Supercomputers save lives, money for Army

Supercomputers save lives, money for Army

By David McNally, U.S. Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.– In the past few weeks, computer scientists and technicians unboxed and installed two powerful new supercomputers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The upgrades at the ARL DOD Supercomputing Resource Center are part of a modernization program to bring new capabilities to researchers. These massive room-size computers deliver lightning fast processing speeds and the power necessary to run complex simulations and computations. “Our most recent acquisitions are the Hellfire system and the Centennial system, which is aptly named after Aberdeen Proving Ground’s 100th anniversary,” said Lee Ann Brainard, ARL DSRC deputy director “Both of these resources are […]

Labs connect virtually to rapidly test integrated capabilities

Labs connect virtually to rapidly test integrated capabilities

by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — Much like a smartphone all but eliminates the need for separate personal devices such as a calculator, alarm clock, map and radio, the Army is bringing separate technologies onto a common foundation to deliver warfighting systems, such as fires and navigation, as software “apps.” Now, to ensure the apps not only work but work collectively, the Army is creating a distributed lab environment for earlier assessment that will increase interoperability, quickly catch flaws and promote risk reduction efforts. Known as the Federated Integration Environment, or FIE, the new concept virtually connects existing labs onto one network for holistic development efforts. FIE enables […]

Harnessing human systems integration to improve critical military systems

Harnessing human systems integration to improve critical military systems

Military technology, in any form, has at least one major requirement: It has to be usable by Soldiers. By John Higgins, PEO IEW&S Within the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S), this critical need is met through human systems integration (HSI). The process and purpose of HSI is to incorporate human usability into system definition, design, development and evaluation, yielding equipment that’s easier to operate, maintain and sustain. HSI also can increase efficiency across the board, from reducing the time it takes to train on a piece of equipment to making it accessible to a broader range of Soldiers. To understand the importance of the […]

I3MP completes mission-critical network upgrade at Fort Detrick

I3MP completes mission-critical network upgrade at Fort Detrick

By Scott Sundsvold, I3MP The Product Manager for the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed delivery of a state-of-the-art information technology (IT) capability modernization at Fort Detrick, Maryland, on April 15, improving Army voice and data networks for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the National Cancer Institute, all located at Fort Detrick. Part of a multi-year project, the modernization enabled Fort Detrick to provide a new building for USAMRIID, with Enterprise Survivable Servers and gateways to support Voice over Internet Protocol and analog requirements. Alberto Dominguez, an I3MP assistant product manager, led the $1.02 million effort’s […]

Building a Love for Math and Science

Building a Love for Math and Science

RDECOM’s STEM outreach program targets students from kindergarten to college by Ms. Argie Sarantinos-Perrin Knocking down a stack of blocks, then backing up to switch directions, a robot effortlessly moves around a local school as a group of children watch and wait for their turn to operate the remote control. The children marvel at the hodgepodge of whirring motors, nuts and bolts, the culmination of their hard work in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) robotics competition. Through STEM experiences, competitions and research apprenticeships, the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)—managed by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) on behalf of the assistant secretary of the Army […]

Army Starts Work on New Tank After Abrams – 2030s

Army Starts Work on New Tank After Abrams – 2030s

The Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, is now immersed in the development of design concepts for various super high-tech tank platforms. Extensive conceptual work, simulation and design modeling will be needed before there is any opportunity to “bend metal” and produce a new tank. by Kris Osborn, Scout Warrior The Army is now performing concept modeling and early design work for a new mobile, lethal, high-tech future lightweight tank platform able to detect and destroy a wider range of targets from farther distances, cross bridges, incinerate drones with lasers and destroy incoming enemy artillery fire –  all for the 2030s and beyond. The new vehicle, […]

I3MP completes infrastructure upgrade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

I3MP completes infrastructure upgrade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

By Scott Sundsvold FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Product Manager for the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed the delivery of a state-of-the-art information technology capability modernization effort at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington, in early February. The modernizations enable JBLM to provide a secure suite of collaboration, real-time communications and supporting services to the Soldier and Army business user on any device, anywhere in the world. This modernization effort directly affected the Army network for the project’s core customers at the headquarters for JBLM, the Army’s I Corps and the Air Force’s 62nd Airlift Wing, in addition to the Madigan Army Medical Center and the JBLM Network Enterprise […]

N.J. Lt. Gov. visits where ‘engineering meets operations’

N.J. Lt. Gov. visits where ‘engineering meets operations’

By Kelly White, CERDEC Public Affairs JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – The lieutenant governor of New Jersey visited the U.S. Army Material Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, Ground Activity, or CGA, last month, to learn about the mission growth path. The CGA, which is part of CERDEC’s Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate, or S&TCD, is on the cutting edge of supporting this generation and next generation’s operational gaps for training and cyber activities, something Lt. Gov. Kimberly Guadagno wants to support from outside the wire. “To support the Army’s active duty component, the state has the ability and purview to help quality of life issues that […]

Leveraging the power of modeling to plan assured PNT

Leveraging the power of modeling to plan assured PNT

By Kathryn Bailey ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing program, or A-PNT, is advancing technologies to aid GPS when its signal becomes degraded or denied, but executing developmental testing on these capabilities is not always logistically or financially feasible. The U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, is augmenting live testing with modeling and simulation, or M&S, technologies that can better measure how effective PNT technologies perform in the context of the Warfighter’s mission. “For decades, GPS has revolutionized PNT capabilities for Soldiers, but its susceptibility to interference has generated a need for complementary sources of PNT,” said Gina Guiducci, […]

Improvements on way for logistics application

Improvements on way for logistics application

By Martin Birchmeier, DLA Information Operations FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Federal and military logisticians will soon find it easier to search for supply item information, thanks to enhancements to the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Federal Logistics Data application known as FED LOG. FED LOG allows users from DOD and other federal agencies, government contractors and NATO or NATO-sponsored countries to obtain official-use-only supply information, including approved item names, manufacturer and distributer data, unit prices and performance characteristics. Later this week, users will notice enhanced features such as new search filters, a simplified batch search and access to historical data. “On the 25th anniversary of the FED LOG application, we are […]