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ARMY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ADVANCES COUNTER-IED EFFORT
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Source: US Army


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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The U.S. Army's EW Development RDT&E program encompasses engineering and manufacturing development for tactical electronic warfare, signals warfare, aircraft survivability, and protection of personnel and equipment from hostile artillery, in a wide variety of subprograms. The next several years should see relatively steady funding for this RDT&E program.

Based on an estimated projection of the FY19 budget, $414 million is likely to be spent on the overall EW Development program through 2028.

Within the larger program, the Integrated Electronic Warfare System effort provides funding for the Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) system and provides for alignment of Joint Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices Electronic Warfare (Joint CREW) requirements with material solutions for the IEWS system of systems.

In FY17, $3.9 million was spent on the MFEW effort to provide Army personnel with an offensive Electronic Attack, and Electronic Warfare Support (ES), and Defensive Electronic Attack (DEA) capability for a large, airborne variant payload.

Funding for MFEW rose to $20.2 million in FY18 to advance engineering and manufacturing development activities, especially for the MFEW-Air. A report on the EW Development RDT&E program is available from Forecast International.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: http://www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: November 20, 2018
Author: A. Dardine, Defense Electronics 
Posted: 11/20/2018

 
 
DARPA ANNOUNCES 2019 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE COLLOQUIUM
Friday, November 16, 2018
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DARPA 2019 Artificial Intelligence Colloquium

Source: U.S. DARPA


DARPA 2019 Artificial Intelligence Colloquium

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Throughout the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) history, artificial intelligence (AI) has been an important area of groundbreaking research and development (R&D). In the 1960s, DARPA researchers completed some of the foundational work in the field, leading to the creation of expert systems, or the first wave of AI technologies. Since then, DARPA has funded developments in the second wave of AI - machine learning - which has significantly impacted defense and commercial capabilities in areas such as speech understanding, self-driving cars, and image recognition. Today, DARPA continues to fund AI innovation, making multiple investments in research that aim to shape a future in which AI systems shift from tools to trusted, collaborative partners in problem solving.

First announced in September 2018, the DARPA AI Next campaign is a multi-year, upwards of $2 billion investment in new and existing programs to create the third wave of AI technologies. To increase awareness of DARPA’s expansive AI R&D efforts, the agency is hosting an Artificial Intelligence Colloquium (AIC) from March 6-7, 2019 in Alexandria, Virginia. This event seeks to bring together the DoD research community and defense stakeholders to learn more about DARPA’s current and emerging AI programs, as well as discover how the myriad technologies in development could apply to their diverse missions. The AIC will create an environment for the AI community to engage and develop new collaborations to help apply DARPA’s discoveries to challenges relevant to national security.

During the two-day conference, attendees will hear from current DARPA researchers and program managers as they discuss work that is advancing the fundamentals of AI, as well as those programs that are exploring the technology’s application to defense-relevant challenges - from cyber defense and software engineering to aviation and spectrum management.

In addition to presentations around new and existing DARPA programs, the event will feature: An update on DARPA’s Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) program - a series of high-risk, high reward projects that seek to establish the feasibility of new AI concepts within 18 months of award A panel discussion on the ethical implications and considerations surrounding the advancement of AI technologies Poster sessions that provide attendees opportunities to engage with the researchers actively involved with DARPA’s AI programs

General registration for the DARPA AIC is now open. More information can be found on the event website: http://events.sa-meetings.com/AIColloquium

For information about DARPA’s AI Next campaign, please visit: https://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/ai-next-campaign.

Source:  U.S. DARPA
Associated URL: https://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2018-11-16
Source Date: November 16, 2018
Author: U.S. DARPA 
Posted: 11/20/2018

 
 
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS PROCURES THE NEW INSTANTEYE MK-3 GEN5-D1 SUAS SYSTEM
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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InstantEye Mk-3 GEN5-D1 SUAS

Source: InstantEye Robotics


InstantEye Mk-3 GEN5-D1 SUAS

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ANDOVER, Mass. -- InstantEye Robotics is pleased to announce it has secured a contract with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in support of PMA-263, the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) Program Office, to field 32 InstantEye Mk-3 GEN5-D1 SUAS systems (64 aircraft).

This procurement is being executed in support of a United States Marine Corps urgent needs request for field user evaluation. The new InstantEye Mk-3 GEN5-D1 platform expands mission scope and provides additional Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition capability to the individual Marine or Sailor.

"We are very excited to start fielding the first system in our new InstantEye Mk-3 line of products, which is designed to further strengthen the security of our SUAS products as well as expand the capabilities and features of our systems," said Tom Vaneck, Vice President of InstantEye Robotics. "The Marines have been great supporters of the InstantEye systems, and we think the InstantEye Mk-3 GEN5 system will greatly complement their existing portfolio and enhance force protection while reducing operational risk."

The InstantEye Mk-3 GEN5-D1 is the smallest (~250g) in the InstantEye family of combat-proven, high-performance, affordable systems. It is an encrypted, all-digital system with superb real-time video and still imagery. Due to its small size, it has low audible and visual signatures, enabling it to operate undetected in close proximity to targets of interest. The system requires only a single operator and goes from a stowed configuration to fully operational in approximately one minute. With an ability to operate in all weather and locations, it is an unmatched tactical enabler with operational effects.

InstantEye Robotics is a division of Physical Sciences Inc., both located in Andover Massachusetts. InstantEye Robotics is a global leader in tactical unmanned aircraft systems. When customers need a reliable, portfolio-manageable, multi-mission system, they choose InstantEye.

Source:  Instant Eye Robotics
Associated URL: https://instanteyerobotics.com/news/united-states-marine-corps-procures-the-new-instanteye-mk-3-gen5-d1-suas-system/
Source Date: November 20, 2018
Posted: 11/20/2018

 

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