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Weaving Technology Into Fitness

June 27, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
U.S Air Force Academy cadets work with industry participants during a CyberWorx design project. , Air Force and industry participants collaborate during a CyberWorx design sprint.

Air Force CyberWorx sponsoring hackathon to find physical fitness and data access tool software.

Health Care Identity Management has a Prescription for Improvement

June 28, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is improving digital access to patient health care information, as well as identity management, says Steve Posnack, executive director, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS. Posnack participated in AFCEA’s recent Federal Identity (FedID) Understanding of Identity Meetup event. Credit: Shutterstock, Identity management experts share their findings at AFCEA’s recent FedID Understanding of Identity Meetup event, moderated by AFCEA's FedID Planning Committee Co-Chair Duane Blackburn, S&T policy analyst at MITRE Corp. (pictured at the podium).

The federal government is working to increase patient access to digital health information.

Micro Unmanned Vehicles Make A Splash

June 14, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island is considering the capabilities of micro aquatic robots, such as this unmanned surface vehicle called SwarmDiver from Aquabotix. Photo credit: Aquabotix, Swarming and diving micro aquatic robots may offer the Navy and other services key capabilities. Photo credit: Aquabotix

The Navy takes a look at what small surface robots can do in the water.

Generals Contemplate Network Modernization Challenge

June 13, 2018
By George I. Seffers
U.S. Army officials intend to modernize the service’s network, which is considered too complex and cumbersome. As part of that effort, the service could potentially kick off a competition for industry and academia to offer cutting-edge solutions. Photo Credit: David Vergun

The Army may initiate a network modernization grand challenge competition.

Insider Threat Technology Swims in Innovation Showcase

June 12, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Tom Miller (c), CEO of ClearForce, stands with the judges who declared his firm’s technology the winner in the second AFCEA Small Business Innovation Showcase Competition. Flanking Tom are (l-r) Glenn Hernandez, CISO, OpEdge Solutions LLC; Manoj Bhatia, president, Network Runners Inc.; Maria Horton, CEO of EmeSec; and Bill Jones, senior vice president of DSA’s Integrated Solutions Group. Photo credit: Elizabeth Moon

The latest AFCEA Innovation Showcase competition qualifier offers technology that warns companies before an employee becomes an insider threat.

NASA Gets its ICON Satellite Ready for Launch

June 4, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite, known as ICON, will track how Earth’s weather and space weather interact. Photo and artistic rendering of ICON courtesy of NASA.

The latest program from the U.S. space agency will study the connection between Earth and space weather.

Naval Postgraduate School Advances Satellite Repair System

June 4, 2018
Ensign Edward Hanlon, USN, along with a group of midshipmen, helped create the robotic satellite repair system AMODS, which will be launched into space for testing this summer., AMODS uses a combination of miniature CubeSat research satellites, called RSats and BRICSats, to provide diagnostics of ailing satellites., AMODS BRICSats provide the propulsion to the repair Rsats., The AMODS has two 60 cm robotic arms with claws to help provide diagnostics.

The technology has the potential to alter how the Defense Department services ailing satellites, researchers say.

Shark Tank Competitors Dive Into Technology Contest

May 23, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman

A company developing networked drones for emergency disaster relief is the first finalist in an AFCEA Small Business Innovation Shark Tank competition. The finals are July 26.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Match Veterans to Jobs

April 27, 2018
Sailors stand aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Missouri prepare to pull into their new home port to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in January. SkillMil, a new venture from SRI International that harnesses artificial intelligence will help match sailors and soldiers to jobs in the civilian world, when they leave the service. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica O. Blackwell

Automated reasoning platform helps quantify soldiers’ skills for the civilian world.

Lab-Developed Flight Technology Ready for Takeoff

April 25, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
Technology developed under DARPA’s Vertical Lift and Takeoff Experimental Plane program has gained approval to transition to the commercial sector. Photo credit: Aurora Flight Sciences

 DARPA has approved a plan to transition electronic vertical lift and takeoff technology to the commercial sector.

Company Successfully Tests Mobile Ad Hoc Network

April 25, 2018
Posted by Julianne Simpson
During the demonstration at Fort Bragg, 320 MPU5 radios, spread across 37 multi-story buildings including basements, successfully communicated on a single radio frequency channel. Credit: Persistent Systems

Persistent Systems' MPU5 smart radio can deliver a tactical MANET network that scales beyond the Army’s requirements.

Canada Looks to Unmask Stealth in the Arctic

April 12, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Michael Reimer, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, aligns a quantum light source at the university’s Institute for Quantum Computing. Work performed at the institute could lead to quantum radar capable of seeing through high-energy interference as well as detecting stealth aircraft.

Canada is betting that beams of quantum entangled photons could serve as advanced radar in the electronically noisy Arctic region.

Cloud-Based Architectures Offer Silver Lining

March 27, 2018
By Beverly Cooper
Traditional data centers are increasingly being engulfed by a cloud of better capabilities. Credit: Shutterstock

To be competitive, companies are starting to look to the cloud for enhancing their enterprise architectures.

Potential Drone Operators Get to Play Games

March 20, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Air Force Tech Sgt. Matthew Coutts launches a Raven B Digital Data Link drone during a demonstration in Southwest Asia in January. The Navy is developing a video game-based tool to evaluate the skills of potential unmanned vehicle operators. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Kleinhol

The Navy is using a video game to evaluate the skills of unmanned vehicle operators.

COMPASS to Filter Areas of Gray

March 16, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
 DARPA’s Collection and Monitoring via Planning for Active Situational Scenarios (COMPASS) program aims to develop advanced decision-making tools for commanders and other decision makers in complex and dynamic gray-zone conflicts. (Image by DARPA)

DARPA delves into the gray zone.

Army Moves to Adapt-and-Buy Strategy

March 7, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
Brig. Gen. (P) Brian J. Mennes, USA, director of force management, HQDA, deputy chief of staff, G-3/7, describes the operational environment at the AFCEA Army Signal Conference in Springfield, Virginia.

With this new approach, the service asked industry to propose solutions to four of its top problems.

High-Energy Laser Weapons Are Moving Out to Sea

March 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Under the High-Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) program, the Navy is swiftly pursuing laser weapons for use on surface ships. The technology will combine the lethality of a laser weapon with surveillance capabilities and an integrated optical dazzler, a non-lethal device that disables sensors or humans visually. Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin, artist rendering of Lockheed Martin’s HELIOS System

The Navy continues to move toward fielding a high-energy laser weapon system for NAVSEA.

Researching Technologies for Multidomain Battles

February 26, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
With an M3 anti-tank weapon on his shoulder, Army Spc. Austin Helms stands guard at Fort Polk, Louisiana, on February 15. The Army's science and technology research is focusing on increasing soldier lethality through improved situational awareness, among other strategies. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, Army Spc. Hayden Harnek (l) aims an M240B machine gun as Army Spc. Josh Rowe assists during training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, on February 15. The Army is looking into lighter-weight materials, enhanced ammunition design and integrated technologies, all to increase warfighter lethality. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon

For the fight of the future, the Army’s investments target soldier performance and protection.

You Can't Hear the Forest for the Trees

February 22, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Galyna Andrushko

Army Research Laboratory scientists are looking to use trees in a self-powered organic sensor network for future battlefields.

Robots Need Tactics, Too

February 16, 2018
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Northrop Grumman’s team is launching an open architecture testbed and seeking participants to create and test their own swarm-based tacking on the platform as part of DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program.

DARPA has initiated work on a program that will help troops deploy robot swarms.