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t he The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) has issued a broad agency announcement (BAA) for new research opportunities in electronic warfare (EW) technology. The “Electronic Warfare Discovery and Invention (D&I)” program “invests in Science and Technology (S&T) initiatives that will provide naval forces (including Navy and Marine Corps) with improved threat warning systems; electronic warfare support (ES); decoys and countermeasures against weapon tracking and guidance systems; electronic attack (EA) against adversary Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR); and electronic protection (EP) of our own weapons and C4ISR from intentional and unintentional interference.” According to the BAA, specific areas of interest include Enabling Cognitive and Adaptive Electronic Warfare; Technologies for High Throughput and Rapidly Programmable EW Systems; Emulation Environments for Adaptive and Targeted Electronic Warfare; and Innovative EW Concepts The objective of the Enabling Cognitive and Adaptive EW area is to apply adaptive and machine learning algorithms to EW to address RF systems that are increasingly agile in waveforms, bandwidth, functionality, and diversity of EP modes. The initiative recognizes that new methods are needed to represent real-time dynamic spectrum knowledge, sense-andlearn RF features and behaviors, and to reason about threat systems and the environment to form electronic attack strategies on-the-fly. The objective of the Technologies for High Throughput and Rapidly Programmable EW Systems area is to develop enabling technologies for re- monitor news configurable EW systems that have extremely high-volume processing capability. This initiative recognizes that future EW systems will need to be able to consume a large amount of raw sensor data, extract high-level knowledge from this data, and then derive optimized EW attack strategies in real-time while operating over very large bandwidths. Technologies are desired that will enable rapidly reconfigurable, highly capable, and easily programmable software-defined RF systems that have at least an order-ofmagnitude more processing capability than current state-of-the-art FPGA or GPU-based solutions. The Spectrum Reasoning area is intended to investigate methods to reason about current spectrum conditions and threat knowledge to develop real-time and resource-optimized EA strategies. The emphasis of this task is to develop methods for prioritizing threats on-thefly and mapping available EA resources to counter many simultaneous threats (one-on-many scenarios). Finally, the Innovative EW Concepts areas will explore truly novel concepts in the EW areas of ES, EA, or EP that could fundamentally change the way Navy and Marine Corps forces conduct EW operations. Proposals in this area should focus on innovative solutions involving emerging, cutting-edge technologies as opposed to commercial off the shelf (COTS) or other traditional technologies. In conjunction with the US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), ONR plans to fund individual awards of $500K to $1.5 million per year. However, both lower and higher cost proposals will also be considered. The period of performance for projects may be from 12 to 36 months with an estimated start date of January 2014. The ONR BAA Number is: BAA 13005. White papers are due by February 5, and full proposals are due by May 7. The technical point of contact is: Dr. Peter Craig, e-mail: peter.craig@navy. mil. The business point of contact is: Rebecca Foster, e-mail: rebecca.d.foster@ navy.mil. – J. Haystead The Journal of Electronic Defense | January 2013 ONR SEEKS ADVANCED EW TECHNOLOGY “DISCOVERY AND INVENTION” 15 http://www.crows.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - January 2013

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
Program Profi le: SEWIP
Technology Survey
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

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