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Michael Griffin: DoD Labs Must Work, Collaborate to Support Warfighters

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, highlighted the mission of the Department of Defense's organic laboratories during DoD Lab Day. He said that laboratory engineers must work with a balance between speed, diligence and quality to boost the military's lethality and protection, DoD said Thursday

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AFRL Adopts New Technology to Boost Gallium Oxide R&D

The Air Force Research Laboratory is implementing a new feature to support the development of semiconductor materials for lighter and smaller electronics. The emerging Oxide Molecular Beam Epitaxy laboratory will house a new MBE chamber to create gallium oxide semiconductors for use in aircraft electronics, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Friday.

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Steven Walker: DARPA Developing Cyber Deterrence, Hypersonics, AI Programs

Steven Walker, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, discussed some of DARPA’s programs at the Defense Programs Conference, the Department of Defense website reported Tuesday. Walker said some of the capabilities that DARPA works on to defend the country from existential threats and near-peer adversaries include cyber deterrence, tactical-boost guide program and hypersonic weapons. 

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AFRL, Universities Form Additive Printing Partnership for Aircraft, Spacecraft Structures

The U.S. Air Force Laboratory's composites branch partnered with the University of Miami, Louisiana Tech University, University of Arkansas and the University of Texas to highlight the application of 3D printed carbon fiber and epoxy components on air and spacecraft structures. AFRL also performed joint projects with international allies to craft lightweight core structures that can hold the payload through the use of composite printed materials, the Wright Patterson Air Force Base said on Friday.

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AFRL, Michigan Technological University Form Emergency Raft Design Collaboration

The Air Force Research Laboratory has joined forces with students from Michigan Technological University to develop life raft platforms to support sea-based rescue efforts. AFRL researchers will help the U.S. Coast Guard develop a portable and lightweight raft offering fast deployment through helicopters and can carry approximately 100 passengers in 24 hours, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Wednesday.

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AFRL, U.K. Partner Holding Contest for Search & Rescue AI Applications

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.K.'s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory is hosting a competition to identify new planning approaches for search and rescue missions with unmanned aircraft systems. Swarm and Search AI Challenge: 2019 Fire Hack will task participants to develop artificial intelligence applications to map wildfires, support mission planning and respond to dynamic changes, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Tuesday.

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USAF Revamps Technology Transfer Program With New Efforts

The U.S. Air Force is accelerating the transition of new technologies to warfighters with new efforts under the branch's Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program. The renewed program includes an upcoming STTR-focused workshop and expanded coverage of contributors, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Monday.

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USAF, Navy Demonstrate Live-Virtual-Constructive Air Training

The U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a simulation approach where airborne pilots may train together with ground-based pilots in simulators, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. The simulation approach, known as Secure Live-Virtual-Constructive Advanced Training Environment or SLATE, also allows users to participate in virtual battles against computer-generated opponents.

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AFRL Initiates Human-Centered Data Analytics Development Effort

The Air Force Research Laboratory has begun development of a human-centered data analytics environment through use of squadron innovation funds. The analytical environment would be intended to manage and process large amounts of data, and address the speed lags of raw human analysis, AFRL said Monday. AFRL's 711th Human Performance Wing received $250K in fiscal year 2018 funds from $64M distributed across the U.S. Air Force under a squadron innovation effort.

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