Military Embedded Systems

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Military Embedded Systems

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Taking on encryption's usability and key management problems - Story

October 06, 2015
Encryption is not particularly easy to use, but efforts are underway to solve its key management and usability problems to bring it into datacenters and possibly even help it finally go mainstream.

Nanoscale "memristive" RF switches enable on-the-fly IC reconfiguration - Story

October 01, 2015
"Memristive" RF switches will help reconfigure a device to act as either a satellite receiver or a radar.

U.S. Navy's electronic warfare modernization effort centers on COTS - Story

September 03, 2015
"Block 2" of the U.S. Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program is the first commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronic warfare system to be built.

Ada language seeing activity in universities - Story

July 27, 2015
Once considered a DoD-only programming language, "Ada" continues to evolve and is increasingly being taught in universities around the globe for high-integrity applications that demand safety, security, and reliability. The language, around since the early 1980s, is now undergoing a revival of sorts in industry and in academia.

Rugged computing for wearers of camouflage - Story

July 22, 2015
Makers of rugged computing systems are working to deliver the best of all worlds: rugged-designed military products that enable mission-critical reliance and reliability, while balancing it with the best technology, at a low cost with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components, and in the shortest possible timelag behind the commercial market.

DoD's new cyberstrategy includes academia partnering - Story

June 10, 2015
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) operates the world's largest network - a diffuse patchwork of thousands of networks - and, as you can imagine, it's a giant target for state-sponsored and other malicious cyberattackers. One of the biggest factors enabling cyberspace attacks is the fact that security simply wasn't factored in when the Internet was designed. It was intended to serve as an open system to allow scientists and researchers around the world to connect and share data quickly and easily, which it does, but at the same time it creates an Internet-security "Achilles' heel" that allows attackers to do the same.

Small satellites increasingly tapping COTS components - Story

June 08, 2015
Many of the COTS technologies prevalent in today's low-cost ground applications are now being adapted for space and making their way into small satellites.

Unmanned aircraft systems enable tactical ISR - Story

April 27, 2015
The U.S. Department of Defense's fleet of unmanned aircraft systems enables tactical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) - without endangering military personnel and at a lower cost than manned aircraft.

National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition highlights cybersecurity skills and opportunities - Story

April 07, 2015
The U.S. military says that it wants?6,000 new ?cyberwarriors? by?2016; the Pentagon has requested?a $5.5 billion cybersecurity?budget for FY2016, and?the Obama administration is seeking $14 billion. Cybersecurity has clearly emerged as?a national imperative.

Orion spacecraft's avionics designed for reliability in deep space - Story

March 13, 2015
Unlike those used in manned spaceflight platforms of the past, the avionics and other electronics used in NASA's Orion spacecraft are driven mostly by software and commercial processor technology ruggedized and radiation-hardened to endure extreme radiation and temperature fluctuations. Orion's updated avionics also can handle the severe acoustic and vibration environments associated with launch, orbit, a fiery reentry, and a saltwater landing.

Small radars enable detection in coastal zones - Story

January 29, 2015
For force protection in tight areas such as coastlines and coastal zones, military leaders are leveraging small, compact surveillance radar systems. Mark Radford, CEO of Blighter Surveillance Systems, discusses this trend and talks about the technology behind small radars with Senior Editor Sally Cole. Edited excerpts follow

Space Fence radar system to identify, track space junk - Story

January 27, 2015
Space Fence, a fully digital S-band radar system, is being built for the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin to better identify and track space junk to help protect military satellites and other space assets by preventing conjunctions and the creation of more debris ? hurtling along at speeds of 17,500 mph - within low-Earth orbit.

Evolution of military navigation is well underway - Story

December 01, 2014
Military navigation is undergoing several significant changes - including the introduction of international satellite constellations, a transition from Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) secure GPS to M-code, and an increasing interest in augmenting GPS with other technologies.

Cognitive radio's fate 'uncertain' as the spectrum battle plays out - Story

October 01, 2014
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is attempting to find a regulatory fix - striking a balance between national defense and economics - to eliminate electromagnetic spectrum inefficiencies. For now, this is making the exact role cognitive radio technology will play in the U.S. military's future unclear.

Next-gen shipboard electronics enhance data sharing and automation - Story

September 11, 2014
New design trends for shipboard electronics, such as those onboard the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship, focus on enabling enhanced data sharing capabilities and automation, along with a heavy emphasis on being prepared for electronic warfare.

Vetronics designers focus on reduced SWaP-C and enhanced C4ISR - Story

August 04, 2014
Government cutbacks may be slowing vetronics upgrades, but the defense industry is still focusing on initiatives to reduce size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C), as well as investing in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities.

U.S. rolls out big export policy changes for satellite industry - Story

June 04, 2014
The U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Commerce are making big changes to long-standing export control policies as part of an effort to improve the international competitiveness of the U.S. space industrial base.

Unmanned underwater vehicles modernize U.S. Navy's sea-mine-hunting capabilities - Story

April 23, 2014
Since the end of World War II, sea mines have damaged or sunk four times more U.S. Navy ships than all other types of attacks. In the future, advances in fully autonomous Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) - equipped with embedded computing technology - will play a key role in sea-mine countermeasures.
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