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DoD ISSueS SMall buSINeSS SolIcITaTIoNS
The DOD has released its final set of FY2014 topics for Small
Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards. The current solicitations cover
various electromagnetic spectrum applications for the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and are primarily
for Phase I study contracts valued at $100,000.

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Topic SB143-005, "Robust Coordination under Extreme Certainty," seeks to "develop contingency generation methodologies for command and control that guarantee an acceptable
level of performance under extreme uncertainty and operational constraints." DARPA is looking at battle management
challenges when dealing with near-peer adversaries. Considering the future systems of systems architectures that team
manned and unmanned platforms, there are challenges due
to the largely manual nature of current battle management.
Specifically, organizing and directing semi-isolated teams of
air vehicles is done with great uncertainty regarding the status and plans of other friendly assets, as well as the enemy
state. The agency is seeking detailed algorithms and system
architectures to increase robustness. Proposals should "develop a dynamic coordination and deconfliction framework that
would enable consistent performance of man machine teams
operating under severe uncertainty, without requiring unsustainable cognitive loads on mission personnel."
Phase 1 calls for selection of a specific peer threat with rival
capabilities and a highly contested environment (suppression
of enemy air defenses is suggested). From there, the solicitation calls for the development of algorithms that "based on the
current situation estimate and uncertainty, continuously generate all distinct options available to sub-teams within a mission package and evaluate their effectiveness as well as their
predictability from the point of view of other sub-teams.
Further, develop algorithms that compute constraints
on the interactions with other sub-teams in order to
maintain some level of effectiveness and predictability. The Phase I deliverable is a final report that
includes a detailed analysis of predicted performance
of the algorithm for the selected mission."
Later phases call for integrated coordination
and deconfliction methodology for the Phase I algorithms with the goal of creating technology that
can be used for battle managers, as well as first
responders and others who coordinate integrated
teams in uncertain and restricted communication
environments. The tech-

nical points of contact are Dr. Craig Lawrence, (703) 526-2008,
e-mail craig.lawrence@darpa.mil and Richard Metzger, (315)
330-7652, e-mail richard.metzger@us.af.mil.
Topic SB143-006, "Next Generation Tactical Wearable Night
Vision," seeks to develop and demonstrate a possible replacement for standard military Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) that is
compact, lightweight and includes a heads-up, broadband night
vision display system for ground soldiers that feature crossband infrared sensing and illumination for all-condition viewing. The solicitation notes that while NVGs have been around a
long time and have improved over the years, the progress has
been slow to decrease weight and size while improving field of
view. The cumbersome goggles not only can impair the ability
of soldiers to perform basic operations, the weight and form
factor are such that frequent use increase the risk of shortand long-term neck injuries. In addition, the solicitation notes
that because the goggles are analog, there are no provisions to
share their data for improved situational awareness (SA).
Driven by the improvement in consumer wearable computing technology, the solicitation seeks a compact, wearable night vision imaging technology that includes a high
frame rate, low noise, small-format short-wave IR (SWIR) or
broadband IR cameras that don't require cooling, handheld
and weapons-mountable low-speckle SWIR illuminators and
pointers and clip-on heads-up displays with low light leakage,
among other items. New approaches to military night and allcondition viewing technologies are sought that can interact
with portable tactical computing options that are emerging,
including exchange of video, geopositioning and other SA
data. Specific desires include a form factor and appearance
that blends with commercial sunglasses/eyewear with a volume less than or equal to twice that of commercial sunglasses/
eyewear and a weight less than current visual augmentation
systems. The solicitation also seeks power greater than 24
hours on one charge and a cost of less than $5,000 in volume
of 1,000 or more.
Phase 1 seeks design and concept for the light, compact
wearable heads-up displays (HUDs) with performance goals
and milestones, though the solicitation notes that this is one
where responders can submit a "direct to Phase II" proposal,
which shifts straight to development and demonstration of a
prototype. The technical points of contact are Dr. Daniel Patt,
(703) 526-4123, e-mail Daniel.Patt@darpa.mil and Maj Christopher Orlowski, PhD, (703) 526-2704, e-mail Christopher.Orlowski@darpa.mil.
Proposals are due October 22. For more information visit
www.dodsbir.net/solicitation. - JED Staff a


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The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Maneuver Warfare in the Electromagnetic Battlespace
The Race to Keep Pace: Countermeasures Against Radar-Guided Anti-Ship Missiles
CONVERGING INTERESTS - Is CEMA the Right Solution for the US Army’s EMS Mission?
Technology Survey: Anti-Jam GPS Receivers and Antennas
New Products
Book Reviews
EW 101
AOC 2014 Award Winners
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
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