Articles written by: US Department of Defense

DARPA demos Persistent Close Air Support System

DARPA demos Persistent Close Air Support System

Close air support (CAS)-delivery of airborne munitions to support ground forces-is difficult and dangerous because it requires intricate coordination between combat aircrews and dismounted ground forces (for example, joint terminal attack controllers, or JTACs). DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) […]


Asleep-yet-Aware electronics could revolutionize remote wireless sensors

Asleep-yet-Aware electronics could revolutionize remote wireless sensors

State-of-the-art military sensors today rely on “active electronics” to detect vibration, light, sound or other signals. That means they constantly consume power, with much of that power and time spent processing what often turns out to be irrelevant data. This […]


DARPA Seeks to Create Software Systems That Could Last 100 Years

DARPA Seeks to Create Software Systems That Could Last 100 Years

As modern software systems continue inexorably to increase in complexity and capability, users have become accustomed to periodic cycles of updating and upgrading to avoid obsolescence-if at some cost in terms of frustration. In the case of the U.S. military, […]


Operating in Contested Environments

Operating in Contested Environments

For decades, the United States has successfully countered the threats of competitor nations by harnessing advanced technologies to create exceedingly robust and capable military platforms. But as advanced technologies have become more readily available to adversaries on commercial markets, the […]


Automated Lookouts for Unmanned Surface Vessels

Automated Lookouts for Unmanned Surface Vessels

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program seeks to develop a new type of unmanned surface vessel that could independently track adversaries’ ultra-quiet diesel-electric submarines over thousands of miles. One of the challenges that the ACTUV program […]


DoD Works to Build Competition Into Space Launches

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the Deep Space Climate Observatory for DSCOVR, a partnership among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA and the Air Force. DSCOVR is intended to replace NASA’s Advanced Composition Explorer, the only satellite providing real-time solar wind observations. Photo courtesy of SpaceX, used by permission

Space capability is critical to national security, and the Defense Department is working to make its launch program more competitive and end its longtime use of a Russian rocket engine on the Atlas launch system, the assistant secretary of defense […]


Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs

Defense Acquisitions: Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs

Over the past year, the overall size of DOD’s major defense acquisition program portfolio decreased, from 80 programs to 78, while the estimated cost has decreased by $7.6 billion. The size and cost of the portfolio is currently the lowest […]


NATO Prepares for Challenges from East, South

NATO Prepares for Challenges from East, South

NATO commanders are putting in place the infrastructure that will allow the alliance to adapt to new threats, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the press yesterday at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium. Stoltenberg spoke alongside Air […]


Cybercom Chief: Cyber Threats Blur Roles, Relationships

Cybercom Chief: Cyber Threats Blur Roles, Relationships

Over five years of U.S. Cyber Command operations, global movement of threat activity through cyberspace has blurred roles and relationships among government agencies, as well as between the public and private sectors and the real and virtual worlds, the Cybercom […]


 
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