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07 Jan 05. The U.S. Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Michael Wynne announced the selection of new Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (ACTD) projects for fiscal 2005. The military services, combatant commanders, defense agencies and industry submitted almost 100 proposals. Representatives of the military services and major combatant commanders reviewed the list of proposals and provided their requirements for operational capabilities. The ACTDs selected for initiation in fiscal 2005 in alphabetical order include: Actionable Situational Awareness Pull: “Pull and tailor” relevant actionable information; Chemical Unmanned Ground Reconnaissance: Detection at maneuver speeds, while protecting personnel; Coalition Secure Management and Information System: Rapid role based secure release of command and control information among coalition partners; Epidemic Outbreak Surveillance: Near real-time, presymptomatic diagnostic
detection of pathogens; Joint Coordinated Real Time Engagement: Joint real-time operations across multi-Combatant Commands, theaters and echelons; Joint Enhanced Explosion Resistant Coating Exploitation: Protection against explosives and/or penetrating ordnance; Joint Force Projection: Comprehensive end-to-end planning of joint deployment; Medical Situational Awareness in Theater: Fusion of medical data and health threat intelligence; Rapid Airborne Reporting & Exploitation: Target detection, identification and characterization; Sea Talon: Undersea detection in littoral areas; Sea Eagle: Monitoring of maritime areas.; SOCOM Long Endurance Demonstrator: Unmanned vehicle for vertical take off and
landing with long; Viper Strike: Precise targeting with minimal collateral damage; TACSAT-2 Roadrunner: Responsive and affordable tactical satellites; Weapons Data Link: Weapon re-targeting in flight.
05 Jan 05. Following the signing of a manufacturing licensing deal with QinetiQ, the first lightweight and truly portable eye tracking system is now being manufactured and commercially made available by Boston, USA-based Applied Science Laboratories (ASL), a pioneer in the examination of human eye movements and pupil dynamics. Ideal for numerous sporting and marketing applications, the portable “Mobile Eye” headset is about the same size and weight as a pair of sunglasses and incorporates a low-powered infrared light source plus two miniature cameras to see exactly where a user is looking within their field of vision. This in turn is connected to a small, portable, high resolution DVCR-based recording device on the users? belt to capture over an hours worth of footage. Developed from QinetiQ’s research into a “Look & Fire” system for fast-jet pilots, applications for the Mobile Eye system include a host of sports training (ball and eye coordination or target recognition) and ergonomic assessments (such as how we anticipate potential hazards when driving or what catches a shopper’s eye in the supermarket). Some medical training (what a surgeon concentrates on during a procedure) and education opportunities (for example how we read and anticipate a music score) also exist – along with many others.
22 Dec 04. Leading nuclear scientists with top security clearances will gather next summer at a screening room east of San Francisco and witness the results of the greatest effort ever in supercomputing. Using a computer doing 360 trillion calculations a second, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Lab will simulate the explosion of an aging nuclear bomb in three dimensions. The short, highly detailed video produced by the world’s fastest computer will attempt to illustrate how missiles dating back to the Nixon administration would perform today. The United States has about 10,000 nuclear warheads as a deterrent against attack. Washington stopped real nuclear tests in 1992, a year after