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washing t on repor t DOD RELEASES SMALL BUSINESS SOLICITATION The DOD has “pre-released” its first Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) solicitation of FY2011. The list of topics includes several electronic warfare (EW) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) projects for the Army, Navy, US Special Operations Command and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The DOD typically awards hundreds of SBIR study contracts every year, most of which are for less than $100,000. Some projects receive funding for follow-on phases that include prototype hardware or software development. Because the research often addresses risk reduction for future EW and SIGINT efforts, it often provides insight into some of the key challenges to be addressed in future programs. The Army portion of the SBIR solicitation features a pair of topics related to directed IR countermeasures (DIRCM). Topic A11-025, titled, “Laser Beam Delivery Sub-System for MultiBand Mid-Infrared Laser,” describes the Army’s considerable investment in Mid-IR lasers and calls for development of “a corresponding high efficiency beam delivery system,” according to the solicitation. A related effort, the “Mid-Infrared Laser Beam Combining Module for Infrared Countermeasure Application” (Topic A11-029), seeks to develop “a highly reliable, lightweight and compact module that combines a large number of mid-infrared diode lasers into a high power output beam.” The point of contact for both topics is Manickam Neelakandan, (732) 532-3578, Another Army effort is titled “Asynchronous Network Signal Sensing and Classification Techniques” (Topic A11-028). According to the solicitation, “The objective of this research is to leverage the new or existing wireless sensor networks to achieve a technological breakthrough in signal sensing and automatic modulation classification (AMC) of weak signals that cannot be detected using traditional single sensor methods.” The point of contact is Metin Ahiskali, (443) 861-0521, The Navy also appears to be focusing on directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) technologies for a future phase of its Surface Ship EW Improvement Program (SEWIP). One effort related to SEWIP is titled “Low Light, Short Wave Infrared, Solid State Photodetector” (Topic N111-032). This research aims to develop “a low light capable solid state photodetector with low excess noise, very high gain and a large dynamic range (single to multi-photon) up to a cut-off wavelength of 2.2 microns.” Another project, titled “High Throughput, Waveguide Based, Non-Mechanical Laser Beam Steering” (Topic N111-039), addresses development of “novel, ultra-low size, weight and power devices for electro-optic laser beam steering over a large field of regard with high optical throughput and low-unit cost.” The topic later states, “The goal is a simple, cost effective, low SWaP EO laser beam scanner with a large field of regard (>50 degrees), fast scan rate (>2 kHz) and high optical throughput (>80%) for eye-safe wavelengths (1.5 -1.8 microns) and large beam diameters (>1 cm).” The point of contact for both topics is Dean Putnam, Naval Air Systems Command’s Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office (PMA-272) is sponsoring an effort titled “Electromagnetic Absorbing Chaff” (Topic N111013). Its description states, “Innovative changes to chaff technology, by researching and developing materials that actually absorb, and phase-shift electromagnetic propagations, effectively denying enemy use of a given frequency, are needed. Radio frequency (RF) absorbing materials, also known as metamaterials (MM), can be tailored to absorb in any frequency, denying threat use.” Applications include battle space control of communications, denial of global positioning systems (GPS) devices, and deception of active missile seekers. NAVAIR’s EA-6B Program Office (PMA-234) is sponsoring another EW-related other project, “Thermal Management of Highly Integrated Radio Frequency (RF) Electronics” (Topic N111-023). This effort, which could benefit the Next-Generation Jammer program, will investigate novel materials and structures “to improve the heat dissipation capability of air cooled AESA systems at C, X and Ku bands. Heat dissipation improvements may be achieved at the chip, module and system level.” The NAVAIR point of contact is Janet McGovern, US Special Operations Command is seeking proposals for a “Helicopter Hostile Fire Indication Sensor” (Topic SOCOM11-001). The sensor will be integrated into the “AVR-2B laser threat detector or a stand-alone miniature sensor that integrates back into the helicopter’s EW suite.” Questions can be sent to SOCOM at The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is sponsoring an effort titled “VHF/UHF Emitter location from Micro Unmanned Aerial Systems” (Topic SB111-004). Under this project, DARPA will seek to develop and demonstrate a tactical emitter-location system that could be flown on a miniature unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and detect and locate VHF/UHF emitters in real-time.” The point of contact is Lyndall Beamer, (571) 218-4557, The full list of SBIR topics is available on-line at Proposals are due January 12. – J. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - December 2010

JED - December 2010
The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
EW Battle Management
Technology Survey: EW Simulators
2011 EW/SIGINT Resource Guide
EW 101
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look

JED - December 2010