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ARL Researches the Human Brain

July 17, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Scientists at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) monitor a soldier’s brainwaves as he operates systems in a simulated tank. The work seeks to understand thought patterns and physical states during combat pursuant to teaming the soldier with artificial intelligence.

The Army Research Laboratory is studying how the human brain functions under varying conditions so it can pair soldiers’ moods and perceptions with actions by AI.

Ant-Sized Robots Powered by Tiny Vibrations

July 17, 2019
Posted by Julianne Simpson
A micro-bristle-bot is shown next to a U.S. penny for size comparison. Credit: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech, Georgia Tech graduate student Zhijian (Chris) Hao is shown with a microscope image of a micro-bristle-bot on a U.S. penny. Credit: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech, Close-up photo shows a micro-bristle-bot, which is about 2 millimeters in length–about the size of the world’s smallest ant. Credit: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech

Researchers at Georgia Tech have created a new type of tiny 3D-printed robot that moves by harnessing the vibration from piezoelectric actuators, ultrasound sources or even tiny speakers.

Artificial Intelligence 101

June 26, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Ron Schmelzer and Kathleen Walch (r), who both are managing partners and principal analysts at Cognilytica and spoke at the recent AI World Government conference, advise that not every information technology problem can be solved by using artificial intelligence systems.

Experts make sense of the burgeoning industry and offer words of wisdom to AI users.

NSF and Federal Agencies Announce Update to National AI Plan

June 24, 2019
Posted by Gopika Ramesh
The Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas in Austin is funded by the NSF and specializes in high performance research and development and data analysis. Credit: Texas Advanced Computing Center

2019 update to the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan refreshes 2016 version.

Metal Foam Stops Armor-Piercing Bullets

June 17, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
Afsaneh Rabiei examines a sample of composite metal foam. Her pioneering research has led to armor plating that weighs far less than steel and is capable of stopping armor-piercing .50-caliber bullets. Credit: North Carolina State University

The armor was tested using .50 caliber ball and armor-piercing rounds. The armor was tested with rounds fired at impact velocities from 500 meters per second up to 885 meters per second.

Hypersonic Weapon Passes First Flight Test

June 13, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
The U.S. Air Force has successfully launched the AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon from a B-52 Stratofortress for the first time. Credit: Airman 1st Class Victor J. Caputo/U.S. Air Force

A sensor-only version of the AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon prototype was carried externally by a B-52 during the test to gather environmental and aircraft handling data.

The Role of Chief Technology Officers in 2020

May 22, 2019
By Julianne Simpson
Yuvi Kochar, former chief technology officer for The Washington Post, speaks to attendees at the AFCEA-GMU C4I and Cyber Center Symposium about how CTOs can leverage technology to drive business outcomes.

Yuvi Kochar has been a chief technology officer for almost 20 years and has seen the job transform into a more business-centric role.

DISA Drafting Artificial Intelligence

May 16, 2019
By George I. Seffers
From l-r, Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL editor in chief, moderates a TechNet Cyber luncheon plenary with speakers Tony Montemarano, DISA executive deputy director, and Jeffrey Jones, executive director, JFHQ-DODIN. Photo by Michael Carpenter, At TechNet Cyber, Jeffrey Jones, executive director, JFHQ-DODIN, discusses how AI and machine learning can impact cybersecurity. Photo by Michael Carpenter, Tony Montemarano, DISA executive deputy director, discusses cyber, AI and data at TechNet Cyber. Photo by Michael Carpenter

"Artificial intelligence is probably the most significant technology we have to come to grips with," said Tony Montemarano, DISA executive deputy director.

The Dark Art of Artificial Intelligence

May 15, 2019
By George I. Seffers
From l-r, Mathew Gaston, director of the Emerging Technology Center at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, Stephen Wallace, DISA’s systems innovation scientist with the Emerging Technology Directorate, and and Fletcher Previn, chief information officer at IBM Corp., discuss artificial intelligence during a session of TechNet Cyber. Photo by Michael Carpenter

Artificial intelligence will be the technology most critical to national security, experts say.

Mobile Device Protection Prevails in Shark Tank

April 26, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
From l-r, Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of AFCEA International, presents the winner’s trophy to Mike Fong, CEO of Privoro, after his company’s technology was chosen as the top competitor in the championship round of AFCEA International’s small business innovative shark tank. Also present are John Kreger of MITRE, chairman of the AFCEA Homeland Security Committee and Tina Jordan, AFCEA vice president of membership.

Shielding smartphones from intrusion wins a small business shark tank competition.

Software Pipeline Open for Business, Air Force Squadron Says

April 23, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Engineers from the 517th Software Engineering Squadron, including (l-r) Carl Stuck and Scott Vigil, project directors; David Jolley, director; and Brent VanDerMeide, flight director, have created a new software development platform. U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromer, A new development secure operations, or DevSecOps-based platform created by engineers from the 517th Software Engineering Squadron, will speed software tools to warfighters. U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromer

The squadron rolls out DevSecOps software development system.

$5.2 Million High Performance Computing Program Seeks Proposals

April 9, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Industry solutions across manufacturing, materials and mobility applications are wanted for the government’s $5.2 million High Performance Computing Energy Innovation Program. Credit: Shutterstock

The Department of Energy and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working to advance high performance computing.

DISA Rolls Out milDrive Digital Storage Solution

March 28, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA's) new digital personal file storage service called milDrive will offer flexibility and reliability to warfighters, the agency says. Credit: Shutterstock/Andrey VP

The military IT agency’s cloud-based personal file storage service will give warfighters more flexibility, officials say.

Stryker Virtual Trainer Debuts in Europe

March 22, 2019
Soldiers train in a Stryker Virtual Collective Trainer at the Mission Training Complex on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The system was recently fielded to Vilseck, Germany, the first fielding in Europe.   Credit: C. Todd Lopez

The Stryker Virtual Trainer provides the Army’s Stryker community the capability to train a platoon in a multi-vehicle, virtual environment.

Army Unveils Enterprise IT As A Service Strategy

March 13, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Army Futures Command will be the first location for the service’s foray into Enterprise IT As A Service, according to Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, commanding general, Army Cyber Command. Credit: Anna Neubauer

The service wants to get out of the hardware business, to a certain extent, when it comes it the enterprise portion of its network.

Robotic Process Automation the Focus of Shark Tank Survivors

March 12, 2019
By Robert K. Ackerman
Eric Teasdale of Automation Anywhere gives the winning presentation of the company’s robotic process automation technology at the season's last AFCEA innovation shark tank, held on March 6. His company will join five other finalists in the championship competition being held at AFCEA’s Homeland Security Conference on April 22 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Photo by Elizabeth Moon, Judges and competitors gather at the penultimate AFCEA innovation shark tank, held on February 26. Photo by Elizabeth Moon

The last two finalists gear up for the ultimate competition on April 22.

AI Lays the Foundation for 5G Spectrum Sharing

March 8, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Artificial intelligence-enabled radio technology developed with DARPA funding, could help manage scarce spectrum resources. Credit: Photo illustration created with images by geralt/Pixabay

DARPA's Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) will end later this year with a competition between the remaining teams from the U.S., Europe and Asia vying for a $2 million prize.

DARPA Pursuing AI to Accelerate Disease Cures

March 7, 2019
By George I. Seffers
Disease caused by the Ebola virus is severe and often-fatal. Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency envision artificial intelligence systems that will accelerate the rate of research in chemistry, which could offer a wide range of benefits including the rapid discovery of cures for a range of diseases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention photo by microbiologist Frederick A. Murphy, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Special Pathogens Branch

“Imagine a world in which we can develop a new therapeutic to an emerging threat or disease in a matter of days instead of the six, 12 or 24 months that it takes today.”

DARPA to Tackle Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

March 4, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The Defense Advanced Research Agency’s Artificial Intelligence Colloquium being held this week in Alexandria, Virginia, will include a panel discussion on the ethics issues surrounding the use of artificial intelligence. Credit: Shutterstock

If you see an autonomous tank driving across a plain toward troops, in some sense, does it matter if it’s driven by a human or computer?

Commercial Cloud Complexity

February 28, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Credit: GreenTech/Shutterstock

Companies are working to clear the fog to aid more federal government use of the cloud.