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DARPA launches challenge to help create hacker-proof software

The Cyber Grand Challenge, set to launch for the first time two weeks from now, aims to encourage the development of computing systems that can seek out cybersecurity weaknesses better than humans can.

Thursday - 05/22/2014, 01:48pm EDT
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On DoD: DARPA, DISA and ONR discuss the latest on mobile technology and security

Director of the Defense Research Projects Agency Director Arati Prabhakar says DARPA's budget wasn't decimated by sequestration, but it is being slowly eroded. The Office of Naval Research and the Marine Corps team up for technology demonstration. John Moniz, ONR program manager, says marines on the front lines can get real-time data using smartphones. At the recent AFCEA Mobile Symposium, Defense Information Systems Agency officials talk about mobile security possibilities.

Wednesday - 12/04/2013, 03:04pm EST
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DoD tasks innovation experts with stretching out technology dollars

Under sequestration, technology research has suffered disproportionately in the Defense Department. Leaders say those limited dollars need to be focused on making systems more affordable and taking advantage of commercial sector advancements.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 04:14am EST
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Tightening budgets force DARPA to alter course for R&D

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been at the forefront of some of the most innovative technologies ever created including the Internet. But as budgets tighten, the agency's director says she's trying to figure out how to deal with an increasingly complex threat environment as less money flows into the research and development pipeline.

Monday - 04/29/2013, 05:57am EDT
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Sequestration already taking toll on DoD's research and development

Defense agencies and services are pulling back hundreds of millions of dollars worth of grants and contracts. Impending furloughs will further impair DoD's ability to get money out the door.

Thursday - 04/18/2013, 05:25am EDT
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Pentagon researches new life for dead satellites

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is spending $180 million to test technologies that could scavenge defunct communication satellites for their valuable parts and recycling them to build brand new ones for cheap.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 01:31pm EST

Scientists making fishy robots for naval research

An eel undulating through coastal waters, powered by batteries and checking for mines. A jellyfish is actually a surveillance robot, powered by the atoms around it. Fins pick up intelligence while propelling a robot bluegill sunfish.

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 09:59am EDT

DARPA awards cybersecurity contract to Rockwell

The contract is part of DARPA's High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems.

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 11:33am EDT

DARPA asks tech companies for cyber war ideas

The research agency DARPA is hosting a daylong event Sept. 27 on its upcoming "Plan X" that focuses on building solid attack strategies and tools.

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 09:23am EDT

NIST wants software to help spot smartphone security holes

The military, working through DARPA, is trying to develop its own marketplace of apps for helping troops in the field.

Monday - 08/20/2012, 08:53am EDT

DARPA floats crowdsourcing to develop amphibious vehicle

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking into whether open collaboration can produce a design for a Marine Corps amphibious vehicle.

Friday - 08/17/2012, 09:50am EDT

FBI uses cybersecurity heavyweights to tackle fuzzing attacks

Using a DARPA grant and its own money, the FBI has enlisted researchers at George Mason University to try out so-called fuzzing attacks.

Monday - 07/16/2012, 09:06am EDT

State Dept. competition expands horizons of social networking

A contest sponsored by the State Department mobilized people online to find and photograph three individual (fictional) criminal suspects in five global cities in just 12 hours.

Monday - 04/09/2012, 05:22am EDT
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White House, agencies commit $200M to solving 'big data' quandary

Federal technology leaders unveiled an initiative to develop better ways of harnessing the rapidly growing volume of increasingly complicated data sets, known as big data. The push is led by a joint solicitation from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to develop the core technologies for reigning in big data. All told, six federal departments and agencies will take part in the program committing more than $200 million in research-and-development investments.

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 08:53pm EDT
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DARPA: DoD 'limited' in cyber defense capabilities

Staying ahead of evolving cyber threats means developing technology and people, according to several defense officials testifying to the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 05:37pm EDT

DARPA switches to cyber offense

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is switching to offense on the cyber field. DARPA Director Regina Dugan said new research will address military-specific ways to actually create cyber threats, not just develop ways to defend against them.

Friday - 03/16/2012, 06:58pm EDT

DARPA puts call out for satellite wranglers

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is calling on programmers everywhere to help wrangle old satellites stuck in space for salvage.

Monday - 03/12/2012, 09:43am EDT

New NIH center translates research into real-world use

This month the National Institutes of Health created the new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to bridge the gap between scientific research and usable drugs or medical devices.

Friday - 01/13/2012, 11:07am EST
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DARPA aims to cut time to develop weapons by 80 percent

DoD researchers are trying to figure out a way to build big weapons systems in two years instead of 10, by following the lead of the IT industry. DARPA plans to test the concept with the Marine Corps, fulfilling their need for an amphibious combat vehicle.

Monday - 12/12/2011, 05:07am EST
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