13 Dec 2022

A DARPA In Person and Virtual Event: DARPA Forward – Advancing the Horizons of National Security (Dec. 13-14)

DARPA Forward has been taking national security innovation on the road. Since August – and through December 2022 – six regional events were scheduled at leading research and development universities nationwide to connect Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency leaders with new communities of talent and partnerships.   The ultimate goal: to energize regional and national innovation ecosystems, fuel breakthroughs in national security, and help deliver the U.S. technological advantage. Attendees will have an opportunity to dive into diverse topics within and across multiple domains and disciplines, including air/space, ground, virtual, social, bio/medical, electromagnetic, materials/manufacturing, maritime, and computing/AI/cyber. As these will be hybrid conferences, DARPA invites you to join them in person for one event and virtually for as many as you’d like.

Upcoming DARPA Forward sessions include:  December 13-14 – San Diego, CA at the University of California, San Diego

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14 Nov 2022

A DARPA In Person and Virtual Event: DARPA Forward – Advancing the Horizons of National Security (Nov.15-16; Dec. 13-14)

DARPA Forward has been taking national security innovation on the road. Since August – and through December 2022 – six regional events were scheduled at leading research and development universities nationwide to connect Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency leaders with new communities of talent and partnerships.   The ultimate goal: to energize regional and national innovation ecosystems, fuel breakthroughs in national security, and help deliver the U.S. technological advantage. Attendees will have an opportunity to dive into diverse topics within and across multiple domains and disciplines, including air/space, ground, virtual, social, bio/medical, electromagnetic, materials/manufacturing, maritime, and computing/AI/cyber. As these will be hybrid conferences, DARPA invites you to join them in person for one event and virtually for as many as you’d like.

Upcoming DARPA Forward sessions include:

November 15-16 – College Station, TX at Texas A&M University
December 13-14 – San Diego, CA at the University of California, San Diego

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08 Nov 2022

DARPA Research on Cryptocurrency and National Security Risks

About the OODA Loop Series on Global Crypto and Digital Currency Initiatives

In previous posts, we have provided an analysis of crypto and digital currency initiatives in Pakistan, Vietnam, Colombia, China, El Salvador, Panama, Ukraine, India, Argentina, and Russia. Our most recent post in the series was an overview of U.S. Crypto, Digital Assets, and National Security Policy.

We now turn to the “Deep Tech” and the defense innovation community in the United States to evaluate the approach the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is taking on research into the crypto implications of national security.  

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07 Oct 2022

Speculative Design: DARPA’s Airborne Optical Energy Relays

It was inevitable that one (if not a few) posts in our ongoing Speculative Design series would consider a project over at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)- the pioneer GOAT organization in the history of large-scale speculative design projects.

Explore with us DARPA’s Persistent Optical Wireless Energy Relay (POWER) program, which “aims to create a revolutionary power distribution network through the design and demonstration of airborne optical energy relays.”

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23 Sep 2022

DARPA to Research Risks of Crypto to National Security in Partnership With Inca Digital

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has contracted digital asset data and analytics provider Inca Digital to research national security risks posed by cryptocurrency. DARPA, the research and development agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, plans to analyze activity related to financial applications of distributed ledgers. The agency

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17 Aug 2022

Part II: DARPA, NASA, IARPA, DoD, Courage, Leadership and Aurelius’ Meditations

We continue our effort to underscore certain patterns and themes found throughout the OODAcast library of close to 100 conversations with leaders and decision-makers, on topics such as leadership, empowering a team, clear decision-making while operating in a low information environment, the qualities and best practices of a true leader, the future of intelligence, the future of cyber threats, the cybersecurity marketplace, innovation, exponential technologies, and strategic action.

In Part II of this conversation, Dr. Tether shares the origin stories of DARPA, NASA, and the “Heilmeier Catechism.” Dr. Porter shares her experience at NASA, IARPA, and the DoD. The role of Congress is discussed in a variety of contexts, as well as courage as the primary quality of a leader. Finally, Dr. Porter discusses why Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations is her go-to book when the heat is on and she needs a stoic reminder to stay true to herself as a leader.

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15 Aug 2022

Part I: DARPA, The Valley of Death and Answering the Crucial Project Questions Upfront

We continue our effort to underscore certain patterns and themes found throughout the OODAcast library of 100 conversations with leaders and decision-makers, on topics such as leadership, empowering a team, the qualities and best practices of a true leader, innovation, exponential technologies, and strategic action.

In July of 2021, OODA CTO Bob Gourley spoke with Dr. Tony Tether.  Dr. Tether was the Director of DARPA, from 2001 to 2009. Dr. Tether shares some of his formative experiences and the importance of quickly assessing challenges (an approach very consistent with the famous “Heilmeier Catechism).”

In April of 2021, Bob spoke with Dr. Lisa J. Porter. Porter has a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford and eventually joined DARPA as a program manager. From 2018 to 2020, Dr. Porter was the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. In this conversation, Porter elaborates on how Heilmeier’s decision-making framework was vital to the success of DARPA.

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21 Jun 2022

Cryptocurrency tech is vulnerable to tampering, a DARPA analysis finds

Whether prices are up or down, for many investors in cryptocurrency, the real appeal is that there’s nobody in charge. As the crowd chanted at the recent Bitcoin 2022 conference in Miami, it’s all about “Freedom!” By design, the system is meant to be from interference by banks, companies and

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04 Jan 2022

The Next Phase of the DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI): The Joint University Microelectronics Program 2.0 (JUMP 2.0)

Last year, we offered an analysis of the DARPA track record of success with semiconductor innovation in collaboration with academia and the private sector, having seeded the field of neuromorphic computing from 2008-2014. This track record of public/private collaboration continues, as DARPA recently announced it has joined a “public-private partnership to address challenges facing microelectronics advancement.” The partnership, the Joint University Microelectronics Program 2.0 (JUMP 2.0), is the next phase of the DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI).

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10 Dec 2021

The Next Commercial Space Industry? DARPA Explores Biomanufacturing in Cislunar Space

When you hear about the commercialization of space, it is not only the efforts of Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, or Elon Musk’s SpaceX to provide civilian space flights. If DARPA has anything to do with it, there will also be the “development and future realization of biomanufacturing capabilities in space.” The timeline for a private sector role in the commercialization of these biotechnology capabilities is unclear, but DARPA has begun to explore the possibilities the DARPA way.

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