Technology Blog

Technology Reigns on Navy Operations

February 6, 2018
By Robert K. Ackerman
Panelists discussing the effect of technology on Navy operations are (l-r) moderator Lt. Gen. Robert Shea, USMC (Ret.), AFCEA president and CEO; Kenneth W. Bible, deputy director, C4/Deputy CIO, U.S. Marine Corps; Kelly Fletcher, acting Department of Navy CIO; Vice Adm. Matthew J. Kohler, USN, commander, Naval Information Forces; and Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, USCG, assistant commandant, C4&IT and commander, U.S. Coast Guard Cyber Command.

New technologies are equipping the fleet. Now the Navy must tailor them to suit its needs while preparing for the next generation of innovations.

March of Military Network Technology Continues

February 5, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The military wants smaller, lighter and ruggedized servers, routers and other equipment that contain cybersecurity measures in order to take their networks into battle. Here, soldiers are taking a look at the PacStar Tactical Fidelis Cybersecurity System. Photo Credit: Pacific Star Communications., The technology industry is working to provide the military with secure network components that are ruggedized, yet smaller in form factor, such as the “Hurricane” storage server from General Micro Systems. Photo Credit: GMS Inc.

Lighter, more compact and ruggedized network solutions also include more cyber protections.

Army Pursuing Weaponized Robotics

February 1, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
As part of the ‘ Wingman’ program, the U.S. Army is developing the Autonomous Remote Engagement System, which is mounted on the Picatinny Lightweight Remote Weapon System and coupled with an M240B machine gun. The system will employ both vision-based automatic target detection and user-specified target selection to reduce the time needed for target identification. Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo.

The Army is pairing traditional weapons and vehicles with autonomous systems, an effort they characterize as the first step toward weaponized robotics.

AFRL Anticipates Arrival of Neuromorphic Supercomputer

January 29, 2018
By George I. Seffers
 IBM this summer will deliver to the Air Force Research Laboratory the 64-chip array, brain-inspired, IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System, an artificial intelligence supercomputing system that will enable deep-network learning and information discovery. (Image Courtesy U.S. Air Force)

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is set to receive a neuromorphic supercomputer from IBM this summer.

NIST Switches On New AI Technology

January 26, 2018
By George I. Seffers
A new superconducting synapse developed by NIST researchers could mark a major step forward for neuromorphic computing, a form of artificial intelligence. Credit: geralt/Pixabay

The NIST switch is called a synapse, after its biological counterpart, and it supplies a missing piece for neuromorphic computers. 

Agency Facilitates Cyber Risk Assessments

January 25, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
While the migration to the Joint Regional Security Stacks will transition ownership of security architecture from the Air Force to DISA, the squadron will retain operational control of traffic flow for Air Force networks. U.S. courtesy photo

Service product packages offer holistic view of information systems risk posture.

U.S. Air Force to Craft Long-Term Science and Technology Plan

January 18, 2018
Kimberly Underwood
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, Gen. Stephen Wilson, USAF, vice chief of staff for the Air Force, and Air Force Maj. Gen. William Cooley, commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, discuss the process to update the service's research priorities.

The service is soliciting "innovative technical ideas" on research priorities and business tactics.

NASA Goddard's New GOLD Mission to Explore Near-Space

January 5, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
NASA’s new GOLD mission, launching on January 25, will provide important observations of the ionosphere, and how it impacts technologies operating in near-space. NASA photo, NASA’s GOLD mission is harnessing commercial satellite infrastructure for the first time by hitching a ride with SES Government Solution’s SES-14 communications satellite. SES Government Solutions Photo of SES-12

NASA's new GOLD mission to explore the ionosphere and the impact of that environment on radio communications.

Radio Enhances Situational Awareness

December 20, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
The reduced size of the STT provides size, weight and power-constrained platforms with the same Link 16 access as legacy Link 16 terminals but at one-third the size and weight.

Capability enables users to obtain tactical information from a ground network and pass it to and from Link 16.

SOCOM Leashes Up a New 'Robot Dog'

December 11, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
A multipurpose canine handler with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, applies medical dressings to a realistic canine mannequin during medical training at Stone Bay on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Photo by Cpl. Bryann K. Whitley, USMC

A new ''robot dog" training simulator is helping canine handlers to improve their care of soldier dogs.

New Technique Allows Faster 3-D Printing

December 11, 2017
By using laser-generated, hologram-like 3-D images flashed into photosensitive resin, researchers can build complex parts in a fraction of the time of traditional layer-by-layer printing. Credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

By using laser-generated 3-D images flashed into photosensitive resin, researchers can print complex parts in a fraction of the time.

Army Officials Tout Unmanned Combat Vehicles

December 7, 2017
The U.S. Army conducts a demonstration of robotic and autonomous systems at Fort Benning, Georgia. Service officials want to design a Remote Combat Vehicle more lethal and maneuverable than an Abrams tank. Photo credit: Patrick A. Albright

Remote control systems may provide more firepower than Abrams tanks.

Confidence, Mentoring Key for Females in Technology

November 1, 2017
By Beverly Cooper
A group of dynamic and successful women leaders gathered to help advance educational topics during AFCEA TechNet Asia-Pacific. From l to r: Cindy Moran, Jodi Ito, Col. Claire Cuccio, USA, and Miyi Chung., Panelists, led by moderator Linda Newton of the AFCEA Hawaii Educational Foundation, far l, discuss women in techology.

People need to understand what careers are out there and make sure youth get involved and learn about the options at an early age.

Can Military Data Be Secure, Trusted and Mobile?

October 24, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Panelists discuss data management at MILCOM 2017 in Baltimore.

Data stored “in silos” is not providing a fluid, agile stream of information that the DOD needs to perform everyday missions.

For First Time Ever, Lasers Combine Into Superbeam

October 16, 2017
By Julianne Simpson
Beamlines entering the lower hemisphere of the National Ignition Facility’s target chamber. Lawrence Livermore researchers have successfully combined nine of the facility’s 192 laser beamlines into one directed pulse of light. (Photo: Damien Jemison/LLNL)

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore's National Ignition Facility have found a way to successfully combine laser beams using plasma.

Startups Offer Emerging Military Technology

October 6, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
At the recent Starburst Aerospace Accelerator event held at DARPA, entrepreneurs presented emerging technologies for military applications. One innovator, Star Simpson, is working on a more rugged drone for light weight critical supply deliveries, building off of the experience designing the ASPARA cardboard disposable drone at Otherlab in San Francisco.

Pitch meeting reveals new technologies for communications, aerospace and transportation applications.

Quantum Technologies Begin Their Great Leap Forward

September 29, 2017
By David E. Meadows

China's test of a quantum communications satellite opens the door to a long-sought goal for communicators and cybersecurity experts alike.

Technology to the Rescue for Homeland Security Needs

September 18, 2017
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
Andre Hentz, deputy undersecretary (acting) for science and technology, DHS, speaks at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference.

Better public-private partnerships sought to enhance security and resiliency.

Government Embracing New Era Technologies

August 23, 2017
By Wes Caldwell
The U.S. government endeavors to deliver capabilities in a more responsive, agile manner, says Wes Caldwell, chief technology officer, Polaris Alpha.

The evolution of hyperconverged infrastructure makes it easier and more cost effective for providers to leverage and deploy applications and solutions.

U.S. Army Seeks Low-Detection Waveforms

August 9, 2017
By George I. Seffers
A panel at TechNet Augusta 2017 discusses military readiness.

One of the Army’s biggest needs in the area of tactical C3 is radio waveforms that are difficult to detect and intercept.