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US ARMY SEEKS FASTER TECH SOLUTIONS

DARPA RELEASES BAA FOR HYBRID
ANALOG/DIGITAL PHOTONIC/
ELECTRONIC PROCESSOR
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a Broad
Agency Announcement (BAA) for a program to develop hybrid processor technologies that can detect low probability
of intercept (LPI) signals in a congested
electromagnetic environment.
DARPA's Strategic Technology Office
is managing the effort, dubbed the All
Signal Tactical Realtime Analyzer (ASTRAL) program. According to the program overview in the BAA, "The DoD
recognizes there are critical gaps in the
national capability to meet the demands
of adversaries' ever-increasing electron-

bust scalable network architecture that is MIJI [meaconing,
intrusion, jamming, and interference] resistant and enables
secured transmission and communication with Dynamic
Spectrum Access, Smart Networking Radios, LTE, and Channel Allocation"; Augmented Reality Situational Awareness
and Targeting - head's up visualization to provide 3D info,
dynamic environment updating and cues; Counter Tactical Surveillance and Targeting; Expeditionary Processing,
Exploitation and Dissemination - effective multi-INT capabilities across platforms; Integrated Sensor Architecture
- "a sensor network that can adapt and task sensors for the
greatest effect spatially, spectrally, and temporally; utilities
for any sensor to be dynamically discovered and utilized
for a 'common view;'" Integrated Visual Ensemble; Mission
Planning Technologies for Small Units; Multi-Spectral Persistent ISR/ Unmanned Formations - an integrated architecture consisting of air, ground and warfighter-borne sensors;
Small Unit Leader Precision Targeting; Soldier-Optimized
Performance; Urban Sensing for Dismounted and Mounted
Operations; and Wearable Devices.
The Industry Day will feature a general session for all
participants, followed by individual sessions as scheduled.
White papers indicating requests for attendance and/or individualized sessions are due by Oct. 27.
The solicitation number is W909MY-17-R-P999. The primary point of contact is Patricia Davis, (703) 704-0820,
jean.p.davis2.civ@mail.mil. - E. Richardson

ic attack and cyber technology threats.
These gaps significantly reduce DoD's
ability to use electromagnetic spectrum
resources in tactical and strategic military operations. The DARPA All-Signal
Tactical Realtime Analyser (ASTRAL)
program is interested in ensuring understanding of, and access to, the congested and contested EM environment
of the battlefield, by exploiting innovative developments in hybrid analog/
digital photonic/electronic processor
technologies of wideband real-time signal processing in order to detect and
exploit hidden EM signals in real time
and accomplish high-value military signal intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) applications."

The BAA further states, "U.S. forces
gain a significant advantage when they
know in real time exactly who is operating in the EM environment around
them, what the adversaries are doing in
it, what information adversaries are exchanging and what the adversaries are
learning about U.S. forces. In order to
have this superior knowledge and situational awareness, it is not sufficient to
simply collect radio-frequency (RF) or
optical signals-it is necessary to understand in near-real-time all the 'externals'
of the signals (waveform details, source
type and class, signal format, geolocation, etc.) and much of the 'internals'
of them (the information carried on the
signal, possibly encrypted or hidden)."

The Journal of Electronic Defense | September 2017

The US Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving
Ground (Belvoir Division) has announced plans to hold an
Industry Day on behalf of the Army Research, Development
and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Communications
and Electronics Research, Development and Engineering
Center (CERDEC), Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), and the Army Science and Technology
(S&T) community for the Asymmetric Vision/Decide Faster
(AV/DF) initiative.
The Industry Day, to be held December 13-14 at Fort
Belvoir, VA, will allow Army S&T leaders to provide initial
information on the Asymmetric Vision/Decide Faster initiative, which seeks to identify "current and emerging technologies and/or projections of technology-enabled concepts
that could provide significant military advantage to the U.S.
Army during operations in complex, contested/congested
environments between now and 2028."
The Army is looking to optimize existing investments to
support future conflicts and is hoping to include private sector developments, including those from academic and other
institutions that may not typically work with the US Army.
Specific technology focus areas include: 3D Enriched Urban
Terrain - rapidly and cost effectively collect and process accurate, measurable, updatable interactive displays of maps
and models; Advanced Training and Simulation Tech - new
training technology and environments to rehearse faster
warfighting skills; Assured PNT and Communication - "a ro-

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JED - September 2017

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - September 2017

The View from Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Army Brigade Electronic Warfare Weapons Teams Learn New Lessons at NTC
Technology Survey: Counter-UAS Systems
EW 101
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - September 2017 - intro
JED - September 2017 - cover1
JED - September 2017 - cover2
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JED - September 2017 - 4
JED - September 2017 - 5
JED - September 2017 - The View from Here
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JED - September 2017 - Conferences Calendar
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JED - September 2017 - Courses Calendar
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JED - September 2017 - From the President
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JED - September 2017 - 14
JED - September 2017 - The Monitor
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JED - September 2017 - Washington Report
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JED - September 2017 - World Report
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JED - September 2017 - Army Brigade Electronic Warfare Weapons Teams Learn New Lessons at NTC
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JED - September 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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