DARPA

January 25, 2017

Sotera Defense Solutions Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $11,036,371 modification (P00007) to contract W911NF-16-C-0005 for a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency research and development effort titled, “Technology Demonstrations and Assessments Using a Data Science Approach to Situation Understanding for Counter Insurgency Operations.” Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of January 20, 2019. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,995,881 were obligated at the time of the award. The Army Contracting Command, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is the contracting activity.

January 17, 2017

Raytheon Co., Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded a contract modification totaling $8,031,287 through the addition of Phase II tasks to a previously awarded procurement contract for the Multi Azimuth Defense Fast Intercept Round Engagement System (MAD-FIRES) program. During the 14 month Phase II effort, the Raytheon team will focus on projectile development and performance. As a result of the Phase II award, the total amount of the contract is increased by $8,031,287 from $18,944,780 to $26,976,067. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (79 percent); Chelmsford, Massachusetts (20 percent); and McKinney, Texas (1 percent).

November 29, 2016

Recent technological advances have brought the on-orbit robotic servicing of satellites closer to reality. Now the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has kicked off the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) to tackle the lack of clear, widely accepted technical and safety standards for responsible performance of on-orbit activities involving commercial satellites.

October 19, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
DARPA transitioned its space surveillance telescope (SST) from an agency-led design and construction program to ownership and operation by U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), which has announced plans to operate the telescope in Australia jointly with the Australian government. SST, imaged here on its mountaintop perch at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, is redefining what telescopes can do and could revolutionize space situational awareness.

The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday inherited a next-generation telescope capable of detecting and tracking space debris with unprecedented fidelity. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, transferred to the U.S. Air Force Space Command its space surveillance telescope (SST), a revolutionary device designed to track objects in Earth’s orbit.

September 27, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

DARPA is hearing voices. And now, so can you. The Defense Department’s renowned research arm has launched a new podcast series, Voices from DARPA.

The series will offer revealing and informative insight into the works of program managers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA. In each episode, a program manager from one of the agency’s six technical offices—Biological Technologies, Defense Sciences, Information Innovation, Microsystems Technology, Strategic Technology and Tactical Technology—will discuss in informal and personal terms why they work at DARPA and what they are up to, according to an agency statement.

September 19, 2016

Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, has been awarded Option One on contract HR0011-15-C-0147, totaling $10,661,069, under modification P00002, adding Phase II tasks to the previously awarded procurement contract for the Squad X Core Technologies (SXCT) program. As a result of the award of the Phase II option, the total amount of the contract is increased by $10,661,069 from $2,715,590 to $13,376,659. Work will be performed in the following locations: Grand Prairie, Texas (90 percent); and Mesa, Arizona (10 percent). Phase II of the SXCT program is expected to complete in early 2018.

September 16, 2016
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Boeing a Hydra Phase 2 program contract. The program aims to develop a distributed undersea network of unmanned payloads and platforms to complement manned vessels.

The Boeing Co., Huntington Beach, California, has been awarded a $21,885,490 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a research project under the Hydra Phase 2 program. Work will be performed in Huntington Beach, California (74 percent); Los Angeles, California (5 percent); Santa Fe Springs, California (4 percent); El Cajon, California (2 percent); Long Beach, California (2 percent); Attleboro, Massachusetts (2 percent); Huntsville, Alabama (2 percent); Richardson, Texas (1 percent); Brea, California (1 percent); Orange, California (1 percent); and Mesa, Arizona (1 percent), with an estimated completion date of September 2018.

August 1, 2016
By Sandra Jontz

The U.S. government wants to hack the hackers—and be able to talk about it. 

In an ambitious effort slated to begin in November, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) plans to delve into developing technologies and processes that would allow authorities to access and then operate inside the networks and systems of cyber adversaries, says Angelos Keromytis, program manager in DARPA’s Information Innovation Office.

August 1, 2016

Research funded through a $9.4 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) could develop a new technique for wirelessly monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) devices for malicious software without affecting the operation of the ubiquitous but low-power equipment, according to a Georgia Tech announcement.

August 1, 2016

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, has been awarded a $7,346,989 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for software. The Threat Intelligence for Grid Recovery is a project under technical area 3 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) program. The goal of the RADICS program is to enable skilled cyber and power engineers to restore electrical service within seven days of an attack that overwhelms the recovery capabilities of the impacted organizations.

July 20, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
DARPA's Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) aims to ensure that the exponentially growing population of military and civilian wireless devices will have full access to the increasingly crowded electromagnetic spectrum.

The Defense Department’s futuristic research agency has finalized its contest plans—backed by nearly $4 million in prizes—for the creation of a radio that can withstand wireless congestion.

It’s an ambitious competition led by the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) to expand the communications capacity of the electromagnetic spectrum, especially at a time when the explosion of wireless devices and the dawning of the Internet of Things era has placed such a heavy demand for access to such a finite resource.

May 13, 2016

LGS Innovations, Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a contract to develop a prototype pair of lightweight, low-power optical communication terminals that will allow for light-based communication between micro-satellites in low-earth orbit. Under the terms of the contract, LGS will be responsible for developing a pair of laser communication terminals to be launched on two Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) small satellites. The terminals are to be extremely lightweight, weighing less than 2 pounds each, and will operate on less than 3 watts of power.

 

May 1, 2016
By George I. Seffers
Two EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare aircraft fly over Turkey to support combined task force operations. The analog-to-digital converter chip being developed by DARPA ultimately could benefit a wide range of communications, radar and electronic warfare systems.

U.S. Defense Department researchers recently announced the development of an analog-to-digital converter chip that processes spectrum at the previously unheard of rate of 60 billion times per second—fast enough to potentially ensure the uninterrupted operation of spectrum-dependent military systems, including communications and radar, in contested and congested electromagnetic environments.

April 7, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
DARPA's Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) prototype makes a dry run in Portland, Oregon. Officials christened Sea Hunter on Thursday.

The Defense Department's futuristic research agency reached a huge milestone in its robot sea vessel program Thursday, christening the unmanned prototype "Sea Hunter" and entering a two-year extended test phase.

April 18, 2016
By George I. Seffers

Aurora Flight Sciences, Manassas, Virginia, announced today company personnel successfully flew a subscale version of its LightningStrike vertical take-off and landing experimental plane (VTOL X-plane) for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The flight of the subscale aircraft met a DARPA risk reduction requirement, focusing on validation of the aerodynamic design and flight control system.

April 14, 2016

Vencore Labs Inc., doing business as Applied Communication Sciences, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has been awarded a $7,719,472 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a research project under the Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3) program solicited under DARPA-BAA-15-56. The XD3 program seeks to develop revolutionary advances in the area of resilient defenses against distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks on computer networks. Fiscal 2015 research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) funds in the amount of $725,155; and fiscal 2016 RDT&E funds in the amount of $1,429,743 are being obligated at time of award.

April 5, 2016

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), Yorktown Heights, New York, has been issued a ceiling decrease modification in the amount of $7,397,671 (P00017) to previously awarded HR0011-12-C-0015, for research under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) I20 Broad Operational Language Translation (BOLT) program. The modification decreases the total cumulative face value of the contract from $32,761,127 to $25,363,456.

March 14, 2016

System High Corp., Chantilly, Virginia, has been awarded a ceiling $21,035,502 cost-plus-award-fee modification (P00033) to exercise Option Year 4 of previously awarded HR0011-12-C-0024 for the Security and Intelligence Directorate (SID) Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) Support program. The SID SETA Support program develops and uses state-of-the-art tools and concepts to find solutions to emerging security issues while maintaining compliance with applicable security requirements. Fiscal 2015 research and development funds in the amount of $7,263,033 are being obligated at time of award.

March 4, 2016
DARPA has awarded funds to Aurora Flight Services for the next two phases of the X-plane program.

Aurora Flight Sciences, Manassas, Virginia, has been awarded an $89,444,166 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Phases II and III of the vertical take-off and landing X-plane research portfolio. Work will be performed in Manassas, Virginia (62 percent); Indianapolis (31 percent); Tucson, Arizona (3 percent); and Ventura, California (4 percent), with an expected completion date of September 2018. Fiscal 2015 research and development funds in the amount of $2,692,858; and fiscal 2016 research and development funds in the amount of $50,674,897 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition and three offers were received.

February 26, 2016

SRI International, Menlo Park, California, has been awarded an $8.5 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Brandeis program through the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to explore how privacy-preserving technologies can be applied to enable information sharing while safeguarding sensitive data across large-scale enterprises. The vision of the Brandeis program is to break the tension between the need for maintaining privacy and sharing data for collaboration.

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