DARPA Demo Day showcases national security improvements

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Information Innovation Office (I2O) recently hosted DARPA Demo Day 2014, an event showcasing more than 100 projects seeking to improve U.S. national security.

The event, which took place on May 21 at the Pentagon, highlighted DARPA's contributions to preserving and expanding information technology (IT) superiority. DoD officials, public-sector innovators and defense contractors viewed more than 100 demonstrations of advances in the areas of cybersecurity, language translation, decision support and networked warfighter systems.

The displays pointed to a future in which networks would be more resilient to natural and human-launched threats to inform officials to employ fast correctives and countermeasures.

"The information revolution has been a huge boon to society, but our growing dependence on information networks also means that information is today's tactical and strategic high ground, increasingly targeted by adversaries from everyday criminals to networked terrorists who would do our nation mortal harm," Dan Kaufman, the director of I2O, said. "I2O's mission is to ensure the safety and reliability of essential information technologies, against the challenges we face today and also against those we can imagine well into the future. We help make the tools of the information revolution more powerful and useful, not just for those who ensure our security but also for the people and nation they protect."

I2O programs on display at the event included High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS), which protects IT systems from cyberattack using semi-automated systems that check to make sure code is secure and working as intended; Big Mechanism, a program to develop automated technologies to explain the causes and effects driving complicated systems; and Memex, the next-generation of public domain search results applied to fighting human trafficking.