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DARPA Explores Potential Defense Applications of Commercial Electronics

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aims to increase industry engagement in its five-year, $1.5B initiative to seek advanced electronics that will support U.S. defense systems and platforms for national security.

The agency said Monday it will host a proposers day on Dec. 19 to discuss with companies the opportunities with its ongoing Electronics Resurgence Initiative.

DARPA program managers will share ideas on how the government would utilize various technologies to build national defense hardware, such as artificial intelligence, large-scale emulation, cybersecurity, space applications, cognitive electronic warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

“The success of ERI relies on cooperation with the commercial sector to address shared problems,” said William Chappell, director of DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office.

“DARPA seeks to procure the expertise and transition support of industry and the defense community to help accelerate the delivery of ERI-derived innovations for national security needs,” he added.

The agency said it also hopes to create a broad agency announcement at the event at Hilton Arlington in Virginia to seek proposals to develop, demonstrate and apply ERI electronic technologies.

DARPA announced in November the ERI Phase II that focuses on commercial and manufacturing services of the electronics industry.

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