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University of Virginia professors and students – teaming up with Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) engineers and scientists through the Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) – are developing a better understanding of the capabilities and limitations of additive manufacturing (3D printing) and their teamwork is positively impacting Navy programs.

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic served as the site of a March 14, bi-county DimensionU competition which pitted more than 70 students from eight local middle schools against each other as they tested their math and science skills in online, multi-player educational video games. The students took part in the competition under the watchful eyes of SSC Atlantic volunteers and mentors. Winners from each grade in the competition earned a “golden ticket” and will return April 19 to compete against Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy teams in the 2018 Department of Defense Math Games Virtual Tournament.

The Marine Corps is a step closer to getting a large unmanned aircraft that can launch from ships, fly a radius of up to 700 nautical miles with a full payload, escort the MV-22 Osprey and other platforms, network with other manned platforms, and provide offensive air support, including targeting and strike. This incredible unmanned aerial system is known as MUX, for Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System-Expeditionary.


By ARL Public Affairs - March 14, 2018
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists have discovered a way to leverage emerging brain-like computer ar​chitectures for an age-old number-theoretic problem known as integer factorization. By mimicking the brain functions of mammals in computing, Army scientists are opening up a new solution space that moves away from traditional computing architectures and towards devices that are able to operate within extreme size-, weight-, and power-constrained environments.

By OTTO KREISHER, Seapower Correspondent
​QUANTICO, Va. — Widely separated small units of Marines conducting distributed operations and requiring immediate resupply could summon streams of unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver the needed material with a few touches on hand-held tablets under an experimental system demonstrated here March 14.


Registration is now open for the DON IT Conference, East Coast 2018, scheduled for April 23-25, 2018, at the Hilton Norfolk The Main in Norfolk, Virginia. No conference​ fee will be assessed, but registration is required. DON IT Conferences are typically held in fleet concentration areas on the West Coast and East Coast each year to minimize cross-country travel by participants.

It’s not quite a lightsaber, but the sheet metal mechanics who operate Fleet Readiness Center Southeast’s new fiber laser cutting machine are well on their way to becoming the Jedi of their trade. The laser cutter gives the Navy aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility an efficient additional way to cut thin metals, like aluminum, that make up such a large part of its workload. “Ninety-percent of what we cut is aluminum,” said sheet metal mechanic John Montgomery. “But it can also cut cold-rolled steel, stainless steel and titanium.”

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