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2021/04/08 Heating up High Performance Computing with Low Temperature Integrated Circuits

Thu, 2021-04-08 00:00
High performance computing (HPC) is a critical enabler of defense applications - from processing data at the tactical edge to powering weather prediction systems. Historically, the advancement of HPC has been driven by new generations of integrated circuit (IC) technologies and continuous improvements in transistor density, performance, and energy efficiency.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/04/05 Episode 42: The Infrared Visionary

Mon, 2021-04-05 00:00
In this episode of the Voices from DARPA podcast, Whitney Mason, a program manager since 2017 in the agency's Microsystems Technology Office, explains how she became smitten with the science and technology of imaging.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/04/02 Quantifying Utility of Quantum Computers

Fri, 2021-04-02 00:00
Although universal fault-tolerant quantum computers - with millions of physical quantum bits (or qubits) - may be a decade or two away, quantum computing research continues apace. It has been hypothesized that quantum computers will one day revolutionize information processing across a host of military and civilian applications from pharmaceuticals discovery, to advanced batteries, to machine learning, to cryptography. A key missing element in the race toward fault-tolerant quantum systems, however, is meaningful metrics to quantify how useful or transformative large quantum computers will actually be once they exist.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/03/24 DARPA Announces Researchers Developing Tech to Mitigate Interference for Wideband RF Systems

Wed, 2021-03-24 00:00
The radio frequency (RF) spectrum is a scarce resource that is becoming increasingly congested and contested as demand for spectrum access continues to grow. Within this crowded environment, the Department of Defense's (DoD) RF systems are hampered by mission-compromising interference from both self- and externally-generated signals.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/03/23 Harnessing Light to Enable Next-Generation Microwave Systems

Tue, 2021-03-23 00:00
Electronic oscillators lie at the heart of virtually all microelectronic systems, generating the clock signals used in digital electronics and the precise frequencies that enable radio frequency (RF) sensors and communications. While an ideal oscillator provides a perfect signal at a single frequency, imperfections degrade the spectral purity of real-world components. Such impairments, broadly quantified as phase noise, ultimately limit the performance of many military radars and commercial 5G systems. The issue is becoming increasingly burdensome as the airways become more congested and defense needs evolve.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/03/18 Expanding Domestic Manufacturing of Secure, Custom Chips for Defense Needs

Thu, 2021-03-18 00:00
DARPA today announced the Structured Array Hardware for Automatically Realized Applications (SAHARA) program, which aims to expand access to domestic manufacturing capabilities to tackle challenges hampering the secure development of custom chips for defense systems. Working in partnership with Intel and academic researchers from University of Florida, University of Maryland, and Texas A&M, SAHARA will leverage leading-edge, U.S.-based manufacturing capabilities to enable the automated and scalable conversion of defense-relevant field-programmable gate array (FPGAs) designs into quantifiably secure Structured ASICs. The program will also explore novel chip protections to support the manufacturing of silicon in zero-trust environments.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/03/18 Collaborative Air Combat Autonomy Program Makes Strides

Thu, 2021-03-18 00:00
DARPA's Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program is half way through Phase 1 and has notched several key accomplishments in anticipation of live subscale aircraft dogfights in Phase 2 later this year. Achievements to date include: advanced virtual AI dogfights involving both within visual range (WVR) and beyond visual range (BVR) multi-aircraft scenarios with updated simulated weapons; live flights of an instrumented jet to measure pilot physiology and trust in AI; and initial modifications to the first full-scale jet trainer scheduled to host an onboard AI "pilot" in Phase 3 of the program.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/03/15 Stefanie Tompkins Appointed 23rd DARPA Director

Mon, 2021-03-15 00:00
Stefanie Tompkins takes the reins today as the 23rd director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/03/11 Episode 41: The AI Tutor

Thu, 2021-03-11 00:00
In this episode of the Voices from DARPA podcast, Bruce Draper, a program manager since 2019 in the agency's Information Innovation Office, explains how his fascination with the ways people reason, think, and believe what they believe steered him into a lifelong embrace of computer science and artificial intelligence (AI) research.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/03/08 DARPA Selects Researchers to Accelerate Use of Fully Homomorphic Encryption

Mon, 2021-03-08 00:00
Protecting and preserving personally identifiable information (PII), intellectual property, intelligence insights, and other forms of sensitive information has never been more critical. A steady cadence of data breaches and attacks are reported seemingly daily. As the use of cloud computing and virtual networks becomes increasingly pervasive for storing, processing, and moving information, concerns around data vulnerability, access, and privacy are similarly on the rise.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/03/03 Developing Virtual Partners to Assist Military Personnel

Wed, 2021-03-03 00:00
Increasing worker knowledge, productivity, and efficiency has been a seemingly never ending quest for the military as well as commercial companies. Today, military personnel are expected to perform a growing number of complex tasks while interacting with increasingly sophisticated machines and platforms. Artificial intelligence (AI) enabled assistants have the potential to aid users as they work to expand their skillsets and increase their productivity. However, the virtual assistants of today are not designed to provide advanced levels of individual support or real-time knowledge sharing.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/03/02 DARPA Announces Research Teams Selected to Semantic Forensics Program

Tue, 2021-03-02 00:00
Media manipulation capabilities are advancing at a rapid pace while also becoming increasingly accessible to everyone from the at-home photo editor to nation state actors. As the technology evolves so does the national security threat posed by compelling media manipulations. While the issue today may be Deepfake videos, the ability to generate falsified multimodal assets - such as news stories with embedded photos and videos - from whole cloth may not be far off. To take on this growing threat, DARPA created the Semantic Forensics (SemaFor) program.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/03/01 Episode 40: Sounds of Innovation 2

Mon, 2021-03-01 00:00
Welcome to Sounds of Innovation, an intermittent feature of our Voices from DARPA podcast. Rather than hearing the voices of program managers, which is normally what you get in a Voices from DARPA podcast, in each Sounds of Innovation episode, you will hear some of the soundscapes of research and development…and learn just a little bit about the world-changing capabilities those sounds could lead to. See if you can guess how the sounds were produced before our podcast host reveals their origin.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/02/23 Technologies to Rapidly Restore the Electrical Grid after Cyberattack Come Online

Tue, 2021-02-23 00:00
Some 330 million Americans rely on the nation's critical infrastructure to keep the country humming. Disruptions to electrical grids, communications systems, and supply chains can be catastrophic, yet all of these are vulnerable to cyberattack. According to the government's 2019 World Wide Threats Hearing, certain adversaries are capable of launching cyberattacks that can disrupt the nation's critical infrastructure - including electrical distribution networks.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/02/23 DARPA Launches Entrepreneurial Initiative to Propel over 150 Cutting-Edge National Security Innovations to Market

Tue, 2021-02-23 00:00
Over the past two years, DARPA's Embedded Entrepreneurship Initiative (EEI) pilot program helped 30 pre-seed research teams raise over $100 million in U.S. investment, spin out a dozen new companies, establish numerous joint development agreements with corporate partners, and commission multiple manufacturing facilities. Today, DARPA is launching an expansion of EEI with the goal of accelerating 150 DARPA-backed technologies out of the lab and into products that promise to fundamentally change the way we live, work, and fight.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/02/10 DARPA Expands Prize Purse for Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Final Event

Wed, 2021-02-10 00:00
Teams competing in the DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge now have two additional opportunities for prize money at the Final Event. The Systems Competition has added a $1 million 2nd place prize and a $500,000 3rd place prize. The $2 million 1st place prize was announced previously. Prizes for the simultaneous Virtual Competition remain at $750,000, $500,000, and $250,000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, respectively. The Final Event will be held at the Louisville Mega Cavern in Louisville, Kentucky on September 21-23, 2021 with a total of $5 million in prizes at stake.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/02/08 DARPA Initiates Design of LongShot Unmanned Air Vehicle

Mon, 2021-02-08 00:00
DARPA's LongShot program, which is developing an air-launched unmanned air vehicle (UAV) with the ability to employ multiple air-to-air weapons, has awarded contracts to General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman for preliminary Phase I design work. The objective is to develop a novel UAV that can significantly extend engagement ranges, increase mission effectiveness, and reduce the risk to manned aircraft.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/02/05 Orbital Construction: DARPA Pursues Plan for Robust Manufacturing in Space

Fri, 2021-02-05 00:00
As commercial space companies increase the cadence of successful rocket launches, access to space is becoming more routine for both government and commercial interests. But even with regular launches, modern rockets impose mass and volume limits on the payloads they deliver to orbit. This size constraint hinders developing and deploying large-scale, dynamic space systems that can adapt to changes in their environment or mission.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/02/05 DARPA Selects Performers to Advance Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Project

Fri, 2021-02-05 00:00
DARPA has executed contract options to continue the Manta Ray project that began in 2020. The effort seeks to demonstrate innovative technologies allowing payload-capable unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to operate on long-duration, long-range missions in ocean environments. The three prime contractors will be Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Martin Defense Group, LLC (formerly Navatek, LLC), and Metron, Inc.
Categories: Department of Defense

2021/02/04 DARPA Program to Offer Near Immediate Doses of Vaccine, Therapeutics for Infectious Diseases

Thu, 2021-02-04 00:00
The U.S. military routinely deploys throughout the world where warfighters can potentially be exposed to regional endemic diseases as well as chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) threats. Rapid access to medical countermeasures (MCMs) against these threats is critical to protect Defense Department (DoD) personnel and local populations; however, manufacturing, stockpiling, and distribution issues remain.
Categories: Department of Defense

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