The Defense Department is using an unusual approach to the digital divide.
Instead of building new hardware or software systems from scratch, the agency is trying to create new ways to get around existing systems and design them using the latest technology.
The result is a new kind of industrial design that has the potential to transform warfare, even as it helps the military keep pace with technological advances.
The Pentagon is using a novel way of building digital components called “slices,” a term that means “to take a single component and make it into multiple components,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Laura E. Murphy.
These are called “tweaks,” and they’re a new way of making new products in a new space.
It’s an approach that’s becoming increasingly popular across the Pentagon, which has been struggling to keep up with advances in computer technology and the rise of virtual reality and other immersive media.
But it could also be a model for other Pentagon agencies to follow.
The process of creating new products for the military has been criticized for not being “sophisticated enough,” and it could be that new products that work well with existing software, as the Pentagon does, won’t be adopted because of that.
That would lead to an expensive and inefficient defense that is unable to keep pace.
But the Pentagon has long used new technologies like digital fabrication to develop new products and build on them, and it’s been able to do that because it’s building on the legacy of the military.
“What you have to remember is the old ways of doing things are not going to work forever,” said Jason Crouch, director of the Defense Digital Innovation Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
“But if you have a new technology, it makes a huge difference in the ability to adapt and improve.”
New ways to make digital products The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, is using new ways of making digital components.
DARPA uses a process called “baked silicon,” in which engineers cut, bend, heat or spray a thin layer of plastic on top of a metal substrate.
The plastic layer is then coated with a layer of conductive film and baked for several hours, a process that creates a layer that’s nearly transparent.
The conductive layer helps the components slide on top.
The process is cheap, but it requires specialized equipment and can take weeks to complete.
DARP has used a similar process to create its own digital components, which can be fabricated with silicon.
DARPM’s digital components are also smaller and easier to manufacture.
In some cases, the components can be produced at once.
DARPS has been working on digital components for several years.
DARDP and the Army are also working on using software to automate the process.
These efforts are not yet complete, but they have begun to address issues with the hardware itself.
The digital components can also be used for things like virtual reality or augmented reality, which are emerging as new battlefields for the Pentagon.
DAREP’s digital electronics division is developing an AR device that uses a new type of light-emitting diode, called a “smart LED,” to display virtual images in a virtual environment.
The system uses the light to create a “virtual light field” that can be used to create an augmented reality environment.
“We’re trying to get to the point where we can take the AR experience, the virtual reality experience, and put it into the hardware,” said Michael L. Deutsch, DARDP’s director of digital electronics.
The AR device is also being used to build a virtual cockpit that will be worn on a user’s body.
“You can take it in the body, put it in your body and it will interact with you and you can feel it as if you’re in the environment,” said Daniel W. Fiebert, DAREP director of industrial and system design.
“You’ll be able to interact with it in a real way, and you won’t feel like you’re just walking through a virtual space.”
DARPA has also begun developing software to help the military create its new digital products.
DARPO’s digital manufacturing division is also using software, called “CNC, to create digital components that are lightweight and easily machined, and they can be easily integrated into existing systems,” said Col. David A. Levenson, DARPO director of logistics and logistics innovation.
“That software is in a closed development phase.”
Another DARPO digital manufacturing project is developing a device that can control the movement of a drone using infrared cameras.
The device is being developed by the digital electronics group, and DARPO is using the drones to test out a new form of radar that uses infrared light to determine whether an object is moving.
The technology is being built by the Advanced Digital Manufacturing Laboratory at the Defense Advanced Projects Agency.
The agency is working with Lockheed Martin and other companies to develop this technology.
The new digital manufacturing technology could also help other agencies that are developing