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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.

Tags: DoD , DoD Report , Marine Corps

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

DARPA to scrutinize internet

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency mission is to maintain the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise. So what they are planning to do now to meet that mandate is promoting research to study chatter certain groups of Internet users. They want to track how online groups evolve on certain social media sites and learn how criminal organizations and hacker collectives evolve.

Tags: DoD , Pentagon & Beyond , J.J. Green ,

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 11:50am 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.

Tags: FBI , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology

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.

Tags: technology , crowdsourcing , science , State Department , TAG Challenge , Manuel Cebrian , Joshua deLara , social networking , law enforcement , DoD , Jared Serbu

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.

Tags: NIH , DoD , Energy , USGS , NSF , OSTP , John Holdren , Subra Suresh , Francis Collins , Marcia McNutt

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.

Tags: Ken Gabriel , DoD , technology , cybersecurity , Senate , Cybersecurity Update , In Depth , Francis Rose

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.

Tags: DoD , technology , cybersecurity , In Depth , Francis Rose , Cybersecurity Update

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.

Tags: DoD , DoD Update , Federal Drive , technology

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.

Tags: NIH , NCATS , Thomas Insel , FDA , Federal Drive

Friday - 01/13/2012, 11:07am EST
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