Emerging Tech

The Pentagon and UMD to launch intel-focused research center

The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security will focus on basic and applied research for the security and intelligence communities.

DARPA seeks ‘top chef’ for 3D printed food

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants ideas for turning cellular biomass into safe, visually appealing, edible and palatable food that can support the military and civilians when traditional food is unavailable.

Is reform enough for the U.S. to keep its technological edge?

Mike Brown, the director of the Defense Innovation Unit, said the acquisition reform is needed for the requirements, budgeting processes.

DIU tests portable private 5G network for responders

Responders arriving first at a remote incident can launch a private cellular network using a vehicle-mounted, backpack, hand-carried or wearable node.

Why private networks are speeding up 5G deployments

Private networks offer the fastest way to deploy and control a 5G network environment, increasing broadband speed and coverage and leveraging network splicing.

Software reform tops Air Force acquisition nom's priorities

Improving how the service acquires software and IT systems, while making DevSecOps the norm ranks among the top priorities for Andrew Hunter, the White House nominee to be assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics.

Keeping up with software cadence at the Air Force Test Center

Maj. Gen. Evan Dertien, commander of the Air Force Test Center, said the organization wants rapid software update capabilities for the USAF fleet, but that approach won't work in every use case.

DARPA’s vision for satellite communications

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking to build a low-cost, high-speed reconfigurable optical datalink to interconnect low-Earth Orbit satellites.

Air Force chief software officer to resign

The Air Force's first chief software officer, Nicolas Chaillan, will step down from his role in October, citing lack of funding and being "unempowered to fix basic IT issues."

Can digital twins add value to undersea drone missions?

DARPA wants to know how digital twins of unmanned undersea vehicles can overcome communication challenges to improve fleet operations.

Texas Military Department opens 3D-printed barracks

The 3,800 square-foot structure, which is the largest 3D-printed structure in North America, cost one third as much as traditional facilities to build and is expected to last for decades.

Why the Pentagon wants to make software buying easier

This interview with Tory Cuff, senior advisor for agile acquisitions, explores the Adaptive Acquisition Framework's special software pathway and DOD's pilot experiment with "colorless" money.

Can tech protect R&D from foreign adversaries?

The Air Force Research Laboratory wants to assess the risks posed by researchers who may be passing R&D to foreign adversaries.

Defending against attacks on vehicle networks

Army researchers are using machine learning to help the in-vehicle network identify the optimal way to shuffle the frequency and bandwidth allocation of IP addresses to deliver effective, long-term moving target defense for computerized vehicles.

DOD rolls out AR/VR technology at 5G testbed

The Defense Department has begun deploying 5G-powered augmented reality/virtual reality systems for mission planning and training at some of its 5G testbed sites.

‘Blockchain light’ may help Army ensure data trustworthiness

The Army is taking cues from blockchain to help make battlefield data more trustworthy for commanding officers.

Air Force plans 3D scans of facilities

The Air Force wants high-resolution 3D scans of the interiors and exteriors of its facilities so it can give civil engineers as well as fire and medical responders greater insight into the condition of buildings before and during emergencies.