Tag Archives: R&D

Select Committee Offers Recommendations for Using Cloud to Help Advance AI Research

AI Research

The Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence has issued a report outlining four recommendations for how the federal government can help improve the use of cloud computing resources in support of federally funded research-and-development work on AI. Those recommendations are launching and supporting pilot projects to explore the challenges and advantages related to the use of commercial cloud platforms in conducting AI research. 

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NRL Eyes Public-Private Collaboration to Support Quantum Info Research; Gerald Borsuk Quoted

Quantum Research

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) aims to promote collaboration between public and private sector organizations in support of its efforts to enhance quantum information science deployment. Two quantum collaboration meetings in November 2020 are intended to help NRL with its role as the QIS Research Center of the U.S. Navy.

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DOE to Finance Chemistry Software Projects; Chris Fall Quoted

Chris Fall

The Department of Energy (DOE) intends to invest $32 million in software research and development supporting chemistry studies. DOE said Monday it will give companies, universities and national laboratories the opportunity to pursue multidisciplinary software projects under four-year awards. Interested parties may submit pre-applications through Dec. 2nd and final applications through Feb. 8, 2021.

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Air Force Looks to Release Strategy on Mobility Research Efforts


The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Air Mobility Command are developing a strategy for mobility research to support the service branch’s vision for an operational environment through the 2030s. The strategy will primarily focus on AMC mission areas such as aerial refueling, airlift, global air mobility and aeromedical evacuation.

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NSA, Army to Launch Quantum Info Science Lab for Collaborative R&D Programs

Quantum Computing

The National Security Agency (NSA) has partnered with the U.S. Army Research Office to establish a laboratory that will house collaborative research and development efforts involving quantum information science. NSA said Thursday that its Laboratory for Physical Sciences is partnering with the Army to launch the LPS Qubit Collaboratory (LQC) in line with goals under the National Quantum Initiative.

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NAVWAR Awards $104M in OTA Production Contracts for Warfare Tech Transition Effort

OTA Production

Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NIWC) has awarded other transaction authority production (OTP) contracts worth $104 million combined to transition three prototype technologies under the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP). “This process provides a unique opportunity to leverage an OTA to not only rapidly prototype," said Don Sallee, acquisition planning services manager at NIWC Atlantic.

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CSET Report: DoD Must Have Clarity in Autonomy, AI Research Funding; Margarita Konaev Quoted


A new report from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) has found the Department of Defense (DoD) still faces gaps in AI research despite having “an ambitious vision for artificial intelligence”. The report also suggests that basic AI research investments are smaller than initial estimates. DoD should “provide greater clarity about overall funding levels for autonomy and AI”.

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AI National Security Commission Presents 80 Recommendations in Interim Report


The National Security Commission for Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) has released an interim report detailing 80 draft recommendations for the federal government to advance AI. NSCAI also presented several recommendations to apply AI in support of national security missions. In addition, NSCAI expects to release its final recommendations in March 2021.

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DOE Allots Funds to Help NIST Bolster Energy, Maritime Cybersecurity; Sean Plankey Quoted

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy has agreed to invest $3 million in research and development of tools and methods that support energy and maritime cybersecurity. DOE said Monday its Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to bolster cybersecurity in maritime transportation and energy grids.

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NNSA Unveils Centers of Excellence for Exascale Computing-Based Nuclear Stockpile Research; Mark Anderson Quoted

Nuclear Stockpile

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has chosen nine universities that will serve as centers of excellence for nuclear stockpile research and development efforts driven by simulation and exascale computing technologies. The universities will serve as Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program (PSAAP) III Centers and work to drive research into weapons stockpile management in line with NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) initiative. 

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