Defense IT

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Functional fabrics for emergency response

Materials integrated with sensors and internet connectivity can solve issues facing soldiers in combat or training, first responders and victims and workers in refugee camps.

PackBot with 3-D printed parts (U.S. Army photo by Erin Usawicz)

R-FAB kits let soldiers 3-D print replacement parts

The rapid fabrication kits come equipped with the gear and software for constructing tools and parts in the field.

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Software brittleness may harden embedded systems

Brittleness causes programs to fail fast when under attack, which allows systems to quickly detect and disrupt cyberattacks and revert to known-good states.

Navy underwater drone (Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki)

Navy turns to unmanned systems to map the ocean

With drones, automated processing, visual displays and analytics, the Meteorology and Oceanography Command can analyze the increased amount of weather data in near-real time.

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Anti-drone system gets tryout with special forces

The Navy Special Warfare Command is testing a vehicle-mounted drone defense system designed to counter the growing threat of weaponized consumer drones on the battlefield.

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Why the fight for agile is mostly uphill

While many agencies are embracing agile software development to speed application delivery, some institutional practices make it difficult to implement.

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A cloud secure enough for classified workloads

A classified-as-a-service offering would give public cloud infrastructure operators a way to offer secure, classified, general-purpose processing to government clients.

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IARPA explores easy-to-use cryptography

A new program will look at developing tools that architects and programmers can use without having to understand the nuances of specific cryptographic concepts.

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DIUx taps Plurilock for AI authentication

Defense officials are adding an additional layer of security to workplace computing through an artificial-intelligence system that monitors keystrokes and mouse behavior of individual users.

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.

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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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