Monthly Archives: September 2015

DARPA Leveraging the Analog Domain for Security (LADS) BAA

DARPA I2O has released the Leveraging the Analog Domain for Security (LADS) BAA.  Proposals are due  November 10, 2015 and the Proposers Day is October 1, 2015.  There are multiple technical areas and DARPA anticipates multiple awards in each area.  Dr. Angelos Keromytis is the program manager.

The overall goal for the LADS program is to “develop techniques for detecting attackers in digital devices by monitoring their analog emissions across a variety of modalities.  Expected program deliverables include algorithms, tools, and devices for mapping analog emissions of digital devices back to the underlying digital artifacts that caused these emissions, and the demonstration of these techniques to the successful detection of cyber intrusions.”

The LADS program will “develop new cybersecurity capabilities by exploring the intersection of the analog and digital domains.  The high‐level vision is that the combination of analog signal analysis (e.g., as used in side channel attacks [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10]) and program analysis techniques will enable high‐fidelity, high‐ accuracy introspection of EMSDs by an external monitoring device, and that such introspection will enable the detection of a variety of adversaries.  Although the primary focus is on EMSDs, the program is also interested in the application of such techniques in traditional Information Technology (IT) devices.”

 

 

AFRL Fiber-Optic Respiratory Gas Monitoring System Award

AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate announced an award to the Fiber-Optic Respiratory Gas Monitoring System,BAA number was BAA-RQKHB-2015-0003 Call 001.  The awardee is Lockheed Martin Corporation, Aeronautics Company in Palmdale, CA.

The award amount is $901,238.

AFRL Advanced Staring Infrared Search and Track Technologies (ASISTT) Award

AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate announced an award for the Advanced Staring Infrared Search and Track Technologies (ASISTT) program to Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Electronic Systems group in Linthicum Heights, MD. The award amount is $8,516,473.

The purpose of the ASISTT program is to “identify, mature and demonstrate technology solutions supporting the development of a future airborne long range offensive infrared search and track (IRST) capability based on staring (non-scanned) system configurations. The offensive capability to be developed requires Weapons Quality Tracks (WQT) of airborne targets under clear air and in clutter conditions. This research and development effort in staring IRST systems is in contrast to current offensive IRST implementations using gimbaled optics and smaller scanning format arrays.”

 

DARPA DARPA Blue Wolf Program Award

DARPA TTO has announced an award for the Blue Wolf Program to Lockheed Marin, Riviera Beach, Florida.  The award amount is $2,494,733.

The Blue Wolf Program “will develop and demonstrate integrated underwater vehicle prototypes capable of operating at speed-range combinations previously unachievable in fixed size platforms while retaining traditional volume and weight fractions for payloads and electronics.”

The program manager is Mr. John Kamp of STO.

IARPA Quantum Enhanced Optimization (QEO) Proposers’ Day

IARPA has announced the Proposers’ Day on September 29, 2015 for the Quantum Enhanced Optimization (QEO) program.

The QEO program “seeks to harness quantum effects required to enhance quantum annealing solutions to hard combinatorial optimization problems. The physics underlying quantum enhancement will be corroborated by design and demonstration of research-scale annealing Test Beds; comprised of novel superconducting qubits, architectures, and operating procedures. All work will serve to demonstrate and quantify the maximum quantum enhancement achievable beyond state-of-art classical methods, and ultimately provide a basis for design of application-scale quantum annealers for solution of practical optimization problems.”

The program manager is Karl F. Roenigk.

DARPA High power Amplifier using Vacuum electronics for Overmatch Capability (HAVOC) BAA

DARPA MTO has announced the High power Amplifier using Vacuum electronics for Overmatch Capability (HAVOC) BAA.  This program is investigating “revolutionary approaches that result in the development and demonstration of a new class of compact, high power, and wide bandwidth millimeter wave vacuum electron devices capable of linear amplification.”

The BAA number is DARPA-BAA-15-50 and can be found here.  Proposals are due November 6, 2015.  The funding type is anticipated to be 6.2 and 6.3 with a total amount of funding to be approximately $30M across multiple awards. The program manager is Dr. William Devereux Palmer.

From the BAA: “Vacuum electron devices (VEDs) are critical components for DoD systems that require high power, wide bandwidth, and high efficiency. There are over 200,000 vacuum electron devices currently in service, and system support requirements extending beyond 2050. While most VEDs in common use today (traveling wave tubes (TWTs), klystrons, crossed-field amplifiers, magnetrons, gyrotrons, and others) were invented in the first half of the 20th century, ongoing, intense development efforts have produced dramatic advances in their performance and reliability. Space-qualified TWTs are used for nearly all satellite communications and are demonstrating in orbit mean time to failure (MTTF) of over ten million hours with power efficiencies greater than 70 percent. VED amplifiers also can exhibit wide operating bandwidths of over three octaves, and high output power levels up to thousands of watts from a single device. These characteristics make vacuum electronics the technology of choice for numerous military, civilian, and commercial radio frequency (RF) and microwave systems.”

The “program will develop and demonstrate a new class of compact, high power, and wide bandwidth millimeter wave vacuum electron devices capable of linear amplification, in a form factor compatible with mobile and airborne platforms. Progress toward the HAVOC program objective will be measured through the successful demonstration of a fully-integrated VED amplifier simultaneously meeting all of the program metrics at the end of each phase.”

 

AFRL Capabilities for Cyber Mission Assurance

AFRL Rome has announced the Capabilities for Cyber Mission Assurance BAA. The BAA seeks research to “procure capabilities for avoiding threats through understanding the cyber situation, assessing potential impacts, and implementing deterrence and effects-based defensive methodologies. As such, it supports work in the areas of trusted hardware, trusted software, trusted data, secure systems/architectures, maneuverability, mission awareness, and mission assurance.”

Only white papers are being accepted at this time, and can be submitted over the life of the BAA.  Total funding for the program is “approximately $49M, with the following broken out per year: FY15 – $1M; FY16 – $11M; FY17 – $11M; FY18 – $11M; FY19 – $8M; and FY20 – $7M. Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts normally ranging between $200K to $3M per year.”  For funding for FY16 white papers must be received by 31 Jul 2015, for FY17 by 15 Jun 2016, for FY18 by 15 Jun 2017, foe FY19 by 15 Jun 2018, and for FY20 by 14 Jun 2019.  White papers will be accepted until September 30, 2020.

The following focus areas are open for submittal for the indicated fiscal year:

  • FY16 – FY17: Assured by Design – the objective of this focus area is to “formally verify that hardware and software implementations meet mathematical specifications that prove correctness of secure designs and to lead research in technologies to mitigate new and emerging threats that could degrade capabilities by developing innovative solutions through science and engineering applications to national security problems. Results of this work would place missions orthogonal to threats. This focus area is not interested in concepts, approaches, and techniques that rely on detection and reaction.”
  • FY16: Cyber Deception: the objective of this focus area is to “provide cyber-deception capabilities that could be employed by commanders to provide false information, confuse, delay, or otherwise impede cyber attackers to the benefit of friendly forces. Deception mechanisms must be incorporated in such a way that they are transparent to authorized users, and must introduce minimal functional and performance impacts, in order to disrupt DoD adversaries and not ourselves. As such, proposed techniques must consider how challenges relating to transparency and impact will be addressed. The security of such mechanisms is also paramount, so that their power is not co-opted by attackers against us for their own purposes. These techniques are intended to be employed for defensive purposes only on networks and systems controlled by the DoD.”
  • FY17: Cyber Agility – the objective of this focus area is to “reduce attacks by making it harder for a determined adversary to succeed. Increasing agility, diversity, and redundancy will result in disrupting attack planning and execution. Agility mechanisms must be incorporated in such a way that they are transparent to authorized users, and must introduce minimal functional and performance impacts, in order to disrupt DoD adversaries and not ourselves. As such, proposed techniques must consider how challenges relating to transparency and impact will be addressed. The security of such mechanisms is also paramount, so that their power is not co-opted by attackers against DoD for their own purposes.”

 

FDA Advanced Research and Development of Regulatory Science BAA

The FDA has announced an amendment to the Research and Development of Regulatory Science BAA, number FDABAA-15-00121.  This amendment adds two new research of interest to Research Area, “Support New Approaches to Improve Product Manufacturing and Quality.”

The new research areas appear under section “3.1.1 Investigate the effects of continuous manufacturing (manufacturing using a continuous process, rather than a batch approach) on product quality.”  These two areas are:

  1. Enabling Technologies for Continuous Manufacturing – This research will advance continuous manufacturing by developing and making technologies accessible to industry in the near term (1-3 years), by bridging the gap between discoveries in academia or industry and implementation by industry. Results of this research will support the control of integrated end-to-end continuous processes (raw materials to final dosage form) as well as continuous process for the manufacture of drug substance and/or drug product. Additionally, this research is intended to support advances in regulatory science that allow for development of science and risk based guidelines to facilitate faster CM adoption.”
  2. Continuous Manufacturing Innovation Research –  aimed towards new processes or process improvements that may have an impact in 3-5 years, for example towards capabilities where CM can afford improvement that would not be achievable by batch production.”

Proposals are due for the BAA by Feb 19, 2016 at 4:30 pm.

AFRL IIMS Cyber Technology Maturation Framework (IIMS CTMF) Award

AFRL Rome announced an award to Quanterion Solutions, Inc. in Utica, NY for the IIMS Cyber Technology Maturation Framework (IIMS CMF) program.  The award amount is $2,889,843.

 

ONR Computational Methods for Decision Making Award

ONR has announced an award to BAA 14-010, Computational Methods for Decision Making.  The awardee is Mayachita, Inc in Santa Barbara, CA.  The award amount is $1,197,011.

This project is applied research, 6.2, with the purpose to “identify, understand, and resolve key issues, develop and mature algorithms and methods; determine and demonstrate performance of algorithms, methods, techniques, and strategies for automated computational methods and information systems that support decision making.”