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Boot-embedded "energy harvesting" for on-the-go power - Story

March 14, 2016
Need the ability to charge mobile devices on the go? A new energy harvesting system developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison mechanical engineers ensures that battery power is available whenever you need it, and wherever you are, by simply plugging in to your boot.

Military helicopter avionics upgrades embrace COTS, FACE - Story

March 04, 2016
Many military helicopter avionics upgrades are currently underway to enhance communications and situational awareness, leveraging the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) standard and supporting integration of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and hardware. Meanwhile, avionics designers are also addressing cybersecurity concerns in modern aircraft cockpits.

Self-destructing, vanishing electronics on the way - Story

January 28, 2016
A flock of small, single-use drones capable of making precise deliveries or completing other military missions and then vaporizing into thin air sounds suspiciously like science fiction, but the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and its partners participating in the ICARUS program have developed and are bringing this technology into the realm of reality.

U.S. Cybercom Commander talks about 2016 strategy - Other

January 27, 2016
The U.S. Cyber Command’s 2016 strategy centers on defending Department of Defense (DoD) networks and systems, applying Cybercom capabilities more broadly, and cultivating international partnerships.

Next-gen military radar system design innovations - Story

January 21, 2016
Gallium nitride (GaN) transmitters, radio frequency (RF) tiles, and solid-state modular 3-D radar are among the latest innovations in next-generation military radar systems to embrace commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components to reduce costs. Designers of these systems have also adopted modular design to streamline installation and maintenance.

Securing military GPS from spoofing and jamming vulnerabilities - Story

November 30, 2015
The military community is in the midst of navigating a transition from selective-availability anti-spoofing module (SAASM) to modernized M-code encryption and adjusting to the major shift to international satellite constellations; the military is also on a quest for better methods to secure the Global Positioning System (GPS) from spoofing and jamming threats.

Taking on encryption's usability and key management problems - Story

October 06, 2015
Encryption is not particularly easy to use, but efforts are underway to solve its key management and usability problems to bring it into datacenters and possibly even help it finally go mainstream.

Nanoscale "memristive" RF switches enable on-the-fly IC reconfiguration - Story

October 01, 2015
"Memristive" RF switches will help reconfigure a device to act as either a satellite receiver or a radar.

U.S. Navy's electronic warfare modernization effort centers on COTS - Story

September 03, 2015
"Block 2" of the U.S. Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program is the first commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronic warfare system to be built.

Ada language seeing activity in universities - Story

July 27, 2015
Once considered a DoD-only programming language, "Ada" continues to evolve and is increasingly being taught in universities around the globe for high-integrity applications that demand safety, security, and reliability. The language, around since the early 1980s, is now undergoing a revival of sorts in industry and in academia.

Rugged computing for wearers of camouflage - Story

July 22, 2015
Makers of rugged computing systems are working to deliver the best of all worlds: rugged-designed military products that enable mission-critical reliance and reliability, while balancing it with the best technology, at a low cost with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components, and in the shortest possible timelag behind the commercial market.

DoD's new cyberstrategy includes academia partnering - Story

June 10, 2015
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) operates the world's largest network - a diffuse patchwork of thousands of networks - and, as you can imagine, it's a giant target for state-sponsored and other malicious cyberattackers. One of the biggest factors enabling cyberspace attacks is the fact that security simply wasn't factored in when the Internet was designed. It was intended to serve as an open system to allow scientists and researchers around the world to connect and share data quickly and easily, which it does, but at the same time it creates an Internet-security "Achilles' heel" that allows attackers to do the same.

Small satellites increasingly tapping COTS components - Story

June 08, 2015
Many of the COTS technologies prevalent in today's low-cost ground applications are now being adapted for space and making their way into small satellites.

Unmanned aircraft systems enable tactical ISR - Story

April 27, 2015
The U.S. Department of Defense's fleet of unmanned aircraft systems enables tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) - without endangering military personnel and at a lower cost than manned aircraft.

National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition highlights cybersecurity skills and opportunities - Story

April 07, 2015
The U.S. military says that it wants?6,000 new ?cyberwarriors? by?2016; the Pentagon has requested?a $5.5 billion cybersecurity?budget for FY2016, and?the Obama administration is seeking $14 billion. Cybersecurity has clearly emerged as?a national imperative.

Orion spacecraft's avionics designed for reliability in deep space - Story

March 13, 2015
Unlike those used in manned spaceflight platforms of the past, the avionics and other electronics used in NASA's Orion spacecraft are driven mostly by software and commercial processor technology ruggedized and radiation-hardened to endure extreme radiation and temperature fluctuations. Orion's updated avionics also can handle the severe acoustic and vibration environments associated with launch, orbit, a fiery reentry, and a saltwater landing.

Small radars enable detection in coastal zones - Story

January 29, 2015
For force protection in tight areas such as coastlines and coastal zones, military leaders are leveraging small, compact surveillance radar systems. Mark Radford, CEO of Blighter Surveillance Systems, discusses this trend and talks about the technology behind small radars with Senior Editor Sally Cole. Edited excerpts follow

Space Fence radar system to identify, track space junk - Story

January 27, 2015
Space Fence, a fully digital S-band radar system, is being built for the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin to better identify and track space junk to help protect military satellites and other space assets by preventing conjunctions and the creation of more debris ? hurtling along at speeds of 17,500 mph - within low-Earth orbit.
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