META will provide designers with open-source and Web-based tools to help them meet the following requirements:
- Compositional design synthesis at multiple levels of abstraction
- Design trade space exploration and metrics assessment with structural and information-based metrics of system complexity
- Formal semantic integration of models across multiple physical and cyberdomains
- Probabilistic verification of system correctness with respect to realistic context models using model checking and simulation traces
Vehicleforge.mil is a crowdsourcing site for collaborative development of cyberelectromechanical systems. It is similar to other forge sites used for open-source software development.
The development of the FANG is part of DARPA's Adaptive Vehicle Make program, which explores the use of new technology to shorten timelines for building complex electromechanical systems such as military vehicles. Last year, DARPA said it would invest $1 billion in forming better and faster development processes and technologies for defense manufacturing.
The military is experimenting with next-generation vehicle design through a number of projects. We reported in May on the demonstration of a concept combat vehicle designed not only for fuel efficiency, but also to act as a generator in remote locations like Afghanistan.