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2019/08/22 Rolling, Walking, Flying, and Floating, SubT Challenge Teams Traverse the Tunnel Circuit

Thu, 2019-08-22 00:00
Subterranean (SubT) Challenge Systems teams are trekking toward the Urban Circuit after competing in the Tunnel Circuit, the first scored event of DARPA's high-tech underground contest. Eleven teams from eight countries gathered in Pittsburgh, August 15-22, 2019, to attempt to map, identify, and report artifacts along the passages of two Pittsburgh mines. With them, they brought 20 unmanned aerial vehicles, 64 ground robots, and one autonomous blimp robot named Duckiefloat.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/08/20 DARPA Making Progress on Miniaturized Atomic Clocks for Future PNT Applications

Tue, 2019-08-20 00:00
Many of today's communications, navigation, financial transaction, distributed cloud, and defense applications rely on the precision timing of atomic clocks – or clocks that track time based on the oscillation of atoms with the highest degrees of accuracy. Harnessing the power of atoms for precise timing requires a host of sophisticated and bulky technologies that are costly to develop and consume large amounts of energy. New applications and technologies like 5G networks and GPS alternatives will require precise timekeeping on portable platforms, driving a demand for miniaturized atomic clocks with a high degree of performance.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/08/09 Extending Field of View in Advanced Imaging Systems

Fri, 2019-08-09 00:00
The military relies on advanced imaging systems for a number of critical capabilities and applications – from Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and situational awareness to weapon sights. These powerful systems enable defense users to capture and analyze visual data, providing key insights both on and off the battlefield. Today, nearly all imaging systems rely on detector arrays fabricated using planar processes developed for electronic integrated circuits on flat silicon.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/08/07 Teams Test Swarm Autonomy in Second Major OFFSET Field Experiment

Wed, 2019-08-07 00:00
During the second field experiment for DARPA's OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program, teams of autonomous air and ground robots tested tactics on a mission to isolate an urban objective. Similar to the way a firefighting crew establishes a boundary around a burning building, they first identified locations of interest and then created a perimeter around the focal point.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/08/07 From Plastic to X: Sourcing Military Waste for On-Site Production of Critical Stocks

Wed, 2019-08-07 00:00
The tremendous ability of the U.S. military to project power entails an equally imposing logistical chain to maintain stocks of food, water, medicines, fuel, and other supplies critical to troops and equipment. That chain gets stretched to extremes when the military is called upon to rapidly deploy anywhere in the world and sustain operations without the benefit of fixed infrastructure.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/08/02 Evolving Computers from Tools to Partners in Cyber-Physical System Design

Fri, 2019-08-02 00:00
Department of Defense (DOD) systems and platforms are composed of numerous integrated cyber-physical subsystems, which create an enormous amount of complexity and makes their engineering a daunting task. Today, designing cyber-physical systems (CPS) requires an army of skilled engineers with the right domain expertise, and hundreds of domain-specific tools. The process used to design these systems is largely manual, creating long design cycles that often result in costly redesigns after building and testing the systems. The flaws in the process are numerous – from balancing predictability with cost-efficiency to operating under tight time constraints to integrating disparate pieces from multiple design teams.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/08/01 Hacker Community to Take on DARPA Hardware Defenses at DEF CON 2019

Thu, 2019-08-01 00:00
This month, DARPA will bring a demonstration version of a secure voting ballot box equipped with hardware defenses in development on the System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware (SSITH) program to the DEF CON 2019 Voting Machine Hacking Village (Voting Village). The SSITH program is developing methodologies and design tools that enable the use of hardware advances to protect systems against software exploitation of hardware vulnerabilities. To evaluate progress on the program, DARPA is incorporating the secure processors researchers are developing into a secure voting ballot box and turning the system lose for public assessment by thousands of hackers and DEF CON community members.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/07/18 Generating Zero-Knowledge Proofs for Defense Capabilities

Thu, 2019-07-18 00:00
There are times when the highest levels of privacy and security are required to protect a piece of information, but there is still a need to prove the information's existence and accuracy. For the Department of Defense (DoD), the proof could be the verification of a relevant capability. How can one verify this capability without revealing any sensitive details about it? In the commercial world, this struggle manifests itself across banking transactions, cybersecurity threat disclosure, and beyond.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/07/16 DARPA Announces Microsystems Exploration Program

Tue, 2019-07-16 00:00
Over the past few decades, DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) has enabled revolutionary advances in electronics materials, devices, and systems, which have provided the United States with unique defense and economic advantages. To continue its path of successful electronics innovation, DARPA today announced a new MTO effort called the Microsystems Exploration program. The Microsystems Exploration program will constitute a series of short-term investments into high-risk, high-reward research focused on technical domains relevant to MTO.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/07/12 With Squad X, Dismounted Units Partner with AI to Dominate Battlespace

Fri, 2019-07-12 00:00
DARPA's Squad X Experimentation program aims to demonstrate a warfighting force with artificial intelligence as a true partner. In a recent field test, the program worked with U.S. Marines at the Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, to track progress on two complementary systems that allow infantry squads to collaborate with AI and autonomous systems to make better decisions in complex, time-critical combat situations.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/07/02 Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Threat Detectors Put through Paces at Indy 500

Tue, 2019-07-02 00:00
As some 300,000 cheering race fans packed the stands at this year's Indianapolis 500, behind the scenes an advanced network of sensors kept constant vigilance, providing security officials real-time awareness of any potential weapon-of-mass-destruction/terror (WMD/WMT) threat. The deployment marked the first time that DARPA's SIGMA+ network seamlessly integrated radiological and chemical sensors with biological threat sensors from the Department of Homeland Security's Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/07/02 Virtual Teams Trek through Simulated Hazards in SubT Challenge Tunnel Event

Tue, 2019-07-02 00:00
The DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge opened the Virtual Tunnel Circuit competition July 1 with nine teams vying for a top finish in the event and $500,000 in prizes. Teams that have already qualified can submit their virtual entries at the SubT Virtual Portal during the submission window, which remains open through August 1, 2019. Selecting from a repository of robot models and a variety of sensors, each team can assemble a fantasy sports-style solution to map, navigate, and search the dark, dangerous, and unpredictable underground scenarios.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/07/02 Automating the Software Sustainment Loop

Tue, 2019-07-02 00:00
The Department of Defense (DoD) increasingly relies on software systems to deliver needed functionality, capabilities, and security. However, the rapid pace of software innovation, evolving regulatory requirements, an ever-growing need for stronger system security, and other factors require continual updating and modernization efforts. These produce untenable increases in system complexity and shift the bulk of system costs and developer focus from design and development to maintenance. As this trend continues, the cost and effort required to maintain current systems might constrain DoD's ability to develop new software-based capabilities.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/06/27 A Dose of Inner Strength to Survive and Recover from Potentially Lethal Health Threats

Thu, 2019-06-27 00:00
Breakthroughs in the science of programmable gene expression inspired DARPA to establish the PReemptive Expression of Protective Alleles and Response Elements (PREPARE) program with the goal of delivering powerful new defenses against public health and national security threats. DARPA has now selected five teams to develop a range of new medical interventions that temporarily and reversibly modulate the expression of protective genes to guard against acute threats from influenza and ionizing radiation, which could be encountered naturally, occupationally, or through a national security event.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/06/14 Enabling Revolutionary Nondestructive Inspection Capability

Fri, 2019-06-14 00:00
X-rays and gamma rays have a wide range of applications including scanning suspicious maritime shipping containers for illicit materials, industrial inspection of materials and processes, and medical diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Current technologies, however, are not ideal. X-rays produce a continuum of energies that limit their inspection and diagnostic performance, and gamma rays can only be produced at specific energies unique to a given radioactive isotope.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/05/31 DARPA Announces ERI Summit 2019 Workshops

Fri, 2019-05-31 00:00
For the second year in a row, DARPA is convening the electronics community to discuss the ambitions and achievements of its five-year, upwards of $1.5 billion investment in U.S. microelectronics advancement. Attendees at the second annual Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) Summit – being held July 15-17 in Detroit, Michigan – will hear from commercial and defense leaders as they share their insights on the domestic semiconductor industry and the applications driving next-generation electronics.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/05/21 DARPA Identifies Teams Qualified to Compete in First Scored Event of SubT Challenge

Tue, 2019-05-21 00:00
Eleven teams from around the world will attempt to remotely map, identify, and report the greatest number of artifacts along the passages of a Pittsburgh research mine in the Subterranean Challenge Tunnel Circuit. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Mining Program manages the formerly operational mine, which will serve as the arena for the Systems event August 15-22, 2019.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/05/21 Making DoD’s Vast Logistics Enterprise More Resilient

Tue, 2019-05-21 00:00
The Department of Defense (DoD)'s Joint Logistics Enterprise, which spans both supply chain and logistics operations, provides the means to muster, transport, and sustain military power anywhere in the world at a high level of readiness. To operate successfully in an increasingly contested global security environment, however, the logistics enterprise needs to change how it operates. In particular, the enterprise needs to overcome its reliance on thousands of disparate legacy information systems, which can't provide the status of millions of military parts, supplies, and pieces of equipment, which are stocked and shipped around the world.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/05/20 Discover DSO Day Announced

Mon, 2019-05-20 00:00
DARPA's Defense Sciences Office (DSO) will host Discover DSO Day (D3) on June 18, 2019, to facilitate discussion of technical research thrusts outlined in a new office-wide Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) solicitation expected in mid-June.
Categories: Department of Defense

2019/05/20 Six Paths to the Nonsurgical Future of Brain-Machine Interfaces

Mon, 2019-05-20 00:00
DARPA has awarded funding to six organizations to support the Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program, first announced in March 2018. Battelle Memorial Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Rice University, and Teledyne Scientific are leading multidisciplinary teams to develop high-resolution, bidirectional brain-machine interfaces for use by able-bodied service members. These wearable interfaces could ultimately enable diverse national security applications such as control of active cyber defense systems and swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles, or teaming with computer systems to multitask during complex missions.
Categories: Department of Defense

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