Heidi Shyu, the assistant secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), toured a CERDEC lab along with CERDEC Director Henry Muller, CERDEC Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate Director John Willison, and CECOM Deputy Director Gary Martin to learn more about the center’s Hardware/Software Convergence initiative at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., June 16. CERDEC is modernizing and modularizing C4ISR and Electronic Warfare components so that there is a standard interface to better and more quickly facilitate the integration, compatibility and interoperability of new capabilities for the Army’s various platforms. (U.S. Army CERDEC photo by Kristen Kushiyama)

DOD working to build database of innovative acquisitions

Heidi Shyu hopes the database will help innovation-focused offices to better work together and learn from each other.
Space Force Uniform
The chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force displays the service’s uniform nametapes in the Pentagon Jan. 17 in Arlington, Virginia. (U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett)

Space Force gets its own ‘werx’ innovation center

SpaceWERX will reflect the closeness the new Space Force will have with the private sector, officials say.
Airman 1st Class Brandon Andrews, 31st Security Forces Squadron, checks identification cards at an Aviano Air Base entry control point March 23, 2011, in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn. Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command Task force established to support the larger international response to the unrest in Libya. A broad coalition of nations are partnering to enforce U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorizes all necessary means to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces. JTF Odyssey Dawn is commanded by Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III.

Air Force bases look to facial recognition to secure entry

The pandemic has been good for one facial recognition company, which inked two new contracts to install the technology at Air Force bases.
Tyndall Airmen modernize communications infrastructure
Senior Airman Darren Perry, a cable antenna systems technician with the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron assigned to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and Airman 1st Class Emmanuel Jackson-Willson, cable antenna systems technician with the 85th EIS, manage cable at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. (Air Force / Airman Anabel Del Valle)

5G helping to increase security at Tyndall as Air Force rebuilds ‘smart base’

The 5G-enabled capabilities at Tyndall include a network of gunshot-detection sensors and an array of detection tools at the bases perimeter.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew Rochon, 346th Air Expeditionary Group deputy commander, prepares to operate a small drone to photograph work sites in Meteti, Panama, March 30, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen/Released)

Air Force tech accelerator introduces 2019 cohort

Ten new companies will spend the next three months building counter-drone technologies and learning about the Air Force's need for this kind of tech.