At the 2011 LandWarNet Conference, August 22 – 25 in Tampa, Fla., cyber experts, Giorgio Bertoli and Stephen Lucas, from the Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center will be presenting, “Future Cyber Initiative,” Aug. 24 at 2:30 p.m. as part of Track 6, which focuses on the C4ISR Materiel Enterprise’s work in cyber capabilities.
The presentation provides a high level view of the current and emerging cyberspace technology landscape and the technology research & development being pursued by (CERDEC) in this new operational domain.
By Dr. Greg Reger
Shortly after returning from deployment to Afghanistan, Sgt. Jackson finds himself at a local mall, struggling with his emotions. Images from a suicide bombing he witnessed fill his mind as he walks. Stopping at a restaurant, he’s on edge – can’t relax – his eyes constantly sweeping the area for a threat that will never materialize. Exhausted, he enters a mattress store. As he tries out a bed for his room at home, he falls asleep. There in the middle of the showroom, he re-lives the bombing in a vivid nightmare, waking in cold a sweat.
Dr. Daniel Christensen, on screen, Madigan's chief of Soldier Readiness Service, chats with a room full of Telehealth and Technology's Introduction to Telemental Health Delivery workshop participants July 21, 2011. US Army photo
Imagine being a psychologist sitting across from your patient.
Now imagine that patient is actually hundreds of miles away.
The first-ever live Introduction to Telemental Health Delivery Workshop at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology’s, or T2, headquarters on Joint Base Lewis-McChord last week offered guidance to providers on offering mental health services from a distance — in this case, using videoconferencing technology.
“The (Department of Defense) is pushing for this form of care because it’s a way to reach a lot of people who otherwise wouldn’t get care,” T2 clinical health psychologist Dr. Greg Kramer said.
Kramer was one of the all-day workshop’s presenters. About 25 health care professionals from every military branch attended the training, some coming from as far away as Japan. The idea was to build a knowledge base so that clinicians can provide care even when their patient is too far to get to.
With a deafening blast, Rakkasan mortarmen from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division fire a 120 mm mortar system during the brigade level training, Sept. 29, 2007 at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. The rounds' targets were far behind the hills in the distance. U.S. Army Photo by Pvt. Mary Gurnee
Troops out in the field, wearing heavy battle rattle and carrying their weapons, will soon have lighter mortar systems in their arsenal.
Mortar crews have started receiving new lightweight 60mm mortar systems that are approximately 20 percent lighter than previous versions. The Program Executive Office for Ammunition fielded the Army’s first M224A1 60mm Lightweight Company Mortar Systems to 1st Special Forces Group in Fort Lewis, Wash., last month.
Eventually all former legacy M224 systems will be replaced with the new lightweight systems.
Dr. Bernard Reger is an engineer at the US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) located at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. He is the lead for Business Planning and Development at the Armament Software Engineering Center, a CMMI Maturity Model 5 rated life cycle software engineering center, responsible for development, management, and sustainment of our Soldiers’ software intensive systems.
Picatinny recently received a patent for the process to train Soldiers to operate robotic vehicles, such as the Talon and PackBot, using a virtual operator control unit within a virtual environment, based upon the “America’s Army” interactive videogame. Courtesy photo.
Tron. It was 1982 and the world watched as Kevin Flynn was sucked into his computer by a laser pointed at his back. We watched the laser scan and pull him into the computer. For the next hour or so, Flynn battled his way through a computer generated world. Like most computer ‘geeks’ of my generation, I was captivated. ‘Programs’ were beaten in disc games and de-rezzed, but they were only computer generated. I was so looking forward to buying my own person sucking laser.
Time moves on and we all grow up. First I go to Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY) and get a degree in Physics. Then it’s off to get my Masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University (Evanston and Chicago, IL).
Fast forward to the present: I am an engineer at the Armament Software Engineering Center at the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center in Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. The challenge: our Soldiers in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (that’s mil-speak for bomb squad) use state-of-the-art robots, such as Qinetiq TALON and iRobot PackBot, to disarm or destroy explosive devices placed by our enemies. Soldiers want to practice on the robot as much as possible before they are tasked on a mission with life or death consequences, but most of them are already being used and aren’t always available for training. (more…)
The Air Force has secrets – and now you can see them for yourself.
Documents pertaining to UFOs, nuclear issues, conflicts, Strategic Air Command, and Combat Search & Rescue are now declassified, along with photos, videos, and other historical artifacts. The Air Force Declassification Office (AFDO) is not only responsible for declassifying Air Force information, but actually publishes a list of physical locations where these items can be found. They’ve also shared a treasure trove of information line that is easily accessible by the public.
The areoshell of a NASA VOYAGER-MARS space probe just prior to launch at Walker AFB, New Mexico (formerly Roswell AAF).
From their website:
AFDO has a unique mission – it is responsible for the declassification and safeguarding of classified permanent historical National Security Information documents produced by the Air Force. AFDO is identifying the location boxes of historically significant documents which have been declassified and are located at the National Archives and other sites. The purpose of the Secrets Declassified Web Site is to identify as many records as possible that fall into these categories in an effort to capture more thoroughly the full history of the U.S. Air Force. (more…)
Katherine Winters on the Weather Console
Kathy Winters is an Air Force Civilian Meteorologist at the 45th Weather Squadron at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. She is the Space Shuttle Launch Weather Officer providing weather support to the Space Shuttle Program at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as the Launch Team prepares for the 21 July 2011 landing of Atlantis. You can find out more about the 45th Space Wing at their Facebook page.
Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center this morning. The weather was perfect!
Sometimes weather can cause the Shuttle to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. In this case, the Shuttle team immediately starts preparing the vehicle for a Ferry Flight. This mission was not the last chance for a Ferry Flight—Ferry Flights will also take Endeavour and Discovery to their designated static display locations once they are prepared.
Space shuttle Atlantis lands for the final time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA TV