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2020/06/23 Episode 29: The Light and Matter Maestro

Tue, 2020-06-23 00:00
In this episode of the Voices from DARPA podcast, Dr. Michael Fiddy, a program manager since 2016 in the agency's Defense Sciences Office (DSO), takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of his programs.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/06/18 Compact Optical Frequency Combs Provide Extraordinary Precision with the Turn of a Key

Thu, 2020-06-18 00:00
Optical frequency synthesizers – systems that output laser beams at precise and stable frequencies – have proven extremely valuable in a variety of scientific endeavors, including space exploration, gas sensing, control of quantum systems, and high-precision light detection and ranging (LIDAR). While they provide unprecedented performance, the use of optical frequency synthesizers has largely been limited to laboratory settings due to the cost, size, and power requirements of their components. To reduce these obstacles to widespread use, DARPA launched the Direct On-Chip Digital Optical Synthesizer (DODOS) program in 2014. Key to the program is the miniaturization of necessary components and their integration into a compact module, enabling broader deployment of the technology while unlocking new applications.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/06/17 DARPA Announces Third-Annual Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit & MTO Symposium

Wed, 2020-06-17 00:00
From August 18-20, DARPA will host its third Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) Summit and Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Symposium. The annual event brings together leaders from across the electronics ecosystem – spanning government, defense, academia, and industry – to foster collaboration and share technical progress on DARPA's five-year, $1.5 billion dollar investment into the advancement of the U.S. semiconductor industry.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/06/12 DARPA Program Seeks to Develop Novel Therapeutics for Combating Microbial Infections

Fri, 2020-06-12 00:00
Antibiotic resistance is on the rise and is recognized by both the CDC1 and the U.S. Military2 as a current – and formidable – global health threat. The U.S Department of Defense (DoD) has long documented the warfighter's outsized risk of exposure to infectious disease, including the increasing number of multi-drug resistant (MDR) organisms that have challenged military wound care in Iraq and Afghanistan3. Despite this looming crisis, there has been a notable exodus of pharmaceutical companies from the antibiotic space, as well as several high-profile failures of biotechnology companies focused on antibiotic development4.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/06/11 Episode 28: Swarm Commander

Thu, 2020-06-11 00:00
In this episode of the Voices from DARPA podcast, Dr. Timothy Chung, a program manager since 2016 in the agency's Tactical Technology Office, delves into his robotics and autonomous technology programs – the Subterranean (SubT) Challenge and OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET). From robot soccer to live-fly experimentation programs involving dozens of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), he explains how he aims to assist humans heading into unknown environments via advances in collaborative autonomy and robotics.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/06/09 Long-range Communications without Large, Power-Hungry Antennas

Tue, 2020-06-09 00:00
Establishing long-range tactical communications for U.S. troops in remote locations currently requires giant parabolic dishes, tall pole-mounted antennas, large antenna domes, and high-power amplifiers. Besides their significant weight, power, and cost (SWAP-C), these antennas present large visual and radio frequency (RF) signatures, are vulnerable to jamming, and constitute a single point of failure.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/06/08 DARPA Announces First Bug Bounty Program to Hack SSITH Hardware Defenses

Mon, 2020-06-08 00:00
Electronic systems – from the processors powering smartphones to the embedded devices keeping the Internet of Things humming – have become a critical part of daily life. The security of these systems is of paramount importance to the Department of Defense (DoD), commercial industry, and beyond. To help protect these systems from common means of exploitation, DARPA launched the System Security Integration Through Hardware and Firmware (SSITH) program in 2017.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/05/29 DARPA Selects Teams for Work on Tunable Gamma Ray Inspection Technology

Fri, 2020-05-29 00:00
Two California companies were selected for DARPA's Gamma Ray Inspection Technology (GRIT) program and have begun work to develop a transportable, tunable source of gamma rays for a host of national security, industrial, and medical applications.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/05/27 DARPA Selects Teams to Increase Security of Semiconductor Supply Chain

Wed, 2020-05-27 00:00
As Internet of Things (IoT) devices rapidly increase in popularity and deployment, economic attackers and nation-states alike are shifting their attention to the vulnerabilities of digital integrated circuit (IC) chips. Threats to IC chips are well known, and despite various measures designed to mitigate them, hardware developers have largely been slow to implement security solutions due to limited expertise, high cost and complexity, and lack of security-oriented design tools integrated with supporting semiconductor intellectual property (IP).
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/05/21 Episode 27: Detecting Threats with Time to Act

Thu, 2020-05-21 00:00
In this episode of the Voices from DARPA podcast, Mark Wrobel, a program manager since 2019 in the agency's Defense Sciences Office (DSO), chronicles progress in the SIGMA+ program and its potential near-term relevance to monitoring the environment for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/05/14 Voices from DARPA #26 - The Eclectic Biotechnician

Thu, 2020-05-14 00:00
In this episode of our Voices from DARPA podcast, Eric Van Gieson, a program manager since 2017 in the agency's Biological Technologies Office (BTO), recounts how a boyhood fascination with DARPA ultimately led to his current role overseeing a portfolio of envelope-pushing programs. These include a program that seeks new diagnostic tools for perhaps the earliest-possible detection of exposure to pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19; an effort to identify and leverage the biomolecular bases underlying optimal performance in such roles as piloting aircraft or participating in special forces missions; research toward new personal-protection technologies that combine advanced featherweight fabrics with designed, bio-based agents applied directly to the body where they can neutralize injurious chemical and biological agents before they can do damage; and a bold biomedical strategy that stands a chance of replacing some medicine-based treatments (for conditions ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to post-traumatic stress disorder) with treatments based on the electrical stimulation of the peripheral nervous system, specifically the far-reaching vagus nerve.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/05/13 Gamebreaker AI Effort Gets Under Way

Wed, 2020-05-13 00:00
DARPA recently selected nine teams for the Gamebreaker Artificial Intelligence (AI) Exploration program, which held its virtual kickoff meeting May 5.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/05/11 Blackjack Focuses on Risk Reduction Flights and Simulations to Prepare for Full Demonstration

Mon, 2020-05-11 00:00
In partnership with the U.S. Space Force and Space Development Agency, DARPA's Blackjack program is targeting flights to low-Earth orbit (LEO) later this year and 2021. Using a series of small risk reduction satellites, the program aims to demonstrate advanced technology for satellite constellation autonomy and space mesh networks. Blackjack seeks to develop and validate critical elements of global high-speed autonomous networks in LEO, proving a capability that could provide the Department of Defense with highly connected, resilient, and persistent overhead coverage.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/05/11 DARPA Kicks Off Program to Advance Quantum Computing

Mon, 2020-05-11 00:00
DARPA has selected seven university and industry teams for the first phase of the Optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices (ONISQ) program. Phase 1 of the program began in March and will last 18 months.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/05/06 Researchers on DARPA’s Brandeis Program Enhance Privacy Protections for Android Applications

Wed, 2020-05-06 00:00
From navigation to remote banking, mobile device users rely on a variety of applications to streamline daily tasks, communicate, and dramatically increase productivity. While exceedingly useful, the ecosystem of third-party applications utilizes a number of sensors – microphones, GPS, pedometers, cameras – and user interactions to collect data used to enable functionality. Troves of sensitive personal data about users are accessible to these applications and as defense and commercial mobile device users become increasingly reliant on the technology, there are growing concerns around the challenge this creates for preserving user privacy.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/05/04 DARPA Announces Discover DSO Day Webinar

Mon, 2020-05-04 00:00
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) – one of six technical offices at DARPA – is sponsoring Discover DSO Day (D3) via webinar June 24-25, 2020, to inform potential proposers about the scientific and technical research areas of interest to DSO.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/04/27 AlphaDogfight Trials Final Event Moved to August

Mon, 2020-04-27 00:00
DARPA's AlphaDogfight Trials Final event, originally scheduled for April, has been rescheduled for the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The third and final trial is now planned for Aug. 17-20, 2020, at AFWERX, the Air Force's innovation hub, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/04/13 OFFSET Awards Contracts to Advance Swarm Tactics for Urban Missions, Enhance Physical Testbeds

Mon, 2020-04-13 00:00
DARPA has awarded contracts to nine performers to begin work on the fifth swarm sprint for the agency's OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program. The program envisions swarms of up to 250 collaborative autonomous systems providing insights to ground troops as they operate in dense urban environments.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/04/07 Real-time Airspace Awareness and De-confliction for Future Battles

Tue, 2020-04-07 00:00
The airspace above future battlefields is expected to be increasingly congested with large numbers of unmanned aerial systems, manned aircraft, munitions and missiles filling the skies. To de-conflict airspace activities of friendly forces and rapidly counter an enemy's actions on the battlefield requires new technologies to effectively integrate effects from all domains.
Categories: Department of Defense

2020/04/06 DARPA Program to Build Travel Adapter for Human Body

Mon, 2020-04-06 00:00
Warfighters are travelers and thus suffer from travelers' ailments including disrupted sleep cycles and limited access to safe food and water. Warfighters who have not slept well have lower alertness, weaker athletic performance, and greater disorientation. Current approaches to restoring wakefulness often lean on chemical methods that disrupt downstream sleep patterns and lead to exhaustion.
Categories: Department of Defense