Real-Time Operating System

Wind River
Alameda, CA

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the largest government-owned defense and aerospace company in Israel, equipped its semi-autonomous airplane towing vehicle, TaxiBot, with the Wind River VxWorks® Cert Platform real-time operating system (RTOS) and Wind River Professional Services.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Aircraft operations

Ontology for Insider Threat Indicators

The study of insider threat presents some of the most complex challenges in information security. Even defining the insider threat has proven difficult, with interpretations and scope varying depending on the problem space. Organizations have begun to acknowledge the importance of detecting and preventing insider threats, but there is a surprising lack of standards within the insider threat domain to assist in the development, description, testing, and sharing of these techniques. For many organizations, establishing an insider threat program and beginning to look for potentially malicious insider activity is a new business activity.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Information Technology, Security systems, Data management

Data Mining in Cyber Operations

Data mining models describe dynamic behavior of attacks and failures, enabling defenders to detect and differentiate simultaneous attacks on a target network.

Defending cyberspace is a complex and largely scoped challenge that considers emerging threats to security in space, land, and sea. The global cyber infrastructure presents many challenges because of the complexity and massive amounts of information transferred across the global network daily. The cyber infrastructure is made up of the data resources, network protocols, computing platforms, and computational services that bring people, information, and computational tools together.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Information Technology, Communication protocols, Cyber security, Data acquisition

Framework for Resilient Remote Monitoring

This method provides continuous monitoring across network-attached devices to identify and mitigate targeted cyber attacks.

System administrators and cyber defenders continue to face challenges in securing systems as attacks keep increasing in the level of sophistication, and the number of connected systems keeps increasing. To support and automate manual activities associated with obtaining information about systems and taking corrective action in response to suspicious activities, an increasing number of technologies for remote monitoring are becoming available with the premise of increasing resiliency by decreasing the time-to-detect and time-to-mitigate targeted attacks.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Information Technology, Cyber security

Communication Protocol for CyAMS and the Cyber Fighter Associate Interface

This program evaluates agility maneuvers that may be employed within networks to mitigate the effect of cyber attacks.

As the military adopts more networked equipment, the opportunity for cyber attacks to occur has also risen. To mitigate the effect these attacks have, network administrators and security experts must be able to decide on the best course of action based on many factors. The Cyber Fighter Associate (CyFiA) will help decide the best course of action given a set of cyber agility maneuvers by measuring the cost and utility of potential maneuvers, along with node and network facts, to select the maneuvers that will lead to mission success.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Information Technology, Communication protocols, Cyber security

Lightweighting Focus for TE's Connectivity Solutions

TE Connectivity recently announced two new aerospace connectivity solutions that offer substantial weight savings: its COPALUM Lite sealed terminals and splices, and its Raychem INSTALITE lightweight braid system.

Posted in: Technology Update, Defense, Connectors and terminals, Wiring, Lightweighting

Lifting 3D Printing to New Heights

Whether it’s through 3D printing jet engine fuel nozzles by the thousands or validating metal rocket injectors for space flight, aerospace has consistently proven itself to be on the cutting edge of the technology. 3D printing is making such an impact on aerospace manufacturing that Stratasys Direct Manufacturing CEO Joe Allison predicts that within 10 years every commercial aircraft will have 3D-printed parts on them.

Posted in: Technology Update, Defense, Design processes, Rapid prototyping, Parts

Army Tests Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System

Over 100 artillery rockets were launched recently at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS. The test, conducted at WSMR's G-16 impact area, saw an M270A1 MLRS vehicle equipped with a new armored cab fire 138 rockets to ensure the improvements didn't negatively impact the vehicles' mission performance.

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3D Printed Aircraft Flown Off Royal Navy Warship

A 3D printed aircraft has successfully launched off the front of a Royal Navy warship and landed safely on a Dorset beach.

Posted in: News, Defense

Vibration Table Used to Test Nuclear Weapon Components

It took decades for technology to catch up with the math David Smallwood worked out to control vibration table shakers. Smallwood, a retired Sandia National Laboratories researcher who consults at the labs, knew that shaking in all directions at once was the key to realistic parts testing. Now Sandia is putting the algorithms he developed more than 30 years ago to the test by shaking up nuclear weapon components.

Posted in: News, Defense