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DARPA launching research project to revolutionize brain injury diagnosis on the battlefield

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Serving as a leader in military medicine since the 1990s – including as director of force health protection for U.S. and NATO units in southwestern Afghanistan — Cmdr. Jean-Paul Chretien is familiar with the complex damage that traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause. In an interview with FedScoop, the naval medical officer, who now leads a soon-to-launch research project at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), explains the threat that this type of injury poses to…

Air Force positions autonomous drones, networked weapon systems as top priorities

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The Air Force is asking Congress for more than $100 million in additional R&D funding for autonomous drones and networked weapon systems as the Pentagon pursues more cost-effective ways to match up against China. The technology is a top priority for Air Force leaders as they look toward the future operating environment and fiscal constraints that will limit the number of manned planes that the service can buy for Next-Generation…

Recent hypersonic missile test set scramjet endurance record, DARPA chief says

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A recent flight test of a prototype of the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept set an endurance record for scramjet engines, the head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency told lawmakers Wednesday. Hypersonics are a top technology priority for the U.S. military as it seeks to keep pace with China and Russia. “Hypersonic flight at velocities of more than five times the speed of sound offers major strategic advantages, especially…

Drone swarms with 1,000 unmanned aircraft could be possible within 5 years, DARPA leader says

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DARPA has conducted at least six field experiments at various locations as part of its Offensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program.

Air Force hackathon puts real data on open source code

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The Air Force for the first time used open source code and airmen-designed applications on real weapons system data during a hackathon in January, its head of digital transformation told FedScoop. The Department of Defense has sponsored hackathons before, typically focused on security bugs. But, “Bravo 0” was the first secret-classification hackathon with 80 hackers working on a so-called “air gapped” system at Nellis Air Force Base. The event yielded…