Defense Systems Digest

3 AUGUST 2021

Featured Technical Inquiry

Maritime Communications and Surveillance Defense-Related Research

DSIAC was asked to identify key players in DoD research efforts in the following areas: Long-range (500 – 1,000 meters) acoustic messaging Acoustic submarine communications Wide-area ocean surveillance Infrasound DSIAC searched open-source documents and the Defense Technical Information Center’s repository for relevant information, which was compiled into a report for each topic and delivered to the inquirer. Key players were organized by government, academia, and […]

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James Purkiss

Voice From the Community

James R. Purkiss

Computer Scientist, NAWCWD

I have worked at China Lake for the U.S. Naval Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) for five years as a computer scientist.
Most of my work has revolved around modeling and simulation, with some analysis in lethality. I have worked with the System of Systems
Test Environment group as a developer, focusing on the Advanced Framework for Simulation, Integration, and Modeling and the Test
and Training Enabling Architecture framework. My latest role is the model manager for the Maritime Lethality Toolset (MLAT). MLAT is
working toward providing an on-th-efly lethality data generation and analysis tool of maritime targets.

Featured News

Deputy Secretary: How Industry Can Continue Supporting DoD’s National Security Priorities

Speaking virtually in the keynote address at the 30th annual Pennsylvania Showcase on Commerce, the Deputy Secretary addressed members of the Johnstown Area Regional Industries Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and the Cambria Chamber of Commerce. “Every day, people like you and others across this country are designing, building, and producing the critical materials and technologies that ensure our armed forces have every advantage they need,” […]

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Recent News

Army to Field Laser-Equipped Stryker Prototypes in FY 2022

WASHINGTON — The Army recently conducted a successful evaluation of a new directed-energy capability, moving the Service one step closer to fielding a platoon of four laser-equipped Stryker combat vehicle prototypes next fiscal year, program…

A New Navy Weapon Actually Stops You From Talking

The U.S. Navy has developed a new non-lethal weapon (NLW) with a specific electronic device that prevents people from communicating. According to the article, the new electronic device effectively repeats a speaker’s own voice only…

AFRL to Collaborate With India on Air-Launched UAVs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) — Under the auspices of the U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade, the U.S. Air Force has signed an agreement for joint development of air-launched unmanned aerial vehicles (ALUAVs) with India’s…

New Generation of Directed-Energy Weapons Using Lasers and the Electromagnetic Spectrum Expected by the 2060s

The U.S. Air Force released a report, “Directed Energy Futures 2060,” from an assembled panel of experts who evaluated the future of directed energy weapons. According to the article, the report predicts an important future…

The Army Is Looking to Employ Sensors on High-Flying Balloons

This article discusses the U.S. Army’s plans to use employ high-flying balloons like the ones used in the American Civil War. According to this article, the new system, called the High-Altitude Extended-Range Long Endurance Intelligence…

BAE Unveils World’s Smallest Anti-Jamming Military GPS

According to this article, the world’s smallest, lightest, and most power-efficient military M-Code GPS receiver has been developed by BAE Systems. The article states that the low-size, weight, and power (SWaP) MicroGRAMTM-M GPS receiver, which…

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Upcoming Events

2021 Air, Space, & Cyber Conference

The U.S. Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) Air, Space, & Cyber Conference will return as a live, in-person event on September 20-22 at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD. AFA’s Air, Space, & Cyber…

Autonomous Capabilities for DoD

This town-hall-style forum will discuss the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems on the battlefield, as well as current DoD progress in AI initiatives. Speakers will include the Director of Defense Research and…

2021 Joint Aircraft Survivability (JAS) Program Review (JPR)

The Joint Aircraft Survivability Program Office (JASPO) will host the 2021 Joint Aircraft Survivability (JAS) Program Review (JPR) at the Dougherty Conference Center, Offutt Air Force Base (AFB), NE, on 19-21 October 2021. The purpose…

2021 Future Force Capabilities Conference and Exhibition

The Future Force Capabilities Conference and Exhibition will bring together the armaments, robotics, munitions, and explosive ordnance disposal communities. The conference, which includes capabilities briefings, keynote speakers, panels, technical papers, exhibits, and a live-fire demonstration,…

2021 Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium (FMMS)

The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium will bring together the naval ship maintenance and modernization community. ASNE’s FMMS allows an open forum of communications and exchange of technical information…

Hypersonic Weapons Summit

The theme for the 2021 Hypersonic Weapons Summit is “Operationalizing Hypersonic Capabilities in the Near-Term:  Meeting the Offensive-Defensive Mix.” This summit will provide an opportunity to understand the U.S. military senior leadership’s approach to the…

Military Standard 810 (MIL-STD-810) (Orlando, FL )

MIL-STD-810 is a U.S. military standard for environmental engineering considerations and laboratory testing. It is a Tri-Service (U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy) standard for designing military equipment. This four-day class focuses on the purpose…