The program will set technical standards for hardware in support of the Common Operating Environment and provide a contract vehicle for vendors to work with.
Natick researchers are adapting a 16-gram, remotely operated helicopter that could send real-time video to soldiers and squads, indoors or out.
DARPA's program wants to bring a full, near-real-time operational picture to the infantry squad.
But cyber and R&D would get a boost under bill approved by the appropriations committee.
Flights show that a Gray Eagle can carry out electronic attacks currently handled by C-12 aircraft.
Closing the DECC in Hunstville, Ala., is expected to add $3.2 million to the saving from consolidation.
The private space launch company is now qualified to compete for the Air Force’s EELV program.
DARPA’s XS-1 program aims to develop a hypersonic unmanned craft that can launch payloads from suborbital altitudes.