The new location joins the effort to involve industry, academia and start-ups in developing cutting-edge security and other technologies.
Breakthrough work being led by the Army Research Lab and DARPA could revolutionize jet engines and microelectronics.
A government-industry consortium looks to leverage standardization and reuse of software through a "conformance" program.
The agreement could help streamline the evaluation process; the Space and Missile Systems Center expects to sign similar agreements with SpaceX and Orbital-ATK.
The companies will provide systems engineering, software support and other services for GCCS-M, which gives commanders an integrated, multilayered common operating picture.
An alliance that also includes industry and academia embarks on a research project to ensure secure, dynamic coalition communications through Distributed Analytics and Information Science, or DAIS.
Northrop is to produce three low-rate initial production systems for the high-altitude surveillance drones, ticketed for persistent surveillance missions in the Pacific.
Britain is hosting the inaugural event with NATO allies involving unmanned, autonomous surface, underwater and air vehicles.