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 …

Deadline Approaches for 2018 Department of Defense SMART Scholarships

By Samir Naqvi – Oct. 29, 2018 The Department of Defense, through its Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship program, awards full-tuition scholarships (along with other financial incentives) to qualifying undergraduate- and graduate-level individuals who want to pursue a career in a science, technology, or math-related field. In exchange for this generous incentive package, scholarship recipients will sign …

RRDS Bulletproof panels survive powerful Hurricane Michael

By Troy Barnes – Oct. 22, 2018 Hurricane Michael, the third most powerful Atlantic storm to strike the United States in recorded history, caused unprecedented damage to the Florida panhandle and other southern areas earlier this month, claiming the lives of at least 36 Americans and causing more than $8 billion in damages. According to CNN, officials in four states …

$491 Million Diesel Contract Could Help Save Troop Lives

By Samir Naqvi – Oct. 15, 2018 Many civilians tend to take for granted their access to electricity and cellular communications. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other events that can suddenly (and temporarily) leave cell towers and power lines inoperable can send residents into a panic. But for members of the military, temporarily losing the ability to communicate with others …

Election Meddling

The Department of Defense Renews its Focus on Cyber ‘Election-Meddling’

By Troy Barnes – Oct 8, 2018 As November’s midterm elections draw closer, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) is taking strong steps to assist state and local municipalities in combating election interference and fraud from foreign sources. Learn about some of the biggest threats to U.S. election security and how the DoD is cracking down on threats from …

Department of Defense’s ‘Molar Mic’ Tests the Boundaries of Technology

By Samir Naqvi – Oct. 2, 2018 Hearing strange voices inside your head is typically cause for alarm. But it could become a lifesaving reality for soldiers in the very near future. For military members, one of the disadvantages to using handheld radios in the field is their lack of security — even if the signal sent through a two-way …

Open Source Improves Efficiency at the Department of Defense

By Troy Barnes – Sept. 24, 2018 In 2017, the Department of Defense (DoD) took a step toward crowdsourcing its computer code. That unprecedented move led to the launch of Code.mil. The initiative allows private software engineers to collaborate with federal employees on unclassified code. These coders from all over the world support important and time-sensitive DoD projects. One year …