Monthly Archives: December 2015

DARPA Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) BAA

DARPA has announced the Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems (RADICS) BAA.  RADICS will be developing “technologies for detecting and recovering from cyber-attacks on US critical infrastructure. DARPA is interested specifically in early attack detection, network isolation and threat characterization in response to a widespread and persistent cyber-attack on the power grid and its dependent systems.”

The program manager is John O. Everett and proposals will be due on February 11, 2016. Total funding is anticipated to be $77 million with multiple awards for Technical Areas 1, 2, and 3 and single awards in Technical Areas 4 and 5.  The program will be over four years with three 16-month phases.

RADICS will “address the power grid and its key dependencies as they exist today and as they are likely to evolve over the next ten years. This evolution may well include improved cyber-physical defenses from Government-funded and private sector innovation, but proposers should assume a worst-case scenario, in which limited budgets and competing demands for capital investment result in insufficient adoption of such technologies. Smart meters and active grid management infrastructure will absorb capital investment, and strong proposals will address the potential for such projects to increase the attack surface of the grid.

To be in scope for this program, approaches should not depend on utility deployment of the proposed technologies prior to an attack. The 3,200 organizations that own and operate US electrical infrastructure must allocate their capital investments to maintain their short and long term economic viability. Although the market for ICS network and host defensive technologies is growing as utilities are increasingly focusing on their cyber defenses, this process may require many years to reach fruition. DARPA seeks to produce innovative technical solutions to complement these efforts within a shorter time horizon.”

The below figure summarizes the technical areas of the program.


Figure 1: Technical areas for the RADICS program


IARPA Molecular Analyzer for Efficient Gas-phase Low-Power INterrogation (MAEGLIN) Proposers’ Day

IARPA’s Office of Smart Collection has announced the proposers’ day for the Molecular Analyzer for Efficient Gas-phase Low-Power INterrogation (MAEGLIN) program on January 12, 2016.  Registration cut off is January 5, 2016 at 5pm EST.  Registrations must be made at Directions to the conference facility and other materials will be on the website. There will be no walk-in registrations allowed.  The program manager is Kristy DeWitt.

The MAEGLIN program will “develop an ultra-low-power chemical analysis system combining high dynamic range separation with absolute chemical identification for monitoring of explosives, chemicals, narcotics, and nuclear materials.”

MAEGLIN will be a two-phase program.  Phase 1 will have three thrust areas:

  • Low-power, reversible gas phase collection and pre-concentration. Modular front end adaptor to add additional capability for aerosol, liquid, and solid phase collection and volatilization.
  • Non-destructive fractionation of chemical mixtures with high dynamic range, including the ability to “bleed off” all or part of selected fractions if desired. Low power and minimal (preferably no) consumables.
  • High-accuracy identification of pure compounds or low-count mixtures with a large and adaptable library. Low power and minimal (preferably no) consumables.

Phase 2 will culminate in an integrated prototype demonstration.

AFRL Big Data Smart Analytics Award

AFRL-Rome has announced an award for “Big Data Smart Analytics” to Black River Systems Inc in Utica, NY.  The award amount is $2,955,199.

USAID Catalyzing Private Investment BAA

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in conjunction with the Swedish International Development Corporation (SIDA) is inviting “organizations, companies, and investors to participate in bolstering investment through innovative approaches that both satisfy the return objectives of the private sector while also supporting sustainable development outcomes. The opportunity to do so will be provided through Addendums issued under this BAA.”

The first Addendum has been released and is titled “Identifying Opportunities for Action in Institutional Investment.”  This addendum is requesting “knowledge and solutions to the current problem of limited levels of institutional investor engagement and investment into developing countries.”  It is seeking to:

  • Discover new and effective ways that USAID and other public development entities can address the lack of institutional investors placing capital in emerging economies.
  • Identify new approaches, entry points, and specific steps or guidelines that development agencies may take for designing strategies and programs that increase institutional investment within emerging economies.
  • Develop pilot activities to test innovations in stimulating institutional investment flows into emerging economies
  • Identify partnerships that involve pre-competitive collaboration among multiple private sector institutions to promote institutional investment into targeted countries
  • Other concepts related to increasing the flows of institutional investment.

This is a multi-step BAA.  The first step is to submit a 2 page expression of interest. The submission deadline is January 8, 2016 at 3:00 PM EDT.

Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) – Enabling Technologies BAA

The US Air Force – Hanscom has released a BAA titled Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) – Enabling Technologies.  This BAA is soliciting proposals that address “kill chain integration to ensure full spectrum awareness of emergent threats. The areas of interest include: ISR modernization, Enhancing situational awareness, Mobile networking and communications equipment, Improvements to existing AF/DoD infrastructure, USAF cryptographic operations modernization, Geospatial analysis of social media, Exploitation of enemy threat systems, Increasing data utility and accessibility, and other IT related focus areas.”

The BAA can be found here.  The BAA will be open for 12 months and uses a two-step process.  Proposers should first submit a 5 page concept paper which will be evaluated by the government.  If a concept paper is of interest a full proposal will be requested.

DARPA Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) Award

DARPA has made an award for the Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) program to BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc for the Vision Aided Ultra Low-SWaP-C Targeting Seeker (VAULTS) .  The award amount was $6,725,742.

The objective of the SECTR program is the “development, design, integration and demonstration of a low SWaP-C seeker prototype capable of providing day/night navigation and precision terminal homing to a weapon platform which may engage moving, re-locatable and stationary targets in a contested environment where GPS may not be reliably available. The SECTR seeker is intended for use in a heavily contested environment, where laser target designation is unavailable and where continuous intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support to the kill chain may not be available.”

Air Force Booster Propulsion Technology Maturation Awards

The Air Force has announced the following awardees for the Booster Propulsion Technology Maturation BAA:

  • Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, Baltimore, MD: $545,860
  • Tanner Research Inc, Monrovia, CA: $902,507
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD: $935,696
  • Moog Inc., East Aurora, NY: $728,337
  • ATK Launch Systems, Magna, Utah: $3,125,810
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne of DE, Inc., Canoga Park, CA: $6,003,668
  • Northrop Grumman Systems Corp, Redondo Beach, CA: $5,465,705

The Air Force is using this BAA to develop a portfolio of investments that focuses on on areas of Material Manufacturing and Development and Advanced Technologies. This portfolio is of a “comprehensive Air force plan to transition off the Russian supplied RD-180 propulsion system used on the Atlas V rocket by investing in industry launch solutions with the ultimate goal to competitively procure launch services in a robust domestic launch market.”

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Bureau of Engraving and Printing Office of Technology Development Long Range BAA Update

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) Office of Technology Development (OTD) has updated their long range BAA.  It is a five year BAA and will remain open until August 31, 2020.

The following are areas of interest to divisions of the BEP:

  • Security Features Division – innovative security features that protect federal reserve notes and other security products against counterfeiting
    • Overt Features
    • Device Assisted Features
    • Hidden Machine Readable Security Features
  • Materials and Application Innovations Division – new materials and processes to enable  improved product quality and production efficiency
    • Pigments and Colorants
    • Substrates (other than cotton/linen)
    • Adhesives
    • Additives and Ink Formulations
    • Raised Tactile Features

A white paper submission is required prior to submitting a formal proposal. White papers may be submitted any time during the open period to

Update to BAA on Advancement of Technologies for Use by Special Operations Forces

U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has announced an update to the Advancement of Technologies for Use by Special Operations Forces BAA.  The BAA has added Appendix C titled Tactical Assault Light Operator Suite (TALOS).

USSOCOM is interested in receiving white papers on capable of providing the design, development, and testing of TALOS-related technologies. Technology may include, but is not limited to:

  • Survivability
  • Mobility/Agility
  • Operator Interface
  • Command, Control, Communications & Intelligence (C3I)
  • Computing platform for TALOS
  • Power and Energy
  • Human Factors

The BAA will close or be updated prior to December 17, 2016.

Award for Advanced Development of Medical Countermeasures for Pandemic Influenza BAA

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced an award for the Advanced Development of Medical Countermeasures for Pandemic Influenza BAA. The award is to Halyard Health, Inc in Alpharetta, Georgia. The award amount is $5,008,458.

The award is for the “development of a prototype demonstration high throughput manufacturing line for Filtering Face piece Respirators (FFRs) that during a pandemic will be capable of producing surge manufacturing of at least one million FFRs with testing and certifications. The contract Options include equipment design, testing, manufacture testing and demonstration, and disposition.”