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2020/04/03 Acting Dir. Highnam Discusses COVID-19

Fri, 2020-04-03 00:00
The United States confronts a potential national security threat each time a new outbreak of infectious disease occurs anywhere in the world. Our military must be able to deploy safely to wherever they are required to operate. The disease threats seen abroad can also impact the civilian population. The nationwide spread of H1N1 flu in 2009, of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Indiana in 2013, and the presence of Ebola in Texas in 2014 are recent reminders of this reality. As the current COVID-19 pandemic shows, an unwarned highly contagious virus can rapidly overwhelm medical systems worldwide.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/04/01 Underminer Aims to Demonstrate Feasibility, Benefits of Rapidly Constructed Logistics Tunnels

Wed, 2020-04-01 00:00
DARPA has selected three performers to develop technologies and solutions for the Underminer program that would surpass current commercial drilling capabilities. Underminer aims to demonstrate the feasibility of rapidly constructing tactical tunnel networks to provide secure logistics infrastructure to pre-position supplies or resupply troops as they move through an area.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/03/30 Episode 24: Preventing Pandemics

Mon, 2020-03-30 00:00
We find ourselves in pandemic times. The global population is under siege by an infectious virus new to humankind. It's called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2. It's the causative agent of the pandemic disease designated COVID-19. This viral adversary knows no politics. It recognizes no national boundaries. It is unconcerned with anyone's identity. All 7.8 billion of us are the same to the virus: we are all hosts suitable to commandeer to make copies of itself.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/03/27 Hallmark Transitions Key Strategies for Space Situational Awareness, Management

Fri, 2020-03-27 00:00
The space domain is critical to national security. It also has become increasingly chaotic and crowded over the past decade as the burgeoning space industry launches constellations of satellites. To conduct their missions, military commanders need timely and accurate information from space assets, as well as robust and reliable communications.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/03/25 PIPES Researchers Demonstrate Optical Interconnects to Improve Performance of Digital Microelectronics

Wed, 2020-03-25 00:00
Under DARPA's Photonics in the Package for Extreme Scalability (PIPES) program, researchers from Intel and Ayar Labs have demonstrated early progress towards improving chip connectivity with photons – or light. Signaling over optical fibers enables the internet today and optical transceivers are ubiquitous in data centers, yet digital systems still rely upon the movement of electrons over metal wires to push data between integrated circuits (ICs) on a board. Increasingly, the limitations of electrical signaling from the chip package restrict overall bandwidth and signaling efficiency, throttling the performance of advanced systems.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/03/19 Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for DARPA Performers

Thu, 2020-03-19 00:00
Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for DARPA Performers
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/03/19 DARPA Demonstrates “Competition” Tool at Combatant Command

Thu, 2020-03-19 00:00
Service members at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii recently tested a prototype DARPA system designed to help military analysts and planners determine if observed events – such as increased force movements, cyber intrusions, and civil unrest – are unconnected occurrences, or if they're part of an adversary's coordinated campaign to achieve strategic objectives in a geographic region.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/03/16 Researchers Selected to Pursue Photonic Signaling for Microelectronics System Scalability

Mon, 2020-03-16 00:00
Advances in digital microelectronics have enabled indispensable capabilities for the Department of Defense (DoD) in the fields of information processing, sensors, and communications. Increasingly, system performance in these domains is constrained not by the limits of computation at individual chips, but rather by the electrical data movement between them. The energy efficiency and data bandwidth of electrical interconnects between integrated circuits (ICs) has failed to keep pace with improvements in transistor technology. To address this challenge, DARPA developed the Photonics in the Package for Extreme Scalability (PIPES) program, which aims to expand the use of optical signaling for data transfer and place high-bandwidth photonics within the package of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/03/10 DARPA Awards Contracts for Work on Manta Ray Program

Tue, 2020-03-10 00:00
DARPA's Manta Ray Program aims to demonstrate critical technologies for a new class of long duration, long range, payload-capable unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). UUVs that operate for extended durations without the need for on-site human logistics support or maintenance offer the potential for persistent operations during longer term deployments.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/03/04 In-space Robotic Servicing Program Moves Forward with New Commercial Partner

Wed, 2020-03-04 00:00
DARPA has established a new partnership with U.S. industry to jointly develop and deploy advanced robotic capabilities in space. The agency has signed an Other Transactions for Prototypes agreement with Space Logistics, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, as its commercial partner for the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/03/03 DARPA Launch Challenge Closes With No Winner

Tue, 2020-03-03 00:00
Less than two years from its start, DARPA's effort to stress the approaches and processes associated with space launch ended March 2 with the lone Launch Challenge participant – Astra – scrubbing its launch with less than a minute left in the countdown before liftoff. Astra faced technical and weather-related issues during the roughly two-week window of the Challenge campaign, which ran February 17-March 2 in Kodiak, Alaska.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/03/03 Operational Fires Program Kicks Off Phase 3, Highlights Progress Toward Maturing Novel Technologies

Tue, 2020-03-03 00:00
Phase 3 of DARPA's Operational Fires (OpFires) program began in earnest this month with government and contractor staff finalizing the system architecture approach, including a plan to use existing components from ground-launched missile systems, along with new booster technologies designed to support future hypersonic weapons. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is leading the integration effort for the third phase of the program, which will focus on first stage booster design and maturation, launcher development, and vehicle integration.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/03/02 Building Hardware to Enable Continuous Data Protections

Mon, 2020-03-02 00:00
The safety and security of critical information – whether it is sensitive intellectual property (IP), financial information, personally identifiable information (PII), intelligence insight, or beyond – is of vital importance. Conventional data encryption methods or cryptographic solutions, such as Advanced Encryption Standards (AES), translate data into a secret "code" that can only be decoded by people with access to a decryption key.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/02/28 Invisible Headlights

Fri, 2020-02-28 00:00
Autonomous and semi-autonomous systems need active illumination to navigate at night or underground. Switching on visible headlights or some other emitting system like lidar, however, has a significant drawback: It allows adversaries to detect a vehicle's presence, in some cases from long distances away.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/02/27 Teams CoSTAR and BARCS Take Top Spots in DARPA Subterranean Challenge Urban Circuit

Thu, 2020-02-27 00:00
The ability to traverse vertical spaces proved key to success in the Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Urban Circuit. CoSTAR took the top spot in the Systems competition, while BARCS topped the leaderboard in the Virtual competition. Extending their performance from the Tunnel Circuit, CTU-CRAS-NORLAB earned the highest score among self-funded teams and the $500,000 prize. Also repeating success from the Tunnel Circuit, Coordinated Robotics earned the self-funded first prize in the Virtual competition, taking home $250,000.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/02/13 The Atmosphere as Global Sensor

Thu, 2020-02-13 00:00
Sensors are usually thought of in terms of physical devices that receive and respond to electromagnetic signals – from everyday sensors in our smartphones and connected home appliances to more advanced sensors in buildings, cars, airplanes and spacecraft. No physical sensor or aggregation of electronic sensors, however, can continuously and globally detect disturbances that take place on or above the earth's surface.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/02/07 SubT Challenge Seeks Information to Enhance Virtual Competition

Fri, 2020-02-07 00:00
DARPA is seeking state-of-the-art virtual models, simulation meshes, and robot controllers for vehicles, sensors, and/or environments for informational and planning purposes in support of the agency's Subterranean (SubT) Challenge. The SubT Challenge is interested in how innovative technologies can disrupt and positively impact how the subterranean domain is leveraged without significant cost or risk to human lives.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/02/05 Improving 5G Network Security

Wed, 2020-02-05 00:00
Emerging 5G mobile wireless networking technologies are slated to dramatically increase in both scale and speed, enabling much faster access to data collected from billions of connected devices. This supercharged information highway is envisioned to play an important role across several industries, ranging from medicine to manufacturing. Major advances in 5G, including new core network features will make it easier to customize the network at a wide variety of locations.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/02/04 T-MUSIC Selects Performers to Develop Integrated Mixed-Mode RF Electronics in Onshore Foundries

Tue, 2020-02-04 00:00
Today's defense electronics systems rely on radio frequency (RF) mixed-mode electronics – those that integrate RF, analog, and digital circuits onto a single chip – to interface RF signals with digital processors. This technology supports critical communications, radar, and electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, as well as being widely used to support commercial telecommunications. The Department of Defense (DoD) has capability demands that far exceed the requirements of the commercial world in terms of speed, fidelity, capacity, and precision.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/01/30 Enhancing Stability Operations in Under-governed Regions

Thu, 2020-01-30 00:00
U.S. forces operating in remote, under-governed regions around the world often find that an area's distinct cultural and societal practices are opaque to outsiders, but are obvious to locals. Commanders can be hindered from making optimal decisions because they lack knowledge of how local socio-economic, political, religious, health, and infrastructure factors interact to shape a specific community.
Categories: Department of Defense