On July 24, the Air Force Research Lab released a broad agency announcement entitled Improved Networking through Embedded Processing and Sensing (BAA-AFRL-RIK-2015-0007). For FY18 funding, the agency recommends that white papers be submitted by November 1.
The Air Force Research Laboratory – Information Directorate (AFRL/RI) is soliciting white papers under this BAA for research, design, development, test, evaluation and experimentation of innovative technologies and techniques for Improved Networking through Embedded Processing and Sensing.
The objective of the BAA is to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate new sources and methods for improving network connectivity and stability through embedded processing and sensing. This effort is expected to provide research and development activities to enhance warfighter mission capabilities and advance baseline performance beyond what is currently considered satisfactory. Under the proposed effort, it is anticipated that improved network connectivity research and development will be conducted in support of Command & Control (C2) operations.
Efforts under this program are expected to provide the DoD and mission partners with system network enhancements that provide the flexibility required to adapt to and operate in contested, congested, or intermittent environments. The framework will provide an infrastructure that is extensible to all levels of the battlespace, integrating both legacy, current, and next generation communication technologies. Enterprise network resource analyses and planning should be taken into consideration when designing this framework.
Research efforts under this program are expected to result in improved capabilities, concepts, and applications addressing DoD and mission partners’ communication network resiliency problems. The effectiveness of the enhancements to software, systems, and sensors currently in operational use will be assessed through testing and evaluation activities. Technology innovations that deliver new or improved operational capabilities are of high interest. Offerors are encouraged to describe the pre-conditions that are necessary for the proposed techniques to work effectively.
Full information is available here.