Technology Blog

Shaping the Quantum Computing Future

January 7, 2019
Posted by George I. Seffers
Research at Sandia National Laboratories may help shape the future of quantum computing. Credit: TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay

Sandia National Laboratories announces four research projects designed to advance quantum computing technology.

NIST Develops New Method for Evaluating Antennas

December 11, 2018
Posted by Julianne Simpson
NIST researcher Jelena Senic drives a robot used to measure the performance of different antenna beam patterns. Photo Credit: NIST

Researchers at NIST have developed a method for evaluating and selecting optimal antenna designs for future 5G cellphones and other wireless devices.

LLNL Researchers Debut New Class of 3D-Printed Metamaterials

December 7, 2018
Posted by Julianne Simpson
Researchers injected a magnetorheological (MR) fluid into hollow lattice structures built on LLNL’s Large Area Projection Microstereolithography (LAPµSL) platform, which 3D prints objects with microscale features over wide areas using light and a photosensitive polymer resin. Photo by Julie Mancini/LLNL, A new class of Lab-developed “field-responsive mechanical metamaterials” (FRMMs) employ a viscous, magnetically responsive fluid that is manually injected into the hollow struts and beams of 3D-printed lattices. The fluid’s ferromagnetic particles located in the core of the beams form chains in response to the magnetic field, which rapidly stiffens the fluid and the lattice structure. Photo by Julie Mancini/LLNL

“Field-responsive mechanical metamaterials” change properties under magnetic fields.

AFCEA Shark Tank Chooses Company Specializing in Industrial IoT Device Security

Novermber 20, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Bill Moore, founder of Xona Systems, hears the announcement that the judges in AFCEA International’s Innovation Shark Tank Series have selected Xona as a finalist. The company offers cybersecurity measures for so-called Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices. Credit: Elizabeth Moon, AFCEA International’s Innovation Shark Tank Series offers entrepreneurs and small businesses an opportunity to get advice and input from industry experts serving as judges in the competition. Pictured are the participants and judges from AFCEA’s November 19 event. Credit: Elizabeth Moon

The latest round of the association’s innovation competition selects Xona Systems’ cybersecurity solutions for critical infrastructure.

Laser Communications Offer Promise

October 31, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Airbus' SpaceDataHighway system, which the company refers to as the world’s first ‘optical fibre in the sky’ employs laser communications technology, a rising capability. Credit: Airbus

Experts say the optic-based technology is ready, and they are turning their efforts to commercialization.

ID Card Kiosks, Synthetic Environments Survive Shark Tank

October 26, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
John Jacob (l), senior vice president of sales and marketing for NextgenID, shares the winner’s table with JarMarcus King, chief operations officer, J&F Alliance Group, after their two firms’ technologies prevailed in the AFCEA innovation shark tank competition held October 25. Credit: Elizabeth Moon

For the first time, two winners tie in innovation competition.

Researchers Advance the Art of 3D Printing Origami

October 23, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
Researchers used digital light processing to advance the art of 3D printing complex origami structures. (Credit: Christopher Moore)

A one-step approach to fabricating complex origami structures could offer many benefits, including improved biomedical devices and equipment used in space exploration.

ATF Grants Explosives License to Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Company

October 22, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The U.S. Government has granted Aquabotix an explosives license to use with unmanned aquatic vehicles. Photo credit: Aquabotix Ltd.

Unmanned aquatic vehicles with explosives-related capabilities could help combat littoral mine threats, Aquabotix says.

Startup Companies Push Aerospace Innovation

October 12, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
At the recent Starburst Aerospace Accelerator event held at MITRE Corp., innovators presented emerging technologies for aerospace and military applications. One startup company, San Francisco-based Elroy Air, is developing an autonomous aerial cargo aircraft system that can carry 200-500 lbs of payload by air over a range of 300 miles., Another startup company, Philadelphia-based Ghost Robotics, which pitched at the recent Starburst Aerospace Accelerator event held at MITRE Corp., is offering a quadrupedal unmanned ground vehicle (Q-UGV) that can climb fences, among other capabilities.

New offerings include advanced rocket design, fuel cell power, more efficient robots, unmanned cargo systems and other aerospace solutions.

Marines Corps Outlines Technology Needs

October 9, 2018
Kimberly Underwood
James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy, speaks at the recent Modern Day Marine event in Quantico, Virginia., Leaders from the Marine Corps Systems Command present technology needs to the industry at the recent Modern Day Marine event in Quantico, Virginia.

The Marine Corps is looking to the industry to provide cybersecurity, radio, handheld, network, advanced waveforms and other capabilities for warfighters.

Behavorial Biometrics Can Supplement Traditional Identity Verification

September 27, 2018
By Shaun Waterman
Credit: Shuterstock/jannoon028

AI and machine learning technology can identify users by how they use their keyboard and mouse.

Marines Consider Compact Laser Weapon

September 27, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Appearing at the Modern Day Marine industry-related exhibits, Boeing’s compact laser weapon system is shown mounted on OshKosh Defense’s joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV). Credit: Kimberly Underwood, Boeing’s compact laser weapon system, mounted on Oshkosh Defense’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), could provide counter-unmanned aerial vehicle protection for expeditionary warfighters, the company asserts. Credit: Oshkosh, Two Boeing employees, Jerry Drelling (l), external communications, and Rhoan Boucher, weapons programs, Global Sales & Marketing Team, stand next to Boing’s compact laser weapon system, known as CLWS. CLWS offers a powerful, yet manportable solution to unmanned aerial vehicle threats, according to the company. Credit: Boeing

The service is evaluating the manportable weapon as an important counter measure against unmanned aerial vehicles.

DOD, FBI and DHS Biometric Databases Will Be Able to Talk to Each Other

September 25, 2018
By Shaun Waterman
, Officials discuss federal identity management at the AFCEA Federal Identity Form, from l-r: Russ Wilson, policy lead for Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency; Craig Archer, identity superiority manager, US Special Operations Command; Will Graves, chief engineer, DOD/PM Biometrics; and Greg Gosselin, mission support specialist, USNORTHCOM.

New standard for encoding biometric information set for approval in 2019.

U.S. Navy Replaces Obsolete Part With 3D Printing

September 12, 2018
By Ali Cybulski
Stephen Cox, chief engineer at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific’s RESTORE Lab in San Diego, uses a laser scanner. Credit: Alan Antczak

The RESTORE Lab and the Undersea Communications and Integration Program Office repaired a failing U.S. Air Force antenna using a process that took about six months.

DARPA Pumps $2 Billion Into Next-Gen AI

September 11, 2018
By Ali Cybulski
DARPA research could lead to a third wave of AI technologies with humanlike communication and reasoning capabilities. Credit: DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency seeks to quickly transform artificial intelligence systems from specialized tools into problem-solving partners.

U.S. Military Takes MALD-X Outfitted with Electronic Warfare to the Air

August 24, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The DOD reports a successful demonstration of the miniature air-launched decoy technology upgraded with electronic warfare known as MALD-X. Pictured here is an earlier version of the MALD vehicles, manufactured by The Raytheon Company. Photo credit: Raytheon

The modular, air-launched missile upgraded with electronic warfare capabilities completed a flight demonstration this week, DOD reports.

The Military Downside to a Global Mesh Network

August 23, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. James J. Mingus, USA, commanding general, 82nd Airborne Division, speaks at AFCEA’s TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

A space-based global mesh network will benefit adversaries, too.

Army Delivering on Its Network Promises

August 22, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Maj. Gen. David Bassett, USA, and Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, USA speak at AFCEA's TechNet Augusta conference. Photo by Michael Carpenter

The integrated tactical network helps warfighters address emerging threats.

Improving Electronic Warfare

August 10, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The commercial sector continues to implement new electronic warfare (EW) technology, pushing towards multifunction, multi-domain applications. Sierra Nevada’s mobile land-based system, called Modi, defends against unmanned vehicle threats as well as traditional EW threats. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corp., Aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the East Sea in 2017, sailors help ready an EA-18G Growler for catapult launch. The U.S. Navy is evolving its airborne electronic warfare capabilities, replacing the 40-year old ALQ-99 system on the Growler with Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) technologies covering low-, mid-, and high-bands. It tapped Raytheon to work on a mid-band NGJ pod for the aircraft. Credit: Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano

Tactical jammers are getting an upgrade to defend against emerging threats.

Defense CIO Describes Vision for Joint AI Center

August 10, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Dana Deasy, who became the U.S. Defense Department’s chief information officer nearly 100 days ago, has been charged with creating the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

“This is all about doing two things incredibly well: we’ve got to move at a lot faster pace and then do this at scale.”–Dana Deasy, DOD CIO, on the creation of a Joint Artificial Intelligence Center