The eyes may have it, but the brain takes it to another level in a new technology being developed by researchers for the U.S. Defense Department. Imagery is viewed by the human eye, and the breakthrough advance uses neurotechnology to narrow that data into smaller, more concentrated images for further interpretation. In his article, "Brainwaves Boost Intelligence," in this issue of SIGNAL Magazine, George I. Seffers looks at the Neurotechnology for Intelligence Analysts (NIA) program.
DRS Technologies RSTA Incorporated, Infrared Technologies Division, Dallas, Texas, is being awarded an $11,186,684 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Low Cost Thermal Imager-Manufacturing (LCTI-M) Program seeks to provide each warfighter with the capability to detect threats and increase visibility in all weather conditions. The program aims for very low cost, low space, weight and power and room-temperature thermal cameras with state-of-the-art performance. The goal of LCTI-M is to enable widespread use and distribution of infrared cameras in military systems for each warfighter. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
Lockheed Global Training and Logistics, Orlando, Florida, is being awarded a $10,778,746 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Phase II-B of the National Cyber Range Program. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
Ball Aerospace Corporation, Boulder, Colorado, is being awarded a $36,928,217 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The work is for the Moire Program, which seeks to provide persistent, real-time, tactical video, and missile launch detection and tracking to the war fighter through the development of diffractive membrane optics may facilitate low-cost geosynchronous imaging. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
SiOnyx Incorporated, Beverly, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $6,952,551 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The work is for the Portable Photovoltaic Device Program, which seeks to develop technologies that reduce the mass and cost of portable photovoltaic devices while supporting high power conversion efficiency. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is providing about $7 million to Honeywell, Minneapolis, Minnesota, to design, develop, and deliver a demonstration of a gyroscope with a goal capability of absolute reference navigation in a compact, four diameter optically integrated gyro-head.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated recently announced that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the company a contract for development of the complete Demonstrator Laser Weapon System (DLWS) for the agency's High Energy Liquid Laser Defense System (HELLADS) program. The contract award follows the successful development and test of the company's HELLADS weapon class unit cell under a previous contract.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, Poway, California, is being awarded nearly $40 million for the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System program, a 150-kilowatt laser designed for flight traceable performance, ready to integrate into a field test system for ground demonstration. The system will include battery and thermal management systems to support representative airborne, seaborne, and ground-based scenarios, which present multiple target prosecutions in sequence. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
Analysts and warfighters may not have to sift through reams of footage from a stationary surveillance system if the camera itself is programmed to determine exactly what's happening within its view. Maryann Lawlor's article, "Seeing Eye Systems Learn to Discern," in this issue of SIGNAL Magazine, describes the Mind's Eye program, a visual intelligence project underway at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in cooperation with the U.S.
The mid-1970s TV series "The Six Million Dollar Man" is no longer a mere futuristic dream. While today's injured warfighters aren't able to run 60 miles an hour or possess superhuman strength like fictional character Steve Austin, they are still achieving amazing results through robotics and prosthetics. And now, many are returning to service in fully functional mode. Technology Editor George I. Seffers looks at U.S. Army efforts to make soldiers physically whole again in his article, "Robotics Research Gives Life to Artificial Limbs," in this issue of SIGNAL Magazine.
The Defense Department's FY 2012 budget proposal features $2.3 billion for improved cyber capabilities, according to figures released this afternoon. Key elements of that funding include $0.5 billion for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to invest in cyber technologies. Funding also will be provided to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for cyber identity, monitoring and enforcement.
The budget will increase funding for training cyber analysts, for improving Global Information Grid (GIG)-wide situational awareness, for developing pilot programs for supply chain risk management and for improving intrusion detection and analysis.
Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training & Support, Orlando, Florida, is being awarded a $7 million contract modification for the National Cyber Range (NCR) program. Under the revised phase II, the contractor will build on the preliminary design created during the first phase and tasks that have been accomplished in phase II to date. The contractor will demonstrate the capabilities of the flexible automated Cyber Test Range NCR. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
SRC Incorporated, Syracuse, New York, recently received two contract awards with a total potential value of up to $12 million for its Foliage Penetrating, Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar (FORESTER), an airborne radar system that penetrates through foliage to track people and vehicles on the ground. The U.S.
Alion Science and Technology, McLean, Virginia was recently awarded a more than $4 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to evaluate a revolutionary technology that will enable troops deployed around the world to improve how they record and analyze information obtained while on patrol. Alion will provide performance evaluations on the Graph Understanding and Analysis for Rapid Detection-Deployed On the Ground (GUARD DOG) program, which is designed to assist patrollers as they conduct counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism and counter-drug missions.
BAE Systems National Security Solutions, Burlington, Massachusetts, is being awarded an $8 million contract for the Behavioral Learning for Adaptive Electronic Warfare (BLADE) program, to develop counter adaptive wireless communication threats in tactical environments and in tactically relevant time scales. The BLADE program will achieve this objective by developing novel algorithms and techniques that will enable Department of Defense electronic warfare systems to automatically learn to jam new radio frequency threats in the field. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
Raytheon Company recently received a $21 million contract for the Triple Target Terminator (T3) program, which will develop a high-speed, long-range missile that can engage air, cruise missile, and air defense targets. T3 would be carried internally on stealth aircraft or externally on fighters, bombers and unmanned aircraft. T3 would allow any aircraft to rapidly switch between air-to-air and air-to-surface capabilities. T3's speed, maneuverability, and network-centric capabilities would significantly improve U.S. aircraft survivability and increase the number and variety of targets that could be destroyed on each sortie.
The University of Notre Dame and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are each being awarded cost reimbursement contracts for the NV Logic program, which will enable a completely new computing paradigm based on nano-magnetic devices that will achieve 100 times better computing performance relative to that attainable with current technology. Notre Dame is receiving a nearly $10 million contract, UCLA more than $8 million. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
QinetiQ North America Operations, Limited Liability Company, is being awarded a more than $31 million contract for the Tactical Relay Information Network program to provide a submarine laser communication system that operates in the blue spectrum for evaluation during a naval exercise in fiscal 2012. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.
Raytheon BBN Technologies Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, was awarded a $12 million contract modification to support the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Army experiments at Fort Benning, Georgia, and will add the software radio waveform to the Wireless Network after Next radio. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York, is the contracting activity.
Corporation for National Research Initiatives, Reston, Virginia, is being awarded a $6 million cooperative agreement for administration and management of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency App Store as part of the Transformative Apps Program. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.