News Release: DARPA
Contractors, Staff Receive Awards for Excellence in Performance
Director’s Award for Outstanding
Dr. Robert A. Hummel
Dr. Robert A. Hummel has developed imagery exploitation
technologies that have transformed our nation’s capabilities
to detect elusive adversaries. His personal efforts directly led
to several significant technical breakthroughs in automatic target
recognition, 3D data exploitation, and improvised explosive device
Dr. Hummel supported U.S. forces in combat operations
by spearheading the rapid transition of DARPA-developed imagery
exploitation capabilities to the National Geospatial-Intelligence
Agency. Senior Department of Defense leaders described his efforts
as providing “tremendous national tactical intelligence
support” to our warfighters during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Dr. Hummel is powered by ideas. He is energized—and
energizes others—in the pursuit of ideas to ensure America’s
Armed Forces have the world’s best warfighting capabilities.
Significant Technical Achievement
BBN Technologies developed Boomerang, an effective
and innovative acoustic shot-detection system that improves the
force protection capabilities of American units serving in Iraq.
The Boomerang system detects shots fired at an American
vehicle or position, determines the direction from where the shot
was fired, and displays this information to our forces. The Boomerang
technology is effective and reliable, and its performance is comparable
to similar systems—at nearly an order of magnitude less
BBN met demanding development and deployment deadlines,
with its personnel working long hours and weekends to get the
job done. BBN completed a prototype of the Boomerang system 30
days after contract award, and delivered 50 systems to U.S. Marine
Corps units deploying to Iraq within 60 days of contract award—a
remarkable achievement by any standard.
Significant Technical Achievement
Dr. W. Lewis Johnson
Dr. W. Lewis Johnson, Director of the Center for
Advanced Research in Technology for Education at the University
of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute, developed
the Tactical Language Training System (TLTS), an innovative technology
program that expertly trains U.S. forces in foreign language and
Dr. Johnson’s novel idea of incorporating
nonverbal gestures, such as cultural norms of etiquette and politeness,
into TLTS helps our troops develop the important skills necessary
to communicate and establish rapport with the local populace in
The U.S. Army and Marine Corps adopted Dr. Johnson’s
program and use it today to prepare troops for duty in Iraq. The
program’s success is best summarized by one soldier’s
words, “I learned more in 1 day with this than I learned
in my whole tour in Iraq.”
Small Business Innovation Research
Dot Metrics Technologies Corporation
The Dot Metrics Technologies Corporation team convincingly
demonstrated the feasibility of a new method for introducing deep-green
luminescent nanostructures into semiconductor materials for LED
applications. Dot Metrics achieved this breakthrough via a proprietary
process sequence that produces a higher efficiency electroluminescent
output, tunable to the deep-green portion of the visible spectrum.
The breakthrough technology achieved by Dot Metrics
in filling the “green gap” will directly translate
into more weight- and power-efficient solid-state lighting devices
in applications ranging from displays to general lighting. The
technology will be part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA) program to install innovative lighting systems
on U.S. Navy vessels.
Sustained Excellence by a Government Agent
Michael Blackstone, of the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA) Contracts Management Office, demonstrated
outstanding performance supporting DARPA’s Command Post
of the Future (CPOF) program and DARPA in general.
He reorganized the many CPOF performers and contracts
into a single team with a prime contractor and key subcontractors
to better support important mission requirements. Mr. Blackstone
completed the many contracts in record time and enabled the new
CPOF team to accelerate research to support U.S. Joint Forces
Mr. Blackstone reduced the time required to finalize
DARPA program contracts, saved thousands of dollars by implementing
processes to avoid cost overruns in program contracts, and helped
establish an advanced electronic tool to issue broad agency announcements.
His ability to quickly adapt to challenging circumstances directly
led to the success of many DARPA programs.
Sustained Excellence by a Performer
AeroVironment, Inc., displayed outstanding dedication
to the joint warfighter needs by developing the WASP Micro Air
Vehicle (MAV). The WASP vehicle provides America’s forces
with a new, effective capability for communications, area surveillance,
and target tracking.
AeroVironment used innovative multifunctional materials
concepts in designing the WASP. The design uses a main battery
as the wing structure that keeps the vehicle remarkably small
and lightweight, while maintaining the capability to provide real-time
images and data via a miniature camera. The WASP has exceptional
flight stability, autonomy, and durability and set an endurance
record for MAVs that is three times longer than any comparably
equipped and sized air vehicle.
AeroVironment worked with the U.S. Navy and Marine
Corps personnel to ensure the WASP was designed to be useful for
real-world operational missions. As a result of AeroVironment’s
tireless dedication and efforts, the WASP has demonstrated the
significant utility of a micro air vehicle to military operations.
Sustained Excellence by a Performer
Command Post of the Future Front-Line Team
The Command Post of the Future (CPOF) continues
to advance as a revolutionary command and control (C2) technology
since delivery of the program 2 years ago to U.S. Army units in
The CPOF Front-Line Team— Global Infotek,
Inc.; ISX Corporation; Oculus Info, Inc.; SYS Technologies, Inc.;
and Viz (GDC4S)—led the complicated, simultaneous deployment
and maintenance of CPOF systems to military units preparing for
deployment to and performing missions in Iraq.
Over the past 2 years, the CPOF technology has impressed
our front-line warriors. Field commanders repeatedly state that
CPOF saves soldiers’ lives by enabling units to effectively
coordinate operations from scattered locations. CPOF has emerged
as the primary C2 system for a U.S. Army division of 30,000 soldiers
engaged in stability operations.
The CPOF Front-Line Team is a model of how expertise
from diverse companies and organizations can collaborate to create
a highly efficient and effective program. The Front-Line Team
hosts an on-site team in Iraq and a stateside team, both available
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to solve system problems and immediately
make system enhancements based on lessons learned.
As a result of CPOF’s proven performance,
the U.S. Army started an acquisition program to equip all Army
units with CPOF.