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Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on a greater importance. The Defense Department serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops - on and off the battlefield.

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DoD Officials Discuss Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, Threats Posed By Synthetic Biology

Senior defense officials testified before a House Armed Services subcommittee on Defense Department programs for countering traditional weapons of mass destruction and its plans for countering a new threat posed by the adversarial use of synthetic biology tools. Story

Stratcom: Integrating Space With Other Warfare Domains is Key to Deterrence

Deterring and waging war successfully depends on integrating all domains of warfare, including the space domain, the deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command said during a space security conference. Story

DoD Announces Research Equipment Award Recipients

The Defense Department announced awards to 160 university researchers at 84 institutions totaling $47 million through the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. Story

DoD Officials Discuss Future Vertical Lift ‘Family of Systems’

The future of rotary-wing or vertical lift aircraft across the services is the focus of a Defense Department initiative that seeks to improve the speed, range, refueling and interoperability capabilities across the military services, DoD officials said. Story

On Aug. 4 in Las Vegas seven computers competed in the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge, aiming to prove that machines can find and fix software flaws at network speed with no human help.


DARPA: Autonomous Bug-Hunting Bots Will Lead to Improved Cybersecurity

Seven teams whose cyber reasoning bots played in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Cyber Grand Challenge proved that machines by themselves could find and fix software safety problems in a simplified version of the code used everywhere, every day. Story

Three Teams Earn Prizes in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge

Three teams earned prize money in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Cyber Grand Challenge, but all seven finalists received awards for their substantial contributions to creating the world's first autonomous bug-hunting machines. Story

Today, finding and reacting to unknown flaws in software is entirely manual, as demonstrated by these assessment team members who are collecting data to analyze blue and red team attacks and defenses during exercise Cyber Shield 2016.

Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge

Mike Walker, program manager for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Cyber Grand Challenge, said seven computers will compete in the first all-machine cyber defense tournament. Story


Cyber Grand Challenge: Using Autonomous Bots to Hunt Software Bugs

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Plan X program is working to help military cyber operators visualize the cyber battlespace and perform missions there based on an established cyber framework and a common operating picture.

DARPA’s Plan X Gives Military Operators a Place to Wage Cyber Warfare

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Plan X cyber warfare program engineers have done the foundational work to create for the first time a common operating picture for warriors in cyberspace. Story


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DARPA: New Technologies for National Security

Defense Department leaders showed their support for the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., April 15, 2016, by providing learning activities for children that highlighted science, technology, engineering and math. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said these skills are essential for service members who rely on science and engineering daily.


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DoD Tech Chief Speaks at Science, Engineering Festival

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DoD Engages Children in Science, Technology Learning

Festival Sparks Interest in Science, Engineering

Students of all ages keen on science, technology, engineering and mathematics enjoyed a bit of futuristic fun at the USA Science and Engineering Festival. Story

DoD STEM is pleased to join other federal agencies for National Week at the Labs to inspire young people's interest in science and technology.


Deputy Secretary Highlights Developing Technologies During Lab Visit

The civilian and military personnel at the laboratories here are working on cutting-edge technologies to maximize human performance, protect the warfighter, and secure the nation. Story


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Work Participates in National Week at the Labs

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U.S., South Korean Robots Win DARPA Finals

Photo of Team Kaist’s robot DRC-Hubo using a tool to cut a hole in a wall during the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals.

A robot from South Korea took first prize and two American robots took second and third prizes here yesterday in the two-day robotic challenge finals held by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Story

Robots Excel on First Day of DARPA Finals

Photo of RoboSimian, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory simian-inspired limbed robot.

On the first day of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotic Challenge Finals here yesterday, one human-robot team had a perfect score and many others got high scores on what event organizers determined to be the hardest course any robot has ever tackled. Story

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