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IARPA Selects 8 Teams to Develop Portable Power Systems for Intell Community Missions; Dawson Cagle Quoted

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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has awarded separate contracts to eight teams to develop systems for supplying power to electronic platforms that can support the intelligence community's demanding missions.

The Robust Energy Sources for Intelligence Logistics In Extreme, Novel and Challenging Environments initiative is seeking power sources for vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aircraft and unattended devices, IARPA said Monday.

Research teams for the effort will be led by Rutgers University, Saft America, Teledyne Scientific and Imaging, Conamix, SRI International, II-VI Aerospace & Defense, Solid Power and CAMX Power.

The U.S. Army's Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center will test and evaluate the resulting systems.

“Most people assume that they can recharge the batteries in their electronics wherever they go,” said Dawson Cagle, a program manager at IARPA. “The goal of the RESILIENCE program is to assure maximum power source reliability in extreme conditions where recharging is not possible."