Defense IT


MUOS begins new era for defense satellites

The launch of the first Mobile User Objective System satellite in February marked a major step forward for the military's communications-on-the-move projects.

McCain slams DHS, wants DOD to defend cyberspace

A Senate budget hearing on the Defense Department's Strategic and Cyber Commands became a duel over how the nation's cyber defense should be structured.

GAO: Agencies expose themselves to IT supply-chain threats

The four departments with national security responsibilities haven't identified the threats or developed mitigation policies and procedures, a report states.

Is military ruggedization going, going, gone?

Formal ruggedization practices and procedures were once a necessity for the battlefield, but are they still essential for a military that increasingly relies on commercial-off-the-shelf computing and communications gear? Perhaps not.

Army Cyber Command to streamline cyber defense process

The Army Cyber Command is changing its information assurance accreditation methods by increasing automation and training additional compliance teams.

Beyond rugged: Plastic 'bleeds' when damaged, then heals itself

Researchers' self-healing plastic, which turns red when damaged, could eventually be used in everything from smart phones and tablets to aircraft and bridges.

DOD's 3 challenges in protecting cyber infrastructure

House and Senate budget hearings focused on defining DOD's role in defending a largely civilian cyberspace, and on the challenge of recruiting and retaining the workforce it needs.

DARPA: Dump passwords for always-on biometrics

The agency's Active Authentication program would analyze typing patterns and other behavioral traits so that a user's ID is continuously being confirmed.

Army opens an app store for iOS devices

The Army Software Marketplace prototype is a first step toward developing and delivering mobile apps to soldiers quickly.

Social media falls short in DARPA's CLIQR challenge

Nobody claimed the grand prize in the quest to test the potential effectiveness of social media during a disaster.

Navy's 'Hunger Games' lab will put robots to survival tests

The multiclimate LASR research facility features desert, rain forest and other environments for testing robots and unmanned vehicles in harsh climes.

More satellites means more SATCOM gridlock

The rapid global growth of satellite operators is causing substantial interference problems, experts say.