The deputy defense secretary expressed skepticism about autonomous vehicles in the near term, noting that unmanned wingmen in the air will occur first.
The IT vendor is working with an equipment manufacturer to deploy servers fit for military vehicles, ships and aircraft.
The service is going to the Silicon Valley to enlist help in better managing the “vast, dynamic resource pool” of tactical networks.
After making some changes to the RFP released earlier this month, vendors have an extra two weeks to respond.
A Marines Corps unit recently conducted successful flights of the RQ-21A Blackjack in Class D controlled airspace allowing for simultaneous flights with manned aircraft.
DARPA's program calls for a public-private effort to develop a robotic vehicle that can inspect, repair and upgrade GEO satellites that are otherwise out of reach.
The project taps alternative sources and efficient power use to reduce reliance on diesel fuel.
The award adds to the retrofit work for the unmanned aircraft, which is slated to entirely replace the manned U-2 spy plane.