DARPA has announced the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge (SHARE) Proposers Day through the Special Notice DARPA-SN-17-16. The objective of the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge (SHARE) program is to develop the technology for multilevel secure information sharing across tactical wireless networks to enhance tactical coordination between U. S. and coalition partners.
SHARE will “develop and integrate software and networking technologies to create secure information systems that operate at multiple security and releasability levels. SHARE will build upon existing commercial handheld devices (e.g., smartphones and tablets) and existing infrastructure (e.g., cellular and Wi-Fi networks). Because they are commonly available, these technologies make rapid and widespread deployment possible and thereby facilitate greater information exchange among U.S. and coalition forces. Specifically, SHARE will secure tactical mobile handheld devices to support distributed multilevel information sharing without the need for reaching back to large-scale fixed infrastructure, create new networks based on resilient and secure architectures that work in challenging environments, and develop software that rapidly configures security across the network. Based on these technology innovations, the program will demonstrate a quickly deployable secure multilevel network through which US and coalition tactical operators can share information while maintaining the security of sensitive information, safety of operations, and integrity of U.S. systems.”
Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge (SHARE) program on January 31, 2017 at The MITRE Corporation, 7515 Colshire Dr, McLean, VA. Participants must register no later than 4PM E on January 25, 2017 at https://darpa.solers.com/share/.
DARPATactical Technology Office (TTO) has announced the Proposers Day for theNext‐Generation Sensor for Measuring Winds Aloft in the Stratosphere Program through Special Notice DARPA-SN-17-14.
The objective of the Next‐Generation Sensor for Measuring Winds Aloft in the Stratosphere effort is to “assess and apply promising technology to rapidly mature and deploy a lightweight, low‐power sensor prototype capable of directly measuring wind speed and direction in a prescribed volume surrounding a stratospheric vehicle. This effort assumes a reference system architecture composed of a stratospheric vehicle traveling with the prevailing winds at altitudes above 60,000 feet. A vehicle’s ability to effectively and efficiently steer by riding opportunistic wind vectors at different altitudes in the stratosphere is a key mission enabler that is dependent upon the availability of real‐time in‐situ measurements of wind speed and direction. The effort is working to develop a compact, scanning onboard sensor prototype capable of delivering to the vehicle’s on‐board guidance system, in near‐real time (e.g., latency less than 15 minutes), a map of wind speed and direction in a volume of air surrounding it. With this knowledge, the vehicle may achieve guidance with greater energy efficiency (i.e., a lesser quantity of smaller altitude changes) than what is otherwise possible with the sparse forecast data available today.”
The Proposers Day will be held on at the DARPA Conference Center on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Participants must register for the Proposers Day at: http://www.cvent.com/d/hvqfxm. Registration closes Friday, January 13TH at 5:00 PM ET. There will be an opportunity to meet individually with the Program Manager, Dr. Jeremy Palmer, after the conference. To schedule an appointment email Rebecca Cervoni, Rebecca.Cervoni.firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject of “Winds Aloft: One on One request.” Requests must be received by the registration cutoff date.
DARPA TTO has announced the OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) Proposers Day through the DARPA Special Notice DARPA-SN-17-02.
The objective of the OFFSET program is to develop a game-based open architecture to generate, evaluate, and integrate swarm tactics for swarm unmanned systems in urban operations. Urban environments are complex, dynamic, and unpredictable, and present a major challenge in modern security and civil operations. Effective introduction of unmanned swarms embedded with small-unit ground personnel can provide significant expansion of capabilities (e.g., increased standoff distances for detection and identification of potential dangers, robust safety and surveillance with air- and/or ground-based swarm platforms, and enhanced intelligence preparation of the battlespace). In addition, such swarm systems may also enable entirely new concepts of operations involving enabling technologies such as distributed perception, robust and resilient communications, dispersed computing and analytics, and adaptive collective behaviors.
The program will advance two key areas to dramatically increase the effectiveness of small-unit combat forces operating in the urban environment:
- Swarm Autonomy, involving agile, complex, collective behaviors for intelligent movement, decisions, and interactions with the environment
- Human-Swarm Teaming, enabling swarm commander(s) to infer, interact with, and influence swarm system behaviors
The Proposers Day will be held on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the DARPA Conference Center in Arlington, VA from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM ET. Advance registration is required at www.sa-meetings.com/OFFSETProposersDay. Attendance will be limited to the first 150 registrants. The program manager is Dr. Timothy Chung.
DARPA I2O has announced the Causal Exploration of Complex Operational Environments Proposer’s Day, DARPA-SN-17-11.
Causal Exploration seeks to “develop a modeling platform to aid military planners in understanding and addressing underlying causal factors that drive complex conflict situations. The technologies embodied in the Causal Exploration platform will enable users to rapidly create, maintain, and interact with a causal model that has been tailored for the operational environment they are facing. Interaction with the model will allow users to explore the causal dynamics driving the conflict, and gain in-depth understanding of the operational environment to support and inform their planning efforts. While this capability will have broad applicability, the program will focus on hybrid or irregular conflicts, which are dominated by complex human system dynamics such as political, ethnic, or religious tensions, low intensity conflict, or economic aggression.”
The Proposers Day will be Monday, December 19, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (ET) at the DARPA Conference Center located in Arlington, Virginia. Registration is required no later than December 14 at: https://www.schafertmd.com/darpa/i2o/causalexploration/pd/.
DARPA TTO has announced the Proposers Day for the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations (CONFERS) Program, DARPA-SN-17-08, on December 16, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the DARPA Conference Center.
The objective of the CONFERS program is to “establish a private sector/Government consortium to research, develop, and publish consensus standards for safe on-orbit commercial rendezvous and proximity operations and robotic servicing operations, leveraging experience and best practices from both industry and Government. The ultimate goal is to provide the technical foundation to shape safe and responsible commercial space operations to preserve the safety of the global commons of space. CONFERS will bring together experts from Industry and Government, leveraging best practices and lessons learned from Government rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO) missions and experiments, to develop non-binding, consensus based industry standards for safe operational techniques. The collaborative development of these technical safety standards will benefit both industry and Government, enabling shared lessons learned and providing a forum where industry can engage the USG to discuss plans and issues for anticipated on-orbit servicing in the commercial sector.
DARPA intends to launch CONFERS under the leadership of a contractor that will develop CONFERS into a viable and sustainable non-governmental organization. The purpose of this Proposers Day is to discuss DARPA’s solicitation for the contractor, which will be responsible for standing up the consortium, establishing its membership, and running its operations.”
Attendees must register through the registration website at https://www.client-meeting.net/DARPA-TTO-CONFERS-Proposers-Day. Registration closes on Friday, December 9, 2016, at 2:00PM (EST).
DARPA Defense Sciences Office (DSO) has announced the Proposers Day for the Agile Teams (A-Teams) program.
The goal of the Agile Teams (A-Teams) program is to “discover, test, and demonstrate predictive and generalizable mathematical abstractions for the design of agile hybrid teams. Specifically, A-Teams will develop predictive and practically implemented abstractions and algorithms encoding the dynamic co-evolution of team structure and team problem solving strategies. These predictive models will enable team design before beginning collective activity and adaptation during the activity. These models will be validated using multiple experimental testbeds that will reproducibly and quantitatively evaluate hybrid team architectures in a diverse range of problem contexts. The A-Teams program will fundamentally challenge the current paradigm of human-intelligent machine systems design by changing the focus from automation and substitution of human capability with machines to an integrated fabric enabling superior collective problem solving.”
The Proposers Day will be held on December 7, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Registration is required and closes December 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM or when capacity is reached. The registration web site is http://www.sa-meetings.com/ATeamsProposersDay. The program manager is Dr. John Paschkewitz.
DARPA I2O has announced the Synergistic Discovery and Design (SD2) Proposers Day, DARPA-SN-17-06.
The SD2 program “aims to develop data-driven methods to accelerate scientific discovery and robust design in domains that lack complete models. Engineers regularly use high-fidelity simulations to create robust designs in complex domains such as aeronautics, automobiles, and integrated circuits. In contrast, robust design remains elusive in domains such as synthetic biology, neuro-computation, cyber, and polymer chemistry due to the lack of high-fidelity models. SD2 will develop tools to enable robust design despite the lack of complete scientific models.
Examples of complex systems where inventors lack complete scientific models to support their design efforts include biological systems that have millions of protein-metabolite interactions, neuro-processes that require computations across billions of neurons, cyber physical systems with millions of lines of code, and advanced materials influenced by millions of monomerprotein combinations. These systems are part of domains that exhibit millions of unpredictable, interacting components for which robust models do not exist, and internal states are often only partially observable. In such domains, small perturbations in the environment can lead to unexpected design failures, and the number of engineering variables required to characterize stable operational envelopes remains unknown.”
The Proposers Day will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (ET) at the DARPA Conference Center, located at 675 N. Randolph Street, Arlington, Virginia, 22203. Advance registration is required at https://www.schafertmd.com/darpa/i2o/sd2/pd/ no later than 12:00 PM (ET) on November 7, 2016. The program manager is Dr. Jennifer Roberts.
DARPA BTO has announced the Insect Allies Proposers Day, DARPA-SN-16-73, Will be held on November 18, 2016. The Insect Allies Program will “develop a system that utilizes naturally occurring plant viruses to deliver genes which confer new traits to mature crop plants.”
The Insect Allies program has three (3) technical areas:
- Technical Area 1 will develop a plant virus that delivers a transgene to a target plant species.
- Technical Area 2 will produce insect vectors for the modified virus to be transmitted to mature plants.
- Technical Area 3 is the successful introduction of functional traits to mature plants.
Attendees may present a on-slide summary of their interests and capabilities during 3-minute “lightning” presentations.
The registration deadline for physical attendance is November 14, 2016. or the first 100. Registration deadline for the webcast is also November 14th. The registration web site is: http://www.sa-meetings.com/InsectAlliesProposersDay. The location of the Proposers Day will be at the Executive Conference Center (ECC), 4075 Wilson Boulevard. Suite 350, Arlington, VA 22203. The program manager is Dr. Blake Bextine.
US SOCOM has announced an Industry Collaboration Event on Aircraft Survivability, number SOF_PEO_FW_Industry_Collaboration_Event. The event will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, December 6-7, 2016 at the Unclassified Test Bed (UTB), St. Petersburg FL.
SOCOM is “looking to investigate and explore what is in the realm of the possible as it pertains to the topic of aircraft survivability. The platforms involved are AC/MC-130J, AC-130W, CV-22, U-28, MC-12, MQ-9, MQ-1C, Scan Eagle and Puma.”
Topics appropriate for discussion include:
- Understand trends in –
o Aircraft signature reduction (RF, IR, acoustic, visual)
o Electronic Warfare/Attack
o Modular design
o Integration of sensors for multi-purpose applications
o Use of open system architecture
- Identify enablers to achieving state of the art survivability technology by understanding current investment being made or planned for the near future by –
o Civilian aviation
o Government Science & Technology initiatives
o Military development programs
- Identify challenges to implementation (i.e. Cost drivers or areas of risk) and any on-going/planned efforts to overcome these challenges –
o Complications in verification / integration
o Implementation of increasingly stringent design standards, multiple approval authorities, and assurance levels
The information provided through this event “might potentially support future commodity procurement (i.e. not a development program), inform future requirements for development programs, establish a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), support Small Business Innovative Research (SBIRs), establish a Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) project request and/or SOCOM participation in a vendor demonstration of a capability.”
DARPA TTO has announced the Mobile Force Protection Proposers Day, DARPA-SN-16-74.
The goal of the Mobile Force Protection program is to “develop and demonstrate an integrated system capable of defeating a raid of advanced small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) attacking a high-value convoy or vessel on the move. By focusing on protecting mobile assets, the program plans to emphasize low-footprint solutions in terms of size, weight, power (SWaP), and manning, which would benefit other counter-UAS missions and result in more affordable counter-UAS systems. The envisioned program would mature and develop an end-to-end prototype system through a development cycle that would include a series of demonstrations. The phased program would include options for field evaluation as well as potential transition opportunities.”
The Proposers Day is Monday, October 17, 2016 and will be held at the DARPA Conference Center in Arlington, Va., from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET. Participants must register by October 14, 2016 at: https://www.schafertmd.com/darpa/tto/mfp/pd/.
The Program Manager is Mr. Jean-Charles Ledé.