DARPA

October 1, 2018
By George I. Seffers
DARPA officials envision a future battlefield made up of a collection of smaller systems in all warfighting domains communicating with one another and tailored to each mission.

The director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Steven Walker, pictures the future battlefield as a mosaic of lower-cost, less complex systems linked together in a vast number of ways to create desired, interwoven effects tailored to any scenario. The agency, known as DARPA, is standing up a new program office and investing in an array of technologies, from artificial intelligence to robotics to systems for hypersonic flight and space, to make that picture a reality.

September 18, 2018
 

The University of Southern California - Information Sciences Institute, Los Angeles, California, has been awarded an $8,032,625 cost-reimbursement modification (P00013) to exercise Option 2 of previously awarded contract HR0011-16-C-0017 for Phase 3 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Circuit Realization at Faster Timescales (CRAFT) research program. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $28,117,204 from $20,084,579. Work will be performed at Marina Del Ray, California, with an expected completion date of December 2019. Fiscal year 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $1,717,807 are being obligated at time of award.

September 11, 2018
By Ali Cybulski
DARPA research could lead to a third wave of AI technologies with humanlike communication and reasoning capabilities. Credit: DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the research arm of the U.S. Defense Department, will invest $2 billion in a multiyear campaign called “AI Next” to accelerate the next wave of artificial intelligence technologies. The agency, known as DARPA, plans to explore new theories and applications that could allow machines to adapt to changing situations.

August 1, 2018
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 18.1 conduct a patrolling exercise in May at the U.S. Army’s Novo Selo Forward Operating Site in Bulgaria. RadioMap technology, developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and transitioning to the Marine Corps, will offer radio-frequency situational awareness to such warfighters on the move. Photo by Lance Cpl. Angel Travis, USMC.

The U.S. military is moving an advanced radio-frequency mapping capability from the laboratory into the hands of warfighters. Developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the technology will give land-based forces vital situational awareness of the radio spectrum as they fight on an increasingly digitized battlefield.

Facing daily threats in an ever-changing operating environment, warfighters need a quick way to assess the digital topography. And for modern-day soldiers and Marines fighting in dense urban environments, this means having a read on the spectrum.

July 25, 2018
By George I. Seffers
Teams selected by DARPA may help revolutionize the semiconductor industry. Credit: geralt/Pixabay

The Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced a myriad of teams from industry and academia to jumpstart innovation in the electronics industry under the approximately $1.5 billion Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI). The initiative is designed to nurture research in circuit design tools, advanced new materials and systems architectures through a mix of new and emerging programs.

July 9, 2018
 

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Strategic Technologies Office haw awarded four new task orders to Herndon, Virginia-based ManTech. The four contracts have a total value of $60 million, and are part of a $200 million multi-year IDIQ contract awarded to the company in 2017, ManTech reported. Under the task orders, ManTech will provide advanced systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA) support for DARPA initiatives across sensor enhancement, maritime defenses, radar and communications, and battle management control.

June 11, 2018
 

Agile Defense Inc., Reston, Virginia, has been awarded a $30,414,981 modification (P00033) to previously awarded task order HR0011-15-F-0002 for unclassified information technology services. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the task order to $128,910,392 from $98,495,411. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, with an expected completion date of June 2019. Fiscal year 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $12,042,734 are being obligated at time of award. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity. (Awarded June 4, 2018)

 

May 7, 2018
 
DARPA is asking BAE Systems to demonstrate a cost-effective optical seeker for precision-guided munitions, that will reportedly improve the navigation of munitions, as well as automate target location and homing. Photo credit: BAE Systems

Under a $13.1 million contract award, BAE Systems will demonstrate a new optical seeker for precision-guided munitions for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), through the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The seeker is intended to improve navigation, as well as automate target location and homing, for different types of munitions used in GPS-denied and other contested environments, according to the company. BAE Systems tested the seeker during the first phase of DARPA's Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) program. The seeker enables autonomous precision guidance via passive electro-optical and infrared sensors.

April 25, 2018
 

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a $24,092,510 modification (P00025) to previously awarded contract HR0011-16-F-0005 for enterprise support services. The modification brings the total cumulative face value of the contract to $70,367,678 from $46,275,168. Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, with an expected completion date of May 2019. Fiscal year 2018 research and development funds in the amount of $6,016,387 are being obligated at time of award. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.

April 25, 2018
Posted by George I. Seffers
Technology developed under DARPA’s Vertical Lift and Takeoff Experimental Plane program has gained approval to transition to the commercial sector. Photo credit: Aurora Flight Sciences

The Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA) has agreed to allow Aurora Flight Sciences to transition its X-Plane program technology to commercial applications, including expanding its research into commercial electronic vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) systems, the company has announced.

April 23, 2018
 

The KeyW Corp. of Hanover, Maryland, was awarded a $17,365,667 cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract for a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency research project. Work will be performed in Hanover, with an expected completion date of April 2022. Fiscal year 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funding in the amount of $762,102 are being obligated at time of award. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity (HR001118C0085). "KeyW is passionate about securing our nation and its allies," the company said.

April 11, 2018
 

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected Systems Technology & Research, Woburn, Massachusetts, for a research project under the Harnessing Autonomy for Countering Cyberadversary Systems (HACCS) program. The HACCS program aims to develop technologies for accurately identifying malicious cyber-adversary infiltrated networks, generating reliable software exploits for large numbers of known (n-day) vulnerabilities, and creating effective autonomous software agents that can be inserted in the compromised networks via the n-day exploits to safely and reliably neutralize cyber-adversary software agents.

April 11, 2018
 

Kudu Dynamics, Chantilly, Virginia, was awarded a $7,913,091 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a research project on the Harnessing Autonomy for Countering Cyberadversary Systems (HACCS) program. The HACCS program aims to develop technologies for accurately identifying malicious cyberadversary infiltrated networks, generating reliable software exploits for large numbers of known (n-day) vulnerabilities, and creating effective autonomous software agents that can be inserted in the compromised networks via the n-day exploits to safely and reliably neutralize cyberadversary software agents. Work will be performed in Chantilly, Virginia (85 percent); and Arlington, Virginia (15 percent), with an expected completion date of April 2022.

April 9, 2018
 

Sotera Defense Solutions Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $7,284,383 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a research project under the Harnessing Autonomy for Countering Cyber-adversary Systems (HACCS) program. The HACCS program aims to develop technologies for accurately identifying malicious cyber-adversary infiltrated networks, generating reliable software exploits for large numbers of known (n-day) vulnerabilities, and creating effective autonomous software agents that can be inserted in the compromised networks via the n-day exploits to safely and reliably neutralize cyber-adversary software agents. Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an expected completion date of April 2022.

March 16, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
 DARPA’s Collection and Monitoring via Planning for Active Situational Scenarios (COMPASS) program aims to develop advanced decision-making tools for commanders and other decision makers in complex and dynamic gray-zone conflicts. (Image by DARPA)

The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency has begun a program to address an emerging conflict in a nebulous area between peace and conventional warfare. Dubbed the “gray zone,” actions in this space occur slower and are executed more subtly using social, psychological, religious, informational, cyber and other means to achieve physical or cognitive objectives with or without violence.

March 6, 2018
 

Five companies, including Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Virginia; CENTRA Technology Inc., Burlington, Massachusetts; ECS Federal LLC, Fairfax, Virginia; ManTech SRS Technologies Inc., Herndon, Virginia; and Schafer Government Services LLC, Arlington, Virginia, received indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based contracts, with provisions for firm-fixed-price delivery/task orders. Under the combined $204,308,895 multiple award contracts, the companies will provide technical, programmatic, financial, and administrative support services for existing and future Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Tactical Technology Office programs.

February 16, 2018
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Northrop Grumman’s team is launching an open architecture testbed and seeking participants to create and test their own swarm-based tacking on the platform as part of DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is moving into the first development phase of its OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program, a capability that will empower dismounted troops to control scores of unmanned air and ground vehicles simultaneously. Once fully evolved, the technology will provide small-unit infantry forces with small, unmanned aircraft and ground systems to support diverse missions in urban areas. The program also seeks to integrate modern swarm tactics and leverage emerging technologies in swarm autonomy and human-swarm teaming.

February 8, 2018
 

Steven H. Walker has been selected to be the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

February 1, 2018
By Henry S. Kenyon
Researchers say they must be explicit when describing the results they seek or artificial intelligence may deliver the wrong solutions.

Artificial intelligence has a trust problem. While adoption is increasing in both the government and commercial sectors, artificial intelligence-infused technologies have not reached their full potential in many critical applications because their opaque nature does not give users a window into the decision-making process.

January 18, 2018
 

Sotera Defense Solutions Incorporated, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $10,271,933 modification (P00012) to contract W911NF-16-C-0005 for 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 (TDA for COIN)." Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of January 20, 2019. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $2,276,839 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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