Technology Blog

Government Embracing New Era Technologies

August 23, 2017
By Wes Caldwell
The U.S. government endeavors to deliver capabilities in a more responsive, agile manner, says Wes Caldwell, chief technology officer, Polaris Alpha.

The evolution of hyperconverged infrastructure makes it easier and more cost effective for providers to leverage and deploy applications and solutions.

U.S. Army Seeks Low-Detection Waveforms

August 9, 2017
By George I. Seffers
A panel at TechNet Augusta 2017 discusses military readiness.

One of the Army’s biggest needs in the area of tactical C3 is radio waveforms that are difficult to detect and intercept.

DISA to Upgrade Hawaii Telecom Infrastructure

August 3, 2017
A U.S. Marine trains at Range 10 at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii. Next year, the Defense Information Systems Agency will upgrade telecommunications for military forces in Hawaii.

Modernizing the network in Hawaii and other Pacific locations could enhance network services, eliminate legacy technology, make infrastructure more survivable and improve cyber capabilities.

Quenching the Thirst for Battlefield Energy

July 24, 2017
Army researcher Anthony J. Roberts powers a radio-controlled toy tank with hydrogen harvested from a unique chemical reaction. U.S. Army photo by David McNally

An aluminum nanomaterial recently designed by U.S. Army scientists produces high amounts of energy when it comes in contact with water.

One Small Step Taken. One Giant Leap Needed.

July 20, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
Caroline Scheck, a mechanical engineer with the Additive Manufacturing Project Office, tells middle- and high-school students with the Washington, D.C., Girls in Technology program about the Manufacturing, Knowledge and Education Lab, Naval Surface Warfare Center in March. (U.S. Navy photo by Dustin Q. Diaz/Released)

Even though my parents, teachers and peers told me I could be anything, and I truly believed them, I was never encouraged to be a scientist or pursue a career in STEM. It was a bit outside my comfort zone.

5 Ways Technology Has Changed the World

July 11, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
Computers and credit cards are the new department stores, shopping malls and food marts., Only 10 years after the iPhone was introduced, phone booths, or call boxes as the British say, stand empty—if you can find one at all., Gathering intelligence used to rely on large cones and good hearing. Now, payloads on information-gathering drones can convert sound into images.

While it seems appropriate that octogenarians tell stories that begin with, "When I was your age...," now people only in their 30s are marveling at the capabilities the younger generation enjoys.

Awareness and Collaboration Can Improve FITARA Scorecard

July 5, 2017
By Julianne Simpson

For the first time since Congress began composing the biannual Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard, more agency grades declined than improved.

Curing the Government's Public Cloud Phobia

June 22, 2017
By Christine Kerns

Commercial cloud offerings are part of a modern technology arsenal that the whole of the U.S. government must consider adopting. 

Schools Are Working to Meet the Nation's Future STEM Requirements

May 9, 2017
By David E. Meadows

STEM education is beginning to take root at the earliest levels of education. Will it germinate quickly enough?

Easing the Move to the Cloud

May 12, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
SIGNAL's Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman sits down with Jasson Walker Jr., founder, president and CEO of cFocus Software Inc., to discuss authority to operate as a service.

SIGNAL’s Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman recently sat down with Jasson Walker Jr., founder, president and CEO of cFocus Software Inc., to discuss authority to operate (ATO) as a service.

Sandia Honored for Lifesaving Efforts During Ebola Outbreak

April 20, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
Paula Austin, a Sandia systems engineer within International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction group, stands outside an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone. (Image courtesy Sandia National Laboratories)

Nearly 60 employees of Sandia National Laboratories have been recognized by the Department of Energy for their work during the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

Network Tools Improve Competitive Options

April 20, 2017

Information systems require increased network speeds, as well as improved security and monitoring tools, to deal with an avalanche of big data and the advanced computing requirements that are driven by so much data.

DARPA Seeks Information on Interactive War Gaming

April 17, 2017
The Defense Advanced Research Projects is seeking information on advanced war gaming and modeling and simulation concepts.

Time is running out to respond to a DARPA war gaming RFI. The deadline for submitting responses is April 25.

Tips for Managing the DOD Transition to Windows 10

March 24, 2017
By James Poole

Much anticipation surrounds the U.S. Defense Department's transition to Windows 10, primarily because of the promise that the software update is a significant upgrade from its predecessor, and perhaps Microsoft's best operating system yet.

Technology and Telecommuting

March 23, 2017
By David E. Meadows

Telecommuting offers measurable benefits to both employer and employee alike. But the employee must ensure proper use of the enabling technologies.

This One's for You, Warfighters

March 27, 2017
By George I. Seffers
DARPA’s Vanishing Programmable Resources program is developing electronics that disappear.

Vanishing electronics, self-destructing drones and home-brewed beer have one thing in common: Troy Olsson, DARPA program manager.

Gremlins UAS Program Enters Second Phase

March 16, 2017
DARPA’s Gremlins program seeks to develop innovative technologies and systems that would enable aircraft to launch volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems and safely and reliably retrieve them in midair.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has completed the first phase of its Gremlins unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program and awarded contracts for phase two research to Dynetics and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The program seeks to develop innovative technologies that would enable aircraft to launch volleys of low-cost, reusable UASs and safely and reliably retrieve them in midair.

Technology Changes Outpace Perspectives

March 9, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

The rapid pace of change has overtaken the ability of humans to anticipate the future consequences of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Lifesaving SATCOM Migrates to New U.S. Army Network

March 16, 2017
By James Christophersen
Soldiers with the 4th Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and the Alabama Army National Guard assemble a VSAT, similar to the one Army Medical Command personnel rely upon for telemedicine support when forward-deployed. , U.S. soldiers assemble a Very Small Aperture Satellite Terminal  (VSAT ) similar to the one Army Medical Command personnel rely upon for telemedicine support when forward-deployed., The Army has replaced a satellite network with an improved one that lets Army Medical Command personnel worldwide to do  a number of telemedical services.

During the final days of November, managers for the Joint Telemedicine Network powered down the central teleport facility in Landstuhl, Germany, officially closing the network that had provided a dedicated worldwide SATCOM network to U.S. Army medical personnel treating wounded soldiers at field hospitals and forward operating bases in combat zones. Rest assured, the shuttering did not leave doctors, corpsmen and troops without a reliable SATCOM network. 

A Successful Rest of 2017 Should Include 4 IT Resolutions

February 28, 2017
by Phil O'Reilly
U.S. Navy personnel learn about the Office of Naval Research's suite of information technology tools designed to improve fleet operations.

As we near the end of the first quarter of this new year, it seems like a perfect time to introduce and discuss four new "resolutions," if you will, for federal information technology managers and what a new action plan for progress might look like. Phil O'Reilly from Brocade Federal spells them out.