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Philip Perconti on Army Research Lab’s 10 R&D Programs

Philip Perconti, director of the Army Research Laboratory, told National Defense in an interview published Thursday that ARL is focused on 10 research-and-development initiatives aimed at providing troops technological edge in future combat environments and one of those is the long-range distributed and collaborate engagements program.

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New Army-Supported Research Paves Way to Shape-Changing Robotics

Researchers from academia worked with the U.S. Army to create small robots that would join together to form larger structures. The 3D printed robots, known as smart active particles or smarticles, may serve as a stepping stone towards the development of shape-changing, multi-modal systems, the Army said Friday.

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Florida International University Receives USAF Funds for Origami Antenna Dev’t

The U.S. Air Force has issued a $4.8M grant to support Florida International University's research project on foldable, reconfigurable origami antennas. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research awarded the grant that follows another existing $4.8M investment in Transforming Antennas Center, an FIU-based organization that develops origami-based antennas, the university said Tuesday.

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DoD Calling for Software Acquisition Funding Category

The Department of Defense is seeking a new budget category under research and development funding to focus on the software acquisition lifecycle, Fedscoop reported Tuesday. Jeff Boleng, special assistant for software acquisition at DoD, said at a Software Engineering Institute event that the Office of Management and Budget has supported the department’s intent to pursue pilot programs under the proposed Budget Activity 8.

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Michael Kratsios: Supplemental Report to Trump’s Budget Request Shows ‘Increased Emphasis’ on AI

The National Science and Technology Council released a supplemental report to President Trump’s budget request stating that the federal government intends to allocate $1B for nondefense artificial intelligence efforts in fiscal 2020, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

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DOE: New Amendment Allows Technology Transfer Funds for Precommercial Tech Demos

The Department of Energy published a policy amendment to authorize national laboratories to use technology transfer funds for precommercial technology demonstrations. This action amends rules under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 limiting the use of T2 funds to only three purposes, DOE said in a Federal Register notice.

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GAO: Army Futures Command Needs Better Small Business Coordination

The Government Accountability Office recommends that the Army Futures Command track small business engagements and bolster coordination with other U.S. Army components. GAO said Wednesday that it found the new command, despite supporting small businesses, does not maximize the use of Army expertise such as that of the service's Office of Small Business Programs.

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NSF to Invest in Quantum Technology Projects

The National Science Foundation plans to support research efforts to further explore quantum science in the technology areas of computing, communications, sensors and simulation, the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association reported Monday. NSF will help selected research institutes address quantum-related scientific, technological, educational and workforce objectives under the Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes program.

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DOE Allots Funds for Collaborative Energy Research

The Department of Energy is investing $17 million in nine projects to generate energy for the country's underserved and remote regions. DOE said Monday that it selected projects tackling a variety of energy research topics including chemistry, fusion energy, solar energy and fuel cells.

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