Defense Systems Digest

3 AUGUST 2021

Featured Technical Inquiry


The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was asked for updated information on the FOCUS model, which stemmed from the Fall 2015 DSIAC Journal article “Modeling Intelligence Ped With FOCUS: A Tactical-Level ISR Simulation.” DSIAC contacted the developers of the software at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Data & Analysis Center, formerly the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity, for updated information on […]

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Dr. Kenneth Block

Engineering Fellow, Chief Architect Raytheon Technologies Corp.

I am an engineering fellow at Raytheon Technologies Corp. and currently the chief architect on RTX’s D-VERT research effort focusing on navigational solutions. I’ve held roles as co-lead architect on the Space Fence and Cobra Judy Replacement programs, which focused on distributed systems, data distribution, synchronization and control, and web services/net-centricity. In 2018, I was awarded Best Paper at ACM’s WiSec conference held in Stockholm, Sweden, for my research on position leakage covert channels using magnetic field signaling. I am an RTNcertified architect and hold an MSEE and BES in bio/medical engineering.

Featured Articles

Army Invests in Next Generation Materials Research

ADELPHI, Md. — The U.S. Army announced a new collaborative agreement with two universities, with the goal of improving manufacturing capabilities. The three-way partnership between the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the U.S….

Bird’s-Eye View Could Be Key to Navigating Without GPS

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — A bird’s-eye view may take on new meaning thanks to Army-funded research. Scientists found that a protein in birds’ retinas is sensitive to the Earth’s magnetic field, thus guiding its…

Air Force Declares Mobile Communications System “Combat Ready”

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. — Air Combat Command recently declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Mobile Communications System (MCS) Block 2, a program managed by the Air Force Life…

New Material Could Mean Lightweight Armor, Protective Coatings

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Army-funded research identified a new material that may lead to lightweight armor, protective coatings, blast shields, and other impact-resistant structures. Researchers at the U.S. Army’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at the Massachusetts Institute of…

Army Researchers Examine Solutions for Improving Aircraft Engines

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD — A team of Army and academic researchers reviewed a decade’s worth of studies examining fundamental physics in order to improve aircraft engine performance under extreme conditions. Military aircraft operate in…

Air Force Directed Energy Report Argues Defensive Force Fields May Be “Just on the Horizon”

According to this article, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM, released a report titled “Directed Energy Futures 2060,”  a new analysis of the Department of Defense’s investments into directed…

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