Since its inception in 1992,
As widely successful as these initial investments have proven to be, a new set of challenges has emerged. For example, although commercialization of advanced technologies has made military systems more affordable, it has also proliferated global access to advanced electronics, reducing U.S. strategic advantage. This reality requires MTO to remain focused on developing new leap-ahead technologies to maintain America's military hi-tech edge, while the scientific landscape, national security threats, and military missions continue to evolve.
MTO has a history of being on the forefront of emerging technologies. Most recently, MTO initiated a number of programs at the intersection of biology and engineering. The first programs of
"The success of a number of MTO and DSO biologically related programs provided the necessary foundation and motivation to start BTO," said
Looking to the future, MTO seeks to explore several key challenge areas, which include effectively using the congested electromagnetic spectrum and addressing the end of Moore's Law, all while maintaining affordable solutions in today's fiscally constrained yet increasingly globalized environment.
"MTO's goal is to enable a whole new class of technology-driven capabilities for national security, as opposed to creating a single end-point solution," said Chappell. "We have top-down perspectives informed by national defense needs, but create bottom-up solutions based on the opportunities that present themselves through technology. MTO intends to preserve and augment its critical position bridging between fundamental research and system integration."
To accomplish these goals, MTO will continue to leverage basic insights from academia and private industry, both domestically and abroad, to explore enabling technologies. Toward that end, MTO is currently seeking proposals in a number of key focus areas for its ongoing Office-Wide Broad Agency Announcement (DARPA-BAA-12-64) and additional program-specific BAAs are currently under development. These existing and pending efforts, informed by constant dialogue between MTO program managers and leaders in academia, industry, and government, are designed to keep
MTO is targeting a symposium in July located in the
"We're developing plans for an open discussion with various tech communities this summer to share ideas and further advance the vision of the office and its new thrust areas," Chappell said.
A Special Notice is forthcoming with further details of the event.
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