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U.S. Navy Needs Abundant Quantities of Unmanned Vessels

June 29, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
A Seahawk unmanned surface vessel in the Pacific Ocean and an MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 73 participate in U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Unmanned Systems Integrated Battle Problem 21 in April. Naval exercises have been crucial to aiding the integration of unmanned vessels into the fleet and pairing with manned capabilities, experts say. Credit: U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shannon Renfroe

The sea services should aggressively pursue plans for autonomous air, surface and subsurface platforms, experts say.

Startups Tackle Improvements to Space and Earth Systems

June 24, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Kurs Orbital is integrating its established rendezvous and docking technology with computer vision, radar capabilities and robotics to create an on-orbit servicing spacecraft fleet for satellites in different orbits. Credit: Kurs Orbital, Evitado developed a plug-and-play sensor solution for ground operators to avoid collisions when moving aircraft. The core component is the 360-degree, 3D Lidar system, similar to the advanced systems being used in the development of driver-less cars. Credit: Evitado, For ground operators, Evitado’s solution digitally defines safety zones around an aircraft to detect and warn against any kind of potential collision. Credit: Evitado

New technologies will help with on-orbit servicing of satellites as well as identity management, ground operations of aircraft, travel and product life-cycle management.

Sponsored: Securing the USAF Advanced Battle Management System

June 21, 2021
A U.S. Army soldier provides security during the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Sept. 3, 2020. Staged at multiple military sites, ABMS simulated an attack on the national infrastructure testing the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) which allowed for a fast-coordinated response.  U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dwane R. Young

The next-generation battlefield has gone digital.

AFWERX Launches Challenge to Improve Airfield Operations

June 16, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
A Gulfstream C-37A taxis on the flight line at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 3, 2021, carrying Gen. Mark Kelly, USAF, commander of Air Combat Command and his team for a visit about the base’s rebuild. The Air Force’s innovation hub, AFWERX, is conducting a new consecutive three-part challenge to bring in solutions for flightline security, advanced sensors and communication, and aircraft maintenance. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anabel Del Valle

Air Force innovation hub calls for industry solutions for flightline security, enhanced sensors and communication, and aircraft maintenance.

The Race for Quantum Computing and Cryptography Is Accelerating

June 15, 2021
By Julianne Simpson
Credit: Shutterstock/Yurchanka Siarhei

Quantum computing and cryptography are hot topics in the world of emerging technology. But how feasible are they on a large scale?

Sponsored: High Volume, Rapid Production of Maps and Charts for Ministries of Defense

June 10, 2021
By Wolfgang Richter

As nations aim to unify efforts to enhance overall defense capabilities, collaborative mapping strategies can help advance decision-making.

Sandia Researchers See Success in Miniaturizing Wireless Technology

June 9, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Matt Eichenfield (l) and Lisa Hackett, scientists at Sandia National Labs, recently created a groundbreaking acoustic circulator, a key radio component that separates transmitted and received signals, and is much smaller in size. Credit: Sandia National Labs/Bret Latter

Acoustic amplifier opens the door to smaller radio technologies.

Soldiers and Commanders to Assess FIRESTORM AI Technology

June 8, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Soldiers test M1A2 Abrams tanks during a live-fire accuracy screening test at Fort Bliss, Texas, in October. U.S. Army researchers intend to integrate the FIRESTORM artificial intelligence system with the Abrams for Project Convergence 2021 to be held in October and November. Credit: Army Staff Sgt. Kris Bonet

The system will face tougher challenges in Project Convergence 2021.

U.S. Navy and Marines Pursue Innovative Training Models

May 18, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Belew, USMC, academics officer, Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, speaking at AFCEA’s TechNet Augusta Virtual Series on May 18, reports that the service is working to incorporate an “always-on feedback loop” in which incremental change is incorporated in the academic cycle.

The services call on industry to follow the shift away from costly, week-long in-person training. 

5G Opens New Horizons for DoD

May 18, 2021
The DoD is investing heavily in the promise of high-speed edge computing with 5G technologies. Credit: Shutterstock

Technology offers high speeds, but many details must be considered for optimal use.

All Army Aircraft Types Simultaneously Receive CIRCM

May 14, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The CIRCM system provides U.S. Army aircraft unprecedented protection from current and emerging missile threats. Credit: Northrop Grumman photo

The system commonly known as CIRCM is a next-generation lightweight, laser-based, open architecture, infrared countermeasure system.

NIST Team Directs and Measures Quantum Drum Duet

May 6, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
NIST researchers entangled the beats of two mechanical drums—tiny aluminum membranes each made of about 1 trillion atoms—and precisely measured their linked quantum properties. Entangled pairs massive by quantum pairs might someday perform computations and transmit data in large-scale quantum networks. Credit: John Teufel/NIST

The high-efficiency radar measurements used in the work could be helpful in applications such as quantum teleportation or swapping entanglement between nodes of a quantum network.

Military Embarks on Digital Transformation As Remote Workforce Changes Many Rules

May 3, 2021
By Beverly Cooper
Unified communications is more than voice and conferencing access. It can enable agencies to embrace automation, enhance situational awareness, improve operations and business continuity, and support digital transformation and multivendor relationships as it helps ensure public safety, cybersecurity, and speed, scalability and capacity. Credit: ESB Professional/Shutterstock

Unified communications with cloud interoperability are needed for new work environments.

Office of Naval Research to Hold Second Global-X Challenge

April 27, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
The Office of Naval Research Global will initiate the second round of its Global-X science and technology challenge this week with a live webinar. Credit: Suwatchai Pluemruetai/Shutterstock

ONR Global is interested in alternate navigation at high latitude; high-latitude, high-bandwidth communications; and persistent polar perception.

Army Tactical Communications Expand Reach but Face Hurdles

April 20, 2021
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: U.S. Army photo

Recent exercises have shown how new technologies can improve Army tactical communications, but they also highlighted areas that need improvement.

Army Marching Forward on Unified Network

April 20, 2021
By George I. Seffers
Ahead of a deployment to Afghanistan, the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade concluded a training rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana, that included training on the new Integrated Tactical Network. Over the next two years, Army officials expect to make significant progress on the unified network concept, which will converge the tactical and enterprise networks. Credit: U.S. Army

Officials intend to soon finish a network plan.

Specialized Teams Could Lift Combatant Commands' Use of AI

April 19, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
FEMA Regional Administrator Thomas Von Essen and Maj. Gen. Bill Hall, USA, former commander, Joint Task Force Civil Support, during a visit to New York City and USNS Comfort in April 2020. The U.S. Northern Command, which responds to domestic humanitarian crises, and the other combatant commands could expand the use of artificial intelligence through specialized teams at each command. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Specialist 1st Class Kleynia McKnight

The combatant commands' employment of artificial intelligence would help DOD grow its capabilities to a greater scale.

Army Approves Tactical Space Layer Rapid Development

April 19, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
The U.S. Army's Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Space Cross-Functional Team has approved the rapid development and deployment of the Tactical Space Layer, which is expected to shorten the sensor-to-shooter timeline and help equip the Army for multi-domain operations. Credit: U.S. Army photo

The decision enables rapid experimentation and prototyping efforts for tactical space-based sensors with supporting ground-based equipment. 

Army Lab Places JADC2 Under Microscope

April 15, 2021
By George I. Seffers
An F-35 Lightning II receives full from a KC-135 Stratotanker. The Army's communications exercises, which are being held in preparation of Project Convergence 21, are evaluating the ability of the different services to pass data from one to the other. The F-35, for example, may be used to pass information to ground forces as part of the Joint All-Domain Command and Control concept. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Mota

Army officials are leading a series of communications exercises in its new Joint System Integration Laboratory in preparation for Project Convergence 21 in the fall.

Additive Manufacturing Aims to Meet DOD’s Needs

April 14, 2021
The DOD is concerned about the cybersecurity of additive manufacturing systems, said David Benhaim, co-founder and chief technology officer for Markforged. Credit: Shutterstock

Cybersecurity is key to software-driven manufacturing.