Tag Archives: Office of Naval Research

Penn State’s Research Arm Wins $50M Navy Electronics Manufacturing Tech Contract

Microelectronic Tech

The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory (Penn State ARL) has won a potential five-year, $50 million contract from the U.S. Navy to operate and manage a center of excellence that focuses on developing and transitioning naval platform-related manufacturing technology to the industrial sector. Penn State ARL will continue to sustain the Electro Optics Center as part of the Navy ManTech COE program, the Department of Defense said Friday.

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Navy Advances AI Development; Brett Vaughan Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. Navy is advancing the development of artificial intelligence applications to support warfighting, readiness, sustainment and other functions. Brett Vaughan, the Navy’s chief AI officer and portfolio manager at the Office of Naval Research, discussed how AI could help the service in areas such as decision-making and autonomy with unmanned platforms.

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Michael Hayduk on Air Force Research Lab’s Quantum Initiatives

Michael Hayduk

Michael Hayduk, deputy director of the information directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), said AFRL has launched several initiatives focused on advancing quantum information science. He said the lab awarded 23 Small Business Technology Transfer Phase II contracts worth approximately $35 million to 15 small businesses in December 2020 for projects spanning AFRL’s four QIS technical areas. 

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AFRL Picks 17 Research Grantees for Quantum Computing Tech Accelerator; Shery Welsh Quoted

Shery Welsh

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded 17 research grants to U.S. and international participants as part of the lab’s tech accelerator program with a focus on quantum-based communications, computing, sensing and timing. Shery Welsh, director of AFOSR, said the tech accelerator serves as entry point for identifying researchers seeking to address issues beyond traditional quantum information science.

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USMC Deploys Buoys to Study Ocean for Warfighting Input

Marine Corps

The U.S. Marine Corps has used aircraft-deployed, sensor-equipped buoys to study and quantify elements of the sea as a warfighting zone. The floating buoys descend to the ocean's depths to gather data then transmit findings to the Naval Oceanographic Office after returning to the surface. NAVO will continue to receive the buoy-gathered data over a span of several months.

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DoD to Support STEM Research Projects in $50M Funding Effort

U.S. Research Security

The Department of Defense (DoD) will award $50 million in funds through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program to 150 university researchers to support the acceleration of research activities in machine learning, quantum sciences and hypersonics. The funding opportunity will also back projects that will explore the design, development and characterization of various materials. 

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AFRL, Partners to Launch Global Quantum Competition


Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) plans to launch a global program through which university-based teams may compete for over $1 million by pitching quantum technologies. The International Quantum U Tech Accelerator competition will have 36 teams propose quantum projects in the areas of timing, information processing, computing, sensing and communications.

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