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2018/12/10 Bringing Advanced Microelectronics to Revolutionary Defense Applications

Mon, 2018-12-10 00:00
Today's critical Department of Defense (DOD) systems and platforms rely on advanced electronics to address national security objectives. To help tackle obstacles facing a half-century of electronics advancement, DARPA launched the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) – a five-year, upwards of $1.5 billion investment in the future of domestic electronic systems. In November, DARPA expanded ERI with the announcement of ERI Phase II, which seeks to further enmesh the technology needs and capabilities of the defense enterprise with the commercial and manufacturing realities of the electronics industry.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/11/30 Squad X Improves Situational Awareness, Coordination for Dismounted Units

Fri, 2018-11-30 00:00
The first test of DARPA's Squad X Experimentation program successfully demonstrated the ability to extend and enhance the situational awareness of small, dismounted units. In a weeklong test series at Twentynine Palms, California, U.S. Marine squads improved their ability to synchronize maneuvers, employing autonomous air and ground vehicles to detect threats from multiple domains – physical, electromagnetic, and cyber – providing critical intelligence as the squad moved through scenarios.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/11/30 Breakthroughs Inspire Hope for Treating Intractable Mood Disorders

Fri, 2018-11-30 00:00
Four years ago, DARPA announced the start of a "journey of discovery" toward understanding and treating networks of the brain. The Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS) program proposed to develop responsive, adaptable, closed-loop therapies for neuropsychiatric illness that incorporate recording and analysis of brain activity with near-real-time neural stimulation to correct or mitigate brain dysfunction. The premise of SUBNETS is that brain function and dysfunction - rather than being relegated to distinct anatomical regions of the brain - play out across distributed neural systems.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/11/28 Reinventing Drug Discovery and Development for Military Needs

Wed, 2018-11-28 00:00
Flying at 50,000 feet, diving deep in the ocean, or hiking for miles with gear through extreme climates, military service members face conditions that place unique burdens on their individual physiology. The potential exists to develop pharmacological interventions to help service members complete their toughest missions more safely and efficiently, and then recover more quickly and without adverse effects, but those interventions must work on complex physiological systems in the human body.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/11/19 CODE Demonstrates Autonomy and Collaboration with Minimal Human Commands

Mon, 2018-11-19 00:00
In a recent test series at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, DARPA's Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program demonstrated the ability of CODE-equipped Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) to adapt and respond to unexpected threats in an anti-access area denial (A2AD) environment. The UASs efficiently shared information, cooperatively planned and allocated mission objectives, made coordinated tactical decisions, and collaboratively reacted to a dynamic, high-threat environment with minimal communication.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/11/16 DARPA Announces 2019 AI Colloquium

Fri, 2018-11-16 00:00
Throughout DARPA's history, artificial intelligence (AI) has been an important area of groundbreaking research and development (R&D). In the 1960s, DARPA researchers completed some of the foundational work in the field, leading to the creation of expert systems, or the first wave of AI technologies. Since then, DARPA has funded developments in the second wave of AI – machine learning – which has significantly impacted defense and commercial capabilities in areas such as speech understanding, self-driving cars, and image recognition.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/11/09 Program Targets Innovative Propulsion Solutions for Ground-Based Weapons Delivery System

Fri, 2018-11-09 00:00
The joint DARPA/U.S. Army Operational Fires (OpFires) program will soon kick off with three performers awarded contracts to begin work: Aerojet Rocketdyne, Exquadrum, and Sierra Nevada Corporation. OpFires aims to develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched system enabling hypersonic boost glide weapons to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly and precisely engage critical time sensitive targets.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/11/06 DARPA Names Potential Sites for Launch Challenge, Eighteen Teams Prequalify

Tue, 2018-11-06 00:00
DARPA has narrowed the potential launch locations for the DARPA Launch Challenge to eight, with options for both vertical and horizontal launch. The challenge will culminate in late 2019 with two separate launches to low Earth orbit within weeks of each other from two different sites. Competitors will receive information about the final launch sites, payloads, and targeted orbit in the weeks prior to each launch.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/11/01 Bringing Photonic Signaling to Digital Microelectronics

Thu, 2018-11-01 00:00
Parallelism – or the act of several processors simultaneously executing on an application or computation – has been increasingly embraced by the microelectronics industry as a way of sustaining demand for increased system performance. Today, parallel computing architectures have become pervasive across all application domains and system scales – from multicore processing units in consumer devices to high-performance computing in DoD systems.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/11/01 DARPA Announces Next Phase of Electronics Resurgence Initiative

Thu, 2018-11-01 00:00
First announced in June 2017, DARPA's Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) – a five-year, upwards of $1.5B investment in the future of domestic electronic systems – is rolling out the second phase of its research priorities. Comprised of several ongoing DARPA programs – including the six recently awarded ERI "Page 3" programs –ERI addresses long-foreseen obstacles to Moore's Law and the challenges impeding 50 years of rapid progress in electronics advancement. The next phase of ERI will focus on further enmeshing the technology needs and capabilities of the defense enterprise with the commercial and manufacturing realities of the electronics industry.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/10/29 US Army Tests DARPA Autonomous Flight System, Pursuing Integration with Black Hawk

Mon, 2018-10-29 00:00
An S-76B commercial helicopter flew over a small crowd gathered at Fort Eustis, Virginia, landed in an adjacent field after adjusting to miss a vehicle, and rose up to hover perfectly motionless for several minutes. The mid-October demonstration was remarkable because the pilot carried out the maneuvers using supervised autonomy in an aircraft equipped with DARPA's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS). He operated the system via novel control interceptors and a tablet he had used for the first time just three days beforehand.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/10/12 DARPA Seeks Proposals for Third OFFSET Swarm Sprint, Awards Contracts for Second

Fri, 2018-10-12 00:00
DARPA's OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) envisions swarms of 250 collaborative autonomous systems providing critical insights to small ground military units in urban areas where vertical structures, tight spaces, and limited sight lines constrain communications and mobility. DARPA is soliciting proposals for its third swarm sprint, which will focus on the topics of human-swarm teaming and swarm tactics.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/10/11 Teaching Machines Common Sense Reasoning

Thu, 2018-10-11 00:00
Today's machine learning systems are more advanced than ever, capable of automating increasingly complex tasks and serving as a critical tool for human operators. Despite recent advances, however, a critical component of Artificial Intelligence (AI) remains just out of reach – machine common sense. Defined as "the basic ability to perceive, understand, and judge things that are shared by nearly all people and can be reasonably expected of nearly all people without need for debate," common sense forms a critical foundation for how humans interact with the world around them.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/10/04 Discovering New Molecules for Military Applications

Thu, 2018-10-04 00:00
The efficient discovery and production of new molecules is essential for a range of military capabilities-from developing safe chemical warfare agent simulants and medicines to counter emerging threats, to coatings, dyes, and specialty fuels for advanced performance. Current approaches to develop molecules for specific applications, however, are intuition-driven, mired in slow iterative design and test cycles, and ultimately limited by the specific molecular expertise of the chemist who has to test each candidate molecule by hand.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/09/26 DARPA Selects Teams to Explore Underground Domain in Subterranean Challenge

Wed, 2018-09-26 00:00
The world beneath us leaves much to be discovered. These uncharted environments pose immense challenges to military and emergency personnel as they respond to threats from adversaries or natural disasters. DARPA has selected nine teams to compete in the Subterranean (SubT) Challenge – seven in the physical Systems track and two in the Virtual track – to develop new approaches to rapidly map, navigate, and search underground environments.
Categories: Department of Defense

2018/09/07 DARPA Announces $2 Billion Campaign to Develop Next Wave of AI Technologies

Fri, 2018-09-07 00:00
Over its 60-year history, DARPA has played a leading role in the creation and advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies that have produced game-changing capabilities for the Department of Defense. Starting in the 1960s, DARPA research shaped the first wave of AI technologies, which focused on handcrafted knowledge, or rule-based systems capable of narrowly defined tasks. While a critical step forward for the field, these systems were fragile and limited.
Categories: Department of Defense