Archive: DARPA

Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental (DIUx) chief George Duchak. Photo: Air Force.

Kendall Says DIUx Chief Looking Inside DoD For Funding Sources

The head of the Defense Department’s newly formed Silicon Valley outpost is increasingly looking inside DoD for sources of funding, according to the Pentagon’s acquisition executive. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) Frank Kendall said Tuesday the job of George Duchak, the head of Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental (DIUx), and his staffers […]


AeroVironment Cut From DARPA’s Maritime Drone Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants to develop inexpensive medium-altitude, long-endurance drones that can easily be integrated onto small ships, but as it embarks on the next stage of the Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (TERN) program, at least one company will no longer be involved. AeroVironment [AVAV] was not selected to receive a […]


Space Systems/Loral to Study Robotically-Assembled Satellites

Under a contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), commercial satellite provider Space Systems/Loral will study how to robotically assemble geostationary communications satellite already in orbit, the company said Wednesday. The eventual goal of the program, called Dragonfly, is to develop a satellite that can be launched into space in a compact, stowed […]

UH-60 Black Hawk
Photo: Sikorsky.

Sikorsky Moves To Second Phase Of DARPA Aircraft Autonomy Program

Sikorsky has been awarded a $10 million contract for phase 2 of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) effort to automate existing military aircraft cockpits. The aircrew labor in-cockpit automation system (ALIAS) program seeks a “tailorable, drop-in, removable kit that would promote the addition of high levels of automation into existing aircraft, enabling operation […]


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 […]