[SATLUG] Another geeky project full of DARPA love

pixelnate pixelnate at gmail.com
Tue Mar 18 10:21:50 CDT 2008


http://cougaar.org/

"
Q: What does COUGAAR stand for?

A: COUGAAR is an acronym for "Cognitive Agent Architecture," due to the
Cougaar planning domain's model of Tasks, Workflows, Expansion, and
Aggregation. This is a legacy definition, since the architecture has
been refactored to a comprehensive agent-based middleware that also
supports non-planning applications.

Q: What is the history of Cougaar?

A:Cougaar started in 1996 as ALP, "The Advanced Logistics Project,"
which was a DARPA funded project to model military logistics using
distributed agent technologies. BBN was the primary contractor and
continues as a key Cougaar developer.

In 2001 ALP transitioned to a new DARPA project, Ultra*Log, to enhance
the scalability, security, and survivability of the underlying agent
system. Cougaar was the underlying architecture of Ultra*Log and
contains most of the logistics domain code. Ultra*Log concluded at the
end of 2004, at which time Cougaar became a purely open source project,
though it may continue under one or more defense-sponsored projects.

The open source community has adopted Cougaar in non-military
applications ranging from embedded sensor webs to business intelligence
applications. Some uses were presented at Open Cougaar 2004.

The open source community has a Support project, where you may learn
more about our support plans.

Q: Who uses Cougaar?

A: The primary client of Cougaar has been the US military, but the
architecture is component-based and has been used by the open source
community for other agent-based applications, including commercial
applications.

Please see our project site for the latest news on open source project
activity and download statistics.

"

Hmm, an army of autonomous killing machines all tied together with the
Cougaar logistics network could, I don't know, take over a city, a
country, the world? All without the help (interference) of a single
human being. While the rest of the world is worried about some
Saudi-sponsored Ahabs in a cave on the other side of the world, a man
like G-Dub or a woman like Killary with the power to unleash these kinds
of weapons is what keeps me up nights.



~Nate




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