Defense IT

Navy X-47B drone

Is Navy's new drone the first real military robot?

The X-47B stealth drone, designed to fly missions on its own, represents something of a breakthrough in robotic technology.

Portable simulator

Wanted: Portable simulators for in-theater training

Staying competitive on the modern battlefield calls for continuous training delivered by inexpensive, portable simulators, says a Marine Corps leader.

Special Ops forces in Jackal Stone exercise

GridMeNow helps with DOD exercise

The smart phone-based GridMeNow application helped keep an 11-nation coalition up to date during the recent exercise in Croatia.

DIA Multi Domain Dissemination System

DIA message system slashes clearance-level red tape

Two-stage DIA protocol preps documents to move at 'moment's notice' across separate security domains.

DISA email

DISA remakes e-mail as DOD-wide collaboration super suite

DOD's IT shop will maintain the network and extend service to 4.5 million users.

USMC logistics

Logistics takes the point with Marines' modernization

The U.S. Marine Corps uses federated cloud techniques to speed delivery of supplies to the front, sometimes shortening response to a matter of minutes.

Cofoni Industry exec of year

CACI's Cofoni brought team-first approach to defense work

For CACI's Paul Cofoni, recipient of the 2012 GCN Awards' Industry Executive of the Year award, a more open management and problem-solving style lead to better results.

ANC Explorer team Arlington cemetery

An app helps restore Arlington’s hallowed ground

After the discovery of unmarked graves and other errors, Arlington conducted a massive data collection effort coupled with back-end improvements to produce ANC Explorer.

Elizabeth McGrath DOD

For McGrath, defense is in the details

DOD's first deputy chief management officer, recipient of the 2012 GCN Awards' Defense Executive of the Year award, championed a culture of cost and accountability at DOD.

Mining big data, no data scientist required

Discovery/Alert 7.0 can help government analysts and clinicians find value in data across multiple sources without specialized training. The FBI and DHS are on board.

Smart App

Army app market to let customers have it their way

In the six-month pilot, users will be able to post requirements that developers can try to fill with existing or custom-made solutions.

Army pilots app marketplace to speed development and procurement

The six-month effort not only includes an app store, but a place where developers and customers can get together.

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