Lasers, polar ice and satellites: Navy S&T spotlighted in new issue of Future Force

March 04, 2016

How will military leaders use (and defend against) laser weapons on future battlefields? How has changing sea ice impacted submarine operations in the Arctic? How do satellite-based infrared sensors help ground-based warfighters?

These are just a few of the topics covered in the Winter 2016 issue of Future Force, which is now available to the public. Published quarterly by the Office of Naval Research, Future Force is a professional magazine of the naval science and technology (S&T) community.

Some of the headlines in the latest issue, titled "Assured Access to the Maritime Battlespace," include: Future Force seeks to inform readers about basic and applied research and advanced technologies funded by the Department of the Navy. The mission of the publication is to enhance awareness of the decisive naval capabilities that are being discovered, developed and delivered by scientists and engineers for the Navy, Marine Corps and nation.
To learn more about the new issue of Future Force, visit

Office of Naval Research

Related Arctic Articles from Brightsurf:

Archive of animal migration in the Arctic
A global archive with movement data collected across three decades logs changes in the behaviour of Arctic animals

The Arctic is burning in a whole new way
'Zombie fires' and burning of fire-resistant vegetation are new features driving Arctic fires -- with strong consequences for the global climate -- warn international fire scientists in a commentary published in Nature Geoscience.

Warming temperatures are driving arctic greening
As Arctic summers warm, Earth's northern landscapes are changing. Using satellite images to track global tundra ecosystems over decades, a new study found the region has become greener, as warmer air and soil temperatures lead to increased plant growth.

Arctic transitioning to a new climate state
The fast-warming Arctic has started to transition from a predominantly frozen state into an entirely different climate with significantly less sea ice, warmer temperatures, and more rain, according to a comprehensive new study of Arctic conditions.

New depth map of the Arctic Ocean
An international team of researchers has published the most detailed submarine map of the Artic Ocean.

Where are arctic mosquitoes most abundant in Greenland and why?
Bzz! It's mosquito season in Greenland. June and July is when Arctic mosquitoes (Aedes nigripes) are in peak abundance, buzzing about the tundra.

What happens in Vegas, may come from the Arctic?
Ancient climate records from Leviathan Cave, located in the southern Great Basin, show that Nevada was even hotter and drier in the past than it is today, and that one 4,000-year period in particular may represent a true, ''worst-case'' scenario picture for the Southwest and the Colorado River Basin -- and the millions of people who rely on its water supply.

Arctic Ocean changes driven by sub-Arctic seas
New research explores how lower-latitude oceans drive complex changes in the Arctic Ocean, pushing the region into a new reality distinct from the 20th-century norm.

Arctic Ocean 'regime shift'
Stanford scientists find the growth of phytoplankton in the Arctic Ocean has increased 57 percent over just two decades, enhancing its ability to soak up carbon dioxide.

Spider baby boom in a warmer Arctic
Climate change leads to longer growing seasons in the Arctic.

Read More: Arctic News and Arctic Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to