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Leaders Outline Plan for the Army's Integrated Tactical Network

February 6, 2018
Kimberly Underwood
A soldier from Company B, 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion-Enhanced, tears down a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) satellite dish during a demonstration on November 29, 2018, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Army leaders are working to bring advanced communications technologies into an integrated network. U.S. Army photo by Amy Walker, PM Tactical Network PEO C3T public affairs

The tactical network has to fit the bill of being more expeditionary to succeed in a contested environment.

Program Tests Value of Virtual Training

February 4, 2019
By Maryann Lawlor
Virtual Reality Land Training (VRLT) technology enables soldiers to train in a variety of environments, including urban streets. (Photo by BiSim), The VRLT’s Avatar customization capability enables the British Army to replicate facial features and body shapes so soldiers can recognize friendly troops. (Photo by BiSim), Virtual reality combined with simulation enables soldiers to train in simulated scenarios that are costly to recreate in traditional training facilities. (Photo by BiSim)

The British Army is exploring how virtual reality can be integrated into soldier training.

U.S. Marines 3D Print a Concrete Footbridge

January 29, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Marines with 1st Marine Logistics Group (MLG) work together to secure a concrete bridge support column during a 3D concrete printing exercise at Camp Pendleton, California in December.  The 1rst MLG worked with the Marine Corps Systems Command’s Advanced Manufacturing Operations Cell and the Army Corps of Engineers, to print the concrete bridge parts and evaluate the technology for future Marine Corps applications. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert Bliss

Exercise demonstrates concrete 3D printing in an operational environment.

R3D2 Going to Space

January 24, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
In late February, DARPA is planning to launch a new type of antenna that could enable missions that usually require large satellites, the agency reports. Credit: DARPA

The groundbreaking, compactable antenna from DARPA will offer greater radio communication capabilities on a smaller satellite.

To Protect Data, Start By Knowing Where It Lives

January 24, 2019
By Beverly Cooper
SIGNAL Magazine Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman (l) discusses data protection with Jonathan Alboum, Veritas Technologies and Sherry Bennett, DLT Solutions.

Experts agree on a variety of strategies that pay off for organizations seeking data protection and storage expansion.

Virtual Home Health Care Assistant Debuts at Consumer Electronics Show

January 9, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
A new virtual platform offers electronic caregiving. Credit: SameDay Security

Addison, the electronic caregiver, offers medication and care management, and emergency response services.

Researchers Add Data Science to Art of Wargames

January 10, 2019
By George I. Seffers
A new online wargame will help researchers study data associated with nuclear proliferation. Credit: Razvan Ionut Dragomirescu/Shutterstock

Researchers have created an online wargame to study big data related to nuclear proliferation.

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.