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August 22, 2008 by

Better networked soldiers

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has recently given a US$500K award to a computer scientist of the Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). His research project is called 'Revolutionizing Defense Communications with a Diversified Internet Infrastructure.' Crowley will design a new kind of network for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The goal is to 'facilitate real-time information in the field so that every foot soldier, commander, tank and transport vehicle is networked.' Crowley thinks that commanders engaged in tactical combat-type situations 'want to understand the location and states of all the platforms, equipment and personnel in real-time.' And he adds he can help -- and maybe save some lives. But read more...

April 13, 2007 by

Internet: The next generation (or 'Routers in Space')

Back in the 1960s, it was a US Defense Department agency, DARPA, that created the network that has become the Internet. Now, the DOD has approved and funded a new project, Iris, that might wind up jump-starting a new chapter in Internet history - the wired cosmos.


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