Defense Systems Digest

5 OCTOBER 2021

Featured Technical Inquiry

L-VIRA, a germ-zapping robot, emits a flash of ultraviolet c (UVC) light for disinfection of an Intensive Care Unit hospital room at William Beaumont Army Medical Center (Photo Credit: U.S. Army).

Ultraviolet (UV) Bulb Manufacturers and Distributors in the United States

  The Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) was asked to identify manufacturers and distributors of ultraviolet (UV) bulbs in the United States. DSIAC searched open-source documents to identify companies that manufacture and/or distribute a variety of UV bulbs. The generated list is not exhaustive but provides a variety of distributors and manufacturers specializing in various UV bulbs. Some of the bulbs included are UV-C […]

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Voice From the Community

Jeffrey A. McChesney

CEO & Founder, Target Arm Inc.

I have decades of experience in the art of warfare and high-technology development. I work with the military to enable high volley rates for kinetic and intelligence, surveillance, targeting, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) uses for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) while
on the move, with the goal of persistent air dominance at every echelon.

Featured News

Eye on Innovation: Pedal to the Metal Printing – Norfolk Naval Shipyard Makes Strides in Developing Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence

Innovation is one of the leading focuses for the U.S. Department of the Navy, the enterprise coming together to find new ways to deliver on its mission of protecting America. Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) is charging forward to accelerate continuous process improvement and innovation in the world of metal 3-D printing, developing the Additive Manufacturing (AM) Center of Excellence (CoE) as a one-stop-shop for the […]

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Recent News

AFRL’s PNT AgilePod Achieves Flight Test Objectives

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFRL) – The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL’s) complementary position, navigation, and timing (PNT) AgilePod prototype achieved three important objectives in flight tests conducted on November 1-10. The test…

Rapid Dragon’s First Live Fire Test of a Palletized Weapon System Deployed From a Cargo Aircraft Destroys Target

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA (AFRL) – The Air Force Rapid Dragon Program, a fast-paced experimentation campaign led by the Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation (SDPE) office, successfully completed its final flight test December…

Mobile Satellite System Reduces Communication Gaps, Increases Naval Interoperability

QUANTICO, Va. —Marine Corps Systems Command is acquiring innovative command and control capabilities that increase mobility and communication on the battlefield to support the future fight. The Marine Corps considers Networking On-the-Move a significant capability…

Army Demos Advancements in Robotics Operations in Subterranean Environments

ROLLA, Mo. — To highlight what’s possible for Warfighters whose duties include conducting underground operations, the U.S. Army DEVCOM Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) held a demo earlier this month to showcase robotic and autonomous…

DARPA Selects Performers to Build, Test Manta Ray Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

DARPA has awarded Phase 2 contracts to continue the Manta Ray program that began in 2020. The effort seeks to demonstrate innovative technologies allowing payload-capable autonomous unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to operate on long-duration, long-range…

NRL/NASA Experiment to Study Origins of Solar Energetic Particles

WASHINGTON  –  A joint-U.S. Naval Research Laboratory/NASA experiment prepares to investigate the origins of solar energetic particles (SEPs) that could affect Navy satellites and harm personnel during future crewed missions to the moon and beyond. Researchers will…

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Military Standard 810 (MIL-STD-810) Testing Open Course (NTS Fullerton, CA)

This four-day Military Standard 810 (MIL-STD-810) training focuses on the purpose of each test, the equipment required to perform each test, and the methodology to correctly apply the specified test environments. This class is applicable…

Special Air Warfare Symposium

Hosted by the Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation, the 2022 Special Air Warfare Symposium will be held in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the home of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). Though much of…

Virtual Technology, Systems & Ships

The virtual Technology, Systems & Ships conference will discuss the current modernization issues as well as future technologies within Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps Programs, with a heavy emphasis on Naval Engineering. Other topics…

2022 Personnel Recovery (PR) Modernization

The Air Force Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Office, in concert with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Personnel Recovery Mission Area (PRMA) community, are staging the 2022 PR Modernization IR&D Technology Interchange Meeting (TIM)….

The 68th Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium

The theme for the 68th Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium is “opportunities for machine learning in reliability and maintainability.” RAMS attendees will be able to participate in 22 comprehensive tutorials, 32 technical paper sessions, 4…