Tandem National Security Innovations

Tandem National Security Innovations
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Tandem National Security Innovations

 •  November 30, 2017

DARPA launched a new program in November to replace electronic and mechanical intelligence sensors with plants. The Pentagon’s innovation cell, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, launched the Advanced Plant Technologies program to transform plants into “intelligence gatherers.” Using self-sustaining plant-based sensors, DARPA officials...

China will eclipse the U.S. in artificial intelligence technologies and then blow by American capabilities unless U.S. officials commit themselves to an AI development strategy, said Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Along with his duties at Alphabet, Schmidt also leads the Defense Innovation Board where...

The White House issued a report on Wednesday outlining how it plans to overhaul the government’s outdated IT infrastructure and asked commercial IT firms to issue feedback by Sept. 20. The Trump Administration’s American Technology Council and the Office of Science and Technology posted the report that emphasizes the White House’s intention to...

Automation is taking over multiple emerging technology fields to include self-driving cars, drone swarms, robotics and data analytics. DARPA’s leadership wants to make sure military leaders can trust these autonomous systems as they advance. This month, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched its Assured Autonomy research...

Establishing a compliant accounting system early on has an enormous influence in determining a small business’s success when working with the government.Having someone oversee your accounting system that doesn’t understand the unwritten rules of what it means to be a compliant government contractor or grantee can put awards in jeopardy, lead to...

The Pentagon’s innovation cell took another step forward following a public show of support from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and a significant vote of confidence from the U.S. Air Force. Mattis visited Defense Innovation Unit Experimental’s (DIUx) headquarters in Silicon Valley on Aug. 10 saying the unit will “grow in its influence and its...

U.S. Special Operations Command is offering cash prizes for a miniature satellite, or CubeSat, competition it is hosting with NASA starting next week. The military’s special operations teams want to see teams or individuals “advance the state of current CubeSat technologies and payloads and demonstrate applications that may benefit any of the...

The Chief Scientist for the Pentagon’s new innovation cell, DIUX, and leaders from the U.S. Small Business Administration spoke Tuesday at the Small Business Innovation Breakfast in Cambridge, Mass., about new opportunities for startups and small businesses to find government funding. A crowd of entrepreneurs and researchers in a range of emerging...

The Pentagon’s new innovation cell announced Wednesday it has spent $71 million on startups and established commercial technology companies in emerging technology fields such as cybersecurity, robotics and drone detection. Military leaders stood up the cell, called the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUX) two years ago establishing offices...

Program officials from DARPA, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The Mitre Corporation spoke at the Defense Cybersecurity Innovation Summit on July 19 at WeWork in Tysons about ways to fund cybersecurity startups and entrepreneurs. DARPA’s Cyber-Hunting at Scale program official Phil Sage kicked off the evening with a presentation about...