding on a headquarters location, building that headquarters, educating others on the command’s mission, and handling myriad other tasks and challenges associated with establishing a brand-new command.
A prototype U.S. Navy program is turning to blockchain technology to help track aviation parts throughout their life cycles. The approach automates what is now a mostly manual process and provides aircraft maintenance personnel with accurate, detailed information about each part’s origins and order/reorder status.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program is signing up a new round of industry collaborators for the test bed used to evaluate advanced broadband equipment and software for emergency first responders.
So far, 39 telecommunications companies have signed new, five-year cooperative research and development agreements to participate in the test bed program, according to Dereck Orr of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has signed a Co-operative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) with Locata Corporation, Canberra, Australia, to build and demonstrate new Locata technology for use in GPS receivers. The CRADA is specifically directed to evaluate Locata’s patented Vray switching antenna and new correlator technologies for multipath mitigation in position receivers that run at GPS frequencies. AFIT will first design and build a GPS-frequency multi-element switching antenna prototype that is based on Locata Vray patents.