Research and Development

Engineering hurdles block DOD's tech 're-shoring' efforts

The Trump administration has national security concerns when it comes to foreign dominance in microelectronics, but research and engineering advances are needed as a precursor to new policy, a top official said.

Augmented reality headset stands out in Army 2021 budget request

The Army's is touting the deployment of new augmented reality goggles to combat troops as an example of the practical outcome of a relentless focus on modernization and zero-based budgeting.

Pentagon focuses on research, cyber in 2021 budget request

The Defense Department wants to significantly increase funds for research, cyber, and cloud.

How the Army is girding for electronic warfare

As the risks of EW attacks multiply, the Army's C5ISR Center is developing new tools for testing and hardening its battlefield systems.

Pentagon gears up for new 5G leadership

DOD Undersecretary for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin said the department is in the midst of adding assistant directors to lead the "strategic shaping" of 5G research and development.

With military research into nanomaterials, the future looks light

Breakthrough work being led by the Army Research Lab and DARPA could revolutionize jet engines and microelectronics.

DOD adds a third DIUx innovation unit in Austin, Texas

The new location joins the effort to involve industry, academia and start-ups in developing cutting-edge security and other technologies.

Pentagon wants an imaging sensor that can think

Under the ReImagine program, researchers seek to develop a programmable array of pixels that can use machine learning to react to what they’re seeing, as a way to improve situational awareness.

Defense R&D takes a turn toward smaller vendors

As large weapon programs enter production or are cancelled, R&D has declined and contracts are going to smaller vendors, a budget analysis finds.

Air Force exercise lets small businesses test battlefield tech

During the recent Tech Warrior exercise, technologies developed under AFRL’s SBIR program took the field in combat scenarios.

New Army office aims to get rapid with new tech

The Rapid Capabilities Office is intended to field cyber, EW and other tools in closer to real time.

DARPA moves ahead with plan to put anti-missile lasers on drones

The agency adds to a contract with Northrop to develop a small system that can be mounted on manned and unmanned aircraft.

Quantum computing center upgrades to focus on AI

A USC-Lockheed Martin computing center doubles qubit capacity for artificial intelligence and optimization applications.

New project wants AI to explain itself

DARPA's XAI project wants machines to be able to make humans understand their reasoning, which would help build trust in autonomous systems.

ARL opens up a supercomputer to outside researchers

ARL reaches an agreement with the University of Maryland to make its Harold HPC machine available to academic and industry researchers.

Carter brings DOD/industry innovation project to the East Coast

The defense secretary formally introduces a new DIUx office, like the one started last year in the Silicon Valley, in Cambridge, Mass.

Services look for eyewear to protect against lasers

The Air Force awards a contract for protective glasses, while the Army seeks all-purpose goggles.