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Military Embedded Systems

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Cognitive electronic warfare: Countering threats posed by adaptive radars - Story

January 31, 2017
Threats posed by adaptive radars to electronic warfare systems are a colossal challenge for the U.S. Navy, but a combo of advanced signal processing, intelligent algorithms, and machine learning techniques are being developed to help warfighters detect and counter them.

Next-gen navigation: Tapping signals of opportunity - Story

November 21, 2016
Need to navigate and global-positioning system (GPS) signals are unavailable? No problem.

Backup PNT methods are essential for GPS-denied environments - Story

November 09, 2016
Backup methods of position, navigation, and timing (PNT) are essential for warfighters operating within GPS-denied environments. Warfighters rely on the U.S. NAVSTAR global positioning system (GPS) and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) for military operations, but are encountering an intense escalation of jamming and spoofing attacks.

Managing COTS obsolescence for military systems - Story

September 12, 2016
The short life cycles of commercial components create many obsolescence headaches for military electronic-system designers as they try to integrate these high-performance devices into air, ground, and sea platforms that must last for decades, have long system development cycles, and require time-consuming testing procedures. As the military looks to leverage more open architectures and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology, the challenge of managing the obsolescence that comes with COTS will only become more difficult.

Hunting vulns by adding swarms of bugs to source code - Story

July 29, 2016
In a new twist on hunting vulnerabilities within source code, researchers are adding huge swarms of bugs to test the limits of bug-finding tools.

"Cyber hardening" DoD networks, sensors, and systems for mission resiliency - Story

July 27, 2016
BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon are all leveraging automation and analytics to "cyber harden" military networks, sensors, and systems.

Military secure satellite communications capacity is evolving rapidly - Story

June 15, 2016
The capacity and capabilities of military satellite communications systems are evolving, but so are the multifaceted security challenges they now face.

Paving the way for fast, secure quantum communications - Story

June 14, 2016
Quantum key distribution (QKD) will play a central role in the next generation of secure communications, and new software from university researchers helps quickly evaluate security protocols for QKD.

Small UAS payloads pose SWaP and bandwidth challenges - Story

April 14, 2016
The payloads of military unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) continue to evolve - using smarter sensors and a smaller overall footprint - but must overcome size, weight, and power (SWaP) design hurdles, as well as slower-than-desirable sensor processing, lack of bandwidth in downlinks, and security challenges.

Cybersecurity: Automate cyber defense with AI reasoning? - Other

April 04, 2016
Is it possible to automate the cyber defense process with machines that can discover, confirm, and fix software flaws in real-time? The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) certainly hopes so and is hosting its Cyber Grand Challenge?s (CGC) final competition in August 2016 in conjunction with DEF CON, home of the longest-running attack/defend Capture the Flag global competition for elite hackers, in Las Vegas, Nevada, to find out.

Boot-embedded "energy harvesting" for on-the-go power - Story

March 14, 2016
Need the ability to charge mobile devices on the go? A new energy harvesting system developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison mechanical engineers ensures that battery power is available whenever you need it, and wherever you are, by simply plugging in to your boot.

Military helicopter avionics upgrades embrace COTS, FACE - Story

March 04, 2016
Many military helicopter avionics upgrades are currently underway to enhance communications and situational awareness, leveraging the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) standard and supporting integration of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software and hardware. Meanwhile, avionics designers are also addressing cybersecurity concerns in modern aircraft cockpits.

Self-destructing, vanishing electronics on the way - Story

January 28, 2016
A flock of small, single-use drones capable of making precise deliveries or completing other military missions and then vaporizing into thin air sounds suspiciously like science fiction, but the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and its partners participating in the ICARUS program have developed and are bringing this technology into the realm of reality.

U.S. Cybercom Commander talks about 2016 strategy - Other

January 27, 2016
The U.S. Cyber Command’s 2016 strategy centers on defending Department of Defense (DoD) networks and systems, applying Cybercom capabilities more broadly, and cultivating international partnerships.

Next-gen military radar system design innovations - Story

January 21, 2016
Gallium nitride (GaN) transmitters, radio frequency (RF) tiles, and solid-state modular 3-D radar are among the latest innovations in next-generation military radar systems to embrace commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components to reduce costs. Designers of these systems have also adopted modular design to streamline installation and maintenance.

Securing military GPS from spoofing and jamming vulnerabilities - Story

November 30, 2015
The military community is in the midst of navigating a transition from selective-availability anti-spoofing module (SAASM) to modernized M-code encryption and adjusting to the major shift to international satellite constellations; the military is also on a quest for better methods to secure the Global Positioning System (GPS) from spoofing and jamming threats.
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