Unit 5 OKs computer plan

How Time Flies is a daily feature looking back at Pantagraph archives to revisit what was happening in our community and region. 

100 years ago

March 12, 1923: Wednesday evening at 7:30 the curtains will be drawn, revealing Bloomington’s spring 1923 style show. Foremost will be the window display of W.H. Roland store, recognized throughout the country as one of the most artistic. Original modes from Paris will be shown, different from anything ever shown in this city. 

75 years ago

March 12, 1948: Farmers filled Bloomington Consistory at the 22nd annual meeting of the McLean County Service company, where dividend checks for $148,190 were passed out to 2,700 county farm bureau members. A record business was reported by Harley Hoobler, president, and George Curtiss, manager. 

March 12, 1973: Grand plans for downtown Bloomington urban renewal are being abandoned for a cheaper development. Chester Thomson and partners have abandoned plans for a 1.3 million complex. They are now considering a single-story building. 

25 years ago

March 12, 1998: Unit 5 accepted proposals from GTE and G.E. Capital to implement its $3.4 million computer plan, with work set to be completed by the end of 1998. The proposal will network all of the district schools with fiber optic lines and upgrade wiring to support increasing powerful personal computers. The district also plans to add 1,000 personal computers at its 13 grade schools and two middle schools. 

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Defense Innovation Unit highlights 2021 technologies changeover endeavours

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Office of Defense’s innovation hub transitioned 8 new technologies past year, which includes an artificial intelligence device the Missile Protection Company can use to acquire more accurate models of hypersonic missile trajectories.

The Defense Innovation Unit’s 2021 yearly report, produced Wednesday, highlights its technologies changeover level — a critical efficiency measure for the corporation, which is focused on working with marketplace to thrust business technology to navy end users.

Considering that fiscal 2016, DIU has served transition 35 prototypes into creation or assistance contracts with DoD and has a transition level of about 41%. Speaking last week at a Potomac Officers Club occasion, DIU Director Michael Brown reported that figure is up from about 30% a handful of yrs ago and he thinks a 50% to 60% changeover price is inside reach.

The 2021 hypersonic missile modeling project, which DIU awarded to C3.ai final 12 months less than a $1.2 million prototype other transaction authority agreement, resulted in a $2.5 million production deal with MDA “to simulate the actual-globe trajectories of non-ballistic and hypersonic missiles,” according to the report.

DIU also labored with 3 area start vendors — Rocket Lab, VOX Space and Astra Area — to develop a reduced-cost, on-demand responsive launch capability. The job resulted in an indefinite-shipping and delivery, indefinite-amount deal worth up to $968 million and supported by 11 distributors.

An additional 2021 transition work delivered defensive counter-unmanned aerial method engineering developed by Anduril to support partners at U.S. Southern Command, the Marine Corps, the Protection Menace Reduction Agency, Naval Air Systems Command, Customs and Border Command and U.S. Central Command. The venture resulted in a five-calendar year deal with a $100 million ceiling.

“Anduril brings together the most up-to-date in synthetic intelligence approaches with sensor technological innovation to greatly enhance actual physical safety via automated detection, identification and defeat of objects of curiosity though decreasing manpower needs,” the report says.

The report also highlights two cyber initiatives: a cyber deception job that can detect and inform consumers to threats and an asset stock administration method. CounterCraft, a cyber and counterintelligence corporation dependent in Spain, made the cyber deception prototype process that resulted in a sole-source contract with a $30 million ceiling.

For the cyber asset administration procedure, IntelliPeak Remedies — a Virginia-centered facts technological innovation company — created a system to integrate DoD-large information and characterize belongings as perfectly as software and firmware. The Protection Facts Safety Company and the Joint Services Supplier estimate the ensuing manufacturing deal, valued at up to $164 million, will preserve much more than $400,000 for every year and 3 decades of improvement time.

The ultimate 2021 transition project reviewed in the report includes a commercial threat intelligence database developed by LookingGlass Cyber Options. The company’s prototype delivers a modeling setting that increases cyber intelligence and assessment for end users, in this situation U.S. Cyber Command. The firm acquired a manufacturing other transaction authority arrangement past yr well worth up to $14 million.


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