Archive: Advanced / Transformational Technology

Pentagon Tech Leaders Offer Details To House Panel On New AI Center’s Mission

Top Pentagon technology officials told a House armed services panel Tuesday the department’s new artificial intelligence center is open and focused on scaling up current commercial  and military capabilities needed to spur big data projects and match increasingly massive AI investments from peer competitors. Lawmakers on the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee pressed Dana Deasy, […]

Lockheed Martin’s Skunks Work Plans to Hire 500 Engineers if it Can Find Them

Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] Skunk Works advanced development division will be looking to hire 500 engineers over the next few years, and the supply simply isn’t there, according to Skunk Works head and company vice president Jeff Babione. “I don’t know that there’s an engineer we wouldn’t be adding,” Babione said in a Tuesday call. he […]

Lockheed Lowering F-35 Simulator Costs Through 3-D Printing

Lockheed Martin [LMT] is using 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, technology to lower the cost of manufacturing F-35 flight simulators by an estimated $11 million over the next five years. Using new 3-D printing machines, the number of parts and components required to build full-motion F-35 simulators will be reduced from 500 down to just […]

Lockheed Martin Testing Exoskeleton System With Army

Lockheed Martin [LMT] has been selected to provide its artificial intelligence-enhanced exoskeleton for Army testing, as the service looks for a next-generation capability to lift the burden from soldiers of carrying heavy cargo over longer distances. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) awarded Lockheed a $6.9 million Other Transaction Authority in September […]

Official: Policy Reform Needed To Spur Development Of Pentagon’s Next ‘Industrial Revolution’ Capabilities

The Pentagon’s top industrial policy official on Monday said new incentives are needed to ensure the largest defense contractors continue developing future technologies in the U.S. rather than abroad as the department goes after critical force modernization capabilities, such as hypersonics and artificial intelligence, to meet increasing power competition. Eric Chewning, deputy assistant secretary of […]

DARPA Launch Challenge Program Nears Releasing RFI For Potential Payloads

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) will soon issue a request for information on commercial and government payloads it could use in an upcoming launch competition, an agency official said May 23. The RFI will be “coming out in the next week or two,” said Todd Master, program manager for the DARPA Launch Challenge. […]

DoD Nominee: U.S. Talent Not Focused On Future Weapons

China has shot ahead of the United States in developing futuristic military technologies like hypersonics and artificial intelligence because the Pentagon’s risk-averse culture repels the innovative talent needed to tackle those problems, according to a prospective Defense Department scientist. The United States is falling behind its most potent strategic competitor not because it lacks the […]

DARPA Sees Strong Interest In Competition To Spur Rapid Space Launches

More than 20 teams have indicated they might participate in the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA’s) Launch Challenge, a competition designed to promote rapid access to space for the Department of Defense, the agency said May 7. During the challenge, which is slated for late 2019, each participant will be expected to launch a […]

DARPA Picks Dynetics To Launch, Recover UAVs From Manned Plane

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has tapped Dynetics Inc. to conduct a demonstration in which a manned C-130 transport plane will launch and recover small unmanned aerial vehicles in mid-air. The Dynetics-led team has received a 21-month, $38.6 million contract award to carry out the test for DARPA’s Gremlins program, the Pentagon announced late April 17. By […]

To Attract Innovation, DoD Spy Lab Lets Researchers Keep Intellectual Property

When it poses a scientific problem to the world, the Pentagon’s research laboratory for spies never asks respondents to surrender their intellectual property because doing so scares off innovative startup businesses “We leave it to the inventor,” said Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, often referred to as the Defense Advanced […]