Everything You Need to Know About the DOD’s Conservation Mission in Guam

By Samir Naqvi – Jan. 7, 2019 While the more than 160,000 people who inhabit Guam are American citizens by birth, many continental Americans are unaware of just how much of an impact this unique 130,000-acre island has on the world’s ecology. With rare limestone forests and an incredible array of wildlife, Guam’s overall health remains key to maintaining species …

How Blockchain Exploration Will Improve Disaster Relief

By Troy Barnes – Jan. 1, 2019 In early December 2018, Continuous Process Improvement leaders within the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support participated in a two-day event to explore potential applications of blockchain technology within the Department of Defense (DoD). DLA Troop Support provides U.S. troops stationed within the U.S. and around the globe with a variety of on-the-ground needs like …

Space Command

Integrating the U.S. Space Command Into the Armed Forces System

By Samir Naqvi – Dec. 26, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence recently appeared at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to announce that the long-anticipated U.S. Space Command will become the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces by 2020. And while not yet confirmed by the Trump Administration, some draft documents leaked from the Department of Defense indicate that …

DoD Expands the Reach of its International Schools

By Troy Barnes – Dec. 17, 2018 The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is most often associated with wartime military action and ensuring the security of U.S. borders. But DoD’s many collateral missions encompass everything from promoting civilian cybersecurity to promoting educational innovations by building high-tech schools abroad and offering STEM scholarships to graduate students. Recently, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) …

President George H.W. Bush Leaves Powerful Military Legacy

By Samir Naqvi – Dec. 10, 2018 The United States last week laid to rest its last surviving presidential war hero — President George Herbert Walker Bush. One of the Navy’s youngest fighter pilots, Bush was shot down about 700 miles south of Japan during World War II. Of the nine young men who wound up in the Pacific after this …

How Direction Finding Systems Continue to Revolutionize Military Intelligence

By Troy Barnes – Dec. 3, 2018 For more than a century, direction finding systems have been one of the military’s key tools for detecting and intercepting enemy signals. But even with today’s technological advances, which have largely traded trench warfare for cyber warfare, directional finding systems have maintained their relevance. Learn more about how direction finding systems work and how they’ve …

Hack The Pentagon

DoD Expands its ‘Hack the Pentagon’ Program

By Samir Naqvi – Nov. 26, 2018 In October 2018, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued a press release announcing a major expansion to its “Hack the Pentagon” program. As part of this expansion, the DoD has awarded contracts to several Silicon Valley firms that will help the Pentagon increase its capacity to run and issue “bug bounties” to successful hackers. …

Could HQ2 Nab Amazon a $10 Billion DoD Cloud System Contract?

By Troy Barnes – Nov. 19, 2018 The long wait is over — Seattle-based behemoth Amazon recently announced its second headquarters (or HQ2) will actually be HQs 2 and 3, with bases in Queens, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia. While some point to the geographic and logistical advantages gained by the East Coast approach, others have taken a more …

Army-Funded Research Creates Education Kit for Science Teachers

By Samir Naqvi – Nov. 12, 2018 For decades, U.S. teachers have puzzled over a common dilemma: how can they provide hands-on biology education without breaking the bank? The exorbitant cost of the specialized equipment and supplies needed to carry out even simple biology experiments leaves many teachers without viable and practical options. But this may be about to change. Recently, a team …

STEM Scholarship

DoD Invests Millions in Student STEM Programs

By Troy Barnes – Nov. 5, 2018 For millennia, a country’s defense resources have generally been concentrated on developing arms. As recently as the 1980s, the U.S. was embroiled in a nuclear arms race with some of the world’s biggest superpowers. But as technology has advanced, so have the means by which enemies attempt to infiltrate foreign political and economic …