Technology Blog

Cybersecurity Is Crucial to National Security

February 11, 2016
By David E. Meadows

Both the complexity and importance of cybersecurity are growing exponentially and are reflected in its designation as a critical element of national security (CENS).

Converged Systems Accelerate Federal IT Modernization

February 12, 2016
By George F. Holland

The information technology infrastructure, processes and solutions that government agencies rely on are becoming less suitable for today’s operational, mission and business challenges, says Federal CIO Tony Scott, the government’s top chief information officer. As a result, networks within those agencies are, indeed, going through significant changes.

English Is the Borg of Science and Technology

January 13, 2016
By David E. Meadows

The English language is characterized by its flexibility in absorbing words from other languages. That capability has made it the de facto language of science and technology.

Research Center Releases Big Data Report

December 17, 2015
By George I. Seffers

The Advanced Technology Academic Research Center has released a report that offers five recommendations for government to consider while developing big data strategies.

Quantum, Artificial Intelligence, Dilbert and Duct Tape

December 16, 2015
By David E. Meadows

Moore's Law has been declared passé. Now, we are entering an age of quantum computing and artificial intelligence. Who knows where this will lead?

Using Predictive Analytics to Identify External Threats

December 16, 2015
By Eddie Garcia

Stopping insider threats has become a unifying cybersecurity mission, particularly in the defense and intelligence communities. And for good reason. Typically, the words "insider threat" might conjured up the likeness of Edward Snowden. But the reality is much scarier, writes blogger Eddie Garcia.  

DARPA Wants to 'Pancake' LiDAR Technologies

December 9, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Even lush forest canopies could became effectively transparent with a future generation of light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technologies. Source: Shutterstock/DARPA

DARPA, the Defense Department’s primary research agency, seeks flat optics that could revolutionize a number of industries, from surveillance technologies to how autonomous systems sense obstacles in their surroundings.

Inmarsat Global Xpress Now Provides Full Global Coverage

December 3, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

The third Inmarsat Inc., Global Xpress satellite is now fully operational after reaching its final orbital position. Activation of the third satellite in a fleet of three provides complete global coverage of the company’s program to heighten global communication capabilities on land, at sea and in the air.

Robot Adds New Twist to NIST

December 1, 2015
By Maryann Lawlor
A robot may be the ultimate innovation, extending measurements to higher frequencies while characterizing antennas faster and more easily than previous NIST facilities.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has created a robotic arm that is being used to measure the properties of antennas rapidly and accurately. The robot, formally named the Configurable Robotic Millimeter-Wave Antenna facility, may be the ultimate innovation.


Army Communications Training Includes Doing With Less

November 18, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Army Pacific trains with limited—but not eliminated—communications capabilities to learn how to operate in a degraded environment, whether caused by enemy action or by shortcomings among allies and partners.

Lack of Interoperability Equals Built-in Degradation

November 18, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

While military planners are worried about communications and networking degradation by enemy forces, they instead should turn their attention to already-extant degradation—the lack of effective interoperability in a coalition operation.



U.S. Forces Prepare for Degraded Networking

November 17, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Dealing with a degraded communications environment may require commanders to make their intent clear to their warfighters before a network collapses.

A Mobile Military Mandates New Security Solutions

November 17, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

Government and industry are hard at work in what will be a tough job to incorporate commercial solutions in mobile military networking.

Communications Security Monitoring Can Reduce Insider Threats

November 13, 2015
By David E. Meadows

The adage is true: What’s old is new again, and while we think the technology of today might cure the ills of yesterday, some problems persist. It might be time to explore how methods that helped isolate insider threats from history can succeed in protecting modern infrastructure.

Enhancing Situational Awareness Throughout an IT Infrastructure

November 6, 2015
By Joel Dolisy

Across the entire Defense Department, situational awareness is mission critical. Real-time understanding of mission activities and the information delivered by intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, in particular, is crucial for military commanders to make key decisions. 

Crypto and The Imitation Game

November 4, 2015
By Justin Marston

Cryptography is an old game of secrecy with a storied history that millennia later, secures information in the digital age. Encryption, or the conversion of data into another form, plays a critical role in cryptography, with encryption algorithms protecting data on numerous devices across many networks. As many ways as there are to protect information, however, there are also those willing to crack the code.

Acoustic Kitty and Zombie Home Appliances: Yesterday's Theories Shape Tomorrow's Technologies

October 15, 2015
By David Archer

What does the CIA's Project Acoustic Kitty have in common with zombie home appliances? The answer can be found in three letters: IoT. Left unchecked, the Internet of Things poses notable threats, both commercially and militarily.

Modern EW Capabilities Accompany Russian Forces Into Syria

October 13, 2015
By David E. Meadows

Despite the fact that they supposedly are fighting against Syrian rebels employing relatively unsophisticated equipment, Russian forces have brought some of their most advanced electronic warfare (EW) capabilities to the fight.

7 Technologies That Together Will Disrupt Humanity

October 8, 2015
By Bob Gourley
The iCub humanoid robot at IDSIA's robotics lab in Switzerland tries to reach for a blue cup.

A mere seven emerging technologies, while each powerful on their own, have the synergistic potential to disrupt life as we know it. The changes are coming. But are we ready? Has humanity fully prepared for the impacts? Lives will be easier, but at what cost? Guest blogger Bob Gourley dusts off the crystal ball.  

Device Converts Light into Direct Current

September 30, 2015
By George I. Seffers
Researchers predict the optical rectina, which converts light to direct current, could be a game changer.

Using nanotechnology, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology develop a device for converting light to direct current electricity.