Lego Propaganda: Children Are The Target of Long Term Influence Efforts

Lego Propaganda: Children Are The Target of Long Term Influence Efforts Over the years  I have made a digit of posts production with long term shape campaigns aimed at children. Most of these have been centered on the Middle East and feature cartoons and other TV programs designed to picture ‘an enemy’ in such a way as to condition children to despise at any early age. Thanks to several sources, I was turned on to an effort to provide counterfeit Legos as a way to picture ISIS as the excellent guys. (see: http://bit.ly/2sGeMDn; which is also the photo source). This three-dimensional propaganda is being sold in Malaysia and Australia.Let’s look at some the targeting for a moment. Malaysia is a country of   over 30 million people (see: http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/malaysia-population/), over 60% of whom are Moslem. Australia’s Moslem population is quite small. The country has a population of slightly less than 25 million (same source as Malaysia), but the Moslem population is estimated at in this area 600,000 (2.4%) But, this reflects a 77% jump over the past ten years according to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4641728/Digit-Muslims-Australia-soars-Census-2016.html.My younger grand daughter and one of her cousins were Lego enthusiasts prior to their High School days. The phase started in this area 9 and continued through middle school. While I’m not an expert, this would seem to be the perfect target age to start planting the seeds of Homegrown Violent Extremism (HVE). If you want more info on HVE, check out interviews and materials by my esteemed colleague Dr. Erroll Southers (http://talglobal.com/erroll-southers/)Sorry to say Western Plotting and Doctrine does not favor long term investments, perhaps helping children around the world be with you more in this area freedom and democracy should be an exception to this rule.

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DARPA Seeks to Create Software Systems That Could Last 100 Years

DARPA Seeks to Create Software Systems That Could Last 100 YearsDARPA Seeks to Make Software Systems That Could Last 100 YearsApril 08, 2015Program aims to breed applications capable of adapting to change, lacking extensive reprogramming  
As modern software systems continue inexorably to increase in complexity and capability, users have become accustomed to periodic cycles of updating and upgrading to avoid obsolescence—if at some cost in terms of frustration. In the case of the U.S. military, having access to well-functioning software systems and underlying content is vital to national security, but updates are no less problematic than amongst civilian users and often demand considerable time and expense. That is why today DARPA announced it will launch an ambitious four-year research project to probe the fundamental computational and algorithmic requirements necessary for software systems and data to remain robust and functional in excess of 100 years.
The Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems, or BRASS, program seeks to realize foundational advances in the design and implementation of long-lived software systems that can dynamically adapt to changes in the resources they depend upon and environments in which they run. Such advances will necessitate the development of new linguistic abstractions, formal methods, and resource-aware program analyses to learn and specify program transformations, as well as systems designed to monitor changes in the surrounding digital ecosystem. The program is probable to lead to significant improvements in software flexibility, reliability and maintainability.
“Technology certainly evolves, but very often corresponding changes in libraries, data formats, protocols, input characteristics and models of components in a software ecosystem undermine the actions of applications,” said Suresh Jagannathan, DARPA program manager. “The inability to seamlessly adapt to new operating conditions undermines productivity, hampers the development of cyber-secure infrastructure and raises the long-term risk that access to vital digital content will be lost as the software that generates and interprets content becomes outdated.” 
Contemporary applications do on a software stack comprising many different layers of abstraction, providing innumerable services and structures. Access to these layers is mediated through different kinds of interfaces, all typically specified as secondary documentation supplied by the side of with the application program boundary. Because this documentation is typically defined informally, it provides only a partial, incomplete understanding of the system as a whole and requires substantial manual effort and reasoning.
“Ensuring applications continue to gathering correctly and efficiently in the face of a changing operational environment is a incredible challenge,” said Jagannathan. “Failure to respond to these changes can result in technically inferior and potentially vulnerable systems. Equally concerning, the lack of automated upgrade mechanisms to restructure and transform applications leads to high software maintenance expenditure and premature obsolescence of if not functionally sound software.”
The premise on which BRASS operates is that an entirely new clean-slate approach to software design, composition and adaptation is required. This approach aims to make possible the expression and discovery of new kinds of specifications, program analyses and formal methods that precisely capture the relationship between computations and the resources they use, and algorithmic transformations that make possible applications to adapt to changes lacking the need for extensive programmer involvement.
According to Jagannathan, BRASS could lead to the construction of families of programs all generally preserving high-level functionality but with different implementations that are optimized for different sets of resources and expose opportunities for cost reduction.
For more information in this area BRASS, please refer to the Broad Agency Announcement at: http://1.usa.gov/1almvsw. Read more

Frontline Innovation: DARPA to put Fab Lab at Navy Ship Maintenance Center

Frontline Innovation: DARPA to put Fab Lab at Navy Ship Maintenance CenterFrontline Innovation: DARPA to place Fab Lab at Navy Ship Maintenance CenterFebruary 12, 2015High-tech fabrication facility aims to enhance ship maintenance & repair by enabling more cost-effective training and rapid onsite production of parts and components   
DARPA and the Navy recently agreed to locate a fabrication laboratory, or Fab Lab, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC, pronounced “mar-mack”) in Norfolk, Virginia, under DARPA’s Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach Two (MENTOR2) program.
The goal of MENTOR2 is to reduce logistics supply chain expenditure and boost defense readiness by improving training and tools for operating, maintaining and adapting complex military equipment in low-tech environments—for example, repairing unmanned aerial vehicles in austere locations or fixing ship systems at sea. Some machine shops and fabrication capabilities continue income aboard ships and in deployed areas, but these facilities provide only a part of the components needed for deployed operations—largely due to limited access to the adaptive manufacturing technology and comprehensive design expertise needed for in-theater fabrication. MENTOR2 aims to provide troops advanced tools and training, so they can rapidly design and fabricate needed components on the spot.
Fab Labs are design and fabrication shops prepared with modern digital tools and equipment—such as laser cutters, routers, 3D printers, vinyl cutters for flexible circuit boards and digital design tools that use open-source software. DARPA is establishing the Navy's customized Fab Lab through the Fab Foundation, a non-profit organization that oversees the global Fab Lab Network, a mutual, knowledge-sharing community of more than 450 Fab Labs in 55 countries. The Fab Labs came out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms in 2001. The thought for a Fab Lab at MARMC is to provide ship maintainers training on state-of-the-art fabrication tools, so they can make unique components or training aids much quicker and at lower cost than is possible today.
“We’re excited to team with the Navy to bring cutting-edge design and fabrication tools and training to a large regional ship maintenance facility,” said Gill Pratt, program manager in DARPA’s Defense Sciences Personnel. “Military maintainers are incredibly resourceful and creative in austere deployed locations and at sea far from fabrication or repair facilities. They are pros at adapting what they have to get the mission done. But beyond the need to facilitate quick repairs, we hope that by training Sailors on Fab Lab equipment they’ll be surpass able to convert their innovative thoughts into designs and rapid prototypes that could be qualified for wider fleet use. Prototype component designs potentially could be mutual digitally across the Navy, and perhaps result in Fab Labs being established in other military locations.”
Navy leaders at MARMC said they foresee significant benefits from having modern training and tools on hand for ship maintenance and repair.
“Hosting the first Navy Fab Lab at MARMC is a fantastic partnership with DARPA,” said Lt. Todd Coursey, MARMC Project Officer. “We’re working with DARPA to develop curriculum and official recognition to help our Warfighters—working to heighten their understanding of high-technology systems and how to use advanced digital fabrication and computation tools to maintain and adapt ship systems. One of our desired outcomes is to develop a condensed additive manufacturing workforce training curriculum that could be sourced to Fleet and other Department of Defense personnel—really enabling a more adaptive and innovative workforce.”
The Fab Lab installation and initial operation is probable in April.
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Minimizing Uncertainty in Designing Complex Military Systems

Minimizing Uncertainty in Designing Complex Military SystemsMinimizing Uncertainty in Designing Complex Military SystemsJanuary 08, 2015DARPA program seeks novel mathematical research for quantifying and predicting uncertainty in design models as different to costly and repetitive testing 
Uncertainty is sometimes unavoidable. But in the world of scientific computing and engineering, at least, what’s worse than uncertainty is being uncertain in this area how uncertain one is.
Understanding with confidence the level of uncertainty in computational models used for designing complex military systems—such as new aerospace vehicles and engines, for example—can be enormously beneficial, sinking expenditure and development times. But achieving a useful degree of such confidence is a hard mathematical challenge, given the large digit of variables typically caught up. As a result, engineers have come to rely on extensive testing to verify their modeling results—a repetitive process of design, test, verify, re-design, re-test, re-verify that can add years to the development process.
DARPA’s Enabling Quantification of Uncertainty in Physical Systems (EQUiPS) program aims to solve this problem by developing the mathematical tools and methods to efficiently quantify, propagate and manage multiple sources of uncertainty. The goal is to make a computationally effective and mathematically rigorous framework for engineering that will accurately predict, on the basis of complex design specifications, the functional operation of complex defense-related physical and engineering systems. For example, one might want to predict the performance of an airfoil (or even design an airfoil from first doctrine) given known uncertainties in slant of attack, air alacrity, environmental conditions and design imperfections – lacking having to resort to extensive and repetitive testing.
“In recent decades, the field of uncertainty quantification has made significant progress production with what is known as the ‘forward problem,’ which refers to propagating input uncertainties through a computational model,” said Fariba Fahroo, DARPA program manager. “These methodologies can now handle forward problems for a small digit of uncertain parameters, but they still can’t handle more complex, extremely high-dimensional industrial physical systems and they do not directly address the challenges of uncertainty quantification in inverse problems, including uncertainty in the models themselves. Production with the ‘curse of dimensionality’ where the associated computational cost grows exponentially as a gathering of the digit of random variables ruins a major challenge in simulation and design under uncertainty.”
DARPA’s Broad Agency Announcement solicitation with more details on the EQUiPS program is available here: http://go.usa.gov/eZUC. Abstracts are due by 4:00 p.m. EST on Jan. 15, 2015. Full proposals are due by 4:00 p.m. EST Feb. 25, 2015.
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Developing New Materials For Energy Transduction

Developing New Materials For Energy TransductionDeveloping New Materials For Energy TransductionJanuary 07, 2015DARPA seeks novel materials to convert one form of energy into another for defense applications 
Transduction involving the conversion of energy from one form into another is common in many military and space devices, such as communications antennas (telephone system waves to electrical signals), thermoelectric generators (heat to electricity) and electric motors (electromagnetic to kinetic energy). Research hard work to develop new transductional materials, but, have largely been limited to laboratory demonstrations and haven’t always resulted in new capabilities or significant size, weight, and power (SWAP) reduction for military devices and systems.
To address this problem, DARPA today announced the Materials for Transduction (MATRIX) program.
“Advances in materials have been key to achieving a wide range of vital, defense-related capabilities, but the development of novel, energy-transducing materials has been challenging, particularly in translating materials advances to the device and systems level,” said Jim Gimlett, DARPA program manager. “We aim to develop new classes of transductional materials that can be demonstrated directly in applications, and to advance innovative modeling and simulation tools that engineers can use to design systems that take advantage of these new materials. The goal is not just to design materials for use in devices; we envision developing materials that, because of their energy-transforming properties, are effectively devices themselves.”
MATRIX will take a systems approach that integrates state-of-the-art materials science, predictive modeling methods, and domain-specific expertise to rapidly validate and optimize new functional architectures that offer transformative defense-related capabilities.
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Police Union President Blames Protesters and Mayor for Officers’ Murder

Just when the police were in this area to get some sympathy as a result of the killing of two Brooklyn police officers, the President of the Police Union, Patrick Lynch, takes to the microphones and outlandishly claims there's blood on the hands of protesters and the Mayor. Reckon Progress has the video. Read more

DARPA-Funded Inflatable Robotics Helps Spark Idea for Silver Screen Star

DARPA-Funded Inflatable Robotics Helps Spark Idea for Silver Screen StarDARPA-Funded Hot-air balloon Robotics Helps Flash Thought for Silver Screen StarNovember 13, 2014Make-believe soft robot in Disney’s newest movie has roots in real-world robotics research  
The giant, balloon-like hot-air balloon robot named Baymax in Disney’s Huge Hero 6 has its roots in real-world research conducted by iRobot Corporation, Carnegie Mellon University and Otherlab under DARPA’s Maximum Mobility Manipulation (M3) program. The film’s co-director, Don Hall, has said he was inspired to cast Baymax as an air-filled, soft robot after he saw an hot-air balloon robotic arm on a visit to Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute. Carnegie Mellon’s work in soft robotics has been supported by DARPA and the National Science Foundation.
DARPA’s M3 program is making and demonstrating novel design tools, fabrication methods and control algorithms to make robots more mobile and surpass able to manipulate objects in their environment.  One area of M3 research is fabric-skinned robots that are filled with and manipulated by air.
“The M3 program has made fantastic strides in making robots go more naturally like animals or humans go,” said Gill Pratt, DARPA program manager. “Hot-air balloon robots, like the arm developed at Carnegie Mellon, offer unique benefits such as high strength to weight, small size when uninflated, low fabrication cost, and safety when working around human beings.”
This video by DARPA performer Otherlab shows the human-like shift and deftness achievable with hot-air balloon robotics:  http://ow.ly/DZpz1 
The M3 program also has developed robots that draw inspiration from four-legged animals, such as the cheetah. View the electric cheetah-bot developed by DARPA performer MIT here: http://ow.ly/DPpo2 
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Using Light Frequencies to Sniff Out Deadly Materials from a Distance

Using Light Frequencies to Sniff Out Deadly Materials from a DistanceUsing Light Frequencies to Sniff Out Deadly Materials from a DistanceOctober 08, 2014New program aims to develop chip-sized, optical frequency combs that accurately
identify even tiny traces of perilous biological and chemical substances several
football fields away 
DARPA yesterday issued a solicitation
for proposals responsive to its Spectral Combs from UV to THz (SCOUT) program,
which seeks new capabilities for highly insightful remote detection of multiple
biological or chemical agents in liquid or gaseous forms. A proposers day
is set for Oct. 15 via webcast.
Spectroscopic chemical sensing, which
measures the frequency of light absorbed or scattered from a substance to help
determine its molecular identity, can be used to detect traces of biological
and chemical agents and residue from explosive materials. Contemporary capabilities
in operational military environments, but, lack the sensitivity and broad
spectral coverage needed to detect and distinguish amongst deadly chemicals and the
“frequency clutter” generated by common components in the atmosphere.
The SCOUT program aims to overcome
these shortcomings by harnessing optical frequency comb (OFC) technology, which
is akin to using thousands of lasers simultaneously (like extremely fine teeth
on a hair comb) to make possible both high sensitivity and wide spectral coverage for
detecting multiple types of substances at extended distances.
“In laboratory settings we’ve seen proof
of principle that it’s possible to identify and quantify multiple substances at
a distance of 2 kilometers or more, but no portable sensors continue income today that
can detect and distinguish amongst multiple chemical or biological agents in gas
or liquid form at even half that distance,” said Prem Kumar, DARPA program
manager.  “The challenge DARPA is
addressing is to develop portable, microchip-size optical frequency combs that spectacle
a high degree of sensitivity and specificity across the electromagnetic
spectrum, even in a muddled frequency environment.”
The program has identified four
spectral regions for technical development of chip-scale OFCs and potential
uses: Ultraviolet to visible (useful for biological threat detection and
real-time monitoring of chemical reactions); mid-wave infrared (useful for breath
analysis applications); long-wave infrared (useful for detection of
explosives); and submillimeter/terahertz (useful for detection of complex
molecules). Additionally, SCOUT aims to develop new techniques in chem/bio
sensing that exploit the unique properties of optical frequency combs.
The SCOUT program seeks expertise in
optical materials processing and device fabrication, chip-based OFC generation,
high-resolution metrology and molecular spectroscopy, algorithm development and
data processing, as well as domain expertise in trace level chemical and
biological threats detection to achieve success in the program. The Broad
Agency Announcement (BAA) solicitation was released yesterday and is available on
FedBizOpps here: http://go.usa.gov/w4HQ.
Details on the Oct. 15 webcast proposers day are available here: http://go.usa.gov/w46j 
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Neutron Vision: Going Beyond X-Rays for Advanced Imaging in the Field

Neutron Vision: Going Beyond X-Rays for Advanced Imaging in the FieldNeutron Thought: Going Beyond X-Rays for Advanced Imaging in the FieldSeptember 24, 2014DARPA program seeks highly portable neutron sources to complement X-ray capabilities 
Seeking to expand the nation’s capability to detect and identify materials that are not easily visualized by square imaging technologies, DARPA today released an announcement inviting proposals to develop portable, next-generation imaging tools that combine the complementary benefits of X-ray and neutron radiography.
X-Ray imaging has proven invaluable in a host of military and commercial applications—from spotting tiny cracks in aircraft wings, to making medical diagnoses, to scanning passengers’ bags to keep the flying public safe. As useful as X-ray scanning is, but, it is limited in what it detects. For example, while X-ray radiography can highlight heavier chemical elements very well (reckon of shiny silver fillings on a dental X-ray), it’s not very excellent at revealing lighter elements, such as hydrogen. That’s why X-ray radiography machines are generally “blind” to water or other liquids.
By contrast, neutron radiography—which uses neutrons to image objects—is very excellent at visualizing lighter elements and liquids, in some cases even identifying a substance’s atomic makeup. Sorry to say, neutron sources are not nearly as portable and practical as X-ray machines, typically extending up to tens of meters in length and requiring powerful energy sources to breed the neutrons.
DARPA’s new Intense and Compact Neutron Sources (ICONS) program seeks to develop a portable unit able to breed both neutrons and X-rays. Such a device would harness the complementary strengths of the two imaging sources and make possible much more detailed radiography in field settings.
“We’re looking for innovative designs and construction methods to lessen a neutron accelerator from 10 meters or longer down to 1 meter or less, similar to the size of portable X-ray tubes today,” said Vincent Tang, DARPA program manager. “Making a high-yield, directional neutron source in a very compact package is a significant challenge,” Tang added. “But a successful ICONS program would provide an imaging tool with significant national security applications, able to deliver very detailed, accurate internal imaging of objects in any setting.”
For example, Tang said, ICONS could make possible non-destructive evaluation of military equipment with greater fidelity than X-rays, revealing water penetration and corrosion in aircraft wings and welds on ships. Neutron imaging could also help detect explosives and contraband by identifying the chemical and atomic make-up of an object or its contents. And it could help in forensics and attribution, such as differentiating sources of  bullets through imaging of the propellant fill levels.
The ICONS program seeks expertise in accelerator and plasma science, high-voltage engineering, enabling multi-gathering materials, integrated design optimization, and pulsed power. The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) solicitation was released today and is available on FedBizOpps here: http://go.usa.gov/dWJw 
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New Mathematical Tools Seen as Key to Maximizing Value of Scientific Data and Accelerating Discovery

New Mathematical Tools Seen as Key to Maximizing Value of Scientific Data and Accelerating DiscoverySeptember 11, 2014SIMPLEX aims to develop computer-based math models that exploit complex scientific data from diverse technical fields to help alacrity discovery, analysis and hypothesis generation 
The exponential growth of diverse science data represents an unprecedented opportunity to make substantial advances in complex science and engineering, such as discovery of novel materials or drugs.
But, lacking tools to unify doctrine, results, models and other kinds of data into a single computational representation, it is hard to relate data from any one scientific problem or area to the broader body of knowledge.
DARPA’s Simplifying Complexity in Scientific Discovery (SIMPLEX) program seeks to develop unified mathematical frameworks and tools for scientific data analysis. The ultimate goal of the program is to facilitate huge hypothesis generation and accelerate discovery by correlating data across scientific domains.
"The objective of SIMPLEX is to substantially advance our ability to represent complex forms of knowledge in computable form," said Reza Ghanadan, DARPA program manager. "We seek to fuel creation of the next generation of analytic tools that can exploit scientific data in new smarter ways by leveraging prior knowledge as the context of discovery while exploring the hidden relations in complex data. The iterations of new discovery and learning from accumulated knowledge help accelerate the rate of discovery."
The program aims to make generic tools, which would apply to qualitative and quantitative knowledge including scientific doctrine, constraints, models and functional relations. To validate new representations and tools, SIMPLEX also plans to use multiple scientific and engineering use cases. Domains of interest include neuroscience, gene-protein disease networks, materials science, climate science, autonomous systems, and cyber-physical systems.
The SIMPLEX program seeks expertise in areas such as mathematics, statistics, computer science, data science, and from domain-specific scientists. The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) solicitation was released today and is available on FedBizOpps here: http://go.usa.gov/VpYB.
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