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Guardians Need Advanced Virtual Training for Space Operations

April 8, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Space Force can employ a rapid “training refresh cycle,” with virtual tools and simulation in between real operations, says Lt. Gen. Chance Saltzman, USSF, deputy chief of Space Operations, speaking at an Aerospace Corp. event on April 8.

Elevated knowledge to conduct space operations is needed in an adversarial environment.

Joint All-Domain Warfighting Takes Leadership

March 30, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, is training leaders for joint all-domain warfare through its rigorous year-long Joint All-Domain Strategist course. Students from the 2017-2018 course pose with their instructors. The course is growing in stature, given the need for such warfighting abilities. Credit: Air University Public Affairs Photo by Airman 1st Class Charles Welty.

Professional military college builds the foundation for experts in global multidomain operations

Sandia’s New Open-Access Quantum Testbed Is Ready for the Public

March 18, 2021
Posted by: Julianne Simpson
Sandia National Laboratories physicist Susan Clark leads the team that built the Quantum Scientific Computing Open User Testbed. The ion-based quantum computer was made for outside researchers to use.  Photo by Bret Latter

A new open-access quantum computing testbed from the Department of Energy is ready for the public.

Networked Munitions Take Flight

March 16, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood and Maryann Lawlor
A 40th Flight Test Squadron F-16D Fighting Falcon prepares to drop four bombs for the second Golden Horde test mission designed to provide proof of concept for collaborative autonomous weapons.  U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Raven, USAF, Collaborative Small Diameter Bombs (CSDBs) are launched from the wing of an F-16 fighter. Four of the bombs were dropped during the second flight demonstration of the Air Force Golden Horde Vanguard.  Courtesy photo U.S. Air Force, A 40th Flight Test Squadron F-16D Fighting Falcon circles the target after successfully dropping four bombs for the second Golden Horde test mission near Holloman Air Force Base.  U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Nic Arosemena, USAF

Collaborative autonomous weapons climb to new heights of autonomy.

ISAC Ventures Into Space Information Sharing

March 11, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The addition of low-Earth Orbit satellite mega constellations in space brings an added threat vector, and is an area being watched closely, says Erin Miller, executive director of the new Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Organization seeks to become a platform for threat data for the space industry.

Championing Technology Also Involves Difficult Culture and Process Changes

February 26, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
The cybersecurity problem is not going away for the military, warns retiring Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, USN, pictured at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore in 2018.

The outgoing leader of the Defense Information Systems Agency shares her reflections.

TRADOC Commander Outlines Three Training Initiatives

February 16, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The Army's Synthetic Training Environment is one of three initiatives using data to modernize the service's training capabilities. Credit: U.S. Army

The three initiatives will allow the Army to leverage data for multidomain operations to enable warfighters and echelons to survive on the modern battlefield.

Army Recharges Conformal Wearable Battery Design

February 12, 2021
By George I. Seffers
A soldier dons the prototypical Integrated Visual Augmentation System during a live fire test event at Fort Pickett, Virginia, in October 2020. The Silicon Anode Conformal Wearable Battery prototype is placed in the soldier’s back pouch. Army officials will assess two versions of the new battery during Project Convergence 2021 in October. Credit: Courtney Bacon, PEO Soldier PAO

The Army’s C5ISR Center is working to improve manufacturing of silicon anode cells to lower cost and potentially add more energy into the batteries. 

Navy Intelligent Tracker Destined for Army Combat Vehicle

February 10, 2021
Posted by George I. Seffers
A U.S. Navy team has developed an automated target detection and tracking system known as the Intelligent Tracker for the Army's Next Generation Combat Vehicle. Image provided by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division

The Intelligent Tracker innovation adds a rapid and precise automated target detection and tracking capability to the kill chain for manned and unmanned weapon systems.

Government Must Pivot to the Intelligent Edge with Private Sector

January 14, 2021
By Julianne Simpson
The future enterprise will be edge-centric, cloud enabled and data driven, says Bill Burnham, CTO, U.S. Public Sector Business Unit, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

The future enterprise will be edge-centric, cloud enabled and data driven, says Bill Burnham, CTO, U.S. Public Sector Business Unit, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Machine Learning Makes Scientific Research 42,000 Times Faster

January 8, 2021
Posted by: George I. Seffers
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a machine learning algorithm that makes scientific research about 40,000 faster and can be used for a wide variety of purposes.   Credit: Andrey Suslov/Shutterstock

With machine learning, the same simulation took 60 milliseconds using only 36 cores, equivalent to 42,000 times faster on equal computers.

Space Delivers Army’s Ground Capabilities

December 21, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Members of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Technical Center watch as Kestrel Eye is able to take its first images from space in April. Kestrel Eye is a small, low-cost, visible-imagery satellite prototype designed to provide near real-time images to the tactical-level ground Soldier in the field, rapidly and inexpensively. (Photo by Jason B. Cutshaw)

The benefits of space are being delivered to the ground-based warfighter in greater degrees as Army taps the ultimate high ground for cutting-edge capabilities.

The Next Internet: Decentralized, Secure and Immersive

December 14, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Virtual reality, artificial intelligence and other technologies will transform the Internet in the coming years, experts predict. Credit: TierneyMJ/Shutterstock

In the not-too-distant future, the Internet may be 3D.

DOD Culture Still Impedes Rapid Development

December 3, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Danielle Metz, acting deputy CIO for information enterprise, outlines obstacles the Defense Department faces in implementing rapid technology development and fielding processes.

“When DOD teams try to adopt modern software development practices into their normal business processes, they run into other institutional and cultural roadblocks.”

DISA Embraces DevSecOps for Future Contracts

December 3, 2020
By George I. Seffers
Defense Information Systems Agency officials are moving toward a secure and agile software development process known as DevSecOps for new contracts. Credit: Andrey Suslov/Shutterstock

“When we develop capabilities, we will use the DevSecOps methodology."

U.S. Space Force Forecasts Commercial SATCOM Contracts

December 3, 2020
By George I. Seffers
A U.S. Space Force office has revealed a hundreds of millions of dollars in commercial satellite contracts to be awarded in the coming months. Credit; Panuwatccn/Shutterstock

Mike Nichols, chief of the COMSATCOM Solutions program, U.S. Space Force, highlighted several of the opportunities.

High-Priority Satellite is Ready for Launch

December 2, 2020
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Lockheed Martin's SBIRS GEO-5 satellite is tested in a vacuum chamber at the company's Sunnyvale, California, production facility in April. The U.S. Space Force has ruled that the satellite is now ready for launching in 2021. Credit: Lockheed Martin, The U.S. Space Force certified as ready the fifth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite (SBIRS GEO-5). The satellite will be launched in 2021. Credit: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Space Force’s so-called SBIRS GEO-5 infrared surveillance satellite, built by Lockheed Martin, was finished in record time.

Human and Artificial Intelligence Merge

November 25, 2020
By George I. Seffers
While human cyborgs may still be the stuff of science fiction, the science may be a little closer to reality following breakthroughs in materials used for neural links and other implants that offer a wide array of benefits, including potential medical advances. Credit: Ociacia/Shutterstock

A breakthrough in materials could allow humans to control unmanned vehicles and other technologies directly with their brains.

Air Force Sets Ablaze Redundancy with Operation Flamethrower

November 23, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force's new initiative, Operation Flamethrower, is meant to aggressively get rid of legacy policies, processes and equipment that are not effective. Credit: Shutterstock/Mack Pansuwan

The service’s new initiative looks to make network-related policies and equipment more effective.

A Confluence of Technologies Defines Information Systems

November 10, 2020
By Robert K. Ackerman
Credit: Shutterstock/Krunja

Technologies such as 5G, AI and the Internet of Things will coalesce to offer capabilities far beyond their originally anticipated results.