Defense IT


Students in a Virginia Tech laboratory test Popcorn Linux -- an operating system that can compile different programming languages into a single format. Credit: Dr. Binoy Ravindran

Popcorn Linux OS gives processors a common language

Developed by engineering researchers at Virginia Tech with support from the Office of Naval Research, Popcorn Linux may make it easier to upgrade and maintain complex, multicore systems.

Virtual Reality (NAVY)

VR environment powers Navy equipment installation, training

Virtual environments will allow more accurate documentation for ship builders and installation engineers and give sailors a way to train on new equipment before it is placed onboard.

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DISA signs on for milCloud 2.0

The nearly $500 million contract with CSRA calls for the government-run cloud to be operated by the contractor in DOD data center space.

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The bottleneck in DOD’s move to the cloud

Providing cloud access points as a service might speed data center consolidation, acting CIO John Zangardi suggests.

Mine Warfare Rapid Assessment Capability system on a drone (ONR/YouTube)

Navy demos drone-based mine detection

A small quadcopter carrying with an ultra-sensitive magnetometer sensor can detect mines and dangerous metal obstacles within coastal surf zones.

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White House pushes for drone deterrence authority

A draft bill would let agencies monitor drone radio communications to determine if the aircraft is a threat and then intercept, confiscate and/or destroy it.

Centennial HPC (U.S. Army photo by Jim Nelson)

Army taps super powers for vehicle armor

The Army Research Lab has used its high-performance computing systems to design protection for vehicles on the battlefield.

Defense Digital Services team (Alvand Salehi/The White House)

Defense Digital Service revamps NATO training management platform

An open source application that helped streamline the training of Afghan government officials can be used to increase collaboration and track progress of advisees.

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Machine learning enlisted for Defense applications

DOD officials are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to get insights from big data faster.

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Deciding when cloud makes sense for soldiers

Cloud's capabilities are central to military missions, but defense officials stress that the cloud must adapt to the needs of warfighters in the field.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 launches off the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacob G. Kaucher/Released)

DOD believes blockchain can boost 3-D printing at the front

An encrypted and distributed ledger system could help solve intellectual property concerns that complicate efforts to produce parts on the fly.

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Microsoft announces DFARS compliance for Azure Government Cloud

Microsoft’s Azure Government Cloud for DOD is the first platform to meet Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement requirements.


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