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AFLR-Developed Autonomous Research Software Now Available for Public

Benji Maruyama

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) scientists have released to the public the Autonomous Research System open-source software (ARES OS), which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to improve research processes. ARES OS tasks autonomous “robots” made from carbon nanotube synthesis reactors to direct and perform research in the most efficient way possible without intervention from human scientists, AFRL said Wednesday.

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AFRL Opens New Wargaming, Simulation Laboratory at Kirtland AFB; Col. Eric Felt Quoted

Eric Felt

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has broken ground on its new Wargaming and Advanced Research Simulation (WARS) Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. AFRL said the over 10,600-square-foot laboratory will starting housing analysis, wargaming and simulation efforts for its organizations focused on directed energy technologies and space vehicles in the spring of 2023.

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Defense Digital Service, Air Force Research Lab Plan Counter-UAS Tech Transition; Katie Olson Quoted

Drones

The Defense Department's digital service group reportedly plans to transition its small unmanned aerial system sense-and-detect platforms to the Air Force Research Laboratory's Negation of Improvised Non-State Joint Aerial system program by Sept. 30. The technology transfer effort follows a memorandum of understanding signed between DDS and AFRL in April for collaborative work in the counter-sUAS area.

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AFRL Chief Heather Pringle: Partnerships With Industry Sought for Space Tech Development

Heather Pringle

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is looking to expand its partnerships with the industry and with academic institutions to develop space capabilities supporting the U.S. Space Force (USSF). AFRL Commander Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle pointed out at the 36th National Space Symposium that partnerships with private companies help the organization “deliver transformational capabilities” while increasing its exposure to ideas and innovation. 

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DARPA Hands Over ACT-IV Sensor System to Air Force Research Lab; Program Manager Tom Rondeau Quoted

ACT-IV Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has transitioned an active electronically scanned array (AESA) sensor system to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, to support future defense research and development initiatives. The AESA system was developed under DARPA’s Arrays at Commercial Timescales – Integration and Validation program.

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AFRL Stands up Collaborative Tech Development Facilities; Timothy Tobik Quoted

Air Force Research

The Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Munitions Directorate has launched two facilities to accommodate collaborative, cross-disciplinary technology development. AFRL said Thursday its new Ordnance Science Innovation Center building, which was built under a $98 million construction effort, will house projects that develop explosive materials.

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U.S., UK Defense Labs Host ‘Capture the Flag’ Competition for Autonomous AI Agents; Mick Hitchcock Quoted

Machine Learning

The U.S. Air Force's research organization and the U.K.'s defense science and technology laboratory are set to conduct the final round of a collaborative challenge that features autonomous artificial intelligence agents designed to control small drone swarms and compete against each other in a simulated game of capture the flag. 

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AFRL to Fund High-Power Microwave Tech Projects; Robert Torres Quoted

High-Power Microwave Tech

The Air Force Research Laboratory will invest $10 million in projects that aim to develop components of high-power microwave weapon systems. AFRL said Friday it specifically seeks compact, high-gain antennas and solid-state switches for use in effects research and high-repetition-rate pulsed power, respectively. AFRL expects SBIR to call for entries in January 2022. 

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AFRL Receives Quantum Info Science Research Center Designation; Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle Quoted

Heather Pringle

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has received designation as a central hub for exploring the application of quantum computing technologies to the Department of the Air Force. John Roth, who served as acting SecAF from January to July 2021, signed off on a memo April 23 to grant the Quantum Information Science Research Center status to AFRL. 

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