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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.

IARPA seeks to move high-performance computing beyond CMOS and floating point

IARPA seeks to move high-performance computing beyond CMOS and floating point

WASHINGTON, 14 March 2013. Government computer scientists are asking industry for information that could lead to new levels of computational performance with dramatically lower power, space, and cooling requirements than the high-performance computing (HPC) systems of today.

Industrial and motion control technologies making fundamental shift to Ethernet, study says

Industrial and motion control technologies making fundamental shift to Ethernet, study says

LONDON, 14 March 2013. Worldwide use of Ethernet with motor drives and motion controllers will more than triple in the five years between 2011 and 2016, say market researchers at IHS Inc. in London. Ethernet accounted for 1.8 million new connected nodes in 2011.

DHS asks industry for big improvements in X-ray detection of IEDs in airport security

DHS asks industry for big improvements in X-ray detection of IEDs in airport security

WASHINGTON, 13 March 2013. Baggage screening experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington are reaching out to industry to find revolutionary new ways of using X-ray at airport security check points to detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) hidden in passenger luggage.

Air Force scours industry for replacement part to nuclear bomber communications system

Air Force scours industry for replacement part to nuclear bomber communications system

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., 12 March 2013. U.S. Air Force aircraft communications experts are scouring industry to find companies able to build replacements for the obsolete CU-2421 antenna coupler for the AN/ARC-211 HF radio that Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, designed for the B-2 stealth strategic bomber aircraft.

Navy to install FACE-based avionics computer upgrade in Marine Corps AV-8B attack jet fleet

Navy to install FACE-based avionics computer upgrade in Marine Corps AV-8B attack jet fleet

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 11 March 2013. U.S. Navy officials are carrying out a plan to upgrade the mission systems computer (MSC) for the U.S. Marine Corps Boeing AV-8B Harrier II attack jet with industry-standard interfaces that meet guidelines of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE).

Beechcraft to protest U.S. Air Force selection of SNC, Embraer A-29 Super Tucano

WICHITA, Kan., 9 March 2013. Beechcraft Corp. officials announced plants to protest the U.S. Air Force’s award of a roughly $427.5 million Light Air Support contract to competitor Embraer and Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC).

DARPA releases solicitation for expanded program to reuse parts from orbiting dead satellites

DARPA releases solicitation for program to reuse parts from orbiting dead satellites

ARLINGTON, Va., 8 March, 2013. Spacecraft experts at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., have released a formal solicitation for the Phoenix program, which seeks to reuse satellite antennas, apertures, and other components from decommissioned satellites.

Army looks to Benchmark Electronics for special Air Warrior helicopter air crew transceivers

Army looks to Benchmark Electronics for special Air Warrior helicopter air crew transceivers

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 7 March 2013. U.S. Army helicopter warfare experts needed special RF transceivers for the Army's Air Warrior program to improve the effectiveness and survivability of Army helicopter crew members. They found their solution from The Benchmark Electronics Inc. Minnesota Division in Rochester, Minn.

BAE Systems to help lead extended Army research to develop battlefield micro robots

BAE Systems to help lead extended Army research to develop battlefield micro robots

MERRIMACK, N.H., 6 March 2013. Micro robot experts at the BAE Systems Electronic Systems sector in Merrimack, N.H., will help U.S. Army researchers develop bio-inspired micro-robotics technology to extend the remote sensing capability of U.S. ground forces under terms of a $43 million contract extension announced Tuesday.

DARPA TERN program seeks to operate long-endurance UAVs from fleets of small ships

DARPA TERN program seeks to operate long-endurance UAVs from fleets of small ships

ARLINGTON, Va., 5 March 2013. U.S. government researchers are trying to develop a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for long-term maritime surveillance that can launch and recover from small ships to provide airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike mobile targets anywhere, around the clock.

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