Tag Archives: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

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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Victoria Coleman: USAF Must Adopt Zero-Trust Approach for Microchip Security

Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman, chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, has urged the service branch to adopt a zero-trust approach for securing microprocessor chips in military computing and weapon systems. The former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency noted that the zero-trust architecture could help in averting the domino effect that a compromised part could have on a whole system. 

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FCC Announces 2 New Innovation Zones to Advance Open RAN, 5G Tech Research Efforts

5G technology

The Federal Communications Commission has designated new innovation zones near Northeastern University in Boston and North Carolina State University in Raleigh to enable qualified licensees to conduct research and test Open Radio Access Network, 5G technologies and other advanced wireless network and communications platforms.

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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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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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Federal Officials Propose Creation of Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health

Advanced Research

Federal science and health officials plan to create a research agency within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop technologies that could help detect, prevent and treat cancer, infectious diseases and other illnesses. They said the current administration requested $6.5 billion in funds for fiscal 2022 to establish ARPA-H, which should be led by a director for a single five-year term. 

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DARPA Demos ‘PROTEUS’ Experimentation Software Tools With Marines; John Paschkewitz Quoted

DARPA PROTEUS

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will hand over to the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, a program meant to help Marines develop concepts of multidomain fighting operations using a set of software training and experimentation tools. Launched in 2017, PROTEUS has three components: ULTRA, COMPOSER and the Parametric Data Service. 

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DARPA, Dynetics-Led Industry Team to Conduct Next UAV Swarm Demo in Q4

Gremlins Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could further test air launch and recovery of multiple unmanned aerial vehicles with an industry team led by Leidos' Dynetics subsidiary in October or November. Dynetics bested three other participants to win a contract in 2018 to help DARPA build and fly drones for the third phase of the program.

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