Defense IT


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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.

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.

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.

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.

common access cards

On the hunt for a CAC replacement

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

xbox controller for periscope (Lockheed Martin)

Xbox controllers guide sub's periscope

The gaming hardware will be used to control photonic masts on submarines.

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DARPA enlists bots to fight social engineering

DARPA wants to take the onus for detecting phishing schemes off the employee by using bots to detect and identify the sources of social engineering campaigns.

Nibbler drone assembly (Marines)

From the workbench to the sky: 3-D printed drones

Nibbler, the Marines' 3-D printed drone, can be controlled by a smartphone, tablet or radio and customized for carrying ammunition, gathering intelligence and conducting surveillance.


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