Category Archives: Security and Defense Systems

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DARPA Technology

A recent presentation by DARPA director Arati Prabhakar provides insight into what kind of research DARPA is interested in and how it is used by the warfighter.


NIST Announces Plan to Sponsor First Cybersecurity FFRDC

To help the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) address industry’s needs most efficiently, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced its intention to sponsor its first Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).

The FFRDC mechanism will allow a nonprofit organization to support the NCCoE, which was established in partnership with the state of Maryland and Montgomery County in February 2012. Today’s announcement in the Federal Register* is the first of three required, and will be followed by a solicitation for proposals to manage the FFRDC in the fall of 2013. This will be the first FFRDC solely dedicated to enhancing the security of the nation’s information systems.

The NCCoE is a public-private collaboration that helps businesses secure their data and digital infrastructure by bringing together experts from industry, government and academia to find practical solutions for today’s most pressing cybersecurity needs. Last week, the center announced formal partnerships with 11 private industries.**

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Future Soldiers Will Have Flexible Electronics Everywhere

More than 10 years ago, U.S. Army researchers saw potential in flexible displays. With nothing in the marketplace, the Army decided to change that by partnering with industry and academia to create the Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University.

The Army’s goal was to get this amazing technology into the hands of soldiers.

The Army established a research center with industry and universities in 2004. Fast forward nine years. Teams of researchers have scored significant breakthroughs and racked up more than 50 patents. The original goal of the program may soon be met.

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Second Annual Aerospace, Aviation, Defense and Manufacturing Requirements Day

For members of the aerospace and defense community, the Arizona Technology Council (AZTC) and the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) are offering a major opportunity for you to connect with potential new partners this March. The second annual Requirements Conference for Arizona’s Aerospace, Aviation & Defense Community on Thursday, March 14 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas.

For defense contractors, the event will be your chance to take the spotlight as you explain your needs with subcontractors. For smaller manufacturers and service providers, you will be able to present and talk directly with A&D decision-makers to learn how to best meet their requirements.

Learn more about this local event here.

“The Wolf is at the Door”: Likely Impacts of Sequestration

“My testimony today makes clear that sequestration, especially if  accompanied by a year-long CR [continuing resolution], would be devastating to  DoD — just as it would to every other affected Federal agency. The difference  is that, today, these devastating events are no longer distant problems. The  wolf is at the door.”  So warned Deputy  Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter at a recent Senate Appropriations Committee hearing  focusing on the impacts of automatic budget reductions on civilian and defense  departments and agencies.  Unless  Congress and the Administration reach a new agreement the cuts will occur on  March 1.

The current thinking in Washington is that those  cuts are likely to occur.  There are no  reports of bipartisan negotiations occurring in public or private to postpone  or replace these automatic spending cuts that would occur to every program, project  and activity.  Reductions would be about 5.0  percent for nondefense programs and 8.0 percent for defense programs.  A senior official  at the Office of Management and Budget calculates that since these  savings would have to be achieved in seven months, the “effective percentage  reductions” would be 9 percent for nondefense programs and 13 percent for  defense programs.


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