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DARPA trying to re-invent Internet search ... after inventing the Web in the first place

Feb 11, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 11 Feb. 2014. Imagine an Internet that enabled its users to slice and dice content into subsets of content relevant to their interests and needs, rather than top-down keyword-based searches that commercial search engines like Google and Bing offer.

Navy security experts ask Navmar to develop biometrics security for Patuxent River NAS

Feb 10, 2014

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J., 10 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy security authorities needed a biometrics system to control access to sensitive areas of Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md. They found their solution from Navmar Applied Sciences Corp. (NASC) in Warminster, Pa.

DARPA considers ASIC-based signal processing for the toughest EW and communications problems

Feb 9, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 9 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researchers are considering a program to develop new kinds of digital signal processing (DSP) based on application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) technology for advanced sensors for aircraft and space, as well as for the next generations of military communications systems and electronic warfare (EW).

Raytheon to upgrade Fire Scout UAV control system

Navy asks Raytheon to upgrade UAV control system with open-systems standards and Linux software

Feb 7, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 7 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts will continue working with the Raytheon Technical Services Co. in Dulles, Va., to switch a major unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control system from Solaris to Linux software, and upgrade the system with universal UAV control qualities.

DARPA to brief industry 18 Feb. on program to create new Internet search paradigm

Feb 6, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researches will conduct industry briefings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 18 Feb. 2014 on a program to find new approaches for deep search of the Internet that offer domain-specific indexing of web content and domain-specific search capabilities.

DARPA envisions new Internet search paradigm; could help counter slavery and prostitution

Feb 6, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 6 Feb. 2014. U.S. military researches are trying to find new approaches for deep search of the Internet that unlike Google and Bing offer domain-specific indexing of web content and domain-specific search capabilities.

IBM and PARC to design sensitive electronics for military that shatter to dust on command

Feb 5, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., 5 Feb. 2014. Two U.S. companies are joining a military research program to develop sensitive electronic components able to self-destruct on command to keep them out of the hands of potential adversaries who would attempt to counterfeit them for their own use.

Next-generation jammer, digitized tanks, and advanced sensors highlight Rapid Fire chat

Feb 5, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 5 Feb. 2014. Raytheon gets back to work on the Next-Generation Jammer, the U.S. Army orders 12 digitized main battle tanks, and the Air Force prepares industry for an upcoming radar and electro-optical sensors research program highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Raytheon resumes work on the Next-Generation Jammer: was a seven-month delay worth it?

Feb 4, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 4 Feb. 2014. Most of us welcome competition among private companies -- particularly in the U.S. defense industry -- for big government jobs to ensure that taxpayers get the best deal and the best quality possible. Still, I wonder at what stage does tooth-and-nail competition for defense contracts become destructive not only for the companies involved, but also -- and most importantly -- for the nation's defense?

General Dynamics gets contract to build 12 advanced main battle tanks with digital vetronics

Feb 4, 2014

WARREN, Mich., 4 Feb. 2014. Armored combat vehicle designers at General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, Mich., will build 12 M1A2 Abrams System Enhanced Package (SEP) Version 2 (V2) main battle tanks with digital vetronics under terms of a $72.7 million contract modification announced Friday from the U.S. Army.

Navy to brief industry on acquisition strategies for UAVs, EW, and air warfare technologies

Feb 2, 2014

RIDGECREST, Calif., 2 Feb. 2014. U.S. Navy air warfare experts will brief industry on their acquisition strategies for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electronic warfare (EW), biofuels, and other important technologies on 26 Feb. at China Lake Naval Weapons Station in Ridgecrest, Calif.

Air Force tells industry to prepare for upcoming RF and electro-optical research program

Jan 31, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 31 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force sensors experts are notifying industry to be ready for the launch of an RF radar and electro-optical (E/O) research program within the next two months to investigate electromagnetic technologies that contribute to command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) programs.

Army night-vision researchers look to Raytheon to develop advanced IR focal plane arrays

Jan 31, 2014

FORT BELVOIR, Va., 31 Jan. 2014. U.S. Army experts in night-vision sensors are working together with Raytheon Vision Systems (RVS) to develop advanced infrared focal plane array technology to enhance military infrared sensor capabilities.

Air Force chooses rugged network switches from Crystal Group for AC-130U Special Operations aircraft gunship

Jan 30, 2014

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla., 30 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force avionics experts needed ruggedized Cisco network switches for the AC-130U Spooky gunship. They found their solution from Crystal Group Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Tobyhanna Army Depot to buy display processors from Jupiter Systems for vision collaboration

Jan 30, 2014

TOBYHANNA, Pa., 30 Jan. 2014. U.S. Army electronics repair and upgrade specialists at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Tobyhanna, Pa., needed display processors for a variety of collaborative visualization applications. They found their solution from Jupiter Systems in Hayward, Calif.

Air Force reaches out to industry for companies able to build advanced IR sensor processing

Jan 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES AFB, Calif., 29 Jan. 2014. U.S. Air Force missile-defense experts are looking for defense companies with the expertise to develop ground-based advanced data processing for satellite infrared detectors designed to alert authorities to missile launches on Earth.

Attack helicopter conversions, B-1 upgrades, and COTS replacements highlight Rapid Fire

Jan 29, 2014

NASHUA, N.H., 29 Jan. 2014. A kit to convert civil rotorcraft to attack helicopters, industry suggestions for terms to replace COTS, and big avionics upgrades for the venerable B-1 bomber highlight this week's Rapid Fire interview with John Keller and Ernesto Burden of Military & Aerospace Electronics.

Moog pushing conversion kit that can transform civil rotorcraft to attack helicopters

Jan 28, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 28 Jan. 2014. Attack helicopters like the Boeing AH-64 Apache and the Bell AH-1W Super Cobra have proven their worth supporting American soldiers and Marines on the battlefield, or making surgical strikes on important targets.

Rockwell Collins to provide AN/ARC-210(V) aircraft radios to Navy in $8 million contract win

Jan 28, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 28 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy aviation experts needed line-of-sight and satellite communications (SATCOM) radios for a variety of Navy aircraft. They found their solution from Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Navy asks all MUOS SATCOM providers to step forward for evaluation tests this March or April

Jan 27, 2014

SAN DIEGO, 27 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy communications experts are surveying industry to find companies able to demonstrate their ability to develop and build Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)-capable radio terminals this spring as part of continuing MUOS terminal system evaluations.

L3 shipboard data link to control Fire Scout UAVs

Navy chooses shipboard data link from L3 Communications-West to communicate with UAVs

Jan 26, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 26 Jan. 2014. U.S. Navy shipboard unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) experts needed a digital data link to control the MQ-8B and MQ-8C unmanned helicopters operating from the Littoral Combat Ship. They found their solution from L3 Communications-West in Salt Lake City.

Elbit to provide more helmet display tracker systems that add punch to Marine attack helicopters

Jan 23, 2014

PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md., 23 Jan. 2014. Electro-optics experts at EFW Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, will provide the U.S. Marine Corps with helmet-mounted head-up displays (HUDs) for pilots of the Bell AH-1W attack helicopter under terms of a contract modification announced Wednesday.

Results are in: industry suggests new terms to replace COTS

Jan 21, 2014

THE MIL & AERO BLOG, 21 Jan. 2014. Three weeks ago I put the question to the aerospace and defense electronics industry: do we need a new term for COTS? Well the first results are in, and the answer, overwhelmingly, is yes.

Army focuses on augmented reality for NIE 15.1

Army reaches out to industry for ideas on augmented-reality training for NIE 15.1 this fall

Jan 20, 2014

WARREN, Mich., 20 Jan. 2014. U.S. Army researchers are reaching out to industry to find companies interested in demonstrating mature technologies to enhance military simulation and training at home bases, as well as the ability to link live, virtual, and constructive training, in preparation for major field exercises scheduled for this fall.

Livermore Lab seeks to partner with industry to develop new high-power laser diode arrays

Jan 19, 2014

LIVERMORE, Calif., 19 Jan. 2014. Electro-optics scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., would like to partner with industry to share research work and technology payoffs in high-power laser diode arrays.

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