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DARPA, Special Operations Command Invite Scientists to Help America

DARPA, Special Operations Command Invite Scientists to Help America

Washington D.C. -- (AFPS) January 18, 2002 -- Application deadline is Jan. 30 for scientists and researchers interested in attending a March 11-13 Defense Department conference here focused on technical areas where DoD needs their help.

Called "Scientists Helping America," the conference is being co- sponsored by the U.S. Special Operations Command and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Candidates must submit application forms for review. Conference attendance is limited to 200 invited selectees, who will be notified and given details by mail.

DoD is particularly interested in researchers who have never before worked with the department and who might have innovative ideas in nine key technical areas:

  • Advanced training systems.
  • Batteries and fuel cells.
  • Bioengineering and chemical/biological defense.
  • Directed-energy weapons.
  • Wide-bandwidth reach-back communications.
  • Remote sensing.
  • Signature reduction.
  • Underwater communications.
  • Unmanned systems.

"We want to tap new resources to help us in our fight against terrorism. These scientists can bring a lot to the table. They can take us in directions that we might not have thought of in the past," said Jane A. Alexander, deputy director of DARPA.

Harry Schulte, acquisition lead for USSOCOM, said his command is looking for nontraditional help from companies and scientists who have not had a role in DoD projects in the past. "Twenty- first century warfare requires our agency and others in DoD to think out of the box to come up with solutions," he said. "We're looking for the best scientists in America to help develop technology relevant to the mission of USSOCOM."

Conference attendees will learn about military special forces from Gen. Charles Holland, USSOCOM commander in chief. Tony Tether, DARPA director, will talk about DARPA and how technologists interact with DoD.

The conference will include workshops to allow the scientists to network directly with DARPA program managers and USSOCOM personnel, and special tutorial sessions on working with the government, obtaining a security clearance and understanding the broad agency announcement process.

DARPA is the central research and development organization for DoD. It manages basic and applied research and development projects where technical risk and potential payoff are both very high, and where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions. DARPA is known for its role in sponsoring research that led to today's Internet and for developing the predecessor to the Air Force's F-117 stealth fighter.

USSOCOM's mission is to provide combat-ready special operations forces in peacetime and war. The command develops and acquires equipment and materiel unique to special operations forces, like the Navy SEALS and Army Green Berets.

For full details, interested scientists and researchers should visit the conference Web site.


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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).