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platforms and maintaining the mission
commander's situational awareness and
control authority in a challenging communication environment.
Additional information on the program can be found at: DARPA-SN-14-28@
darpa.mil. - J. Haystead

DARPA SPECTRUM CHALLENGE
A SUCCESS

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In late March, the DARPA held its first
Spectrum Challenge to "demonstrate a
radio protocol that can best use a given
communication channel in the presence
of other dynamic users and interfering
signals." The event involved 18 teams -
14 from academic institutions and 4 radio hobbyists - from across the US.
According to DARPA's description of
the program, "The Challenge was not
focused on developing new radio hardware, but instead was targeted at finding
strategies for guaranteeing successful
communication in the presence of other
radios that may have conflicting coexistence objectives." Teams used identical
radio hardware operating in the same
frequency band. Squaring off in headto-head competition, each team's goal
was to transfer a data file between two
radios. The team that transferred all of
the data in the shortest amount of time
won. There was also a cooperative phase
of the tournament in which groups of
four teams would attempt to share spectrum with other groups whose radio
characteristics were not known.
The final results of the head-to-head
competition saw a hobbyist team, Efficient Spectrum (comprised of Roy
Thompson and Mark Chaney), take first
place. Georgia Tech Research Institute
(Atlanta, GA) took second place. It is
also worth noting that the DARPA team
organizing the Spectrum Challenge included former AOC President Chris Glaze
- J. Knowles

IN BRIEF
Army Contracting Command (Aberdeen Division B) (ACC-APG) (Aberdeen, MD), has issued a request for
information (RFI) for the Multifunction
Electronic Warfare (MFEW) system, a
family of systems to provide electronic
attack (EA) and electronic warfare support (ES) capability to the Brigade Com-

bat Team, including aerial, mounted,
dismounted, and fixed site variants.
The RFI is the first release of the functional draft architecture for MFEW that
will periodically be released by PdM
Counter RCIED Electronic Warfare (PdM
CREW) to keep industry informed and
solicit comments for inclusion into the
architecture. The solicitation number is:
W15P7T14RMFEW. The point of contact
is: Steve Abbott; Phone: (443) 987-8494;
e-mail: Steve.abbott@us.army.mil.

✪ ✪ ✪
Boeing (Seattle, WA), has been
awarded a $4.61 million contract by the
Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA) for the Arrays at Commercial Timescales Technical Area 2 (ACT
TA2). The award is based on innovative
research and development (R&D) proposals solicited by DARPA to create electromagnetic interface arrays capable of
being fielded at timescales paced by rapidly advancing commercial off-the-shelf
(COTS) electronic components. For this
program, Boeing will build a novel, wideband RF Phased Array Antenna (PAA)
composed of reconfigurable wideband
elements that can be modified in the
field to support common module changes
or emergent mission requirements. The
device will be scaled for configurability
within the 2- to 12-GHz frequency range,
but the technique can be scaled to other
frequency bands as well.

✪ ✪ ✪
The Naval Research Laboratory
(NRL) Advanced Techniques Digital
Integrated Electronic Warfare (EW)
Simulation Branch (Washington, D.C.)
has released a pre-solicitation for the
Advanced Techniques Digital Integrated
Electronic Warfare (EW) Simulation Support Services program. The objective of
the procurement is to obtain the necessary technical support for the research,
development, integration, and test of
the Advanced Techniques Digital Integrated Electronic Warfare (EW) Simulation Branch. The anticipated period
of performance is twelve months from
the date of the award. There will be
two options, each extending the con-

tract term an additional twelve months,
if exercised. A complete Statement of
Work (SOW), personnel requirements,
and contract data requirements will be
available as part of the solicitation. This
solicitation is 100% Set-Aside for Small
Businesses. The solicitation number is:
N00173-14-R-RK02. The point of contact
is: Kristopher Ramsey; Phone: (202) 7673782; e-mail: kristopher.ramsey@nrl.
navy.mil.

✪ ✪ ✪
Dynamic Aviation Group, (Bridgewater, VA) is being awarded a sole source
contract by Army Contracting Command, Aviation (ACC-RSA) (Aberdeen,
MD) for continued operations and sustainment of deployed Communications
Electronic Attack with Surveillance
and Reconnaissance (CEASAR) aircraft.
The basic period of performance will
be 12 months, with an option for up to
an additional 12 months of continued
performance.

✪ ✪ ✪
Mercury Systems (Chelmsford,
MA), has received a $1.7 million order
from the US Navy for Digital RF Memory (DRFM) jammers to support both US
Navy and US Air Force requirements.
The order is part of the firm-fixed-price,
indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity
(IDIQ) time and material contract award
worth up to $56.7 million. The IDIQ was
originally received by KOR Electronics (now Mercury Defense Systems) in
March 2010 and increased in 2013.

✪ ✪ ✪
Sabtech Industries (Yorba Linda,
CA) is receiving a sole-source contract
for a fiber-optic converter from NSWC Crane in support of the AN/SLQ-32 (V)6
program. The five-year, firm-fixed price
(FFP) indefinite delivery/indefinite
quantity (IDIQ) contract covers the procurement of a minimum quantity of 13,
maximum quantity of 20, rugged Powernet 1-ABCH 28840 1-E MM Fiber with
Powernet Client for LINUX software consisting of PX-RG011-03 and DV-00109-01
Fiber Optic Converter Boxes. a



JED - May 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - May 2014

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Interview
European Helicopter EW
Advanced ASE And ESM Already On Some US Helicopters
Ground-Based COMINT Solutions
Fighting the Kill Chain: Concepts and Methods of Electronic Attack
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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JED - May 2014 - The View From Here
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JED - May 2014 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - May 2014 - Courses Calendar
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JED - May 2014 - From the President
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JED - May 2014 - The Monitor
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JED - May 2014 - Washington Report
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JED - May 2014 - World Report
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JED - May 2014 - European Helicopter EW
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JED - May 2014 - Index of Advertisers
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