Tag Archives: DARPA

SDA Director Derek Tournear: Satellite, Launch Prices Have Dropped

Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency (SDA) and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said virtually in a Defense One panel that the military's goal to establish a network of low Earth orbit satellites is now more reachable as a result of commercialization. Tournear said launches now cost tens of millions of dollars compared to just a few years ago. 

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New DARPA Competition Seeks Predictive Models for Sea Drifters

Spotter Buoy

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a competition in search of technology that can predict the location of sea drifters or floats in a prospect of 10 days. DARPA said Friday its Forecasting Floats in Turbulence challenge will task participants to develop and submit algorithms that can predict drifting locations based on the ocean’s current.

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DARPA Program Aims to Create System Design-Level Cybersecurity Approaches

DARPA Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a program that aims to help developers understand emergent behavior in computers to prevent cyber attackers from generating malicious and unintended computations. DARPA is seeking interested proposers for the Hardening Development Toolchains Against Emergent Execution Engines initiative to study theories and approaches and develop tools for mitigating emergent software behaviors. 

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Charles River Analytics Wins $16M DARPA Contract for Protective Biosystems Research

Charles River Analytics

Charles River Analytics announced Thursday that the company has secured a potential five-year $16 million contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to lead research efforts focused on developing a biosystem solution to protect warfighters from biological and chemical threats. 

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DARPA Unveils Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node Program; Greg Kuperman Quoted

Space-BACN Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a new program that seeks to develop a reconfigurable optical communications terminal that would enable different small satellite constellations in low-Earth orbit to communicate with each other. DARPA has issued a solicitation for the Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node program and will accept abstracts for optical aperture and reconfigurable modem technical areas through Oct. 4. 

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DARPA Names Participants of Effort to Study, Apply Warm Atomic Vapors

Quantum Physics

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected eight teams to conduct research projects that address the limits of atomic vapors in quantum science. DARPA said Friday that its Science of Atomic Vapors for New Technologies (SaVANT) effort will study how to improve the coherence of warm atomic vapors and determine how they can support DOD's technological pursuits.

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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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DARPA Picks 3 Teams for Antimicrobial Therapeutics Development Program

ACT-IV Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected teams from Yale University, University of Washington and Broad Institute to support a program meant to develop therapeutics for multidrug resistant microbial infections. The three teams will use synthetic chemistry, drug discovery methods, chemical biology and medicinal chemistry to combat bacterial pathogens under DARPA’s Harnessing Enzymatic Activity for Lifesaving Remedies program.

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DARPA Pursues Machine Learning Program to Boost the Adaptability of Defense Systems; John-Francis Mergen Quoted

Machine Learning

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched an effort to help systems adapt to unexpected events via machine learning. DARPA said Tuesday that its Learning Introspective Control program will use ML-based introspection technologies to boost the adaptability of control laws that govern a system.

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Rep. Rick Larsen Highlights Need for U.S. Investment in Military Software Capabilities

Rep. Rick Larsen

Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., said the U.S. should invest in military software capabilities, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, to better compete with China. He also noted that the Pentagon is taking advantage of AI investments the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has made in the past four decades and that 5G networks should not be easily breached.

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