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DARPA awards three contracts to detect IEDs hidden in mud, meat, and dead animals

DARPA awards three contracts to detect IEDs hidden in mud, meat, and dead animals

ARLINGTON, Va., 12 April 2013. Improvised explosive device (IED) experts at three research organizations are working to develop non-contact ways to detect explosives hidden in opaque media with high water content such as mud, meat, and animal carcasses in contracts awarded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va.

Navy chooses DC-DC converters from Vicor for G-BOSS perimeter security upgrade

Navy chooses DC-DC converters from Vicor for G-BOSS perimeter security upgrade

CRANE, Ind., 10 April 2013. U.S. Navy surveillance experts needed DC-DC converters for an upgrade to the U.S. Marine Corps Ground-Based Operational Surveillance System (G-BOSS). They found their solution from Vicor Corp. in Andover, Mass.

Princeton Lightwave to develop military laser radar target imaging in DARPA LRT contract

Princeton Lightwave to develop military laser radar target imaging in DARPA LRT contract

ARLINGTON, Va., 9 April 2013. Electro-optical sensor experts at Princeton Lightwave Inc. in Cranbury, N.J., will develop laser detector array and laser transmitter technologies for multiple-modality, diverse-waveform laser radar (ladar) systems under terms of a $3.1 million contract awarded last week from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va.

Navy considers bomb-disposal applications that run on tablet computers or smart phones

Navy considers bomb-disposal applications that run on tablet computers or smart phones

INDIAN HEAD, Md., 8 April 2013. U.S. Navy researchers are surveying industry and government agencies to uncover the latest developments in mobile explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) applications that run on low-powered handheld mobile devices like tablet computers and smart phones.

Army eyes soldier surveillance sensor small enough to fit in a warfighter's cargo pocket

Army eyes soldier surveillance sensor small enough to fit in a warfighter's cargo pocket

NATICK, Mass., 7 April 2013. U.S. Army researchers are reaching out to industry for ideas on how to build a mobile infantry sensor small enough to fit in a soldier's cargo pocket. The sensor would be for indoor and outdoor intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

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Tactical Air Defense Services opens office in Alabama

CARSON CITY, Nev., 6 April 2013. AeroTech Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tactical Air Defense Services Inc. (TADF; OTCQB:TADF) aerospace/defense services contractor and provider of tactical aviation services, aircraft maintenance, and other aerospace/defense services, has opened an office in Huntsville, Ala., in support of its contract with the U.S. Army Apache program.

NRL chooses 3U VPX embedded computing equipment from 4DSP for naval and space research

NRL chooses 3U VPX embedded computing from 4DSP for maritime and space research

WASHINGTON, 5 April 2013. U.S. Navy researchers needed 3U VPX embedded computing systems to support a variety of research programs and system prototyping for space and maritime military applications. They found their solution from 4DSP LLC in Austin, Texas.

DARPA releases solicitation for artificial intelligence job to advance machine learning

DARPA releases solicitation for artificial intelligence job to advance machine learning

ARLINGTON, Va., 4 April 2013. U.S. military researchers are approaching industry computer scientists for proposals for an artificial intelligence program to make machine learning capability much more accessible and effective for a wide variety of military weapons and information systems.

NASA researchers look to Crane Aerospace to provide power electronics for space garden

NASA researchers look to Crane Aerospace to provide power electronics for space garden

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., 3 April 2013. Botanical researchers at the NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla., needed DC-DC converter power supplies and electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters for a prototype celestial plant garden on the International Space Station. They found their solution from Crane Aerospace & Electronics in Redmond, Wash.

Solicitation released for TERN program to operate long-endurance UAVs from small ships

Solicitation released for TERN program to operate long-endurance UAVs from small ships

ARLINGTON, Va., 1 April 2013. Military researchers have released a formal solicitation for an effort to develop a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for long-term maritime surveillance that can launch and recover from relatively small ships to provide airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike mobile targets anywhere, around the clock.

Army eyes lightweight universal battery charger for platoon-level use in remote locations

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 1 April 2013. U.S. Army researchers are reaching out to industry to find companies able to provide a man-portable universal battery charger for lithium ion, lithium polymer, and select nickel metal hydride and nickel cadmium batteries.

DARPA releases network security solicitation to operate through bad wireless nodes

DARPA releases network security solicitation to operate through bad wireless nodes

ARLINGTON, Va. 31 March 2013. Military communications experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., have released a formal solicitation for a program to help voice and data wireless networks continue to function if the network has bad nodes.

Air Force researchers look to keep satellite networks up in the presence of cyber attacks

Air Force researchers look to keep satellite networks up in the presence of cyber attacks

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 29 March 2013. U.S. Air Force space electronics experts are considering a research program on cyber security for orbiting satellites and satellite ground-control equipment, and they are trying to determine the level of expertise and capability in defense companies and universities.

Navy to brief industry on ASW and anti-ship acoustic and image signal processing research

Navy to brief industry on ASW and anti-ship acoustic and image signal processing research

WASHINGTON, 28 March 2013. U.S. Navy researches are kicking off a long-term program to develop advanced acoustic and image signal processing for detecting, tracking, and attacking enemy ships and submarines with advanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-ship warfare technologies.

Northrop Grumman joins DARPA sensor-fusion program to reduce military reliance on GPS

Northrop Grumman joins DARPA sensor-fusion program to reduce military reliance on GPS

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 27 March 2013. Northrop Grumman Corp. is joining a U.S. military research effort to develop a prototype sensor fusion system for land, sea, and airborne applications that can accept inputs from several kinds of navigation sensors so that warfighters can maintain navigation capability with or without Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite navigation.

DARPA launches PPAML artificial intelligence program to move machine learning forward

DARPA launches PPAML artificial intelligence program to move machine learning forward

ARLINGTON, Va., 26 March 2013. U.S. military researchers are kicking off an artificial intelligence program to make machine learning capability much more accessible and effective for a wide variety of military weapons and information systems.

BAE Systems, STR, latest to join DARPA EW project to counter programmable adaptive radar

BAE Systems, STR, latest to join DARPA EW project to counter programmable adaptive radar

ARLINGTON, Va., 25 March 2013.. Two more U.S. research organizations have been chosen to participate in a military electronic warfare (EW) project to find ways to detect and counter digitally programmable radar systems that have unknown behaviors and agile waveform characteristics.

NATO minehunting UUV relies on GPU-based embedded processor from GE for imaging sonar

NATO minehunting UUV relies on GPU-based embedded processor from GE for imaging sonar

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 24 March 2013. NATO military technology researchers needed real-time digital signal processing (DSP) capability for demonstration of a synthetic aperture sonar data for adaptive track spacing and target detection on an autonomous vehicle. They found their solution from GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala.

Moog acquires Aspen Motion Technologies

EAST AURORA, N.Y., 23 March 2013. Moog Inc. (NYSE:MOG.A, NYSE:MOG.B) has acquired Aspen Motion Technologies, a subsidiary of Pentair (NYSE:PNR) in Radford, Va., for roughly $34 million in cash.

Air Force STAMPEDE program to develop high-temp MWIR sensor chips for satellites

Air Force STAMPEDE program to develop high-temp MWIR sensor chips for satellites

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., 21 March 2013. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry to develop high-performance radiation-hardened medium wavelength infrared (MWIR) sensor chip arrays (SCA) that can operate at high operating temperatures for persistent-surveillance satellites.

Military embedded computing industry hits economic doldrums, but may turn corner soon

Military embedded computing industry hits economic doldrums, but may turn corner soon

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz., 21 March 2013. The military embedded computing industry is stuck temporarily in the economic doldrums because of massive uncertainty over the future U.S. defense budget, federal sequestration, and a 22 percent drop in defense spending during the fourth quarter of 2012, but bad times may not last for long, says report released Wednesday.

Army eyes VHF aircraft radar able to detect hidden IEDs from altitudes as high as 25,000 feet

Army eyes VHF aircraft radar able to detect hidden IEDs from altitudes as high as 25,000 feet

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 18 March 2013. U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry to find companies able to design airborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) that uses radio frequencies between 25 and 88 MHz to detect hidden wires, weapons caches, and other components of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

DARPA moves to phase-two of  MIST-LR long-range electro-optical imaging technology project

DARPA moves to phase-two of MIST-LR long-range E/O imaging technology project

ARLINGTON, Va., 17 March 2013. U.S. military researchers have released a formal industry solicitation for the second phase of an initiative to enhance high-resolution, long-range geometric and 3-D electro-optical imaging technology for biometric and target identification.

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Cadence to acquire Tensilica, expand portfolio with system-on-a-chip solution

SAN JOSE, Calif., 16 March 2013. Cadence Design Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS), an electronic design innovation company, has entered into an agreement to acquire Tensilica Inc., a provider of dataplane processing IP for approximately $380 million in cash.

Marines look to QinetiQ to provide portable power for battery charging in the field

Marines look to QinetiQ to provide portable power for battery charging in the field

RESTON, Va., 15 March 2013. U.S. Marine Corps leaders have selected the Q-Gen 2.0 1-kilowatt, JP-8 fuel compatible, one-man portable military power generator from QinetiQ North America in Reston, Va., for further evaluation in the low rate initial production (LRIP) phase of the Marine Corps One Man-Portable Generator (1MPG) program.

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