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2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge


Robots from South Korea, U.S. 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

Many 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

Symposium to Focus on Military Medical Research

A defense medical research leader spoke about an upcoming symposium focused on military medical research across the joint force, outlining five key concepts: Discover, deliver and develop for force protection and readiness. Story

Future Army Nanosatellites to Empower Soldiers

A small satellite communications constellation will allow communication across great distances using existing ultra high frequency tactical radios. Story

DoD CIO Discusses Pentagon Wireless, Mobility Programs

Part of Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen's work these days involves launching the Pentagon's first wireless network and managing the rollout of "secure enough” mobile devices, he told an audience here recently. Story

Work Calls for Collaboration to Maintain Space Technology Dominance

Space capabilities are at the heart of U.S. military capabilities, and the Pentagon and private industry must innovate to maintain them, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said in remarks at the nation's largest gathering of intelligence professionals. Story

Brooke Army Medical Center Performs Robot-Assisted Pediatric Surgery

A 2-year-old boy has a shot at a better quality of life, thanks to a robot and a few skilled surgeons at Brooke Army Medical Center. Story

Geospatial Intelligence Will Grow in Importance, DoD Expert Says

The role of geospatial intelligence in making U.S. special operators the best in the world cannot be understated, the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict said at the GeoInt Symposium. Story

DoD, IT Industry Program Achieves Mutual Benefits

A collaborative learning venture between the Defense Department and private-sector information technology companies features the exchange of IT personnel and the corresponding benefits of their knowledge, experience and skills for up to a year. Story

DoD Announces Research Equipment Award Recipients

The Defense Department announced today that 225 university researchers at 111 academic institutions have been selected to receive research instrumentation awards. Story

Human-robot Teams Compete at DARPA Finals

High-tech robots will tackle a simulated disaster-response course at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotic Challenge held June 5-6 in Pomona, California. Story

Work Highlights U.S. Military Technology Efforts

America's defense companies and employees provide the capabilities, technologies, and services that underpin the nation's global military power, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work told industry representatives. Story

Tiny Medical Device Could Help Save Lives on Battlefield

Army medical researchers recently developed a device that could lower casualties in the first few minutes dramatically. Story

New Technologies Aim to Reduce Convoys, Increase Safety

Army research to reduce the use of fuel and water, and to reduce waste output at forward operating bases promises to dramatically reduce the number of convoys and hours soldiers are exposed to threats. Story

Navy Research Lab Develops New Body Armor for 2016

New lightweight, flexible and buoyant body armor developed at the Naval Research Laboratory could be in field use by 2016, the lead scientist who has overseen the armor's two-year development said yesterday. Story

First DoD Lab Day Shows Off Warfighter Technology

Robots, medical advances, high-tech versions of warfighter tools and more were on display at the Pentagon during the Defense Department's first "Lab Day." Story

Winnefeld: DoD Must Strengthen Public, Private Ties

The military has two jobs for America: to fight today's wars and to prepare to fight the wars of the future, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Story

Lab Day to Showcase Innovation, Technology

The Defense Department will showcase innovations from more than 60 medical laboratories and engineering centers across the country tomorrow in DoD's first Lab Day exhibition at the Pentagon. Story

Army Researchers Explore Future of Computing

Supercomputers and new kinds of algorithms are making a big difference as Army scientists explore what is possible with future computing, a senior computer researcher said. Story

Carter Unveils New DoD Cyber Strategy in Silicon Valley

Thumbnail of Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the Defense Department's second cyber strategy to guide the development of DoD's cyber forces and to strengthen its cyber defenses and its posture on cyber deterrence. Story

DARPA Uses Open Systems, 'Plug and Fly' to Boost Air Power

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is unveiling a new program to boost U.S. air superiority by separating payloads such as weapons and sensors from the main air platform, and using open-system architectures to seamlessly integrate plug-and-fly modules into any kind of platform. Story

DARPA Robotics Challenge Features Disaster-response Tasks

Twenty-five human-robot teams from seven countries will compete for $3.5 million in prizes during the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's robotics finals in California, DARPA program manager Dr. Gill Pratt said during a recent teleconference. Story

DARPA Tool Could Work Against ISIL

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency prepares for the diverse threats in today's national security landscape – from low-tech ‘lone-wolf' terrorists to high-tech adversaries to groups like ISIL that use both approaches. Story

DoD Seeks Novel Ideas to Shape its Technological Future

The Defense Department is seeking ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public –- anyone, really –- to boost its ability against adversaries whose access to technology grows daily. Story

Special Operations Develops 'Iron Man' Suit

Tony Stark's Iron Man suit is cool. But it's not real. The Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit is cool, too. But it is real and may soon be protecting America's special operations forces going into harm's way. Story

Air Force Brings Ideas to Defense Innovation Initiative

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and the Air Force chief of staff announced plans to bring the service's research, science and technology ideas to the Defense Innovation Initiative, led by Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work. Story

DISA Director Discusses Reorganization Efforts

The reshaping of the Defense Department's premiere information technology agency is vital to how it will improve agility and employ capabilities for the future, the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency said. Story


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