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News Release: DARPA presents awards for excellence in performance

Director's Award - Technical Achievement
Director's Award - Outstanding Portfolio of Technical Programs
Significant Technical Achievement
Small Business Innovation Research
Sustained Excellence by a Government Agent
Sustained Excellence of a Performer


Director’s Award for Technical Achievement

Dr. Owen Brown
Dr. Owen Brown provided outstanding leadership and vision in the execution of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Micro-Satellite Technology Experiment program.  The program’s goal was to identify, integrate, and demonstrate small satellite technologies that provide innovative space capabilities for the Department of Defense.

Dr. Brown’s expert leadership of the program through concept, design, satellite build and launch resulted in meeting or exceeding all technical milestones in record time for a space technology demonstration program.  His innovative management style and superior decision-making skills were instrumental in overcoming challenges that threatened to increase the cost and delay program progress.  

The technical expertise, entrepreneurship, and leadership demonstrated by Dr. Brown led to the discovery of new technologies that will have a vital effect on space operations.

Dr. Roger Hall
Dr. Roger Hall provided outstanding leadership and vision in the execution of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Micro-Satellite Technology Experiment program.  The program’s goal was to identify, integrate, and demonstrate small satellite technologies that provide innovative space capabilities for the Department of Defense.

Dr. Hall’s expert leadership of the program through concept, design, satellite build and launch resulted in meeting or exceeding all technical milestones in record time for a space technology demonstration program.  His innovative management style and superior decision-making skills were instrumental in overcoming challenges that threatened to increase the cost and delay program progress. 

The technical expertise, entrepreneurship, and leadership demonstrated by Dr. Hall led to the discovery of new technologies that will have a vital effect on the conduct of space operations.

Lieutenant Colonel Fred Kennedy
Lieutenant Colonel Fred Kennedy, USAF, provided outstanding leadership and vision in the execution of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Orbital Express program. 

The goals of the Orbital Express program were to demonstrate the feasibility of in-space autonomous refueling of satellites and autonomous replacement of key satellite components—innovative space capabilities that greatly enhance the conduct of the Department of Defense space operations.  

Colonel Kennedy’s impressive leadership skills ensured the Orbital Express demonstration satellites overcame technical and operational challenges and successfully completed their critical design, build, and launch.  He trained and led the satellite control crews through a flawless 110-day demonstration, meeting or exceeding all technical goals.  He developed innovative business practices that will be of benefit to DARPA and Air Force space projects. 

Colonel Kennedy’s efforts provided the Department of Defense important new capabilities that will revolutionize space operations and ensure U.S. access and use of space.

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Director’s Award for Outstanding Portfolio of Technical Programs

Dr. Douglas Kirkpatrick
As a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program manager, Dr. Douglas Kirkpatrick is a visionary leader who created and successfully guided programs from across a diverse set of scientific and engineering disciplines into new and innovative warfighting capabilities for the Department of Defense. 

Dr. Kirkpatrick’s impressive technical accomplishments helped solve some of our military’s most difficult operational challenges.  He developed technologies that converted a small unit mortar into a precision-guided weapons system; increased helicopter survivability by enabling detection of small arms fire; provided advanced lighting and optical systems for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; and provided super efficient solar cells and biofuels as novel energy sources for military operations. 

His achievements were instrumental in DARPA’s successful accomplishment of its mission to prevent technological surprise for our forces and to create technological surprise for America’s adversaries.  

Dr. Stephen Taylor
As a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program manager, Dr. Stephen Taylor created and successfully led programs that have delivered important new and innovative warfighting capabilities for the Department of Defense. 

Dr. Taylor developed a substantial portfolio of programs that resulted in scientific breakthroughs in areas previously thought resolved.  His commitment to accomplishment and drive toward program goals resulted in the creation of many new partnerships among different scientific disciplines and even more new ideas for advanced technology demonstrations. 

His achievements were instrumental in DARPA’s successful accomplishment of its mission to prevent technological surprise for our forces and to create technological surprise for America’s adversaries. 

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Significant Technical Achievement 

BAE Systems Advanced Technologies
BAE Systems Advanced Technologies displayed outstanding leadership and engineering innovation in the design, construction, and activation of the High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) instrument in Gakona, Alaska.  The HAARP instrument is critical to the understanding and prediction of space weather for satellite operations at low earth orbit and is invaluable as a ground-based testbed for applications requiring a flexible source of HF and/or ELF/VLF radiation.

BAE Systems Advanced Technologies solved several significant technical obstacles to bring the HAARP instrument into reality:  redesign of the transmitter modules to achieve the desired frequency and power goals; redesign of thermal piles, used to anchor the antenna array in the harsh Alaska conditions; and incorporation of innovative clean-burn technologies into the diesel-powered generator that enabled compliance with strict environmental regulations.  As a result of their efforts, the Department of Defense scientific community has a powerful scientific tool to develop important new capabilities for our nation.

Dr. Mark Roth   
Dr. Mark Roth, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, provided outstanding leadership and scientific expertise to the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) Surviving Blood Loss:  Hydrogen Sulfide program.  The goal of the program is to develop therapies that increase the chances of survival following massive blood loss.

Dr. Roth and his team successfully demonstrated a hydrogen sulfide therapy involving the reversible reduction of a mammal’s metabolic activity without long-term side effects.  The success of this therapy as demonstrated on animals is dramatic:  100 percent of hemorrhages that were previously lethal are now 95 percent survivable.  This technology will dramatically improve the survival rate of wounded Warfighters and provide revolutionary improvements in the prevention and control of other medical complications on the battlefield.

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Small Business Innovation Research 

Fiberstars
Fiberstars developed innovative arc source multi-layer coatings that more than double lighting systems lifetimes without affecting performance.   

Fiberstars developed the innovative technology as part of HEDLight, a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency initiative aimed at improving survival, deployment, and maintenance levels of lighting systems for Navy ships.   Fiberstars’ technology lowers life cycle costs of lighting systems by extending the interval between lighting replacement.  The savings realized is substantial and will improve productivity and efficiency in a variety of military efforts.
           

Phiar Corporation
Phiar Corporation achieved innovation excellence by creating new electronic device technology that enables affordable, low-power sensor and communication operations. Using new nanotechnology-based quantum tunneling principles,  Phiar’s  technology offers a potential solution to the speed and power limitations of semiconductor-based devices and higher performance generated from existing mainstream manufacturing technologies.

Phiar Corporation’s approach to metal insulator electronics supports the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s tradition of pioneering new concepts in electronics device technology.

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Sustained Excellence by a Government Agent 

DARPA Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) and Quint Networking Technology (QNT) Programs-Air Force Research Laboratory (Ohio) Team

Mr. Mark Minges, USAF
Ms. Dawn Ross, USAF
Captain John Tate, USAF
Mr. John Woods, USAF
                                                                       
The Air Force Research Laboratory (Ohio) team provided outstanding technical and contract support to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) and Quint Networking Technology (QNT) programs.   TTNT is an Internet protocol-based, high-speed, dynamic, ad hoc data link network designed to enable tactical aircraft to quickly target moving and time-critical targets.  QNT is a modular network data link program focused on providing a multiband modular capability.

The team helped develop advanced technologies that dramatically improved airborne networking among tactical aircraft, ground control nodes, and the Global Information Grid.  As a result of their efforts, the Joint Forces will have enhanced network-centric capabilities for combat situational awareness and engagement of fleeting targets with minimal risk of collateral damage.

Wasp Flyaway Cell Team

Gunnery Sergeant Tyrone Butler, USMC
Major Jeffrey M. Dunn, USMC
Major Tiley R. Nunnink, USMC
Sergeant Aaron W. Smith, USMC

The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Wasp Micro Air Vehicle Flyaway Cell team demonstrated outstanding performance.  Wasp is a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) experimental prototype—weighing less than 1 pound and equipped with global positioning system navigation and a color camera—designed for front-line reconnaissance and surveillance over land and sea.

The USMC team conceived, developed, and implemented the training and logistical support for a Marine Corps battalion to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of Wasp in actual combat operations.  During the evaluation period, Gunnery Sergeant Tyrone Butler and the team crafted detailed reports on the operational effectiveness of Wasp that are being used to further improve its performance.

The battalion commanding officer said the contribution of Wasp to the accomplishment of their mission is “revolutionary,” and Gunnery Sergeant Tyrone Butler’s efforts led to using Wasp to save the lives of Marines on the front lines.

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Sustained Excellence by a Performer

Dr. Miguel Nicolelis
Dr. Miguel Nicolelis accomplished significant technical breakthroughs in support of technical projects for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Dr. Nicolelis’ work advanced understanding of the relationship between the brain and motor control leading to innovative possibilities for thought-controlled prosthetic devices.  His accomplishments provided scientists the techniques to decode the brain’s motor signals with such fidelity that movements of a robotic arm can be achieved entirely by direct brain control. 

As a result of Dr. Nicolelis’ efforts, DARPA initiated a program to create a fully functional prosthetic arm that will dramatically improve the quality of life for the men and women in uniform who were injured while serving our nation.

SRI International
SRI International demonstrated sustained excellence leading a world-class team that pioneered cognitive systems technologies in machine learning, machine-reasoning, perception, man-machine dialogue, and cognitive system architectures.  

SRI International developed the Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL), the world’s first integrated cognitive assistant that learns on the job and adapts on its own.  The PAL Team’s work provides a template for further development of robust, adaptive intelligent systems in a wide range of military and commercial settings.

The benefits of the PAL program are far reaching, and its value is recognized within the Department of Defense.  Specifically, PAL technology will support the U.S. Strategic Command’s Global Strike mission and the Army’s Knowledge Online and Command Post of the Future projects.

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