Monthly Archives: April 2016

DARPA CONverged Collaborative Elements for RF Task Operations (CONCERTO) BAA

DARPA STO has released the CONverged Collaborative Elements for RF Task Operations (CONCERTO) BAA, DARPA-BAA-16-28.

The goal of the CONCERTO program is “for the design, realization, programming, and control of a new converged RF architecture supporting all critical uses of the RF spectrum over a tactically useful performance range. System prototypes will be designed and developed for compact unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).”

Background: “The increasing overlap of technology requirements of RF functions such as radar, EW, and communications combined with impressive research progress in the capability of RF components, analog-to-digital conversion methods, and digital signal processing (DSP) techniques has created an opportunity for change. CONCERTO will capitalize on these trends to resolve current multi-function challenges, and open the door to fundamental change in our approach to RF systems that moves beyond traditional notions of radar, EW, and communications to create an adaptive, flexible and converged RF systems approach.”

“CONCERTO will develop and test a scalable converged RF payload suitable for a Group 3 UAS. The payload will demonstrate its unified characteristics in a flight test including EW, radar, and communications functions and demonstrate efficient, adaptive function execution. The payload will incorporate several elements including:

  • An RF front end including radiating aperture and its airframe integration;
  • A heterogeneous RF processing engine implementing operating modes in a portable hardware agnostic manner (the RF Virtual Machine); and
  • A multi-objective management system to intelligently coordinate and optimally achieve disparate mission objectives of a converged system.”

There will be four technical areas to CONCERTO:

  • TA-1 Converged RF Front End and Aperture
  • TA-2 RF Virtual Machine
  • TA-3 System and sensor resource manager
  • TA-4 System architecture and integration

Four page proposal abstracts are due May 11, 2016 and full proposals are due June 22, 2016.  The program manager is Dr. Ted K. Woodward.

DARPA Innovative Vacuum Electronics Science and Technology (INVEST) Awards

DARPA MTO has announced the following awards to the Innovative Vacuum Electronics Science and Technology (INVEST) Program, DARPA-BAA-15-40:

  • Teravac of Cleveland, OH with an award amount of $583,400, with an Option 1 for $779,801 and an Option 2 for $204,055
  • Leidos, Inc. of Reston, VA with an award amount of $849,040, with an Option 1 for $838,371 and an Option 2 for $496,235
  • Ceradyne, Inc. of Costa Mesa, CA with an award amount of $193,161, with an Option 1 for $297,328 and an Option 2 of $201,767

INVEST is investigating innovative approaches to modeling, advanced manufacturing, theory and design of components, and other focus areas that enable revolutionary advances in vacuum electron devices at millimeter wave (mm-wave) frequencies above 75 GHz.

DARPA Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) Award

DARPA TTO has announced an award to the Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program, DARPA-BAA-14-50.  The awardee is Leidos, Inc. of Reston, VA.  The award amount is $2,174,654.

The goal of GXV-T is to “investigate revolutionary ground-vehicle technologies that would simultaneously improve the mobility and survivability of vehicles through means other than adding more armor, including avoiding detection, engagement and hits by adversaries. This improved mobility and warfighting capability would enable future U.S. ground forces to more efficiently and cost-effectively tackle varied and unpredictable combat situations.

GXV-T’s technical goals include the following improvements relative to today’s armored fighting vehicles:

  • Reduce vehicle size and weight by 50 percent
  • Reduce onboard crew needed to operate vehicle by 50 percent
  • Increase vehicle speed by 100 percent
  • Access 95 percent of terrain
  • Reduce signatures that enable adversaries to detect and engage vehicles”

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DARPA GXV-T Concept Images

DARPA Theoretical Foundations for the Design of Collective Human-Machine Systems RFI

DARPA DSO has released a RFI on Theoretical Foundations for the Design of Collective Human-Machine Systems, DARPA-SN-16-34.

The RFI is related to “foundational, quantitative theories for the analysis and design of human-machine systems, with a focus on collectives of humans and machines ranging in number from 5 to 100, as well as novel testing capabilities for assessing the value of these abstractions or theories using experimental verification across multiple problem domains.”

The RFI requests information in two technical areas:

  • Technical Area (TA) 1 – New abstractions and modeling approaches for human-machine collective.
  • Technical Area (TA) 2 – Test and evaluation capabilities to evaluate collective human-machine system capabilities.

Five page white papers are due by May 10, 2016.  Dr. John Paschkewitz is the program manager.

DARPA Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3) Program Awards

DARPA has announced the following awards to the Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3) Program (DARPA-BAA-15-56):

The XD3 Program “aims to thwart DDoS attacks by dispersing cyber assets (physically and/or logically), disguising the characteristics and behaviors of those assets, and mitigating the attacks (especially low‐volume attacks) that still penetrate the targeted environment.”

DARPA Biological Technologies BAA Award

DARPA BTO has announced an award for their Biological Technologies BAA, DARPA-BAA-15-35.  The awardee is Cayuga Biotech, Inc. of Santa Barbara, CA and the award amount is $483,009.

DARPA INTERfering and Co-Evolving Prevention and Therapy (INTERCEPT) Proposers Day

DARPA BTO has announced the Proposers Day for the INTERfering and Co-Evolving Prevention and Therapy (INTERCEPT) Program, DARPA-SN-16-28.  The Proposers Day will be on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Executive Conference Center in Arlington, VA. Registration is required and can be made at http://www.sa-meetings.com/InterceptApril2016.  The registration deadline is  Friday, April 22, 2016 or when capacity is reached.

The goal of the INTERCEPT program is to explore and develop a new therapeutic platform to outpace fast-evolving viral pathogens, based upon virus-based therapeutic particles that interfere with viral infection and co-evolve with viral targets. The INTERCEPT program builds upon previously reported naturally occurring Defective Interfering Particles (DIPs), viral-derived particles with partially deleted genomes that lack essential genes for replication enzymes and capsid proteins. DIPs rely on the wildtype parent virus to replicate and mobilize, and consume critical wildtype resources, thus interfering with the infection process. Performers within the INTERCEPT program will aim to engineer and optimize therapeutic versions of DIPs as Therapeutic Interfering Particles (TIPs) to stoichiometrically outcompete the parent virus for viral proteins, in the process reducing viral load within a patient and attenuating viral transmission.

The program manager is Dr. Jim Gimlett.

AFRL Avionics Vulnerability Assessment, Mitigations, and Protection Award

AFRL has announced an award to the Avionics Vulnerability Assessment, Mitigations, and Protection BAA (BAA-RQKS-2015-0008).  The awardee is SiCore Technologies, Inc. of Farmingdale, NY.  The award amount is $47,900,000 and is an IDIQ type contract.

DARPA Gremlins Award

DARPA has announced awards for the Gremlins program on the DARPA web site.  DARPA lists the following awardees:

  • Composite Engineering, Inc. (Roseville, Calif.)
  • Dynetics, Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.)
  • General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (San Diego, Calif.)
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (Dallas, Tex.)

An FBO announcement lists the Lockheed Martin award as $4,214,241.

The DARPA Gremlins program “seeks to develop innovative technologies and systems enabling aircraft to launch volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned air systems (UASs) and safely and reliably retrieve them in mid-air. Such systems, or “gremlins,” would be deployed with a mixture of mission payloads capable of generating a variety of effects in a distributed and coordinated manner, providing U.S. forces with improved operational flexibility at a lower cost than is possible with conventional, monolithic platforms.”

ONR Award to Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation

ONR has announced an award to Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation under the Long Range BAA for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology.  The title of the award is “NGAPS Cable/Suspension Assembly Development and Evaluation” and the award amount is $1,348,757.