From lab to landing zone

Once the Effective, Affordable, Reusable Speech-to-Text and Babylon devices are produced, the Defense Department's Language and Speech Exploitation Resources (LASER) team will take the lead in assessing their performance.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency "develops technologies, [and] we go out and demonstrate and test them," said Larry Goodell, oversight officer for LASER.

As part of an Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration project begun earlier this year, the LASER team helped distribute "phraselators" to troops in Afghanistan and trained them on the systems, said Tommy Whitton, co-technical manager of LASER.

"We tend to provide a relatively small amount of funding

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