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WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will launch the Modeling of Reflectance Given Only Transmission of High-concentration Spectra for Chemical Recognition Over Widely-varying eNvironments —“MORGOTH’S CROWN” —Challenge as part of the Standoff ILluminator for Measuring Absorbance and Reflectance Infrared Light Signatures—“SILMARILS”—program. The Challenge will launch later this month and invites solvers from around the world to develop algorithms to accurately predict the changes in a chemical’s infrared spectrum caused by changes in its molecular environment. Participants will join a global community working to benchmark research and foster innovation in chemical detection through crowdsourcing.

I am very pleased that President Trump has nominated retired Vice Admiral Joseph Kernan to be Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. I can think of no stronger candidate to run the Defense intelligence enterprise.

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announces the launch of the functional Map of the World —“fMoW”— Challenge. The challenge invites solvers from around the world to develop machine learning algorithms and other automated techniques that accurately detect and categorize classify points of interest from satellite imagery.

IoT Security Risks Begin with Supply Chains by Tobias Naegele