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DARPA Program Aims to Increase Autonomous System Predictability, Safety

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has introduced a research program to explore methods to increase the predictability and safety of learning-enabled autonomous platforms such as unmanned aerial and driverless vehicles. DARPA said Wednesday researchers will work to create tools that reinforce trustworthiness at the design stage and address functional and safety goals …

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DARPA Tests Elevated Sensor Mast Aboard Navy Patrol Ship

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has tested a prototype of an elevated sensor mast aboard the U.S. Navy‘s USS Zephyr patrol coastal ship in an effort to boost the vessel’s communication range and capacity to detect, track and classify objects of interest. DARPA said Tuesday the USS Zephyr crew facilitated a three-day effort near …

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Army’s Microsatellite Demonstrator Launches Aboard SpaceX Rocket to Support Tactical Comms

A U.S. Army microsatellite lifted off aboard SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket Monday to demonstrate collection and delivery of real-time imagery data from space to tactical warfighters on ground. Kestrel Eye launched from NASA‘s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of SpaceX’s 12th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, the …

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Report: Rick Driggers to Become DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber, Communications

Rick Driggers, principal deputy director of the national cybersecurity and communications integration center at the Department of Homeland Security, will take over as deputy assistant secretary at DHS’ cybersecurity and communications office, FCW reported Monday. DHS officials told FCW that Driggers will succeed the retiring Danny Toler, who announced plans …

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Draft House Bill Seeks to Establish Cyber Standards for Internet-Connected Devices

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Illinois) has begun to solicit comments from policymakers and industry stakeholders about cyber protections by issuing a discussion draft on a bill that would establish minimal cybersecurity standards for internet-connected devices, Nextgov reported Monday. Kelly’s measure is a companion bill to Senate legislation – Internet of Things …

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DARPA Seeks to Accelerate Scientific Discovery Process Through ‘Disruptioneering’ Programs

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s Defense Sciences Office has unveiled the first two programs under DSO’s “Disruptioneering” initiative that aims to accelerate the process for investigating fundamental and applied science concepts in a push to drive the development of national security technologies. DARPA said Friday the first phase of …

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DARPA Eyes Radio-Frequency Enabled Machine Learning System Under New Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to develop a machine learning system that incorporates abilities to read, discern, automatically adjust and learn through radio frequencies as part of a new program. DARPA said Friday Paul Tilghman, manager for the Radio Frequency Machine Learning Systems program within the Microsystems Technology Office, believes …

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Air Force, SOFWERX to Collaborate on UAV Battle Experiment

The U.S. Air Force has partnered with SOFWERX to conduct a “rumble-style” battle experiment on unmanned aerial vehicles to collect information for potential drone operations, National Defense reported Thursday. Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force, said the service branch will hold the ThunderDrone rapid prototyping event at a rented warehouse in Tampa, …

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