Innovation

Defense Digital Service is Taking Over a Drone and Counter-Drone Development Team

Building and scaling a suite of new drone capabilities is one of the Defense Department’s top priorities, officials said.

The Pentagon Is Spending Millions on Hunter Drones With Nets

Shooting drones down over cities isn’t ideal. Nabbing them in midair is an intriguing alternative.

AFWERX to Launch Four Challenges to Accelerate Space Innovation

The Air Force’s innovation group is crowdsourcing some of the pain points in the space domain.

The VA’s First Chief Innovation Officer Aims to Speed Up the Delivery of Cost-Saving Services

Michael Akinyele’s mission is to find ways to innovate health care delivery and scale it across the enterprise.

NIST to Update Online iEdison Tool for Reporting Federally-Funded Inventions

The National Institutes of Health managed the original platform since 1995.

Energy Department Launches Challenge for Next-Gen Storage Technologies

The agency will coordinate a range of research and development funding opportunities, prizes, partnerships and other activities to meet a set of strategic goals by 2030.

DARPA Wants Help Developing a ‘Sea Train’ of Unmanned Warships

The Pentagon’s research arm is looking to produce technologies for a new class of long-distance unmanned surface vessels.  

The Crazy Government Research Projects You Might've Missed in 2019

Self-aware artificial intelligence, biology-based computers and “smart” surveillance are just a few.

NOAA Contracts With 3 Major Cloud Providers on Big Data Project

More than four years after starting the Big Data Project, NOAA signs with three cloud companies to provide free access to its wealth of data.

China Has Increasing Sway in U.S. Science, Defense Report Says

Beijing is using better jobs at home, aggressive intelligence agencies, and a greater financial reach to influence American institutions.

How a National Lab is Securing Electric Vehicles and Smart Cars of the Future

At Argonne, a holistic approach is accelerating discoveries and bolstering the fight against emerging transportation threats. 

DARPA Wants Smart Suits to Protect Against Biological Attacks

A new program aims to usher in a modern military ensemble that can provide 100% survival against lethal exposure from multiple chemical and biological agents.

How Five Federal Agencies Fostered Innovation

New report showcases initiatives including a procurement lab and virtual internship program. 

How VA Gets Innovators to Focus on Veterans’ Challenges 

One event helped a severely injured veteran use a utensil on his own—for the first time in 12 years. 

Army Partners with UFO Researchers to Study Active Camouflage and Other Sci-Fi Tech

The partnership will explore metamaterials, quantum communications, beamed energy propulsion and other futuristic tech for use on the military’s ground vehicles.