DARPA loses contact with aircraft traveling at Mach 20

Hopes for successful use of a hypersonic vehicle to aid the Defense Department's Prompt Global Strike plan were dimmed by a second unsuccessful test Aug. 11.

Data & Analytics

Laser-based mapping tech a boost for troops in Afghanistan

LIDAR's remote sensing technology, which bounces pulsed lasers, produces more accurate maps more quickly than traditional geospatial tools.

DOD to KO Defense Knowledge Online portal

The Defense Department's plans to shutter its Defense Knowledge Online portal are set. What comes next?

DOD refines video teleconferencing for network-centric warfare

As video teleconferences become more common throughout the Defense Department, network managers are improving image and sound quality while ensuring that mobile personnel can set up meetings without worrying about security.

Cybersecurity

Mobile-computing security a dangerous battle for DOD

The security of mobile devices used by defense personnel and warfighters is a high-stakes game in which compromised data can put lives on the line.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DI2E framework seeks to unite wealth of intelligence data

The Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise represents a formal system of exploitation, analysis, production and dissemination of intelligence across the Defense Department and intelligence agencies.

Cybersecurity

Rising battlefield smart-phone use causes safety concerns

Defense organizations explore whether commercial handheld devices can provide enough encryption to meet security requirements.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Army's move to enterprise e-mail on pace, despite struggles

The enterprise e-mail initiative has had its struggles, but is moving 1,000 accounts a night into DISA's cloud.

Cloud & Infrastructure

DOD launches smart-phone app for vets, transitioning personnel

The Defense Department has launched a new smart-phone application that gives service members and veterans mobile phone access to the National Resource Directory recovery and rehabilitation website.

Army picks Android OS for soldiers' smart phones

Indications are that the Army will use Google's Android operating system to power handheld smart phones that might eventually be distributed in large numbers to soldiers.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Military not prepared for agencywide cloud computing, CIO says

Defense Department CIO Teri Takai cautions against jumping into the cloud without the right organization or strategy.

DOD working to enhance brain injury tools, assessments

The Pentagon is upgrading its chief brain injury assessment tool, but some officials are criticizing its reliability.

Emerging Tech

Intell video moves to a Netflix model

A video system developed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency offers recorded full-motion video that is stored in a central location but can be accessed via laptops and other electronic devices.

Data & Analytics

Can a hot desktop cure a frozen medical network?

The Defense Department is deploying thin clients to breathe new life into a sluggish electronic health records system.

Army IT exec Winkler to move on

The Army's program executive officer for enterprise information systems, Gary Winkler, has announced he will step down, effective in April.

DOD blocks employees from video sites in wake of Japan crisis

Access to streaming video on websites, including YouTube, Amazon and Google video, has been blocked by DOD's Cyber Command, which has found that interest in Japan has taxed its bandwidth.

Airborne surveillance craft have a new mission: saving lives

At its core, the new military initiative is about saving lives without placing troops on a foreign tightrope.

Cybersecurity

DOD's Job Shadow Day grooms teens for future in government IT

The Pentagon last week held its fifth annual IT Job Shadow Day, giving local high school students a chance to see what a job in government's information technology workforce looks like.

Navy freezes server purchases

The Navy has frozen its server purchases and halted the creation of new data centers in a move seen as a step toward reducing its IT infrastructure.

DISA creates DMZ to boost security on unclassified network

DISA's demilitarized zone will be designed to protect its unclassified network, the while command center will help align with the cyber command and oversee key networks, officials say.

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