AFRL launches TEMPEST program
On October 11, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate (AFRL/RY) announced its intent to solicit proposals under this “ARA with Calls” for the Trusted and Elastic Military Platforms and Electronic Warfare (EW) System Technologies (TEMPEST) program. Solicitations for white papers/proposals will be accomplished via calls, each of which will have its own due date and time.
AFRL/RYW has a need to investigate and develop methodologies, tools, techniques, and capabilities to identify susceptibilities and mitigate vulnerabilities in avionics systems, protect those systems against cyber-attack, provide simulation capabilities required to develop, mature and transition advanced sensor and avionics technologies, develop platform architecture technologies that enable revolutionary and agile capabilities, and expand emerging open system architecture standards and approaches for existing and next-generation Air Force and DoD weapon systems in multi-domain environments.
The goal is to explore new and emerging concepts related to development, integration, assessment, evaluation, and demonstration of cyber security, open system architecture (OSA), novel avionics and sensor technologies, and multi-domain technologies. For this solicitation, avionics is defined to include manned, unmanned, autonomous, and remotely piloted vehicles, on-board Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, Electronic Warfare (EW) systems, munitions, and any equipment, component, or subsystem that could compromise mission assurance of the Air Force weapon system or tactical platform.
Calls issued against this ARA will:
• Develop experimental programs that prototype, integrate and demonstrate promising cyber security and cognitive avionics technologies to increase our platforms’ and weapon systems’ survivability and resiliency in the face of multidomain threats and attacks.
• Develop, experiment, prototype and integrate, in a laboratory environment, new cognitive, cyber hardened and high speed, flexible system architectures.
• Cooperate across the Air Force, DoD, and the Intelligence Community, to develop experimental programs that integrate advanced cyber security and cognitive sensor technologies, techniques, systems and developmental algorithms, new cyber hardened and high speed, flexible system architectures, and advanced avionics, sensors, processing, and exploitation capabilities focused on Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) onto various weapon systems to create revolutionary capabilities.
• Develop experimental programs that implement OSA-based reference Page 5 of 26 architectures to demonstrate the cost and time benefits of applying OSA techniques and align multiple open architecture (OA) standards to prove the interoperability of various standards. Apply and demonstrate tools, technologies, and techniques to more rapidly document, model, simulate, and analyze new OSA-based system capabilities to determine the benefits for individual platforms and the warfighter.
Full information is available here.