These breakthrough technologies address a range of military challenges, from mental disorders to battlefield safety.
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Self-patching network defense system
DARPA is getting closer to creating the mythical Skynet. In October, the agency announced the Cyber Grand Challenge for which teams will build fully automated network defense systems that compete against each other. The systems will evaluate software, test for vulnerabilities, create security patches, and apply them to protected computers on a network. Participants with expertise in reverse engineering, formal methods, and program analysis will go head-to-head in a final event in early to mid-2016, as they demonstrate their unmanned systems. The systems will have to automatically identify software flaws and scan the network to find affected hosts. The winning team will receive $2 million.
Skirting the Big Data Expertise ShortageFederal departments and agencies have embraced big data in a big way, despite a shortage of trained and experienced workers, particularly data scientists. What tools and strategies are helping bridge the divide?
Big Data, Big ChallengesIf thereís one asset the U.S. government has in abundance, itís data. But a fight for expertise is hindering both the public and private sectors when it comes to managing and mining information. Can Uncle Sam compete for talent?