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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.

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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.

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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.

Connected Warrior

Services look for eyewear to protect against lasers

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

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New tech can help troops keep their cool in high temperatures

AFRL and industry develop a lightweight way to keep troops cooler in blistering heat.

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Terahertz amplifiers could open new frontiers in RF communications

Researchers from Northrop Grumman, working with DARPA, have developed two different amplifiers capable of using the THz range of the spectrum, which could lead to a new range of high-speed, secure communications.

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Navy hires two to explore cryogenic RF technologies

Out of the Fog and Hypres win contracts to develop cryogenic radio frequency systems and quantum memory technologies.

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New framework offers a better way to model complex networks

DARPA-funded research finds even obscure patterns that can be applied to better understand anything from military logistics to social media activity to air traffic.

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IARPA wants intel tools that can predict the future

IARPA is interested in proposals ranging four broad topics – anticipatory intelligence, analysis, operations and collection – to better integrate intelligence.

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DARPA wants to give hypersonic aircraft a reusable engine

The AFRE project looks to build a hybrid engine that can provide a smooth transition from supersonic to hypersonic (Mach 5) flight, which would allow the engines to be used again.

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Navy cranks up the power on laser weapon

The service is reportedly getting ready to test a 150-kilowatt system, which would be a fivefold increase over the LaWS system currently is use.

Cyber

To keep pace, military targets rapid prototyping and faster acquisition

Officials have expressed exasperation over the bulky acquisition process, which does not scale at “cyber speed.”

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Neural chip could aid voice recognition, man-machine learning

KnuEdge, a tech startup founded by former NASA boss Daniel Goldin, has emerged from stealth mode, claiming it can revolutionize the human-machine interface.

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Pentagon research chief: AI is powerful but has critical limitations

DARPA director Arati Prabhakar cautioned against artificial intelligence as a panacea to problems that still need a human element.

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Military services look to promote 'intrepreneurs'

With the Athena Project and other efforts, DOD is looking to adopt innovation concepts perfected in Silicon Valley to speed deployment of new technologies.

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ARL looks west to spur innovation

The Army Research Lab is following the lead of the Defense Department and establishing an office on the West Coast to link up with the tech sector.

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DARPA seeks man-machine teaming to take manufacturing to the next level

The agency is looking for innovative mathematical solutions in manufacturing to leverage advances in new technologies such as additive manufacturing.

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DOD, Silicon Valley team up on 'lean startup' approach

Stanford University initiative looks to streamline DOD and intelligence agency tech acquisition.

IT Infrastructure

DARPA in the market for ‘revolutionary’ ideas for improving military tech

The agency’s Tactical Technology Office is hosting a proposers’ day in April to inform contributors about strategy and portfolios for emerging technologies.

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