Tag Archives: Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Army Tests AI-Based Multisensor Tech for Explosives Detection

AI-Based Multisensor

The U.S. Army has demonstrated a machine learning-based sensor technology designed for fixed-wing aircraft that works with synthetic aperture radars to detect explosives from a designated safety point. Lt. Col. Mike Fuller, program manager at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, said the team used side-by-side comparisons of multiple modalities during the assessment to maximize the probability of threat detection while minimizing false alarms.

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Navy Research Lab Rolling Out Simulation Engine for Nuclear Detection

Nuclear Detection

The U.S. Navy Research Laboratory has developed a new software suite that visualizes nuclear detection operations for modeling and simulation applications under entities like the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The Navy said Thursday the SoftWare for Optimization of Radiation Detectors 7 engine models nuclear fission scenarios and utilizes an interface for the design and optimization of radiation detectors.

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Satya Akula to Retire as Amyx President & CEO; Scott Amey Quoted

Satya Akula

Amyx has announced that the company’s president and chief executive officer (CEO), Satya Akula, will retire in Dec. 2020, after a nine-year tenure, Amyx reported on Friday. He will continue to be a stockholder with the company. Bill Schaefer, the current chief operating officer (COO), will succeed Akula as president and CEO. 

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DoD Uses Commercial Tech for Early Coronavirus Detection

Department of Defense

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) partnered with the Defense Innovation Unit to use a commercial, wearable infection warning device for COVID-19 spread reduction, DoD News reported Tuesday. The device, named Rapid Analysis of Threat Exposure, is designed to alert about the virus' presence in the wearer before he or she exhibits symptoms.

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David Norquist Issues Memo on Pentagon’s Zero-Based Budgeting Review

Deputy Defense Secretary and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner David Norquist issued a memo informing component agencies and services of a zero-based assessment of all department-wide activities and functions as directed by Defense Secretary and fellow 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Mark Esper, Defense One reported Thursday

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DoD Inspector General Audits Contractor Networks, Systems

The Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General released the results of an audit that sought to confirm contractors' capacity to secure controlled unclassified information on their respective systems and networks.

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DTRA Unveils 3D Printing Tech for Organoid Systems

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Atala and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are teaming to create a tool to build interconnected organoids within the body, DVIDS reported Tuesday. The Integrated Organoid Testing System utilizes 3D printed bio-structures, microfluidic devices and human organ cells to try to develop organs with regenerative capacities.

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Maj. Gen. Christopher Bentley Named Next JIDO Director

Maj. Gen. Christopher Bentley, senior adviser to the Ministry of Defense for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, will succeed Lt. Gen. Michael Shields as director of the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization. The Defense Department said Friday the U.S. Army chief of staff announced the assignment of Bentley, who …

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DoD Splits Acquisition, Tech & Logistics Office Into 2 Orgs

The Defense Department on Thursday officially split the acquisition, technology and logistics office into two new units – defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and undersecretary for research and engineering – as part of reorganization, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan wrote in a Wednesday memo the …

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