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Lab Techs Examine Enemy Weapons
The Forensic Exploitation Laboratory Central Command is one of the many facilities where enemy weapons such as IEDs are analyzed by highly trained and educated professionals in various disciplines of forensic science.
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Key to Fighting Wildfires
The MQ-9 Reaper drone has developed into a key asset in California’s fight against wildfires, including the Carr and Mendocino Complex Fires, which are currently burning in Northern California.
Drug Monitoring Helps Providers Help Their Patients
Two Military Health System innovations are helping to ensure best practices for patients with pain, and for patients who’ve been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Scientists Study Artificial Silk for Body Armor, Parachutes
Air Force researchers are working to develop a functional fiber that can be woven into sizeable, flexible fabrics and eventually be used in military body armor and parachutes.
Navy Postgraduate Student Lands NASA Internship
The first Naval Postgraduate School student to land an internship at NASA, Navy Lt. Todd Coursey is opening the door for research on a new generation of fiber optic cables and expanding opportunities for other students.
Modern Prosthetics Put Soldiers Back on Battlefield
Thanks to advances in modern medicine and the availability of well-made prosthetics, soldiers able to redeploy after an amputation have a number of options for continued military service.
Faster, Stronger, More Resilient: Air Force Prepares Next-Gen Special Operators
A new Air Force course seeks to prepare the next generation of aspiring special operators and create fitter, stronger, more resilient warfighters by introducing them to the rigors of their chosen career fields.
Gigantic C-5 Galaxy Offers Massive Airlift Capability
Since 1969, the C-5 Galaxy has dwarfed all other airframes in the Air Force inventory, providing the capability to carry oversized loads around the globe.
DoD Information Technology Efforts Focus on Warfighter, Competitive Edge
Today's warfighter needs access to intelligence and communication to enable quick decision-making and maintain a competitive edge, and the Defense Department's information technology efforts are focused on maintaining this edge and supporting national defense priorities, DoD’s chief information officer said.
West Point Promotes STEM Learning in South Africa
Representatives of the U.S. Military Academy promoted science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning to 70 gifted South African students in partnership with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.
Next-Gen Engineers Test RoboBoats
Teams of students from 13 schools representing six countries tested their engineering skills by deploying autonomous boats during the 11th annual International RoboBoat Competition.
Soldiers Train to Detect, Defend Against Electronic Warfare
Knowing your location and the location of the enemy is paramount on the battlefield, and with the advent of satellites and GPS, soldiers can pinpoint their positions down to the meter. But what happens when that signal is jammed?
Defense Intelligence Agency Brings Forewarning Into 21st Century
Leaders, collectors and analysts at the Defense Intelligence Agency seek to adapt to the changing security and technological world, the agency’s director said at the Defense One Tech Summit.
Networks, Innovation Key to Air Force Philosophy
Building networks and continuing innovation are key to defending against future threats, Air Force leaders said at the Defense One Tech Summit in Washington.
Defense Digital Service Emphasizes Results for Service Members
Chris Lynch calls working at the Defense Digital Service a “deployment,” saying it is a “tour of duty for nerds." In fact, the organization’s website lists his job title as the service’s “fearless leader.”
Kids Learn STEM at Summer Camp
Children learn exciting science, technology, engineering and math applications during a summer camp that will help them launch a rocket, and hopefully, give them ideas for their future.
Chinese Actions Threaten U.S. Technological Base, DoD Officials Say
The Defense Department is facing unprecedented threats to its technological and industrial base as China and other nations actively seek out advanced technology and intellectual property, DoD officials told a House panel.
U.S. Must Act Now to Maintain Military Technological Advantage, Selva Says
The U.S. must work to maintain its technological superiority over China and Russia as those countries do their best to offset American capabilities in the Western Pacific and Europe, Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva said.
Free Military App Helps Save Lives in Emergency
The Uniformed Services University’s National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health recently launched “Stop the Bleed,” a free iPhone and Android app designed to teach users how to stop life-threatening bleeding in an emergency.
Next-Generation Binoculars Contribute to Battlefield Survivability
New night-vision goggles will help Marines navigate dark areas and safely identify explosives, increasing survivability and situational awareness during missions.
Coast Guard Receives Hurricane Response Award
As the 2018 hurricane season opens, the international maritime community recognized the Coast Guard for its efforts last year to restore safe marine navigation in waterways hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Cybercom, NSA Senior Enlisted Leader Discusses Technology, Challenges
Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Scott H. Stalker is a trailblazer as the senior enlisted leader of U.S. Cyber Command, the nation’s first new combatant command since 2007.
Army Developing High-Performance, Lightweight Helmet
Army researchers in Massachusetts are developing technology that may soon yield a lightweight combat helmet that provides more protection than anything ever fielded.
New Rebreather Helps Navy Divers Under the Waves
At the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Florida, a new mixed gas rebreather prototype is being tested as oxygen-helium is filtered through a carbon dioxide scrubber, which removes carbon dioxide and recycles the breathable gasses back to the diver, resulting in very little waste of costly helium.
Maryland Guard, Estonian Service Members Conduct Cyber Exercise
Maryland National Guard cyberwarriors are supporting their Estonian counterparts during Exercise Hedgehog 2018, also known locally and by NATO as Exercise Siil 2018.
Cyber Mission Force Achieves Full Operational Capability
All 133 of U.S. Cyber Command’s cyber mission force teams have achieved full operational capability, Cybercom officials announced.
New Surgical Technique Saves Airmen’s Eyesight, Careers
For patients with the progressive eye diseases keratoconus and corneal ectasia, the odds of their careers ending prematurely changed dramatically recently, when an innovative laser surgery called collagen crosslinking was performed.
Kessel Run Lab Hits Hyperdrive
Thirty active duty airmen, Air Force civilians and contractors gathered in a shared workspace for the opening of the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab, where they will build the next generation of combat software.
Air Force, National Science Foundation Boost Cooperation for National Security
The Air Force and the National Science Foundation are beginning a strategic partnership allowing the two institutions to work together on research and development in support of national security.
Cybercom Rises to Combatant Command, Changes Leaders
U.S. Cyber Command became the nation’s 10th unified combatant command during a ceremony at Fort Meade, Md., where Army Gen. Paul M. Nakasone also replaced Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers as commander, and as director of the National Security Agency and Central Security Service.
Near-Peer Adversaries Strive to Surpass U.S. in Technology, DoD Official Says
The world has changed dramatically as technology capabilities have gone global, and China and Russia are advancing in the realm at an alarming rate, a Defense Department official said at the first DoD human capital symposium.
Advancing at the Speed of Relevance
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson addressed the relevance of innovation and significance of taking risks in order to ensure Air Force success now and in the future during her 2018 State of the Air Force speech at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla.
Cybercom to Elevate to Combatant Command
In response to the changing face of warfare, U.S. Cyber Command will be elevated to the Defense Department's 10th combatant command during a May 4 ceremony, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
Cybercom To Become DoD’s 10th Unified Combatant Command
Cyber Command will officially become a DoD unified combatant command. So what’s changing?
Base Showcases Space, STEM
Over the years, a trend has grown in the push for younger generations to receive STEM education, or science, technology, engineering and math. Recognizing this, the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command prioritizes the creation of partnerships with local and public schools to provide insight into the Air Force while enhancing educational experiences.
Scientist Uses Math in Chemical Research
Using mathematics to design chemical compounds reduces complexity and takes advantage of machine learning, according to a scientist at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Maryland.
Cloud Data to Give Warfighters Edge in Battlefield, DoD Official Says
The Defense Department’s enterprisewide cloud solution will provide accessibility to data, timeliness, security and capabilities to give warfighters the competitive edge in tomorrow’s wars, DoD officials told reporters at the Pentagon.
Navy Demos Unmanned Surface Vehicle
The Navy is partnering with corporate leaders to develop a multi-mission weaponized unmanned surface vehicle.
Defense Department Moves Closer to Cloud Computing
The Defense Department’s information technology move to the cloud will rapidly deliver advantages to the battlefield by enabling new machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
Next-Generation Equipment Helps Build More Lethal Force
Changes in the Army acquisition process mean new technology will get to the field faster, including enhanced binocular night-vision goggles, said Army Undersecretary Ryan D. McCarthy, who visited Fort Belvoir, Va., to see projects in development.
DoD Must Be More Agile in Technology Development, Official Says
The Defense Department must embrace a more agile approach to technology development to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told lawmakers.
Artificial Intelligence Is Vital to Future Warfare, DoD Official Says
While conventional warfare remains an integral part of national defense, it is vital to expand the defense strategy to include artificial intelligence, a senior DoD official said at the New America Future of War Conference in Washington.
DoD Participates in ‘Where Can STEM Take You’ Expo
The Defense Department supported the 5th USA Science and Engineering Festival with several exhibits that provided opportunities for attendees to interact with DoD science, technology, engineering and math professionals. The festival is a biennial event.
Navy Students Create Cyber Training Computer Game
Two students at the Naval Postgraduate School here have created a way to bridge a training gap in U.S. military cyber operations -- through a game they developed.
Future Tech: Soldiers Test, Evaluate New Equipment in Germany
U.S. and British troops and Defense Department personnel in Germany watched as several new unmanned aerial tools were explained and demonstrated during a multinational joint equipment training brief.as a precursor to a scheduled Robotic Complex Breach Concept demonstration of new air and ground equipment.
Armed With Science: Unmanned Technology - Breaching the Battlefield
Unmanned and remote-controlled technology enables troops to stretch farther while conserving resources and is a capability the enemy will not know how to counteract once it is implemented, the commander of the 82nd Brigade Engineer Battalion said.
Armed With Science: Army Scientists Explore Fiber Optics
Army scientists would like to one day use quantum networks to achieve ultra-secure communications that can provide more efficient processing of information for data-to-decisive actions, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology said.
Air Force Epi Lab Tests Medical Samples From Across the World
Each year the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine’s Epidemiology Laboratory Service in Ohio performs about 2.1 million tests for clinics and hospitals treating active duty service members, reservists and guardsmen.
Women of Weather: Hurricane Hunters Make A Difference
Air Force Maj. Ashley Lundry, an aerial reconnaissance weather officer, and Air Force Maj. Devon Meister, a pilot, are both members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, referred to as the Hurricane Hunters.
iLab: See Where Sailors and Innovation Meet
The Navy's iLab is filled with the latest technology, providing sailors with the tools to turn their innovative ideas into reality with the goal of benefiting the future force.
Hedy Lamarr: Hollywood “It Girl” Turned Inventor
Actress Hedy Lamarr was known more for her glamour than for her scientific mind. But during World War II, Lamar helped create a code to prevent messages from being intercepted by the enemy. Even though her invention was not used during the war, it was adopted by the Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
Armed With Science: Computers to Help Navy Recruit Drone Operators
The Navy is working with private industry to develop a computer game designed to identify future candidates for its remotely operated, unmanned vehicles, or drones.
Armed With Science: Uniformed Physicians Honored on Doctor's Day
National Doctors’ Day is celebrated every March 30th, to recognize the contributions of physicians to individual lives and communities. Military doctors are also responsible for serving a population that is vital to national security.
Deputy Secretary Explains Priorities in Evolving Future Force
As the Defense Department examines the path toward evolution of the nation’s future military force, “we’re going to change that word to revolution,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said.
DoD Restructures its Acquisition, Technology, Logistics Organization
Changes in the technology and business landscapes and worldwide threats are the driving forces behind the Defense Department realigning the way it does business to support the warfighter, DoD officials said.
Armed With Science: Army Engineers Restore Majority Of Puerto Rico Power Grid
After months of hard work. officials with the Army Corps of Engineers report that power has been restored to more than 90% of Puerto Rico following two hurricanes that devastated the island last September.
Leap-Ahead Tech to Increase Soldier Readiness in Future
To provide overmatch against potential near-peer future adversaries, the Army has identified the next-generation combat vehicle and future vertical lift programs as the second and third priority in its six-prong modernization strategy.
Armed With Science: Hollywood 'It Girl' Turned STEM Inventor
You can thank Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr for the Wi-Fi that keeps you connected and the GPS that prevents you from getting lost.
Senior DoD Official Discusses Future of Directed Energy Weapons
There is a recognition that superpower competition is again on the rise, and the United States must modernize its military if it wants to maintain its position of global pre-eminence, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering said.
Air Force Surgeon Puts Military Career on Medical Student's Radar
In the medical world, Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) John Bini is the equivalent of a U.S. Special Forces soldier, and his skills are making some of the medical students training under him think about a future in the military.
Citizen Cyber: Air Guard Built For Rapid Change of Digital Battlespace
Embracing rapid continuous change in the cyber environment and having the willingness to consider new ideas in organization, procurement and operations are key to the Air Force’s advancement in the cyber realm, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command commander said.
DoD Leaders Encourage Women to Choose IT Careers
Two senior Defense Department officials shared their paths to success with other women aspiring to succeed in the information technology field during a Women in the Department of Defense Luncheon hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.
U.S. Faces Global Science, Technology Competition, DoD Official Says
The United States is in an era of constant science and technology competition from countries such as Russia and China, a senior Pentagon official told the House Armed Services Committee’s panel on emerging threats.
DoD Officials Emphasize Role of Cloud Infrastructure in Supporting Warfighters
The Defense Department is seeking an enterprisewide cloud infrastructure to ensure warfighters have access to real-time, mission-critical data, DoD officials said at an industry day for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud acquisition.
Military Officials Highlight Cybersecurity Challenges, Advances
The capacity, capabilities, sophistication and persistence of cyber threats against military networks are showing an upward trend, the commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command said while testifying before a Senate panel with other service cyber chiefs.
Speedier Acquisition Needed to Stay Competitive, Defense Official Says
The Defense Department needs to speed its acquisition processes and allow decisions at a lower level if it wants to stay competitive, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering said.
Armed With Science: New Uses for Glow Sticks on Battlefields
Nearly everyone has used a common glow stick to light up the night sky, or even as part of a highway emergency kit, but these handy devices are also useful on the battlefield.
Is Cyber For You? This Historian Soldier Didn't Think So - She Was Wrong
1st Lt. Kristi Cook was a historian by trade, but when the National Guard put her into the cyber field, it changed her whole perspective.
Airmen Connect ‘Eyes in The Sky’ to Boots on the Ground
The ability to remote-pilot the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle is made possible by a unique group of airmen in the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
Department to Hold Cloud Acquisition Industry Day
The Defense Department will host an industry day for its cloud acquisition effort to reinforce the commitment to attaining the best value for the American people by emphasizing the importance of fair trade and open competition.
DARPA Chief Describes Promising Future Technologies
The director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said the organization will use enhanced funding for new technologies to defend the homeland, bolster deterrence and aid service members engaged in counterinsurgency fights.
Armed With Science: Eating Disorders - The Personal Struggle for Balance
Despite the name, eating disorders are about more than nutrition. These disorders involve psychological, physiological, and behavioral characteristics.
Military Sports Medicine Doctors Support Olympic Athletes
Military doctors with ties to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences sports medicine program have a history of supporting Olympic athletes -- the winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, was no exception.
Focusing on the Future: Shooting Survivor Works Toward Recovery
Eight people were brought to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio with multiple gunshot wounds Nov. 5, 2017. One man is grateful to be alive following multiple surgeries to repair his wounds.
Armed With Science: Navy SEALs Research Impacts of Blast Exposure
Navy SEALs are working with several organizations to better understand blast exposure and its impact on the brain.
Armed With Science: Infrared Technology Expands Search Capabilities
The third generation Forward Looking Infrared program provides the military with innovative rapid area search capabilities.
DoD Celebrates Engineers Week, Honors Excellence
Defense Department engineers are continually seeking to incorporate ideas and leverage new technologies to support the warfighter and DoD priorities, the acting deputy assistant of defense for systems engineering said during the annual Engineers Week event at the Pentagon.
In Opioid Crisis, Military Research May Protect Citizens, Warfighters
Ten thousand times more potent than morphine, the synthetic opioid carfentanil poses a risk to both civilians and warfighters and the military is working to determine how to treat exposure to the drug.
Airframe Profiles: F-16 Fighting Falcon
Since the F-16A’s first flight in December 1976, this highly maneuverable air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack aircraft has provided mission versatility and high-performance for the U.S. and allied nations at a relatively low-cost.
Robotic Surgery Program Aims to Improve Patient Outcomes
As the use of surgical robotics increases, the Air Force Medical Service is training its surgical teams in the latest technology, ensuring patients have access to the most advanced surgical procedures and best possible outcomes.
Armed With Science: Big Gas Mission, Small Team
A small Virginia-based Air Force unit is making sure pilots around the world can breathe easy.
Safety of DoD Personnel, Families Drives Electronic Device Review
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis’ top priority as he reviews the use of electronic devices at Defense Department locations worldwide is the safety and security of DoD personnel and their families, the chief Pentagon spokesperson said.
Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Omaha
The Navy announced plans to commission its newest Independence variant of the littoral combat ship, the future USS Omaha.
Armed With Science: Army Advances PTSD, Other Cognitive Research
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. have partnered to expand on early research that could mean new interventions for reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
DoD Studying Implications of Wearable Devices Giving Too Much Info
Defense Department officials are studying security issues raised by physical conditioning trackers that also can be used to track service members’ whereabouts.
Armed With Science: Here's How to See This Week's Very Rare Super Blue Blood Moon
A 'super blood blue moon' will be visible Jan. 31, with western North America, Asia, and the Middle East getting the best view. We'll tell you how to view it.
Air Force Successfully Launches New Satellite From Cape Canaveral
The Air Force successfully launched the fourth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Soldiers Test New Modular Handgun System
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade familiarized themselves and qualified with the XM17 handgun at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana.
Armed With Science: iLab - Where Sailors, Innovation Meet
A unique lab in Hawaii allows sailors the opportunity to turn their ideas for innovation into reality.
Armed With Science: Researchers Test Virtual Reality Flight Training
Air Force researchers recently used flight simulators to find out whether virtual reality training improved outcomes.
Armed With Science: Marine Designs Mobile Solution for Common Problem
Going to a new place presents new challenges for service members, such as finding friends who play the same sports as you. Luckily, one Marine has designed a way to fix that, with just the touch of a button.
USS Anchorage Participates in NASA’s Orion Mission Test
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage departed from Naval Base San Diego to conduct an underway recovery test in conjunction with NASA off the Southern California coast.
Defense Innovation Board Approves Recommendations At Quarterly Meeting
The Defense Innovation Board – a federal advisory committee encompassing experts in academia, technology and business – approved two recommendations aimed at improving innovation in the Defense Department.
Armed With Science: Army Showcases STEM for High School Students
An annual Army workshop allowed high school students to interact with cutting-edge technology while experts provided one-on-one guidance.
DoD, FDA Partner to Develop Medical Products for Warfighters
The Defense Department and Food and Drug Administration launched a joint pilot program to prioritize efficiently developing safe and effective medical products to save the lives of U.S. warfighters.
Armed With Science: Air Force Supports Science With Operation Deep Freeze
An Air Force unit out of Washington State recently kicked off a mission offering Defense Department support to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program.
Thinkers Strategize in DoD’s Innovation Corps Boot Camp
Forty innovative thinkers from the four military services gathered in Washington for a class where they tested out new methods to solve problems in the Defense Department.
Armed With Science: What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas-Unless It's New Tech
Vice President Mike Pence and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson hailed the opening of the first of a new technology storefront, AFwerX, in Las Vegas.
Armed With Science: Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988
A hole in the ozone layer that appeared above Antarctica in the 1980s has shrunk, NASA has confirmed.
Armed With Science: Joint Efforts in Search for Tropical Diseases Cure
Several military medical units have partnered for an ongoing tropical disease study, testing live samples and collecting vectors that could be potential carriers for illnesses like malaria and zika.
Armed With Science: Marine Maker - Course in Innovation
Marines attended a Marine Maker Course where they learned problem solving skills using 3D printers, welders, saws and much more.
Armed With Science: Active Duty Amputees Stay on Course After Injury
The military has adapted to improve prosthetics for amputees. The Air Force is implementing the improvements in a unique way.
Armed With Science: How The Military Uses Oysters to Protect Shores
The military is fortifying itself, and the communities of the waterfront areas it inhabits, with some unlikely protection: oysters.
Armed with Science: Air Force Antibody Research Could Save Lives
The Air Force agreed to a licensing arrangement for antibodies that could help in areas hit by disaster and disease.
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