Archive: DARPA

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 […]

General Atomics unveiled a concept for an air-launched, air-recoverable unmanned air system at an Air Force Association conference Sept. 19 to 21 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Industry Awaits Next Phase of DARPA’s Gremlins UAS Program

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), whose Gremlins program is developing an air-launched, air-recoverable unmanned air system, is nearing completion of the program’s first phase and is gearing up for the second phase. Four companies – Dynetics, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), Kratos [KTOS] subsidiary Composite Engineering Inc. and […]

The popular quadcopter UAV developed by China's DJI. Photo: DJI

DARPA Seeks Better Tracking Of Small Drones In Cities

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has unveiled a new program, Aerial Dragnet, which aims to develop technologies that provide a single, integrated picture of all small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) flying in a city. As commercial quadcopters and other low-cost, low-altitude UAVs continue to proliferate and become more widely used by potential adversaries, […]

Simulation of the Leidos Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) also known as Sea Hunter. Image: Leidos.

DoD Lays Out Sea Hunter Testing Goals

DARPA’s Sea Hunter full-scale autonomous warship prototype will help the Defense Department learn how unmanned capabilities will intermix with manned capabilities in future systems, according to a key Pentagon official. Originally envisioned as a way to track potentially stealthy diesel electric submarines, Sea Hunter could be used in other roles, according to Assistant Secretary of […]

DARPA selected Northrop Grumman Corporation as a Phase 1 Swarm Systems Integrator for the Agency’s OFFSET program

DARPA Seeks Ideas To Counter Small Drones

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting ideas from industry, universities and others on how to protect land and sea forces against the increasing number of potentially hostile small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). DARPA said Aug. 11 that the proliferation of compact, low-cost drones sold commercially has created new threats to warfighters. It […]

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. Photo: U.S. Navy.

Air Force Officer Sees Expectation Management As Key To Directed Energy Program Success

Setting achievable expectations is critical to the Defense Department fielding its first directed energy weapon, according to a key Air Force officer. Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) chief Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski said Thursday previous directed energy efforts failed from the weight of grandiose expectations for the technology level available, like megawatts of power, resulting in […]

Deep Learning Analytics Develops DARPA Deep Machine Learning Prototype

An Arlington, Va.-based company called Deep Learning Analytics has developed a deep machine learning automatic target recognition (ATR) program prototype for DARPA that will help assist aircraft pilots in finding targets. Deep Learning Analytics is nine months into a 40-month contract for DARPA’s Target Recognition and Adaptation in Contested Environments (TRACE) program, according to company […]

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator, the predecessor to the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike vehicle, completes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), July 10. Photo courtesy U.S. Navy.

Iron Man, Not Terminator: Machines Will Improve Human Performance In Third Offset

Many of the technologies that will define the U.S. military’s third offset strategy have yet to be invented, so Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work–the concept’s most vocal champion–often explains his vision in terms of science fiction works in popular culture. The defining concept within the third offset is the development of seamless interaction between humans […]

An Air Force F-22 Raptor. Photo: Air Force.

DARPA Developing Aircraft Brains That Can Think, Learn Mid-Mission

The Defense Department’s top secret laboratories are working on artificial intelligence (AI) that will allow military aircraft to think, learn and adapt to threats mid-flight. Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said the ability of robotic brains to operate in the physical world is still relatively limited, so fears of rogue […]