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03/26/2018
Rear Admiral Doug Small is a native of Birchwood, Wisconsin. He is a 1988 graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He also holds a Doctorate in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
05/09/2018
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Stevens has served in the Army for 20 years, most recently as Project Manager for Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Asymmetric Warfare Group, Concepts, Integration and Cyber Electromagnetic Warfare Operations Squadron in Ft. Meade, MD.
04/04/2018
Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a Web standards organization founded in 1994 and a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation.
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01/01/1978
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Hubble Telescope takes the clearest images of the universe and transmits these to Earth via its antennas. From 1978 to 1980, DARPA funded the design, fabrication, delivery and installation of two antenna booms for the Hubble Space Telescope to demonstrate the advantages of metal-matrix composites. Made of a graphite-fiber/aluminum matrix, these booms permit radio frequency conduction while simultaneously serving as structural supports. Deploying this dual-use composite material resulted in a 60% weight savings over an alternative boom- design candidate. Through this new material technology, DARPA met NASA’s design requirements for weight, stiffness, and dimensional stability. DARPA also contributed to the Hubble’s optical successes. The telescope incorporates algorithms and concepts pioneered by DARPA’s Directed Energy Program in the late 1970s and early 1980s, by which mirrors can be deliberately deformed to correct for wavefront imperfections.
01/01/2014
The Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), which DARPA developed in partnership with the U. S. Navy and U.S, Air Force, becomes a program of record for the Navy. LRASM is anticipated to play a significant role in ensuring military access to operate in both open-ocean and littoral environments due to its enhanced ability to discriminate between targets and conduct tactical engagements from extended ranges. With the growth of maritime threats in anti-access/area denial (A2AD) environments, this semi-autonomous, air-launched anti-ship missile promises to reduce dependence on external platforms and network links in order to penetrate sophisticated enemy air-defense systems.