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The Transformative Apps program will develop a diverse array of militarily-relevant software applications ("apps") using an innovative new development and acquisition process. A military apps marketplace will be created to enable rapid innovation to meet user needs based on a direct collaboration between a vibrant and highly competitive development community and involved communities of end-users. The program will address all the challenges-technical, business and operational to make the new capabilities available for use in the field. The objectives are to transition the resulting systems to end-users in the Services and to foster a new model for rapidly and effectively acquiring, introducing, maintaining and enhancing software.
The majority of work to develop and mature military wireless networks to date has focused on efficiency and stability in benign conditions. Insufficient attention has been paid to identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities arising from the new features being added to make these networks more efficient. Unfortunately, because of the focus on efficiency, the protocols that have been developed implicitly trust all information shared about the state of the nodes and the larger network. Consequently, when the information that is shared among these nodes is bad, the network quickly becomes unusable.
Program Manager
Dr. Jonathan M. Smith joined DARPA in September 2017 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a professor of computer and information science and the Olga and Alberico Pompa Professor of Engineering and Applied Science.
Program Manager
Dr. Mary R. Schurgot joined DARPA in March 2020 as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office (STO). Her research interests include secure and efficient data sharing, automated decision aids, and the design of new networking and communication paradigms.
Program Manager
Dr. Rob Saperstein joined DARPA in June 2018 as a program manager for the Strategic Technology Office. His interests lie in technologies and systems for optical reconnaissance (ISR), electronic support, tactical optical networks, and verification of effectiveness.