Defense IT


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Machine learning: The good, the bad and the ugly

While machine learning might be the enabling technology for the future, for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, it's old school.

Quantum computing: Probable solutions incredibly fast

AF Research Lab pushes for HPC solutions

The Air Force Research Laboratory has issued a broad agency announcement to advance high-performance computing.

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IARPA contracts for universal text translator

The intelligence community's research arm taps major research universities, NIST to create a universal text translator.

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Baking security into customized chips

In tackling security at the CPU level, the Inherently Secure Processor offers a way to decentralize risk and build in protection from the start.

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DOD looks to analytics to fight fraudulent contractors

The Defense Logistics Agency wants to beef up its Business Decision Analytics tool to catch supply chain fraud and crack down on "CAGE jacking."

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Army seeks virtual training environment for squads

The Squad immersive Virtual Trainer would give small units realistic training for shooting, movement, communications, care of wounded and defensive capabilities in a variety of realistic terrains.

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DARPA engineering smart plants to act as biosensors

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is exploring ways plants can be genetically modified to detect chemical, nuclear or biological threats that waft through the air.

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Mapping what lies beneath

DARPA is looking for technologies that could rapidly map and navigate unknown complex subterranean environments.

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DARPA wants war games that write their own rules

The next level of strategic gaming would model the behavior of an entire nation, with its complex interplay of political, economic and social factors.

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Laying the foundation for drone swarms

DARPA wants technologies and tactics to manage drone swarms in diverse, evolving urban situations.

Roboteam top layer technology (Roboteam)

Sending robot squads into danger zones

The top layer solution creates a mesh communication network among the robotic vehicles, enabling a convoy to instinctively follow its designated leader and providing a resilient communications network that can function in urban and subterranean environments.

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Teaching drones to organize themselves

Teams from the Army, Navy and Air Force are testing software that will eventually enable drones to autonomously coordinate attacks and respond to challenges by opposing swarms of enemy aircraft.


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