Archive: DARPA


DARPA Seeks IT Research Proposals

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Innovation Office (I2O) is soliciting research proposals related to information technology (IT) and cyber capabilities, the office said in a broad agency announcement (BAA) released Monday. Looking to fund research in the office’s “thrust areas,” DARPA is inviting proposals concerning exponential improvements in computing power, network bandwidth, […]


DARPA Awards Vencore $11.8 Million For Advanced Cyber Networking

Vencore, Inc. was awarded an $11.8 million contract by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research projects Agency (DARPA) through its applied research organization, Vencore Labs, to bolster the resiliency and reliability of the military’s IP networks, the company said on Tuesday. The contract work is a component of DARPA’s Edge-Directed Cyber Technologies for Reliable Mission Communication […]


Inaugural Lab Day Displays Tech Innovations to Pentagon Personnel

The Pentagon’s central courtyard was transformed May 14 into a technology bazaar with the goal of bringing acquisition officials in Washington together with the work of thousands of scientists at dozens of nationwide government laboratories. The gathered mass of scientific achievement – from man-portable inflatable satellite dishes to shelf-stable pizza with non-spoiling cheese ‑ was […]


GrammaTech Wins DARPA Contract To Detect DoS Attacks

DARPA awarded GrammaTech, Inc. a contract to develop technology to detect Denial-of-Service (DoS) and other cyber security vulnerabilities, the company said on Thursday. The technology, which detects vulnerabilities based on space and time complexities of the code, is planned to work within DARPA’s Space/Time Analysis for Cybersecurity (STAC) program. GrammaTech, working with DARPA, is set […]

An artist's rendering of the unmanned ARES aircraft carrying a cargo container. (Lockheed Martin photo)

DARPA’s ARES Unmanned VTOL Prototype Nears Flight Testing

The Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System (ARES), an unmanned, vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) prototype touted for its compact design and interchangeable payload, is on track to begin flight testing in the fourth quarter of this year, according to an industry official. ARES, which is under development for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is being built and […]

BF-17, Major Richard "BC" Rusnok & BF-18, LtCol Jon "Miles" Ohma

Air Force Takes Preliminary Steps Towards Sixth Generation Fighter Aircraft

The Air Force and the Defense Department have taken preliminary steps toward developing a sixth generation fighter aircraft concept with a study and investments detailed in President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget request. Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements Lt. Gen. James Holmes said the service is commissioning a […]

The Marine Corps' short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B performs a vertical landing. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Kendall Announced Aerospace Innovation Initiative to Support 6th-Generation Fighter Jet

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall announced the creation of the Aerospace Innovation Initiative in the fiscal year 2016 budget request, which would fund technology development and competitive prototyping of sixth-generation fighter jet engines and airframes. The idea behind the initiative is to “position us for the next generation after F-35.” “At some point we’re going […]

DARPA Selects BAE For Radar Countermeasures Program

The Defense Advanced Research projects Agency (DARPA) selected BAE Systems for Phase 2 of its Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) program, the company said on Monday. The ARC program is aimed at developing technology to automatically generate effective countermeasures against adversaries’ new, unknown, and adaptive radars in real-time in the field. As part of Phase 2, […]


DARPA Chief: Specialized Computing Architectures Needed as Moore’s Law Winds Down

As most defense technologies are shifting to an open systems architecture, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said computers and microprocessors may only become more advanced if they switch to specialized architectures. Arati Prabhakar, who launched DARPA’s Microelectronics Technology Office and spent years in Silicon Valley before taking over as DARPA’s […]

Illustration demonstrating how the C2E program develops reliable networked communications. Image: BAE.

BAE Wins DARPA Contract for Communications Framework

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $3.2 million contract to BAE Systems to develop a new framework of jam-resistant, reliable networked communications as part of the Communications in Contested Environments (C2E) program, the company said on Thursday. The contract will develop a new open system architecture (OSA) for the first phase […]