Army releases TSOA DiDEX 2 RFI

On December 10, the U.S. Army posted a request for information for Technical Support and Operational Analysis (TSOA) Defense-in-Depth Experiment (DiDEX) 2. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on January 31.

The purpose of this RFI is to gain information leading to Government/Industry collaboration at TSOA DiDEX 2 to accelerate the development of technologies that will enable the Warfighter to be more effective, efficient and lethal when countering small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) threats (i.e., Groups 1 and 2).

The Technical Support and Operational Analysis (TSOA) DiDEX invites industry, academia, individuals, and laboratories to submit technology white papers addressing innovative technologies and capabilities that can be used in challenging environments:

Physical (Terrain -Natural & Urban)
Electronic (Frequency Congestion & Overload)
Contested (Electronic Interference, Cyber Attacks, & CBRNE)
Low Visibility (Tactical Effects without the Overt Tactical Signature)

TSOA DiDEX 2 event is executed to improve operational security, force protection and survivability. The TSOA team identifies potential vulnerabilities in emerging technologies including performance degradation in contested environments, interoperability, adaptability and training/ease of use through live experiment venues. The TSOA DiDEX 2 will focus on challenges presented by (1) detecting, tracking and defeating sUAS in an actual urban environment and (2) integrating counter-UAS (c-UAS) systems into a single common operating picture (COP).

After reviewing the technology submissions, the Government may invite select candidates to participate in a TSOA field experiment/assessment venue in which we evaluate the capability as applied to the Warfighter, its technical limitations and vulnerabilities through an enemy perspective.

These assessments will provide the submitter an opportunity to interact with the Warfighter, the DoD Science and Technology community, academia, Combatant Commands (COCOMs), Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs) and other federal agencies for the purpose of assessing potential impact of emerging technology solutions on missions and capabilities.

Submissions and Verification of Submission will be made through Vulcan. 

TSOA DiDEX 2 will be conducted: 8-12 June 2020 at New Orleans, LA and Camp Shelby, MS.

TSOA DiDEX 2 Focus: Integration of c-UAS systems and modalities in a dense urban environment.

Full information is available here.

Source: SAM