“Voices from DARPA” Podcast, Episode 25: New Molecular Tactics for Pandemic Times

In this episode of our Voices from DARPA podcast, we turn again to Dr. Anne Fischer, a program manager since 2017 in the agency’s Defense Sciences Office (DSO), this time to learn how she has been swerving two of her programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of those programs, Accelerating Molecular Discovery (AMD), centers on developing machine-learning and other computational techniques to dramatically streamline the discovery of molecules with properties relevant to the Department of Defense. Think here of chemical-warfare simulants for research, coatings that protect assets and personnel, specialty fuels, and medicines to counter emerging threats. With an eye on that last one, Dr. Fischer has been swerving some AMD work into an urgent hunt for molecules with previously unrecognized antibiotic properties. One specific target is new treatments for secondary, bacterial lung infections in patients with COVID-19. The other program Dr. Fischer is swerving into the COVID-19 response is Make-It. The program’s envisioned deliverables for the DoD include tabletop chemical-synthesis systems that can produce chemicals when and where they are needed. Think here of the ability to quickly synthesize pharmaceuticals in a battlefield setting. Think here also of a chemical-synthesis channel independent of globalized supply chains that can become compromised. Now, this capability for on-demand synthesis of chemical products, including antivirals and reagents for diagnostic tests, is revealing Make-It technology as a promising component of our ability to respond to emergencies such as outbreaks of infectious diseases.

For the previous discussion with Dr. Fischer about her background, interests, and longer-term goals for the programs she manages, please also listen to Episode 22, titled The Chemquistador.

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Hallmark Transitions Key Strategies for Space Situational Awareness, Management

The space domain is critical to national security. It also has become increasingly chaotic and crowded over the past decade as the burgeoning space industry launches constellations of satellites. To conduct their missions, military commanders need timely and accurate information from space assets, as well as robust and reliable communications.

Since its inception in 2015, DARPA’s Hallmark program has successfully developed tools providing increased space situational awareness and strategies for asset management and protection, similar to the approach the Air Force has been perfecting for the air domain over the past 100 years. As Hallmark concludes at DARPA, discussions are ongoing with multiple Department of Defense and other national security organizations, as well as commercial entities, to incorporate elements of the program into future efforts.

Sailor kills 2 civilians, self at Pearl Harbor

An active duty U.S. sailor whose submarine was docked at Pearl Harbor opened fire on three civilian employees Wednesday, killing two and then taking his own life. A third civilian Department of Defense employee was hospitalized. (Dec. 5)

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AlphaDogFight Trials

Calling all algorithm developers!

DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office will host the AlphaDogfight Trials, a demonstration of artificial intelligence dogfighting algorithms. Independent of DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program, algorithm developers will be given the opportunity to demonstrate algorithm performance in competition style trials against adversaries of increasing complexity.

The AlphaDogfight Trials will be solicited under the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Autonomy Research Collaboration Network (ARCNet) Consortium, with the goal of reaching non-traditional Department of Defense performers and reducing the barriers to entry for the application and contract award processes.

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DARPA ERI Summit 2018: The Intertwined History of DARPA & Moore’s Law

DARPA ERI Summit 2018: The Intertwined History of DARPA & Moore’s Law
Dr. William Chappell, Director, Microsystems Technology Office, DARPA
To view the slides that correspond to this video, please visit http://www.eri-summit.com/agenda.
Dr. William Chappell gives an overview of DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative, including a discussion of previous programs, new programs, and the importance of Gordon Moore’s seminal 1965 paper.

ERI Overview
On June 1, 2017, DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) announced its Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) to ensure far-reaching improvements in electronics performance well beyond the limits of traditional scaling. Recognizing challenges to keeping on pace with Moore’s Law, ERI draws both on new (“Page 3”) and existing (“Foundational”) DARPA programs to make a significant investment into enabling circuit specialization and managing complexity. Page three of Gordon Moore’s seminal 1965 paper described research areas required to manage the technical and economic challenges we face. In deference to Moore’s ideas, ERI’s “Page 3” investments support research and development in each of these areas: Architectures, Designs, and Materials and Integration. To fully unlock microelectronics innovation and maintain technical superiority for the Department of Defense (DoD), ERI builds on the tradition of other successful government-industry partnerships and aims to forge forward-looking collaborations among the commercial electronics community, defense industrial base, university researchers, and DoD.

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DARPA ERI Summit 2018: The DARPA Mission

DARPA ERI Summit 2018: The DARPA Mission
Dr. Steven Walker, DARPA Director
To view the slides that correspond to this video, please visit http://www.eri-summit.com/agenda.

ERI Overview
On June 1, 2017, DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) announced its Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) to ensure far-reaching improvements in electronics performance well beyond the limits of traditional scaling. Recognizing challenges to keeping on pace with Moore’s Law, ERI draws both on new (“Page 3”) and existing (“Foundational”) DARPA programs to make a significant investment into enabling circuit specialization and managing complexity. Page three of Gordon Moore’s seminal 1965 paper described research areas required to manage the technical and economic challenges we face. In deference to Moore’s ideas, ERI’s “Page 3” investments support research and development in each of these areas: Architectures, Designs, and Materials and Integration. To fully unlock microelectronics innovation and maintain technical superiority for the Department of Defense (DoD), ERI builds on the tradition of other successful government-industry partnerships and aims to forge forward-looking collaborations among the commercial electronics community, defense industrial base, university researchers, and DoD.

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DARPA ERI Summit 2018: New Commercial DoD Partnership Models

DARPA ERI Summit 2018: New Commercial DoD Partnership Models
Mr. Tom Beckley, Senior Vice President & GM of Custom IC & PCB Group, Cadence Design Systems
To view the slides that correspond to this video, please visit http://www.eri-summit.com/agenda.

ERI Overview
On June 1, 2017, DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) announced its Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) to ensure far-reaching improvements in electronics performance well beyond the limits of traditional scaling. Recognizing challenges to keeping on pace with Moore’s Law, ERI draws both on new (“Page 3”) and existing (“Foundational”) DARPA programs to make a significant investment into enabling circuit specialization and managing complexity. Page three of Gordon Moore’s seminal 1965 paper described research areas required to manage the technical and economic challenges we face. In deference to Moore’s ideas, ERI’s “Page 3” investments support research and development in each of these areas: Architectures, Designs, and Materials and Integration. To fully unlock microelectronics innovation and maintain technical superiority for the Department of Defense (DoD), ERI builds on the tradition of other successful government-industry partnerships and aims to forge forward-looking collaborations among the commercial electronics community, defense industrial base, university researchers, and DoD.

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DARPA ERI Summit 2018: Next Wave of Electronics-Driven Applications

DARPA ERI Summit 2018: Next Wave of Electronics-Driven Applications
Dr. Walden Rhines, Chief Executive Officer, Mentor Graphics

ERI Overview
On June 1, 2017, DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) announced its Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) to ensure far-reaching improvements in electronics performance well beyond the limits of traditional scaling. Recognizing challenges to keeping on pace with Moore’s Law, ERI draws both on new (“Page 3”) and existing (“Foundational”) DARPA programs to make a significant investment into enabling circuit specialization and managing complexity. Page three of Gordon Moore’s seminal 1965 paper described research areas required to manage the technical and economic challenges we face. In deference to Moore’s ideas, ERI’s “Page 3” investments support research and development in each of these areas: Architectures, Designs, and Materials and Integration. To fully unlock microelectronics innovation and maintain technical superiority for the Department of Defense (DoD), ERI builds on the tradition of other successful government-industry partnerships and aims to forge forward-looking collaborations among the commercial electronics community, defense industrial base, university researchers, and DoD.

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DARPA ERI Summit 2018: The Accelerator Age

DARPA ERI Summit 2018: The Accelerator Age
Dr. Bill Dally, Chief Scientist & Senior Vice President, NVIDIA
To view the slides that correspond to this video, please visit http://www.eri-summit.com/agenda.

ERI Overview
On June 1, 2017, DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) announced its Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) to ensure far-reaching improvements in electronics performance well beyond the limits of traditional scaling. Recognizing challenges to keeping on pace with Moore’s Law, ERI draws both on new (“Page 3”) and existing (“Foundational”) DARPA programs to make a significant investment into enabling circuit specialization and managing complexity. Page three of Gordon Moore’s seminal 1965 paper described research areas required to manage the technical and economic challenges we face. In deference to Moore’s ideas, ERI’s “Page 3” investments support research and development in each of these areas: Architectures, Designs, and Materials and Integration. To fully unlock microelectronics innovation and maintain technical superiority for the Department of Defense (DoD), ERI builds on the tradition of other successful government-industry partnerships and aims to forge forward-looking collaborations among the commercial electronics community, defense industrial base, university researchers, and DoD.

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https://www.darpa.mil/

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DARPA ERI Summit 2018: The End of Moore’s Law & Faster General Purpose Computing, & a New Golden Age

DARPA ERI Summit 2018: The End of Moore’s Law & Faster General Purpose Computing, and a New Golden Age
Dr. John Hennessy, Chairman, Alphabet
To view the slides that correspond to this video, please visit http://www.eri-summit.com/agenda.

ERI Overview
On June 1, 2017, DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) announced its Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) to ensure far-reaching improvements in electronics performance well beyond the limits of traditional scaling. Recognizing challenges to keeping on pace with Moore’s Law, ERI draws both on new (“Page 3”) and existing (“Foundational”) DARPA programs to make a significant investment into enabling circuit specialization and managing complexity. Page three of Gordon Moore’s seminal 1965 paper described research areas required to manage the technical and economic challenges we face. In deference to Moore’s ideas, ERI’s “Page 3” investments support research and development in each of these areas: Architectures, Designs, and Materials and Integration. To fully unlock microelectronics innovation and maintain technical superiority for the Department of Defense (DoD), ERI builds on the tradition of other successful government-industry partnerships and aims to forge forward-looking collaborations among the commercial electronics community, defense industrial base, university researchers, and DoD.

More information about DARPA
https://www.darpa.mil/

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https://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/electronics-resurgence-initiative

DARPA ERI Summit 2018: The Future is So Bright – the Era of Heterogeneous Compute

DARPA ERI Summit 2018: The Future is So Bright – the Era of Heterogeneous Compute
Dr. Mike Mayberry, CTO, Intel
To view the slides that correspond to this video, please visit http://www.eri-summit.com/agenda.

ERI Overview
On June 1, 2017, DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) announced its Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) to ensure far-reaching improvements in electronics performance well beyond the limits of traditional scaling. Recognizing challenges to keeping on pace with Moore’s Law, ERI draws both on new (“Page 3”) and existing (“Foundational”) DARPA programs to make a significant investment into enabling circuit specialization and managing complexity. Page three of Gordon Moore’s seminal 1965 paper described research areas required to manage the technical and economic challenges we face. In deference to Moore’s ideas, ERI’s “Page 3” investments support research and development in each of these areas: Architectures, Designs, and Materials and Integration. To fully unlock microelectronics innovation and maintain technical superiority for the Department of Defense (DoD), ERI builds on the tradition of other successful government-industry partnerships and aims to forge forward-looking collaborations among the commercial electronics community, defense industrial base, university researchers, and DoD.

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https://www.darpa.mil/

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https://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/electronics-resurgence-initiative

DARPA ERI Summit 2018: Another Brick in the Wall

DARPA ERI Summit 2018: Another Brick in the Wall
Dr. Erica Fuchs, Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

ERI Overview
On June 1, 2017, DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) announced its Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) to ensure far-reaching improvements in electronics performance well beyond the limits of traditional scaling. Recognizing challenges to keeping on pace with Moore’s Law, ERI draws both on new (“Page 3”) and existing (“Foundational”) DARPA programs to make a significant investment into enabling circuit specialization and managing complexity. Page three of Gordon Moore’s seminal 1965 paper described research areas required to manage the technical and economic challenges we face. In deference to Moore’s ideas, ERI’s “Page 3” investments support research and development in each of these areas: Architectures, Designs, and Materials and Integration. To fully unlock microelectronics innovation and maintain technical superiority for the Department of Defense (DoD), ERI builds on the tradition of other successful government-industry partnerships and aims to forge forward-looking collaborations among the commercial electronics community, defense industrial base, university researchers, and DoD.

More information about DARPA
https://www.darpa.mil/

Learn more about ERI
https://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/electronics-resurgence-initiative

Pentagon employee lost his clearance after questioning contracts with FBI informant Halper

A Pentagon employee claims he was stripped of his security clearance after he complained about Department of Defense contracts with Stefan Halper – the man who was later revealed to be keeping tabs on Donald Trump’s campaign. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9clc

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Sexual Assault Survivors Are Pushing The Military To Have Its #MeToo Moment

The #MeToo movement has swept through industry after industry since it went viral last October, toppling high-profile individuals by exposing their sexual misconduct.

But advocates and survivors say the nation’s largest employer — the U.S. military — has yet to see meaningful reform.

On April 30, the Department of Defense reported a 10 percent rise in sexual assault reports from October 2016 to September 2017, across all branches. The Pentagon attributes the rise to a growing confidence in the military justice system, but some advocates, survivors, and policymakers are skeptical, considering the report also notes that of the 5,110 reports of sexual assault in 2017, just 166 lead to a conviction in 2017.

VICE News spoke with retired Staff Sgt. Merci McKinley about her own experience with sexual assault, as well as Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who has been pushing for legislative reform to the military justice system for years.

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US Department of Defense releases images of Syria strikes

The Department of Defense releases images of Tomahawk missiles being fired from the USS Monterey against Syria in retaliation of chemical attacks allegedly conducted by the Syrian regime. IMAGES

Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Is Stressing Out Deployed Soldiers (HBO)

The Trump Administration’s newly-released guidelines on banning transgender people from serving in the military may not be in effect yet — but some transgender troops currently serving say the policy is already taking its toll on their community.
Blake Dremann​, an active duty Navy Lieutenant Commander who also leads an association of LGBT service members called SPARTA, told VICE News he’s already heard from other transgender military personnel who’ve been discriminated against.

“My superiors have been very supportive. But we have had service members who have experienced discrimination — typically along the lines of, they don’t agree that we’re able to serve. They don’t like the policy and they refuse to follow the regulations,” Dremann​ said.

The Trump Administration’s ban, which President Trump announced via tweet last summer, has yet to take effect because it’s been blocked in the courts, after a handful of LGBTQ rights organizations challenged the proposal last year.

But the Administration is still moving forward with crafting guidelines and policy around the ban, and on Friday the White House released a new, more specific memo endorsing a handful of recommendations from a Department of Defense panel convened to study the issue. The panel recommended — and Defense Secretary James Mattis signed on to — banning individuals who’ve undergone gender confirmation surgery in the past, or plan to in the future, from enlisting.

Dremann​ said he fielded texts all weekend from transgender people currently serving in the military, confused about what the new policy means for them.

“We’re expected to be tough-minded,” Dremann​ told VICE News. “And while it is going to add stress to their deployment, the expectation is that they will be able to deal with that.”

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All-Seeing Eye: Google working with Pentagon on using AI for drone improvement

Ubiquitous IT giant Google has silently inked a partnership with the Department of Defense to militarize artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, reinvigorating fears of a Terminator-style apocalyptic scenario.

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DOD: US Forces Acted in Self-Defense in Syria

Department of Defense officials say actions by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria was in “self-defense,” citing a major attack on its allied forces and U.S. advisers in Deir el-Zour province. (Feb. 8)

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The Truth Behind This Big Alaskan Conspiracy Theory (HBO)

Last October, two Georgia men were arrested with an arsenal of weapons–and a detailed plan to attack HAARP, the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program facility in Gakona, Alaska. They were inspired by widely-circulated internet conspiracy theories suggesting that HAARP can control the weather and our minds.

HAARP was created by the Department of Defense in 1992 to study the outer reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere; the resulting research advanced deep-sea communications with nuclear submarines and the detection of underground military facilities.

No man has done more to propagate the conspiratorial view of HAARP than Nick Begich. Begich was born into an Alaskan political dynasty. His father was a Congressman; his brother a Senator; another brother currently serves in Alaska’s state senate. He’s the author of “Angels Don’t Play This Haarp.”

VICE News met with Begich to explore the HAARP mind-control theories.

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US to send heavier weapons to Syrian Kurds despite Turkey’s objections

The Department of Defense has confirmed delivery of heavier weapons to US-allied Kurdish fighters, for the upcoming ‘long and difficult’ battle to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from ISIS. The Pentagon has also offered protection to its NATO ally, Turkey.

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Spies, Lies, and Silicon Valley: Shane Smith Interviews Ashton Carter (Part 4)

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VICE founder Shane Smith interviews US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter about Putin’s nukes, the rise of the Islamic State, Afghan tumult, and repairing the NSA’s reputation.

In the final part of the series, Secretary Carter speaks about how the Edward Snowden revelations have affected the NSA and big tech, and about his push to bring Silicon Valley innovation to the Department of Defense.

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‘No Safe Haven’: Obama Declares Airstrikes on Islamic State ‘Wherever It Exists’

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined his plan to authorize broader US military involvement for hunting down the fighters of the notorious Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq, Syria and “wherever they exist.”

In a public address to the American people, President Obama announced that the US will “conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists.”

“I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama stated. “That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

The president’s strategy in Syria will also be to support opposition forces, and he again called on Congress to give the US government “additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters.”

“In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all, “ Obama said.

To ensure that the Syrian opposition fighters are trained and equipped well enough to hold the ground liberated from the Islamic State terrorists, at least $500 million in a Department of Defense program are stipulated in a $5 billion Counterterrorism Partnership Fund request, according to the White House.

In the meantime, President Obama’s strategy in Iraq will be to support the Iraqi government ‘s fight against the Islamic State (IS), as Iraqis will be the ones to ultimately defeat the group in their country, he said. “Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense,” he said.

Obama also announced he is sending another “475 service members to Iraq to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. “

“These service members will join the several hundred American service members sent to Iraq in June to assess how best to support Iraqi Security,” he added. The plan, however, still does not involve “American combat troops fighting on foreign soil,” the president said.

Instead, the military campaign will be boosted and waged “through a steady, relentless effort to take out [the Islamic State] wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground.”

The US President emphasized that he will not hesitate to take direct military action against terrorists in Syria and Iraq to “degrade ISIL’s leadership, logistically and operational capability, and deny it sanctuary and resources to plan, prepare and execute attacks.”

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined his plan to authorize broader US military involvement for hunting down the fighters of the notorious Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq, Syria and “wherever they exist.”

In a public address to the American people, President Obama announced that the US will “conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists.”

“I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama stated. “That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

The president’s strategy in Syria will also be to support opposition forces, and he again called on Congress to give the US government “additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters.”