Technology Blog

The Funding, Future and Forecasting of Quantum Technology

August 15, 2016
By David E. Meadows

Government, industry and academia are on the cusp of game-changing breakthroughs in the field of quantum physics.

When Air Gapping Fails: How to Protect Data

August 11, 2016
By John Halksworth

Air gapping is a security measure that isolates a computer or a network so it cannot be accessed or hacked by an external entity—a useful technique that adds a layer of security. But it's not a foolproof defense method. For that reason, blogger John Halksworth shares tips in the event of a cyber attack or a data breach.

Ohio Crime Lab Using Battelle DNA Technology to Solve Cold Cases

August 8, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is investing in cutting-edge DNA testing capabilities to bolster its arsenal to solve missing persons forensic cases, among other tasks. The bureau is working with Battelle, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, and the organization’s technology that provides investigators with new tools for more in-depth DNA profiling.

Aerospace Giant Takes Small Firm Under Its Wing

7/27/16
By Robert K. Ackerman
Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana (l); John Mulholland, vice president and program manager of Boeing Commercial Programs (c); and Jorge Hernandez, president of Bastion Technologies, examine a Boeing CST-100 Starliner mock-up in the Kennedy Space Center’s former Orbiter Processing Facility 3.

A new NASA mentor-protégé agreement seeks to draw closer the day commercial spacecraft ferry humans to the International Space Station.

Researchers Achieve Nanoscale Benefits at Microscale

July 19, 2016
Researchers have created a 3-D printed lattice that offers both strength and flexibility and may benefit the defense and aerospace industries.

"With these 3-D features we've been fabricating on a nanoscale you can get some really interesting properties, but people have never been able to scale them up and see how they behave," said lead author Xiaoyu Rayne" Zheng.

Quantum Communications: Replacing the Slow Speed of Light

July 14, 2016
By David E. Meadows

The exotic realm of quantum physics offers the potential for revolutionary breakthroughs in communications and transportation.

Let Legacy IT Systems Just Die

July 8, 2016
By J. Wayne Lloyd

Federal agencies need to address their aging legacy systems and need to do it now. But how? Let these legacy systems die, says Wayne Lloyd from RedSeal. The government should not put any more money into a sinking ship and should instead invest $3.1 billion earmarked for improvements to design and implement next-generation networks created from the ground up with security and performance built in.

Ransomware and the Jurassic Age

6/20/16
By David E. Meadows

Ransomware is a menace, but potential victims can take a few simple steps to avoid becoming cyber hostages.

4 Ways GIS Helps the Feds Fight Fraud

June 29, 2016
By Marcella Cavallaro

Big data is prevalent across the federal government, particularly the policy-shaping power of new data streams and better constituent information. Two years ago, President Barack Obama signed into law the DATA Act, which promotes an unprecedented level of transparency in the federal government that many critics argue was well overdue—especially as it relates to the costly problem of government fraud and waste.

Improving Communication During Disasters

June 17, 2016
By Tony Bardo

Recent disasters such as hurricanes Katrina and Sandy demonstrated the importance of improving the nation’s emergency communications infrastructure at all levels of government. Ensuring consistent, uninterrupted communications during a disaster, and the days immediately following, is essential to an organization’s ability to meet mission-critical response requirements. Unfortunately, communications infrastructures easily fall victim to physical damage, leaving personnel and emergency responders unable to effectively communicate.

Future May Depend on Learning to Develop a Global Conscience

May 19, 2016
By Beverly Mowery Cooper
William Halal, chairman of TechCast Global, speaks at the AFCEA International/George Mason University Critical Issues in C4I Symposium.

By the year 2040, we can expect to have general artificial intelligence comparable to humans, according to William Halal, chairman of TechCast Global, speaking on a panel at the AFCEA International/George Mason University Critical Issues in C4I Symposium.

Marching Toward Virtualization in Modern Warfare

May 19, 2016
By Bob Fortna
Realizing benefits such as lighter and more agile equipment, the Army has launched a steady march toward network modernization, evident through efforts such as the Project Manager Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T).

For too long, warfighters have struggled with issues of space, weight and power, each posing major problems in tactical environments. Networking equipment historically has contributed to all three—barriers that must be expunged. Soldiers must travel light. Humvees that barely fit four people must serve as both transport vehicles and portable communication hubs. And networks must be powerful yet agile.

Operational Deception—Sometimes It Just Happens

May 17, 2016
By David E. Meadows

History has shown that deceiving an enemy may lie as much in reactions as actions.

Defense Department Remakes Silicon Valley Enterprise

May 12, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

Faced with criticism that its innovation efforts have been lagging, the U.S. Defense Department has reorganized its Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental, or DIUx, established in Silicon Valley last year. The new version will feature a partnership structure and include a new hub in Boston.

Biodetection System Bound for Space

April 28, 2016
The Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array (LLMDA) will be on board the International Space Station. Image courtesy of NASA.

A biological detection system developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists will soon take a giant leap into outer space, lab officials announced.

Smaller Is Better for Technology and its Manufacturers

April 21, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

Agility is a common attribute to smaller individuals. Large technology companies are taking note and restructuring accordingly.

Industry Is DISA’s New Best Friend

April 20, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Defense Information Systems Agency will be relying on industry more than ever as it plans future military information technology systems.

Information Technology Labor Category Requirements Are Changing

April 19, 2016
By David E. Meadows

What technology job classifications will require more people, or fewer, in the future?

Aurora Flies Small-Scale LightningStrike UAV

April 18, 2016
By George I. Seffers

Aurora Flight Sciences announced company personnel successfully flew a subscale version of its LightningStrike vertical take-off and landing experimental plane (VTOL X-plane) for DARPA. 

Breaking the Chains of Antiquity: The Benefits of Hybrid Networking in a Defense Environment

April 11, 2016
By Tony Bardo

Current technology trends such as the Internet of Things, bring your own device initiatives and the deployment of cloud-based applications all demand more and more bandwidth. One aspect of modernization that could be overlooked as we rush to implement emerging technologies is also the most important—the network backbone that will support it all.

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