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This Itsy Bitsy Spider is a Robot

August 7, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
A new fabrication process enables the creation of soft robots at the millimeter scale with features on the micrometer scale as shown here with the example of a soft robotic spider with moving body parts and colored eyes and abdomens. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

The advance could open up the field of soft robotics at much smaller sizes.

Boeing to Open Aerospace, Autonomy Research Center

August 1, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
Researchers at Boeing's new Aerospace & Autonomy Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts to continue to develop autonomous aircraft systems.

The R&D facility, headed for MIT's Kendall Square, seeks to accelerate the development of future mobility solutions.

New Software Provides Improved C2 Capabilities

July 25, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Lead Engineer Dan Lenhardt of the Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) explains the new speech recognition platform that the center developed to facilitate hands-free computer interaction for soldiers on the move., The Army’s SFC Sheena Ferrell (l) and SFC Ramon Contreras, both from the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, demonstrate the new Tactical Computing Environment developed by CERDEC.

Software developed by CERDEC allows for increased collaboration between commanders, staff and soldiers on the move.

CERDEC Rolls Out Innovation

July 20, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
An improved command post platform is one of many capabilities that the Expeditionary Mission Command at the U.S Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center is rolling out to help soldiers communicate and be connected on the move. Photo credit: U.S. Army Fort Carson Public Affairs

The Army’s research center is sending expeditionary C4ISR capabilities out to the battlefield.


The IRS Works to Innovate While Implementing Tax Reform

July 13, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Internal Revenue Service must include technological innovation as it tackles its Congressional mandates, such as tax reform, says Kevin Bierschenk, acting director, Enterprise Program Controls, IRS.

Juggling priorities, the nation’s tax collection agency is considering how to incorporate big data analytics, cloud and automation, among other information technology innovations.

Experts Identify Emerging Technologies

July 3, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
Advances in manufacturing techniques will deeply impact a variety of businesses such as building construction. They will be particularly useful as part of emergency response efforts to reconstruct homes quickly. Credit: Shutterstock/, Mobile technologies will continue to change how and where people work. However, policies will need to be put into place to ensure cybersecurity and additional access will be required to facilitate quick, easy access. Credit: Shutterstock/GaudiLab

Evolving capabilities likely to affect several government and business sectors in the near future.

Weaving Technology Into Fitness

June 27, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
U.S Air Force Academy cadets work with industry participants during a CyberWorx design project. , Air Force and industry participants collaborate during a CyberWorx design sprint.

Air Force CyberWorx sponsoring hackathon to find physical fitness and data access tool software.

Health Care Identity Management has a Prescription for Improvement

June 28, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is improving digital access to patient health care information, as well as identity management, says Steve Posnack, executive director, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS. Posnack participated in AFCEA’s recent Federal Identity (FedID) Understanding of Identity Meetup event. Credit: Shutterstock, Identity management experts share their findings at AFCEA’s recent FedID Understanding of Identity Meetup event, moderated by AFCEA's FedID Planning Committee Co-Chair Duane Blackburn, S&T policy analyst at MITRE Corp. (pictured at the podium).

The federal government is working to increase patient access to digital health information.

Micro Unmanned Vehicles Make A Splash

June 14, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
The Navy’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island is considering the capabilities of micro aquatic robots, such as this unmanned surface vehicle called SwarmDiver from Aquabotix. Photo credit: Aquabotix, Swarming and diving micro aquatic robots may offer the Navy and other services key capabilities. Photo credit: Aquabotix

The Navy takes a look at what small surface robots can do in the water.

Generals Contemplate Network Modernization Challenge

June 13, 2018
By George I. Seffers
U.S. Army officials intend to modernize the service’s network, which is considered too complex and cumbersome. As part of that effort, the service could potentially kick off a competition for industry and academia to offer cutting-edge solutions. Photo Credit: David Vergun

The Army may initiate a network modernization grand challenge competition.

Insider Threat Technology Swims in Innovation Showcase

June 12, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Tom Miller (c), CEO of ClearForce, stands with the judges who declared his firm’s technology the winner in the second AFCEA Small Business Innovation Showcase Competition. Flanking Tom are (l-r) Glenn Hernandez, CISO, OpEdge Solutions LLC; Manoj Bhatia, president, Network Runners Inc.; Maria Horton, CEO of EmeSec; and Bill Jones, senior vice president of DSA’s Integrated Solutions Group. Photo credit: Elizabeth Moon

The latest AFCEA Innovation Showcase competition qualifier offers technology that warns companies before an employee becomes an insider threat.

NASA Gets its ICON Satellite Ready for Launch

June 4, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite, known as ICON, will track how Earth’s weather and space weather interact. Photo and artistic rendering of ICON courtesy of NASA.

The latest program from the U.S. space agency will study the connection between Earth and space weather.

Naval Postgraduate School Advances Satellite Repair System

June 4, 2018
Ensign Edward Hanlon, USN, along with a group of midshipmen, helped create the robotic satellite repair system AMODS, which will be launched into space for testing this summer., AMODS uses a combination of miniature CubeSat research satellites, called RSats and BRICSats, to provide diagnostics of ailing satellites., AMODS BRICSats provide the propulsion to the repair Rsats., The AMODS has two 60 cm robotic arms with claws to help provide diagnostics.

The technology has the potential to alter how the Defense Department services ailing satellites, researchers say.

Shark Tank Competitors Dive Into Technology Contest

May 23, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman

A company developing networked drones for emergency disaster relief is the first finalist in an AFCEA Small Business Innovation Shark Tank competition. The finals are July 26.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Match Veterans to Jobs

April 27, 2018
Sailors stand aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Missouri prepare to pull into their new home port to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in January. SkillMil, a new venture from SRI International that harnesses artificial intelligence will help match sailors and soldiers to jobs in the civilian world, when they leave the service. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica O. Blackwell

Automated reasoning platform helps quantify soldiers’ skills for the civilian world.

Lab-Developed Flight Technology Ready for Takeoff

April 25, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
Technology developed under DARPA’s Vertical Lift and Takeoff Experimental Plane program has gained approval to transition to the commercial sector. Photo credit: Aurora Flight Sciences

 DARPA has approved a plan to transition electronic vertical lift and takeoff technology to the commercial sector.

Company Successfully Tests Mobile Ad Hoc Network

April 25, 2018
Posted by Julianne Simpson
During the demonstration at Fort Bragg, 320 MPU5 radios, spread across 37 multi-story buildings including basements, successfully communicated on a single radio frequency channel. Credit: Persistent Systems

Persistent Systems' MPU5 smart radio can deliver a tactical MANET network that scales beyond the Army’s requirements.

Canada Looks to Unmask Stealth in the Arctic

April 12, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Michael Reimer, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, aligns a quantum light source at the university’s Institute for Quantum Computing. Work performed at the institute could lead to quantum radar capable of seeing through high-energy interference as well as detecting stealth aircraft.

Canada is betting that beams of quantum entangled photons could serve as advanced radar in the electronically noisy Arctic region.

Cloud-Based Architectures Offer Silver Lining

March 27, 2018
By Beverly Cooper
Traditional data centers are increasingly being engulfed by a cloud of better capabilities. Credit: Shutterstock

To be competitive, companies are starting to look to the cloud for enhancing their enterprise architectures.

Potential Drone Operators Get to Play Games

March 20, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
Air Force Tech Sgt. Matthew Coutts launches a Raven B Digital Data Link drone during a demonstration in Southwest Asia in January. The Navy is developing a video game-based tool to evaluate the skills of potential unmanned vehicle operators. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Kleinhol

The Navy is using a video game to evaluate the skills of unmanned vehicle operators.