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Scientists Discover Additional Silicon Crystal Properties

September 13, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Dmitry Pushin, from the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing and a professor in the Canadian university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, says that recent breakthroughs during an international research collaboration at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) will “open the door to future technologies,” such as quantum-related capabilities. Pushin is pictured at NIST’s Center for Neutron Research in Maryland. Credit: University of Waterloo/NIST

Researchers unveil characteristics of subatomic particle that may aide the development quantum technologies.

Air Force to Widely Deploy Force Generation, ACE Tool

September 1, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Detachment 12, otherwise known as Kessel Run, has created a powerful command and control tool called C2IMERA that will provide airmen, wing commanders and major command leaders with a real-time operational sight picture of installation resources for force projection and emergency management, amongst other mission applications. Gen. Mark Kelly, commander of the Air Combat Command (ACC) has directed its use at all of ACC’s installations. Credit: Kessel Run, Stuart Wagner, the chief digital transformation officer for the Air and Space Forces, learns about Kessel Run’s three product lines during a June 22 visit to the Boston software factory. Kessel Run has developed a key command and control tool, C2IMERA, that will be used in all of Air Combat Command’s installations. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Richard Blumenstein

Kessel Run’s so-called C2IMERA solution will now be used at all Air Combat Command installations.

Securing Online Voting Remains Elusive Goal for National Elections

August 30, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
Credit: Shutterstock/vesperstock, Clockwise from top l: Ben Adida, executive director of Voting Works, former NIST digital identity chief Michael Garcia, Jocelyn Bucaro, director of mobile voting for Tusk Philanthropies and Josh Franklin, senior security engineer at the Center for Internet Security take part in a panel discussion at Fed ID. Photo/screengrab by Shaun Waterman

It will be a long time before it’s possible to securely deploy internet voting systems for most Americans, but technology may allow for limited online ballots in the future.

Who Will Hold the Quantum Keys to the AI Kingdom?

August 26, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Vladimir Putin has said that whichever country controls artificial intelligence will rule the world, but experts now question who will be the first to master quantum-enabled artificial intelligence. Credit: By Pavel Chagochkin/Shutterstock

While the United States debates basic issues related to artificial intelligence, quantum-enabled AI may be on the horizon.

FBI Expands Next Generation Identification System with Iris, Palm Prints

August 23, 2021
By Shaun Waterman
Two people demonstrate how a device is used to capture imagery of irises for the Next Generation Identification (NGI) Iris Service. Credit: FBI

The FBI has been running a full-scale iris-print ID service as part of its Next Generation Identification, or NGI, system for almost a year now.

DoD to Deliver Initial JADC2 in Coming Months

August 19, 2021
By George I. Seffers
A soldier helps set up a tactical command post to test communications in Germany, July 8, 2019.  Photo by Army Sgt. Patrick Jubrey

JADC2 will become a reality—at least to a minimal degree—in the coming months.

Army Officials Outline Unified Network Technology Needs

August 18, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Panelists at TechNet Augusta 2021 discuss how to achieve a unified network. Photo by Michael Carpenter

To make the unified network vision a reality, the Army will need to adopt an array of technical capabilities, including 5G, zero trust cybersecurity, software-defined networks and data fabric.

Software Sustainment Evolves from Pony Express to Automation

August 18, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Jennifer Swanson, director, Software Engineering Center, Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) and CW5 Linc McCoy, USA, CECOM’s command chief warrant officer, have a fireside chat during TechNet Augusta 2021.

The SEC focuses on supporting warfighters and enabling operations in the field, but until recently the organization was distributing software by mailing CDs, which often went unused.

Army Aims to Deploy Prototype Tactical Lasers

August 19, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
The U.S. Army's DE M-SHORAD air defense system, comprising a laser-equipped Stryker, is slated to be deployed in prototype form in 2022. Credit: U.S. Army photo

The Army looks to deploy four prototype tactical air defense lasers on mobile platforms in 2022.

Combat Commanders Must Grapple with Info Ops

August 17, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Brig. Gen. Paul Stanton, USA, speaks at TechNet Augusta 2021. Photo by Michael Carpenter, Lt. Gen. Ted Martin, USA, appears via video at TechNet Augusta 2021. Photo by Michael Carpenter

In 2028, the division will be the new unit of action for the waypoint force, and it will include an information advantage capability.

DARPA’s Robotic Triathletes Poised for Final Contest

August 13, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The DARPA Subterranean Challenge is expected to hold its final event in September. The program already led to advances in underground robotics technology that could be used immediately, the program manager says. DARPA photo.

The Subterranean Challenge aims to develop technologies to rapidly map, navigate and search complex underground environments.

Closing Capability Gaps to Improve Warfighters’ Real-Time Situational Awareness

August 5, 2021
Connecting data siloes within the Defense Department helps speed operational decision making. Credit: Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff

As technology accelerates all aspects of modern life, from business to warfare, the need for real-time situational awareness has become critical.

Army Aims to Avoid Orphan Robots on the Battlefield

August 4, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The Network Coverage Overlay can be used to maintain a communications link with robotic vehicles. Credit: U.S. Army CCDC C5ISR Center photo/Dan Lafontaine

Officials assessed the Network Coverage Overlay (NCO) during the recent Network Modernization Experiment at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.


Sponsored: Verifying Resilience Over Networks

July 30, 2021
By Frank Puranik

Communications is an integral part of any Army, Navy, Air or Space Force.

Army Researchers: CMOSS Works

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

NetModX demonstrates open architecture capabilities.

Laser Technology Will Improve Operations

July 23, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
High energy lasers will improve battlefield operations through increased intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, not to mention the counter-unmanned aerial system properties, experts say. Credit: Photo Courtesy of Raytheon

As experts see the movement of directed energy technologies onto the battlefield, they are seeing improved warfighting techniques.

Technology Committee Brings Together Solution Seekers

July 20, 2021
By Julianne Simpson

Open-minded engagement helps group tackle IT problems worldwide.

Startups Expand Artificial Intelligence, Computing and Mission Capabilities

July 16, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
New York-based Intelligent Artifacts has created groundbreaking artificial intelligence software for mission-critical navigation systems, sensor fusion and machine vision applications for use across the aerospace, defense, automotive and emergency response industries. Credit: Intelligent Artifacts, Graz, Austria-based Aeroficial Intelligence has created a flight data analysis software platform called Performance Cockpit, which harnesses enhanced analytics and artificial intelligence. The solution provides air navigation service providers and airports with insights into operational inefficiencies during approach, landings, taxi and takeoff. Credit: Aeroficial Intelligence, By using artificial intelligence and digitizing airport and airspace processes, Aeroficial Intelligence provides analytics insights on operational procedures, runway capacity, on-time performance, flow management, taxiway use and gate positions at airports, helping minimize fuel consumption for airlines. Credit: Aeroficial Intelligence

Inventors create groundbreaking cyber, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things security and other advanced technologies.

Commander Touts Digital Twin Benefits

July 1, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Digital twin technology aids in the design and maintenance of ships for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.Credit: Chesky/Shutterstock

The commander of Marine Corps Systems Command indicated that digital twins are instrumental in the design of a broad array of next-generation ships.

SEALS Enlist Artificial Intelligence for Special Missions

June 29, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Navy SEALs conduct train in the Atlantic Ocean, May 29, 2019. Navy Special Warfare Command expects artificial intelligence to augment the human weapon system as well as unmanned systems. Credit: Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Jayme Pastoric

The Navy Special Warfare Command will apply artificial intelligence and machine learning toward two capstone initiatives: human weapon systems and multidomain unmanned systems.