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Howard University Awarded $90 Million, First-of-its Kind, DoD Research Contract

The Department of Defense (DoD) awarded Howard University with a $90 million military research contract that focuses on military applications of autonomous technology.  It’s a watershed moment for Howard University indeed, both due to the size of the contract for a university, and that it makes Howard the first historically Black institution to receive such a contract.  As such, Howard will serve as the 15th University Affiliated Research Center (UARC).

Said Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick, “Being awarded this contract is a historic and tremendous accomplishment for Howard University. No other UARCs are providing this type of research to the Department of Defense at present, and Howard researchers are uniquely positioned to serve as a leader in the nation’s innovation and application of automated systems.”[1]

The center at Howard University will focus its research on tactical autonomy, with the UARC being established through a five-year, $90 million contract agreement with the Department of Defense. Through the center, Howard University will be awarded $18 million annually to conduct research contributing to the development of efficient, affordable, trustworthy human-machine teaming and systems-of-systems with autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that fall within the U.S. Air Force, Space Force, and DOD’s modernization priorities.

[1] Howard University Awarded $90 Million Contract by Air Force, DOD to Establish First-Ever University Affiliated Research Center Led by an HBCU | The Dig at Howard University 

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