Archive: DARPA

Frank Kendall

Former Chief Weapon Buyer: Open Systems Requirements Need Better Enforcement

Requiring that new weapons have some degree of openness to upgrades has been a Pentagon policy for decades, but the Defense Department needs to better enforce that expectation so emerging technologies can be integrated when available and appropriate, according to a former chief weapon buyer. Frank Kendall, who was the last undersecretary of defense for […]

Photo illustration of DARPA's Mobile Force Protection counter-drone system.

DARPA Launches Development Of Plug-And-Play Counter-Drone System

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has hired three firms to find ways of defeating the small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) that have become one of the most pervasive threats to the military at home and abroad. Three teams – Dynetics Inc., Saab Defense and Security USA and nonprofit development firm SRC Inc. – […]

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ManTech To Support DARPA’s Military Technology Office

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected ManTech International Corp. [MANT] as the main support firm for its Strategic Technologies Office (STO) with a potentially $200 million multi-year contract announced Tuesday. ManTech will provide critical analysis and risk assessment for the DARPA office tasked with researching and developing military technologies, specifically Command, Control, Communications, […]

Artist's illustration of DARPA's proposed RSGS satellite. Photo: DARPA.

Orbital ATK Loses Bid To Block DARPA Satellite Servicing Program

A federal judge has told the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that it can proceed with developing a satellite-servicing spacecraft, rebuffing Orbital ATK [OA], which charged that the government program unfairly backs a competitor. Orbital ATK, which is developing its own satellite servicer, argued in a lawsuit filed in February that the DARPA program, which […]

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DARPA Taps Boeing To Build Experimental Spaceplane

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked Boeing [BA] over two other companies to design, build and test an unmanned, reusable spaceplane that could deploy small satellites, DARPA and Boeing announced May 24. Boeing edged out competitors Masten Space Systems and Northrop Grumman [NOC] to become the prime contractor for the Experimental […]

Artist's illustration of DARPA's proposed RSGS satellite. Photo: DARPA.

DARPA’s RSGS Progresses Despite Lawsuit, Justice Department Moves To Dismiss

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is moving forward with its geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellite servicing program despite a lawsuit that the Justice Department on Tuesday moved to dismiss. Space Systems Loral (SSL) said Wednesday it signed and executed a contract with DARPA to develop advanced capabilities for servicing and maintaining spacecraft in […]

The 20-percent scale model of the Aurora LightningStrike Vertical Take-off and Landing Experimental Plane (VTOL X-Plane) undergoes a flight test in Maryland. Photo: Aurora Flight Sciences.

DARPA, Aurora Finish Flight Tests Of Subscale VTOL X-Plane

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Aurora Flight Sciences, which are developing an unmanned, tilt-wing, vertical-takeoff-and-landing experimental airplane (VTOL X-Plane) called LightningStrike, have a achieved a significant milestone by completing flight tests of a subscale vehicle demonstrator (SVD). The tests, which ended in early March at Webster Outlying Field in Southern Maryland, demonstrated the […]


Bridenstine Defends Intervening In DARPA’s RSGS Program; Orbital ATK Sues

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) defended intervening in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program because he didn’t want the program, and its potential commercial capability, to denigrate into the bitter feud that permeates the United Launch Alliance (ULA) versus Space Exploration Technology Corp. (SpaceX) battle. Bridenstine told an […]

The Navy's Sean Stackley (left) talks to reporters following congressional testimony on Feb. 25, 2015. Photo: Defense Daily

Navy, DARPA Get Temporary Leaders

Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley began serving as acting Navy secretary Jan. 20 following the exit of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, an Obama administration appointee. Stackley is expected to fill the temporary post until a permanent Mabus successor is nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate. Stackley has been assistant secretary of […]


DARPA Awards Raytheon $9 Million In Contracts To Develop Tech To Protect U.S. Power Grid From Cyber Attacks

The Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Raytheon [RTN] multiple contracts worth a total of $9 million to research and develop technologies to help better protect U.S. power grids from cyber attacks, the company said Monday. Awarded under DARPA’s Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems program, the contracts aim to develop […]