Defense IT


augmented reality training (Army Research Laboratory)

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.

Sea Hunter (DARPA)

A deep dive into solving autonomous navigation challenges

The three-hulled, 132-foot-long Sea Hunter can operate on its own to find enemy submarines or mines, using algorithms to help it see other sea traffic and follow the rules of maritime navigation.

drone in DARPA swarm challenge (DARPA)

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.

Weapons system (Picatinny Arsenal/Army)

A single tool for true systems insight

The Army's Operating and Support Management Information System gives commanders accurate and rapidly updated business intelligence on major weapon and materiel systems.

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Standardizing and securing Navy systems in the cloud

When the Navy moved its Fleet and Family Readiness program to the cloud, it secured the data and standardized and modernized its websites and apps for people in the field.

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IC collaboration, secure and at speed

Automated risk management and security compliance software scans the cloud environment for vulnerabilities and threats based on intelligence community standards, overlays, controls and audits.

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On the hunt for a CAC replacement

Defense officials are making headway on identity management tools that can eventually replace the Common Access Card.


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