Tag Archives: research and development

Alion Awarded $39M Task Order to Provide Prototyping, Experimentation Research and Development for (OUSD(R&E)); Terri Walker-Spoonhour Quoted

Terri Walker-Spoonhour

Alion Science and Technology announced on Thursday that the company has received a five-year, $39 million task order to provide Prototyping and Experimentation Research, Development, Engineering, Technical Analysis, and Solutions for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)). Alion received this task order under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center's (DoD IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC) vehicle.  

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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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House Panels Call on Biden Administration for Partnerships on U.S. Research Security

U.S. Research Security

The members of two House panels have written to President Biden seeking collaborations to ensure the safety of U.S. academic research initiatives against foreign influence. They noted in the letter that an effective approach entails transparency on security risks, coordination on research security requirements and commitment to collaboration and openness.

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DOD, Allied Counterparts Form Polar Environment Research Partnership

ICE-PPR

The Department of Defense (DoD) has entered into an agreement with six allied counterparts to conduct research into the environmental conditions of the Earth’s polar regions. ICE-PPR comes as part of the U.S. Navy’s efforts to survey the Arctic landscape to potentially gain an advantage over U.S. rivals such as Russia and China. 

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DOE to Fund Research Into Securing Energy Grid’s Cyber-Physical Infrastructure; Patricia Hoffman Quoted

TIC 3.0 Use Case Guide

The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $8 million to fund the development of cyber-physical concepts for ensuring the resiliency and security of electric grid infrastructure. Industry participants must work with university-led groups on the research and development effort, which will primarily revolve around creating and scaling cyber-physical systems integrated with autonomous, self-healing and flexible elements.

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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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DOE Scientists Talk Research Needs for AI Algorithm Security, Trustworthiness; Fred Streitz, Irene Qualters Quoted

AI Algorithms

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico is launching efforts to fortify artificial intelligence algorithms to prevent system threats and improve AI awareness and understanding. Fred Streitz, chief AI scientist at DOE’s AI and Technology Office, noted that the U.S. must work to drive AI deployment in “mission-critical areas where there are real-world consequences”.

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NASA Picks 16 Teams to Develop Deep Space Exploration Mission Proposals

Deep Space Exploration

NASA has chosen 16 academic teams to further their deep-space exploration proposals as part of the agency’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) program. Representatives from Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blue Origin and Boeing were among the industry experts that helped select the many participating teams.

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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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DOE Launches Research Efforts on Energy Infrastructure Security, Interference Mitigation; Jennifer Granholm Quoted

Jennifer Granholm

The Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled three research programs aimed at ensuring the security of U.S. energy infrastructure against threats such as adversarial cyber attacks and natural hazards. CESER partnered with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories for the Cyber Testing for Resilient Industrial Control System effort focused on assessing system vulnerabilities and evaluating digital cybersecurity tools through analytics. 

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