Technology Blog

Military Robotics Is Moving Into Position

August 13, 2015
By David E. Meadows

The future for battlefield robotics is now, and many countries are committing to automated warfighting in a bid to catch up to the United States.

NIST Forms International Telecommunications Alliance

August 12, 2015

The 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance will focus on 3D channel modeling at high frequencies, or millimeter wavelengths, addressing how a wireless signal would propagate in different bands of the spectrum. The alliance will also focus on directional channel sounding, which involves measuring whether signals are distorted or lost in a given channel.

Military Networks Embracing SDN to Gain Visibility and Control

July 29, 2015
By Bob Kimball

The Department of Defense plans to leverage open source solutions and services to meet mission requirements, no matter where the tactical edge lies. Guest blogger Bob Kimball highlights how providing connectivity that enables high-performance, assured networking is not only critical, but the reason why defense and civilian agencies are closely examining software-defined networking as a solution. 

Government Seeks Advanced Broadband Research Partners

July 14, 2015

The Commerce Department’s Public Safety Communications Research 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.

STEM Is a 21st Century Critical Element of National Security

July 9, 2015
By David E. Meadows

Just as when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik nearly 58 years ago, the science community in the United States must rise to the occasion in a national security effort for information technology.

The Clash of Two Physics

June 11, 2015
By David E. Meadows

The Information Age is on the brink of a new revolution as quantum mechanics begins to influence its developments. But, uncertainty reigns when it comes to predicting what will emerge and how it will affect the world.

Sum Will Be Greater Than the Parts

June 9, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor
Sandia researchers work with new imaging techniques to view cell-level activity with unprecedented detail. (By Randy Montoya)

Sandia National Laboratories and the Georgia Institute of Technology signed a five-year memorandum of understanding that enables them to collaboratively solve science and technology problems of national importance.

NATO Research Vessel Alliance Conducts Underwater Robot Research

June 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers

A NATO coalition of scientists and researchers recently experimented with a variety of underwater robots in a joint scientific mine countermeasures sea trial.

The Dawn of the Joint Information Environment for the National Capital Region

May 27, 2015
By Allan L. Mink

The national capital region may receive its own joint information environment, or JIE. It would generate many advantages for its users, but some others might suffer from the new environment.

The Complexity of Things (CoT)

May 19, 2015
By David E. Meadows

As the Internet of Things takes shape, it will generate a new phenomenon—the Complexity of Things.

Mobile Devices Drive Data Surge

May 19, 2015

Mobile data traffic generated by cellphones and tablets will approach almost 197,000 petabytes by 2019, according to Juniper Research.

Bomb Squads Model Robots at Annual Rodeo

May 14, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
A bomb disposal robot removes a suspicious package during a training operation at Sandia National Laboratories. (Photo by Randy Montoya), A robot performs a rescue operation on a dummy victim during a training exercise at a previous Robot Rodeo. (Photo by Randy Montoya)

Giddy up! Military and civilian bomb squad operators are taking to a capabilities exercise robot rodeo to showcase proficiencies and uses of robotics in the field. For the first time in nearly a decade, organizers included unmanned aerial vehicles in the competition.

The Bottom Line: From Dolly to Drones

May 13, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

It all began with Dolly, the first animal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell. While technical advances continued to make the news, their effects and the possibilities they created did not reach lawmakers or the legal profession.

The President's Next Cellphone

April 21, 2015
By Justin Marston
Virtual smartphones running commercial mobile apps from a government-hosted data center could be the future of classified mobility.

Guest blogger Justin Marston tackles the reality that is the current state of classified mobility across the U.S. government—voice and basic email. It’s not what senior leaders want, he writes. They want apps, just like everyone else, but their (justified) level of paranoia has neutered most mobile devices.

Artificial Intelligence Is a Technology That Divides

April 15, 2015
By David E. Meadows

In December 2014, Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist, warned the world that true artificial intelligence (AI) could mean the death of mankind. Well, that got my attention.

Government to Facilitate Testing, Sharing of Results for Spectrum Sharing

March 27, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

U.S. federal agencies signed an agreement that sets the charter for the National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network to create a collaborative framework with an eventual goal of facilitating access to a wide range of testing that supports the sharing of the finite spectrum resource.

President Names Departments to Lead Broadband Initiatives

March 23, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

The U.S. Commerce Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture have been named co-chairs of the Broadband Opportunity Council, a new federal government initiative aimed at increasing broadband investment and reducing barriers to broadband deployment and adoption. 

Improved Security Slipping Through the Video Vortex

March 18, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Nearly all participants in a survey about video surveillance technology agreed that with the quantity of video data exploding, the potential for enhanced situational awareness and better intelligence is massive, but only if it is analyzed.

Asia-Pacific: Fastest Growing Biometrics Market Worldwide

March 18, 2015
By George I. Seffers
The eyes have it in the Asia Pacific region, the fastest growing market for biometrics technology.

According to a new report by Strategic Defence Intelligence (SDI), Asia-Pacific will be the fastest growing government biometrics market globally, due to large-scale government national identification and e-passport programs. 

The Bottom Line: And the Beep Goes On

March 13, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor

Nearly a dozen years ago, consumers were afforded some protection against receiving unwanted phone calls—the National Do Not Call Registry. But it's up to consumers to make sure it works. 

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