Orono Spectral Solutions Incorporated, Orono, Maine, was awarded a $7 million contract to research an integrated monitoring platform that includes threat agent capture, concentration, and presentation and detection system for agent testing. U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Contracting Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
SRI International, Menlo Park, California, was awarded a $49 million contract, in which the government requires SRI International, under the direction of engineering research and development center and with assistance from the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization to provide necessary support, material and equipment, including training center and mobile ground station, to continue operations in Iraq of Desert Owl-1, an existing advanced airborne penetrating radar system. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center Contracting Office, Vicksburg, Mississippi, is the contracting activity.
SRI International, Menlo Park, California, is being awarded a more than $22 million contract to provide Flextrain System multi-mission training support to the U.S. Army National Guard. This requirement is for the Flextrain System to support the Exportable Combat Training Capability and Mobile Virtual Training Capability for the Army National Guard. Flextrain provides multi-level/multi-mission support in a wide variety of training environments. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Booz Allen Hamilton Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a nearly $18 million contract which will provide Criminal Investigation Task Force All-Source Intelligence Analysis. The 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.
Sliding a bar to unlock your Android device or entering a PIN? Those methods of smart-phone security could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the new BioLock app, which encrypts and locks down phones using iris and facial scanning.
Blake Hall is a man on a mission: to help U.S. military personnel use "Web 2.0" Internet technologies to help one another and themselves. Hall's no stranger to demanding missions. A decorated former U.S. Army Captain and Airborne Ranger who led a scout platoon in Iraq, he relates how the first time he ever led a combat mission, his battalion commander laid his hand on his shoulder and said ominously, "Hall, don't screw it up." And based on the overwhelmingly positive, initial response to his and his co-founders' new, veteran-owned web venture, TroopSwap.com, an online community and marketplace for active duty U.S. military, reservists, veterans and their families, that battalion commander would be more than proud.
The notion of robots as trusted companions on the battlefield is no longer limited to the scope of science fiction or TV adventure. With the U.S. Army's Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance and its members forging ahead on autonomous technologies, warfighters may just very well have their own "Lassie" to save the day. What more can be done to enhance robotic artificial intelligence to benefit the troops? Share you ideas here.