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DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program seeks to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft. DARPA Heads to Orbit

Seeking a quick launch capability, DARPA is opting for a hybrid satellite launcher that takes off vertically, hurls a payload into orbit and then lands horizontally like an aircraft.

Dr. Paul D. Nielsen, director and CEO, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, speaks at the AFCEA/George Mason University Critical Issues in C4I Symposium. Increased Autonomy Is Here

Autonomous functionality is increasing, evidenced by drones, self-driving cars and voice-controlled devices. The key to successfully transitioning these systems for military and defense use is trust.

Paul Tilghman, program manager, Microsystems Office, DARPA, speaks at the AFCEA/GMU Critical Issues in C4I Symposium. Coexistence Is Goal of DARPA Spectrum Challenge

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is hosting the world’s first collaborative machine-intelligence competition to overcome spectrum scarcity.

The Internet of Things poses some risks to military forces, a draft report from NATO's Parliamentary Assembly points out. The report will be discussed at the assembly's spring session and will be updated over the summer. NATO Releases IoT Draft Report

The Parliamentary Assembly will discuss a report urging governments to take a more proactive role in defining the IoT's future at its spring session.

Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, addresses attendees during the 2016 Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium. Photo by Michael Carpenter Earn CEUs While Getting Information Too

At this year's Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium, attendees get the chance to listen to experts and enhance careers by receiving continuing education units. 

Adm. Michael Rogers, USN, makes a budget pitch before Congress on May 24, asking for 16 percent more in fiscal year 2018 than in 2017 for U.S. Cyber Command. U.S. Cyber Command Seeks 16 Percent Raise in FY18

U.S. Cyber Command hopes for a bigger slice of the federal budget pie to cover operation costs in an increasingly volatile and dangerous cyber domain.

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Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, USN, holds an all-hands call aboard the littoral combat ship USS Coronado as the ship is moored in Singapore on Tuesday. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Laird, USN

The U.S. Navy needs more ships and it needs them now, CNO Adm. John Richardson writes in a white paper released...

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DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program seeks to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft.

Seeking a quick launch capability, DARPA is opting for a hybrid satellite launcher that takes off vertically,...