Tag Archives: R&D

CIA Labs Launched to Conduct National Intelligence R&D


The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has inaugurated a new laboratory dedicated to performing research and development for national intelligence. CIA Labs will host in-house science and technology R&D and collaborate with other federal laboratories, industry and academia for various scientific pursuits, the agency said Monday.

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Army to Open PNT Tech Dev’t Hub in October

PNT Capabilities

The U.S. Army plans to open a technology development hub for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) capabilities next month to support the service branch’s efforts to reduce dependency on GPS technologies. The Army’s PNT Modernization Office, which contains an Open Innovation Lab (OIL) will be located at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and slated to open on Oct. 8th. 

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Navy Eyes Industry Partnerships, Expanded Integration Operations for RAIL Unmanned Vessel Hub


The U.S. Navy is working to establish budget allocations and program requirements for its recently established laboratory for developing and testing unmanned underwater and surface vehicles. Capt. Pete Small said that the Navy is looking to implement a strategy for the Rapid Integration Autonomy Lab’s (RAIL) programs beyond fiscal year 2022. 

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GAO: DoD Should Initiate Steps to Better Understand Nature, Scope of Independent R&D Projects


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Department of Defense perform annual reviews of independent research and development projects and determine whether to require contractors to provide additional data on IR&D projects for inclusion in its database to understand the scope and nature of such initiatives.

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AFRL Launches Quantum Tech Accelerator, Innovation Center

Quantum Science

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has opened an innovation hub for quantum research and development in Rome, N.Y., and is partnering with the academe on a competitive program focused on the emerging concept. AFRL said the Innovare Advancement Center will support the lab’s “Million Dollar International Quantum U Tech Accelerator” program.

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Reps. Will Hurd, Robin Kelly to Introduce Legislation on AI Research, Ethics

Will Hurd,

Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., plan to introduce legislation focused on driving research into artificial intelligence and its impact on ethics, national security and the workforce. He noted that agencies should partner with industry to establish a "cyber National guard” to improve cybersecurity and promote the good use of AI.

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US Senators Introduce Bill to Allot $80B to Bolster National Innovation; Sen. Chris Coons Quoted

Sen. Chris Coons

Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., have introduced a bill that aims to promote research and development across industrial areas vital to the nation's economy. The Innovation Centers Acceleration Act seeks to address the lack of technology investments in the U.S. economy that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors over the years.

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NSF Awards Addtl Funding for ‘Chameleon’ Cloud Experimentation Program; Paul Ruth Quoted


A team of institutions led by the University of Chicago (UChicago) has received $10 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue development activities for a large-scale cloud computing testbed called Chameleon.

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DOE Names Five Teams for Smart Manufacturing Information-Building Effort

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy is investing $1M in five projects to explore smart manufacturing applications that favor energy efficiency and performance. DOE said Tuesday its Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute selected teams for the creation of information profiles that tackle various topics related to smart manufacturing.

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