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IARPA Releases ACCENT Technology to Research Community

November 9, 2016

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) announced the public release of the Accurate Events from Natural Text (ACCENT) technology.

Like Sands of Time: Shifting From IPv4 to IPv6

November 8, 2016
By Joe Kim

More than a decade ago the Defense Department announced plans to convert its network to the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) standard. Today, the wait continues. The department no longer can afford to cite the re-occurring mantra “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Today’s military simply cannot overlook the need to transition, writes Joe Kim, SolarWinds' senior vice president and global chief technology officer.

Panel: Equipping the Cyber Force Means Giving Them Tools To Understand What They Manage

November 2, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Panelists discuss efforts to equip the cyber force at MILCOM 2016. Photo by Mike Carpenter, Giorgio Bertoli is a senior scientific technical manager for offensive cyber at the Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD) at the Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC). Photo by Mike Carpenter, Donald Coulter is a computer scientist and team lead for trusted systems and networks with CERDEC’s Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate. Photo by Mike Carpenter, Giorgio Bertoli displays a rather recent history of the Internet during a panel discussion at MILCOM 2016.

The history of the Internet as we know it today doesn’t really date back that far. Some 25 years, really. But what is both enticing and concerning is that the rate of change in this arena constantly is speeding up, making it difficult to forecast where technology will go next.

Closing the Computer-Human Gap in Object Recognition

November 2, 2016
By Julianne Simpson
Sandia National Laboratories will oversee the brain-replication work of three teams who aim to map, understand and mathematically recreate visual processing in the brain.

Over the next five years, Sandia National Laboratories will oversee the brain replication work of three university-led teams who aim to close the computer-human gap in object recognition.

The Benefits of Automation for Sensitive Content Management

October 21, 2016
By Tod Tompkins

The increased focus on the sharing of information—whether among U.S. agencies or with international allies—has resulted in an expanded reliance on content management systems. These platforms enable collaboration on an enterprise-wide scale, letting groups across the Defense Department and NATO effectively share mission-critical information and documentation. 

Surfing USA in the Name of Science

October 17, 2016
By Julianne Simpson
Sandia National Laboratories research engineers Ryan Coe and Giorgio Bacelli are collecting new information to optimize wave energy converter testing. (Photo courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories)

Engineers from Sandia National Laboratories are conducting the largest model-scale wave energy testing of its kind to harness power from one of the biggest untapped clean energy sources on Earth—and one of the hardest to capture.

Company Successfully Completes Trial of Advanced Transatlantic Submarine Communications Technology

October 5, 2016

Aqua Comms Ltd. announced the successful completion of a trial of Cinea’s WaveLogic 3 Extreme transmission technology on American Europe Connect, its high-capacity, transatlantic subsea cable network that connects New York to London.

NSF: Five States Rule U.S. Business R&D

October 4, 2016
The National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics reports that in 2013 five states dominated the country's business research and development.

Five states accounted for just over half of the $255 billion of research and development (R&D) companies paid for and performed in the United States in 2013, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

China, U.S. Collaborating on Air Traffic Research

September 29, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

China's Aeronautical Establishment (CAE) is teaming with NASA to study air traffic congestion and develop new ways to manage increasing civil air operations.

How Do You Know Your Artificial Intelligence is Intelligent?

September 27, 2016
By Matt Gould

For all the abilities of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, there’s one particular area of intelligent behavior where machines fall short of humans—an area becoming increasingly important as AI takes on more complex tasks. They must communicate with the same fluency and articulation expected of humans so they can explain precisely what they are doing and provide interpretations of the complex data sets upon which they increasingly rely.

Building a Library of Technology Interests

September 26, 2016
By David E. Meadows

Several newsletters from organizations within and outside of government together can give technologists an enhanced picture of the state of their field and the issues that dominate it.

U.S. Army Researchers Develop Nanomaterial That Could Revolutionize Jet Engine Technology

September 22, 2016
By Julianne Simpson

Scientists with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory discovered what officials have touted as a startling new finding for jet engine technology in their search for nanomaterials.

U.S. Air Force Research Lab Receives its First Agile Condor Pod System

September 22, 2016

The not-for-profit defense and aerospace research and development firm SRC Inc. delivered to the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) its first Agile Condor pod system, a scalable, low cost, size, weight and power (low-CSWaP) hardware architecture for on-board processing of a great deal of sensor data through high-performance embedded computing.

NASA Greenlights New Space Exploration Technologies

September 21, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

Adaptive space robotics, 3-D printing and autonomous communication systems are among the topics of 21 innovative research and development proposals selected by NASA to enable future solar system missions.

What If GPS Fails?

September 20, 2016
By Robert K. Ackerman

What happens if the Global Positioning System (GPS) that controls precision time signals goes down? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO), which operate U.S. civilian and military time standards, respectively, have worked with two companies to identify commercial fiber optic telecommunications networks as a practical backup possibility.

Providing Telehealth for the Nation's Veterans

September 20, 2016
By Tony Bardo

Of all of the U.S. government's modernization and reform initiatives, overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the longest standing and most important undertakings. This has been the case since a post-World War II era, when the Truman administration called for modernization of the department. Despite ongoing efforts, we still have a long way to go to ensure all veterans across the United States have access to high-quality health care.

Satellite Images Show Devastation of Deadly Earthquake in Italy

August 24, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Amatrice, Italy, as seen on August 9, 2010. Image collected by WorldView-2. © European Space Imaging, Amatrice, Italy, as seen on August 24, 2016, 10:21 am (UTC) after a deadly 6.2 earthquake. Image collected by WorldView-2. © European Space Imaging

Shortly after getting word of the deadly earthquake that has devastated much of central Italy, the European Space Imaging's satellite tasking operations team collected the first satellite image of the damage at 10:21 a.m. (UTC).

After Active Duty: Raising the Bar on Technology

August 22, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Shannon Sullivan, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and a former pole vaulter, knows how to keep up with giant leaps in technology.

Shannon Sullivan, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, learned lessons as an athlete that served him well throughout his active duty career and beyond.

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.