US military hackathon creates prototypes to enhance C-UAS capabilities

The United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) recently concluded a weeklong hackathon featuring 20 expert hackers in partnership with Defense Digital Service, 513th Military Intelligence Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps, and the Defense Information Systems Agency.

The event, known as Desert Architect, was designed to tackle critical data and software challenges associated with countering one-way uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) within USCENTCOM’s area of responsibility.

“Desert Architect has combined exceptional hackers and brilliant software prototypes with a repeatable process to provide creative solutions building on progress made at our previous hackathon,” said Schuyler Moore, chief technology officer at USCENTCOM. “This initiative targets critical operational issues, expanding the command’s network of technical experts and enhancing capabilities in the counter-UAS space.”

Throughout the week, participants collaborated to create innovative prototypes that are designed to enhance the speed and accuracy of UAS countermeasures. USCENTCOM’s subject matter experts engaged closely with the coding teams to pave the way for rapid capability transitions beyond the hackathon.

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