Self-Driving Cars Could Help Save the Environment—Or Ruin It. It Depends on Us | TIME


Self-driving cars will also have a profound effect on the environment—but whether it’s for better or for worse will depend on technological and policy choices that have yet to be made.

Automated vehicles could reduce energy consumption in transportation by as much as 90%, or increase it by more than 200%, according to research from the Department of Energy (DOE).

Source: Self-Driving Cars Could Help Save the Environment—Or Ruin It. It Depends on Us | TIME

Unmanned ocean vessels may help optimize use of cargo ships, cut fuel use, and reduce labor costs | Military & Aerospace Electronics


A future unmanned ship could resemble some of the most advanced combat drones. It would sport infrared detectors, high-resolution cameras and laser sensors to monitor its surroundings. The vast troves of data would be transmitted to command centers where staff do little more than monitor progress and ensure ships are operating at optimum speeds.

We’ve been hearing a lot about unmanned aircraft and land vehicles like trucks and cars, but the world’s vast oceans may open up big opportunities for networked sensors and big-data applications with the potential to automate the world’s merchant ship fleet.

Source: Unmanned ocean vessels may help optimize use of cargo ships, cut fuel use, and reduce labor costs – Military & Aerospace Electronics

Lockheed Martin to find sustainable ways of designing combat avionics for contested environments


The program initially seeks to develop architectures for distributing functionality across networks of manned and unmanned aircraft for future experimentation, and to develop tools to enable this distribution to be done quickly and reliably.

In the SoSITE (System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation) program’s second phase, Lockheed Martin engineers will develop system of systems architectures to maintain U.S. air superiority in contested environments; demonstrate how a rapid-integration mission system can be integrated into architectures; and demonstrate the combat effectiveness and robustness of those architectures.

Source: Lockheed Martin to find sustainable ways of designing combat avionics for contested environments

U.S. Air Force investing $12 billion in upgrading 1980s-era F-15 fighter jets | Military & Aerospace Electronics


The F-15 jet fighter and its advanced avionics long has been hailed as the most successful dog-fighting aircraft in U.S. history, boasting an undefeated air-to-air combat record with more than 100 aerial combat victories, according to Boeing, the plane’s primary contractor and developer.

With rival nations like China and Russia quickly closing the technology gap that has allowed the US to rule the skies for decades and fewer F-22s than expected at its disposal, the Air Force has decided to invest in a major facelift for the battle-tested F-15 to help fill the void by extending its lifespan through 2040.

Source: U.S. Air Force investing $12 billion in upgrading 1980s-era F-15 fighter jets – Military & Aerospace Electronics

The Navy’s ship-of-the-future is getting an upgrade against Russian and Chinese submarines | Military & Aerospace Electronics


The idea is to harness lightweight variable-depth sonar and AN/SQR-20 multi-function towed array systems, along with other anti-submarine warfare (ASW) technologies, and enable the littoral combat ship (LCS) to receive acoustic signals or “pings” from enemy subs in different maritime conditions and at long distances.

Source: The Navy’s ship-of-the-future is getting an upgrade against Russian and Chinese submarines – Military & Aerospace Electronics

Excess Management Is Costing the U.S. $3 Trillion Per Year

Here’s the arithmetic.

According to our analysis of occupational data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 23.8 million managers, first-line supervisors, and administrators in the American workforce in 2014. (This figure includes both the public and private sectors but does not include individuals in IT-related functions.)

That works out to one manager and administrator for every 4.7 employees. Overall, managers and administrators made up 17.6% of the U.S. workforce and received nearly 30% of total compensation.

How many of these 23.8 million overseers do we actually need?

Source: Excess Management Is Costing the U.S. $3 Trillion Per Year

In Global Banking, Apps and Security Don’t Mix | Bloomberg View


Researchers have yet to identify whether the fraudulent payment instructions were issued by malware or bad apps or rogue employees themselves; all they know is that a computer controlled by the bank supplied the payment network with valid credentials and instructions. A piece of malware deleted transaction entries on the local computer, preventing immediate detection.

Security experts are quick to point out that banks should have better monitoring and oversight, stricter access management, and multi-factor authentication involving multiple individuals on different machines.

But that’s the opposite of Swift. Swift’s whole reason for existence is to increase transaction efficiency – that’s why they call it Swift! Its business model is to provide turnkey solutions for financial transaction messages. Customers are in charge of their own risk management.

Source: In Global Banking, Apps and Security Don’t Mix – Bloomberg View

Design News | The Tools Have Arrived for the Fully Digital Plant


The technology to support the move to the digital plant has come a long way in recent years. New technologies and techniques are available right now to monitor equipment, including sensors, visualization devices, vibration and noise detection, thermal detection, and more.

Source: Design News – Blog – The Tools Have Arrived for the Fully Digital Plant

Design News | Plant Security: The Moving Threat, the Effective Response


Embedded systems have made cybersecurity more complicated. For one, the usual IT security solutions are not as effective with embedded devices. Plus, the potential damage from an attack is greater.

“Many of the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) devices are embedded systems that require new security solutions. Traditional IT and PC security approaches won’t work on these specialized devices,” said Alan Grau, president of Icon Labs.

“If an IT system is hacked the consequence is data loss. If an IIoT system is hacked the power grid can go down, flights can be grounded, productions lines can be shut down, and real physical damage can be done. People can die.”

Grau cites the example of a blast furnace in Germany that was damaged by a cyber attack.

Source: Design News – Blog – Plant Security: The Moving Threat, the Effective Response

Obama’s huge Saudi 9/11 dilemma | TheHill


President Obama is facing a dilemma over legislation allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts.

The House is expected to vote overwhelmingly in favor of the legislation on Friday (Sep 9). The Senate has already passed the same legislation unanimously.

Obama has fiercely opposed the bill, arguing it could both strain relations with Saudi Arabia and also lead to retaliatory legislation overseas against U.S. citizens. The Saudi government has led a quiet campaign in Washington to kill the legislation.

Those efforts have been fruitless in Congress, however. The legislation has broad support from both parties, and Congress could override an Obama veto for the first time if he rejects the legislation.

Source: Obama’s huge Saudi 9/11 dilemma | TheHill