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2003

 

2003
The Directed Energy Test and Evaluation Capability (DETEC) project is funded to address shortfalls, test evaluate high energy laser and high power microwave weapon systems. Funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program and including SAIC.

2003
General Dynamics acquires Veridian.

Spring 2003
carlisle.army.mil reports that the satellite gap between America and every other nation in the world is universally recognized...
...The United States is even slated to begin testing space-based weapons..
...Over earlier US objections, the European Union is pressing ahead with its Galileo project with the help of Canadian and Russian finance and expertise...
...China is pursuing its own equivalent in the Beidou system....
...directed-energy weapons based on ships or inside wide-bodied aircraft, which may also have the capacity to attack US satellite-based systems...



May 13, 2003
physicsworld.com asks if neutrinos could destroy nuclear weapons:
"...Physicists at the KEK laboratory in Japan and the University of Hawaii have proposed a “futuristic but not necessarily impossible technology”
that would use an ultra-high energy neutrino beam to destroy nuclear weapons..."
Most popular scientist of the KEK had been Professor Steven E. Jones.
...In 1999 the first so-called long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment, K2K, involved sending a neutrino beam from KEK to the Superkamiokande detector 250 km away.
There are plans underway to send a neutrino beam from Fermilab to the Soudan lab in Minnesota, 710 km away and from CERN to Gran Sasso in Italy, 730 km away. [59]
http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/17490


2003
News Corporation purchases Hughes Electronic's PanAmSat division but already 1 year later sells it to a consortium of private equity firms incl. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Carlyle Group and Providence Equity Partners


June 2003
EADS acquires BAE's 25% share in Astrium, the satellite and space system manufacturer. Astrium was formed in 2000 from a merger between Matra Marconi Space (France, UK) the space division of DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG and Computadores Redes e Ingenería SA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EADS [More on CRISA/Computadoras *1985 at http://www.crisa.es/ ]

 

July 1, 2003
The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, or CSAIL forms by the merger of MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
The director of CSAIL, specialized in cognitive agent research is Prof. Rodney Brooks.
CSAIL's research activities are organized around a number of semi-autonomous research groups, each of which is headed by one or more professors or research scientists.
These groups are divided up into seven general areas of research:
* Artificial Intelligence
* Computational biology
* Graphics and Vision
* Language and Learning
* Theory of computation
* Robotics
* Systems (includes computer architecture, databases, distributed systems, networks and networked systems, operating systems, programming methodology, and software engineering among others)

In addition, CSAIL hosts the World Wide Web Consortium.

Among the most famous CSAIL members are Tim Berners-Lee, Turing Award recipient Marvin Minsky or Seymour Papert, inventor of the Logo programming language. http://www.csail.mit.edu/index.php

Current Director of CSAIL is Victor Zue, who has served for the US Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academy of Science and Engineering.

 

July 2003

Honeywell mentions on their website, that it has been "selected by Boeing Co. and Science Applications International Corp. to develop integrated software for the United States Army' Future Combat Systems (FCS) program..