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07 May 21. DIU looking for new multifactor authentication tool. The Pentagon’s Silicon Valley outreach team needs an internal cybersecurity tool to safely collaborate with commercial vendors outside of the department’s networks, according to a recent notice.
The Defense Innovation Unit, through the department’s Washington Headquarters Service, is seeking a multifactor authentication tool to verify its users’ identities on systems that don’t require the department’s standard ID through its Common Access Card program, according to the May 3 “sources sought” solicitation.
“DIU has a unique mission of leveraging commercial solutions to rapidly improve national security. This requires the use of cloud-based, non-DoD information systems that closely integrate with systems used within the fast-paced, innovative commercial technology sector,” the solicitation stated. “These services are not protected by the traditional, two-factor authentication measures of the Common Access Card (CAC) and require an alternative source of two (or multiple) forms of identification and authentication.”
The potential contract would be worth $6m to $7.5m over five years through a blanket purchasing agreement, according to the notice.
The Defense Innovation Unit needs different tools than most other Pentagon components. Because it works pursues innovations with commercial vendors, DIU relies largely on cloud-based software-as-a-service platforms to collaborate with industry rather than the legacy infrastructure that runs the rest of the department.
For example, DIU is evaluating prototypes from Google, McAfee and Zscaler that will secure access to cloud portals in an effort to improve its ability to collaborate with companies in real time. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
06 May 21. Elbit Australian BMS decision update. After breaking the news last week that the Elbit Systems Australia Battle Management System (BMS) will be withdrawn from service from next week, Elbit Systems Australia Managing Director Major General (Retired) Paul McLachlan has made a statement about the situation. Below is the statement in full.
“Elbit Systems of Australia strongly refutes the security rumours raised in recent media articles. Elbit Systems of Australia utilises secure software development processes in collaboration with the Department of Defence, including the provision of all source code.
“Elbit Systems of Australia will continue to work closely with the ADF to deliver its network capability requirements, utilising our 250-strong workforce, including 80 military veterans and 100 systems and software engineers.
“Elbit Systems of Australia is expanding and enhancing our proven ability to bring world- leading innovative technologies to meet Australian capability requirements for the ADF, homeland security and emergency management agencies into the future,” McLachlan concluded.
Janes has also learned that “Army’s decision does not affect the Land 200 Tranche 2 acquisition contract, which we see progressing as previously agreed to, informed by our technical and financial reviews.”
ADM Comment: This flies in the face of industry sources who note that in the past 12 months the program has failed two security related milestones and the Commonwealth enforced a stop payment point last year.
This flies in the face of industry sources who note that in the past 12 months the program has failed two security related milestones and the Commonwealth enforced a stop payment point last year
Elbit must have known that they were heading towards a decision point that was not entirely in their favour. The suddenness and nature of the cancellation however cannot be answered without calling into question the national security aspect. Back doors into such systems are well known and even expected in some cases. What has happened in this case? We may never know the exact nature of the issue at this unclassified level. The is the nature of Defence.
So where does this leave the capability? C4 EDGE is due to demonstrate their concept in November this year (keep an eye out for the June Land Forces edition of ADM for more on this program). The Australian Army selected Systematic’s SitaWare Headquarters (HQ) software to enhance its deployable command-and-control (C2) capabilities in November 2019. There is a good chance this can be expanded in the meantime as well. The system was rolled out to the Army’s deployed HQs operating at brigade-level and above. The Deployable Joint Force Headquarters (DJFHQ) – an element of the Brisbane-based 1st Division – was the first element to field the system.
Regardless, the whole situation has left a bad taste all round. Was it the right decision? Perhaps, time will tell. Was it executed poorly? Most certainly. (Source: Twitter/ADM)
Elbit Systems of Australia comment: Elbit Systems of Australia strongly refutes the security rumours raised in recent media articles.
Elbit Systems of Australia utilises secure software development processes in collaboration with the Department of Defence, including the provision of all source code.
Elbit Systems of Australia will continue to work closely with the Australian Defence Force to deliver its network capability requirements, utilising our 250-strong workforce, including 80 military veterans and 100 systems and software engineers.
Elbit Systems of Australia is expanding and enhancing our proven ability to bring world-leading innovative technologies to meet Australian capability requirements for the Australian Defence Force, homeland security and emergency management agencies into the future.
05 May 21. Crystal Group, Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of rugged computer and electronic hardware, announced today the newest addition to its line up of high-performance edge computing solutions for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) applications. The new RS1104 ISR encoder integrates the Haivision Makito X1 into a Crystal Group FORCETM server to deliver real-time streaming of MISB-compliant, full-motion video capabilities. The ultra-compact RS1104 1U server consolidates the workload of three separate 1U units into one by integrating the Haivision’s Makito X1 video encoder, an 8-port switch, and six 2.5” SSD drives. This includes compressing a high-quality raw video source with two separate encode engines, which enables both a high-quality video stream for machine learning applications running on the RS1104 and a low-bitrate video stream to reach remote users over constrained network links.
“Consolidating our rugged server and Haivision’s rugged video encoder into a single unit enables the needed video quality and capabilities for accurate, live situational awareness at the tactical edge in a smaller footprint,” said Alan High, technical director at Crystal Group. “Eliminating the extra box, multiple mounts, and additional power supplies saves integration time and reduces installation challenges in compact spaces, like aircraft, drones and tanks. In addition to the RS1104 video encoder, Crystal Group can integrate the high-quality video performance of the Makito X1 into any Crystal Group FORCE server or rugged embedded computer with 2.5” drive bays. Crystal Group rugged servers are engineered to meet strict military and industrial standards to ensure seamless reliability in the harshest environments when speed, accuracy and security are mission critical. Haivision’s rugged video streaming appliances are deployed in similar applications when situational awareness requires real-time video surveillance.
29 Apr 21. US Army researchers improve robot battlefield operations. Researchers from the US Army have developed a spatial approximation technique to help improve the operations of robots on the battlefield. Named α-shape, the technique enables multi-robot goal conflict resolution while keeping robots resilient to intermittent communication losses.
The technique was developed collaboratively by researchers from the Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM), Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the University of Nebraska, Omaha Computer Science Department.
US Army researcher Dr Bradley Woosley said: “Robots working in teams need a method to ensure that they do not duplicate effort. When all robots can communicate, there are many techniques that can be used.
“But in environments where robots cannot communicate widely due to needing to stay covert, clutter leading to radios not working for long-distance communications, or to preserve battery or bandwidth for more important messages, the robots will need a method to coordinate with as few communications as possible.”
The technique involves arranging all the regions that robots have explored during missions and combining it with an intelligent search algorithm.
This information is then shared between robots over their communication tree, which allows them to quickly check conflicts of a robot’s selected location.
Experimental results have been reported by the research team on simulated robots and physical Clearpath Jackal robots in different environments.
Woosley added: “To our knowledge, this work is one of the first attempts to integrate geometry-based prediction of potential conflict regions to improve multi-robot information collection under communication constraints, while gracefully handling intermittent connectivity loss between robots.”
Last month, the Army conducted the first production Acceptance Test Procedure (ATP) flights of a Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) unmanned aircraft system (UAS), in collaboration with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI). (Source: army-technology.com)
04 May 21. ePropelled Announces the First Hybrid Power Systems for UAVs on the Market. ePropelled, the Massachusetts-based technology company offering leading-edge electromagnetic systems, unveils today the first hybrid capable electrical power systems for UAVs and other aviation applications. The ePropelled Hybrid Ready™ UAV product line is a family of components that work with internal combustion engines to provide electrical power to the aircraft.
The ePropelled Hybrid Ready™ Electrical Power System family includes Starter-Generators (SGs), Intelligent Power Systems (also known as power management units or PMUs), Electronic Engine Starters (EES) and DC-DC converters. These modular components can be mixed and matched to supply from 500 watts to 12 kW power. The power systems offer UAV designers the unique option to add hybrid technology to optimize engine size by using the battery for power assist on take-off, range extension or emergency landings. This allows customers to use a smaller engine for situations that demand high power such as take-off.
Two things make Hybrid Ready™ possible. First, our starter-generators have enough torque to start the engine in addition to supplying power (like an alternator or propulsion motor) during flight. Second the design of our Electronic Engine Starter (EES) allows for this dual operation to use battery power to both start the engine and add power for propulsion. Keeping weight and cost low while extending flight time are important. In addition, the EES eliminates the need for an external starter which allows the aircraft to be self-contained in the field.
“ePropelled is the first vendor to introduce hybrid power assist capability using Power Systems. Our customers have told us that enhancing their aircraft capabilities is critical to the success of their programs. Hybrid Ready™ tells our industry that we are ready for business,” said Nabeel Shirazee, CTO of ePropelled. “ePropelled is one of the few vendors to provide both electric power and Power Systems for the commercial, security and defense markets. These applications usually have more demanding requirements that other sectors, especially their higher power requirements. Moreover, we take a systems approach to product design, therefore it was logical for us to innovate. We see a lot of synergy between all of our power products and there is a lot more to come.”
Power Systems are critical to the success of ever-changing and complicated UAV mission profiles. Considering how Power Systems and propulsion can work together during the design can contribute to lighter and more efficient aircrafts. Built-in software enables the operator to receive real time data monitoring, device information, connection status, event-based alerts, engine starter functionality, and acknowledgement of transmitted messages. For example, critical information can alert the pilot to low fuel and other device emergencies allowing them to land the aircraft safely.
ePropelled is a leader in magnetics engineering, innovations that define the future of electric propulsion. Our patented intelligent motors, generators, and motor controllers are software controlled and create new levels of system and energy efficiencies in aerospace, electric vehicles, and industrial applications. (Source: PR Newswire)
03 May 21. Jetoptera Gets US Air Force Development Awards. Jetoptera was recently awarded two 2021 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contracts from the USAF to further characterize the noise of its patented Fluidic Propulsive System (FPS) in an anechoic chamber wind tunnel and to prove that the FPS used with an Upper Surface Blown Wing (USB) configuration will produce specific lift force levels similar to those of a rotor-wing aircraft, yet without moving parts.
For the first contract, Jetoptera has partnered with the University of Notre Dame (Professor Scott Morris) to employ the anechoic wind tunnel in their Turbomachinery Labs and characterize the aero performance and acoustics signature of the FPS and compare it to similar thrust propulsors currently employed in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) concepts.
“We will compare the FPS and three other propulsion technologies that are the legacy propulsors for Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) UAVs and UAM vehicles using a similar power supply for each. Having already established our FPS lower noise emissions potential versus a propeller under another program, this time we will be using an anechoic chamber and a different measurement system, with the goal of confirming the advantages of the propulsion technology we have invented” said Dr. Andrei Evulet, CEO of Jetoptera, Inc.
Jetoptera has also partnered with the University of Washington (Professor Alberto Aliseda) to employ the Kirsten Wind Tunnel to demonstrate feasibility of lift and thrust augmentation by a wing-integrated Fluidic Propulsion System via the Boundary Layer Ingestion and Upper Blown Surface Jet Mechanisms. Our goal is to find the maximum vertical lift produced with this combination and demonstrate that by distributing the FPS along a wing we can produce a specific lift force (lbf/hp) similar to a low disk load rotor employed by rotary wing aircraft.
“We will investigate and find the optimal architecture for the use of the wing for VTOL in conjunction with the FPS™ and how it could match the performance of a rotor, by using the same power, but without the large, noisy, moving parts,” said Dr. Evulet.
“We are on the technological design path to demonstrate that an aircraft using the FPS is quieter, faster, simpler, more compact and less expensive than a rotor or propeller driven aircraft. Combined with FPS’ agnosticism to energy sources – it can be powered by jet fuels, Diesel, SAF, hydrogen or electric – we are confident about the superiority of our propulsion solution as noise, safety and performance continue to be major challenges in unmanned and manned aviation,” added Dr. Evulet. The period of performance is six months for each contract. (Source: UAS VISION)
03 May 21. CAES and Colorado Engineering Inc. Form Strategic Alliance for Advanced Technology Development. CAES, the leading provider of mission critical electronic solutions, and Colorado Engineering Inc. (CEI), a leading RF and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions provider, announced a strategic alliance to jointly develop advanced technology applicable to missile seekers, datalinks, electronic warfare systems, and next generation radar and communications systems. The strategic alliance allows for the CAES and CEI engineering teams to agilely collaborate on critical projects for aerospace and defense customers. With this alliance, aerospace and defense prime contractors and the government will benefit from the team’s newly combined advanced systems engineering, and volume manufacturing expertise, combining both digital and analog functionality and thus allowing for more effective engagements earlier in the life cycle of a program.
“We are delighted to partner with CEI to combine our industry-leading digital, RF, microwave, and millimeter wave expertise with CEI’s systems engineering capability,” said David Young, Chief Technology Officer, CAES. “Customers have looked to us to provide integrated solutions with advanced capabilities in missiles, radar, and electronic warfare domains. Teaming with CEI and its world class systems engineers creates the team of choice for defense primes,” he continued.
“Allying ourselves with CAES enables CEI to access to leading millimeter wave technologists and robust manufacturing capability,” said Nancy Scally, Chief Executive Officer, CEI. “Our customer-first culture combined with innovative approaches and experienced engineering team and CAES’ advanced engineering capability provide customers with a synergistic team to solve their most challenging problems,” she continued.
With a focus on aerospace and defense customers, the strategic alliance between CAES and CEI grants both companies access to each other’s engineering, prototyping, and manufacturing capabilities on a quick-reaction basis. Under this agreement, CAES and CEI will be able to seamlessly assemble a team of engineers ready to develop advanced technology solutions to a customer’s mission needs.
About Colorado Engineering Inc. (CEI)
CEI is a small, woman-owned business headquartered in Colorado Springs. It is one of the world’s foremost leading radio frequency (RF) and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions providers offering bleeding-edge technology solutions for the commercial, industrial, automotive, and military industries. CEI supplies off-the-shelf solutions for hardware and software as well as custom-tailored solutions for any application. CEI offers quick turn, innovative solutions, allowing for lower costs, and high-quality designs. Coloradoengineering.com
CAES is a pioneer of advanced electronics for the most technologically challenging military and aerospace trusted systems. As the largest provider of mixed-signal and radiation-hardened technology to the United States aerospace and defense industry, CAES delivers high-reliability RF, microwave and millimeter wave, microelectronic and digital solutions that enable our customers to ensure a safer, more secure planet. On land, at sea, in the air, in space and in cyberspace, CAES’ extensive electronics and enhanced manufacturing capabilities are at the forefront of mission-critical military and aerospace innovation. Caes.com (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
03 May 21. Gel-Pak Collaborates With BAE Systems On Innovative Packaging Solution For Thin Semiconductor Devices. Gel-Pak, a division of Delphon and leading manufacturer of protective device carrier and film products for the semiconductor and optoelectronics industries announces its collaboration with BAE Systems on an innovative new product called the Lid/Clip Super System (LCS2™).
The patent pending LCS2 product is designed to prevent thin semiconductor components from migrating out of the pockets of waffle pack chip trays during shipping and handling.
Gel-Pak’s New Lid/Clip Super System (LCS2™) Designed in Collaboration with BAE Systems
Collaborative Development Between Gel-Pak and BAE Systems – Could Save Semiconductor Manufacturers Millions
“The new LCS2 product has the potential to save semiconductor manufacturers millions of dollars in costs associated with yield loss, rework labor and RMA’s caused by die migration” said Darby Davis, VP of Sales and Marketing for Delphon.
Shipping today’s thin semiconductor die in industry standard waffle packs presents a challenge for many semiconductor manufacturers. Thin devices packaged in these chip trays have a tendency to migrate, causing costly Component-Out-Of-Pocket (COOP) damage to occur.
Together Gel-Pak and BAE Systems studied the root causes of COOP and created this unique solution. The LCS2 product, designed to work with industry standard waffle pack trays, consists of pad and interleaf materials integrated into a static dissipative gold lid along with a highly engineered single piece clip that uniformly compresses the tray and lid together to seal each waffle pack pocket. This lid/lip system has been shown to eliminate thin die migration issues.
Founded in 1980, Gel-Pak manufactures a line of proprietary gel and elastomer based device carriers and films that offer solutions for applications where damage during handling must be avoided. The company’s unique elastomer technology serves as the basis of its Gel-Box™, Gel-Tray®, Gel-Slide®, E-Film™ and patented Vacuum Release (VR) products. These products effectively immobilize devices during shipping and in-process handling. For further information on Gel-Pak’s product line, please refer to the website at www.gelpak.com
Delphon is a materials incubator and advanced manufacturing center known for solving unique product development and manufacturing challenges. By combining unique materials and proprietary technologies in its state-of-the-art cleanroom lab, Delphon partners with customers to move ideas quickly into novel products. Its well-known brands Gel-Pak, UltraTape and TouchMark are innovators of solutions for diverse markets including semiconductors, data storage, advanced medical devices, optical, photonics, aerospace, defense, automotive and telecom. For further information regarding Delphon’s capabilities, please refer to the website at www.delphon.com(Source: PR Newswire)
04 May 21. Airbus demonstrates C295 FITS mission system operated by ground-based crews. Airbus has successfully concluded a flight test campaign featuring a new capability for the C295 FITS mission system (COMMOMISS) which enables it to be remotely operated by ground-based crews.
The campaign, carried out in April over the south of Spain, covered four flights and involved the use of an Airbus C295 Intelligence Surveillance Recognition (ISR) testbed equipped with a Collins avionics package.
The aircraft performed standard maritime patrol missions with all sensors controlled in near real time by a mission operator based at a ground station at Airbus’ Getafe site. Sensor control was successfully handed over to the ground control station, with different surveillance tasks, including Electro-Optical/Infra-Red (EO/IR) pointing control and radar management, performed by the ground crew using the installed Ka band SATCOM.
During the tests, the ground operator’s situational awareness was complete, sharing the same set of tools and apps available in the onboard Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) workstations, transforming the COMMOMISS ground station into an effective additional operator’s node.
Among its capabilities COMMOMISS will provide users with:
- Additional operator’s nodes in the Mission Support Centre on the ground, providing operational flexibility in long and complex missions, sharing tasks between airborne and ground tactical crew members;
- Integration with the operator’s C2 network, contributing to the generation of the Common Operational Picture;
- Immediate access to all data gathered by onboard sensors for real time analysis with almost unlimited resources available on the ground;
- The possibility to reduce the number of operators (and thus workstations) on board in persistent surveillance missions.
COMMOMISS will pave the future of airborne tactical mission systems, allowing a harmonised mission system architecture, human-machine interface (HMI) and concept of operations (CONOPS) for both, manned and unmanned air vehicles, as well as fixed-wing and rotatory wing aircraft. It supports a seamless integration into the overall system-of-systems, providing global situational awareness to operators and contributing to the generation of the Common Operational Picture (COP) in the context of ISR missions.
The hardware required to implement this new capability is available for new customers interested in the C295 ISR, which means that the capacities of the COMMOMISS could be available for any customer from now on, either as a catalogue option or as a growth potential.
03 May 21. French military wants robodogs to round up the enemy. The French armed forces should be authorised to use autonomous weapons, known as killer robots, in certain strict conditions, a defence ministry report has advised. The Defence Ethics Committee, a military and civilian body, set out one of the most elaborate moral cases by a western state for the artificial intelligence systems that are expected to transform warfare.
The report, ordered by Florence Parly, the defence minister, came as debate arose over the French army’s use in battle exercises of Spot, a robot dog used by some US police forces.
Soldiers in France train alongside robots in military drills
The robot produced by Boston Dynamics was used by cadet officers at the Saint-Cyr military college in simulated street fighting. Over the past decade about 30 countries and aid groups have been campaigning for a global ban on the weapons as morally repugnant.
The western powers, including the US, Britain and France, have refused to renounce their development because the Chinese and Russians are racing to put them into service — and terrorists are not far behind. Armed drones already operate under human supervision. The French committee called for a ban on independent systems “programmed to be able to change their rules of operation”. It said, however, that French forces could use “partially autonomous” killing systems to identify and engage with targets while keeping human operators informed. The controllers could stop the devices.
The report said that automation would become essential to cope with the speed of future warfare as missiles were approaching at five times the speed of sound. The French analysis echoes British statements that weapons with autonomous functions must have human oversight. The UK used an early version of autonomy in Libya in 2011. Tornado jets fired Brimstone “fire-and-forget” missiles that chose their own targets and destroyed military vehicles. Experts say that the fine distinction between partial and full autonomy may become blurred in battle. Armed drones can already fire at targets without an operator’s order. Robot naval vessels and tanks are being developed.
France was behind the creation last week of a £6.8bn European Union fund to increase research in military technology. Thierry Breton, the French commissioner for the internal market, said: “We must increasingly be able to take our security into our own hands.”
Boston Dynamics said that it had not been warned that the 31kg Spot would be used in a battlefield situation. “We do not want any customer using the robot to harm people,” Michael Perry, the company’s vice-president, told The Verge website. “This forward deployment model . . . is something that we need to better understand to determine whether it is actively being used to harm people.” (Source: The Times)
29 Apr 21. Cloud computing speeds up new military software. At the recently launched Army Software Factory in Austin, Texas, platform product manager Capt. James Cho uses cloud computing to speed software development.
Coders — who create software for anything from streamlining warehouse operations to improving soldiers’ battlefield performance — take advantage of the cloud’s shared storage, databases and networking that make computing resources more powerful and flexible than those available in on-site data centers.
With cloud, “you can dynamically spin up more instances or compute power as needed,” Cho said. “A lot of the toil you would have in managing an on-prem solution for this is abstracted away, and it reduces the amount of work we have to do scale these applications for deployment across the Army.”
The software factory isn’t alone in this approach. Across the Defense Department, senior leaders are looking to use the scale and computing power of the cloud to bring new software to service members more quickly and cost-effectively.
They’re looking to turn cloud into a kind of software assembly line, putting in place the key components — development tools, cybersecurity testing, quality assurance checks — and making them readily available to developers across the armed services in a common operating space.
“Cloud makes that baseline more readily shareable, and then you don’t have to have so many software engineers, at a time when they are already in short supply,” said Brad Curran, defense industry principal at Frost & Sullivan market analysis company. He noted that the military branches all have been pursuing cloud-based development strategies as a way to close that talent gap while also speeding deployment of new software tools.
Within the DoD, the Cloud Computing Program Office at the Defense Information Systems Agency is building that shared repository of software development capabilities. With repeatable, reusable processes in the cloud, “mission owners developing many different applications can ingest and use that, without having to create the pipeline upfront,” program office Executive Director Sharon Woods said.
Air Force Chief Software Officer Nicolas M. Chaillan is among DoD officials seeking to accelerate the pace of software production by pairing repeatable processes with a DevSecOps approach, a software methodology that combines development, security testing and operations in a seamless production process.
“When you combine the elasticity of the cloud with the rapid feedback loop of DevSecOps, you get real return on investment,” he said. “Instead of waiting years and months to test the software and cyber-scan the software, we do that multiple times a day, so that security and the reliability are built in.”
He’s seen this approach drive practical outcomes. He noted one instance in which developers were able to deploy in just 45 days a new artificial intelligence tool to assist pilot decision-making.
With cloud, “developers can scale up and down based on the compute and memory needs,” Chaillan said. “That elasticity makes them more agile: You can try things out and then turn them off very quickly.”
Commercial cloud offerings for government are supported by security certifications such as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, and by guidelines from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Given these guardrails, defense leaders say, development in the cloud is highly secure and can lead to more secure software releases.
The military benefits from competition among major cloud providers to deliver secure cloud environments for government work, Woods said. At the same time, the massive computing power of the cloud makes it possible to automate security-assurance processes within the software development pipeline. Many of the time-consuming manual checks to ensure software is properly patched can be carried out by machine, not just once but repeatedly throughout the development process.
“Security check points, quality check points: All of that is automated,” Woods said. “That’s very transparent for the entire development team. They’re able to review the quality and security of that code before it’s merged to the [military] branch.”
As the Defense Department looks to expand cloud software development, Chaillan urges military leaders to avoid potential vendor lock-in.
“What if one day Amazon doesn’t like a war and decides they don’t want to do business with the military?” he said. Instead, developers can use open-source tools, such as the Kubernetes development platform, that work across cloud environments. “Then you don’t have to rewrite software in order to move to a different cloud provider. It gives you flexibility so that the things you are building can operate in any environment.”
Military leaders say they will continue to lean heavily on cloud as an application-development space, as they seek to deliver new capabilities and timely updates to meet battlefield goals.
Cloud-based development “allows us to put soldiers front and center” at the Army Software Factory, Cho said. “It reduces the manual overhead on the application development team so they have more time to focus on outcomes, to focus on soldiers and solider problems.” (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
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