Tag Archives: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Lisa Sanders: USSOCOM Eyes Potential Use Cases for AI at the Edge

Lisa Sanders

Lisa Sanders, director of Science and Technology for special operations forces, acquisition, technology and logistics at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), said contested environments where data and computing power are unavailable are pushing the military to reinvent artificial intelligence and come up with new insights into how people use AI. 

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DARPA Event in June to Inform Industry on Upcoming Projects

Defense Advanced Research

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will host an online industry event from June 23rd to 24th to inform companies about the Defense Sciences Office's upcoming research pursuits. Discover DSO Day participants will gain insight into the office's science and technology priorities over the next year. DARPA Director Stefanie Tompkins and DSO Director Valerie Browning will also present at the event.

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DARPA Leads Effort to Secure Software Vulnerability Reporting

Defense Advanced Research

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DAPRA) is working on a computer science effort to address the security risks associated with reporting software vulnerabilities. DARPA said Thursday that its Securing Information for Encrypted Verification and Evaluation (SIEVE) program will use zero-knowledge proofs in order to better protect exchanges of vulnerability information.

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Upcoming DARPA Program to Provide Contractors Access to Other Commercial Tech; Serge Leef Quoted

Defense Advanced Research

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will launch an industrial partnership that grants DARPA contractors access to technology made by other companies. DARPA will use its Toolbox Initiative to procure products from computing technology providers in support of contracted companies tasked to develop new systems. DARPA plans to host industry days and launch an internal marketing campaign for Toolbox this fall.

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DOD’s Barbara McQuiston, Stefanie Tompkins on Prioritizing Partnerships to Drive Innovation

Technology Development

Barbara McQuiston, acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the Department of Defense (DoD) must “innovate at speed and scale” to retain leadership in emerging technologies. According to McQuiston, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) has been making progress in keeping pace with industry on technology development. The agency currently has 189 companies under contract. 

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DARPA to Develop Circuit Tech for Low-Temperature Supercomputer Processing; Jason Woo Quoted

Low-Temperature

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a program that focuses on expanding the computational power capacity of high-performance computing systems in line with energy efficiency standards. DARPA said Thursday that the Low-Temperature Logic Technology (LTLT) program is focused on developing a device/circuit capability that can achieve a performance and power improvement of 25 times compared to room-temperature central processing units.

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Former DARPA Head Victoria Coleman Assumes Air Force Chief Scientist Post

Victoria Coleman

Victoria Coleman, former head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has assumed her new role as chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force. Laura McAndrews, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, told the publication in an email that Coleman officially succeeded Richard Joseph as the service branch’s lead scientist last week.

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DARPA Rolls Out Quantum Research Benchmarking Program; Joe Altepeter Quoted

Quantum Research

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a program that focuses on establishing testable metrics for assessing progress in quantum computing research. The agency also intends to produce estimates for traditional and quantum resources including complex algorithms and standard hardware. The agency plans to hold a webinar on the benchmarking effort over the coming weeks.

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DARPA Eyes Scope Expansion for Pilot Tech Accelerator Program; Peter Highnam Quoted

Cryptographic Module

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to expand a pilot program that connects startups with investors to include other emerging technology areas such as artificial intelligence. DARPA’s updated Embedded Entrepreneurship Initiative will fall under In-Q-Tel’s Emerge segment and support a maximum of 150 small businesses and entrepreneurs.

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DIU’s Michael Brown: Federal Government Must Accelerate R&D Funding to Retain Military Leadership

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), said the federal government must bolster investments in research and development to keep pace with industry as well as adversaries like China. Brown said at a National Defense Industrial Association event that the private sector has “moved ahead quite dramatically” in technological development and that DIU is partnering with nontraditional contractors to help achieve military dominance.

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