DoD releases 2021 Global Needs Statement

On March 24, the the Department of Defense (DoD) posted its 2021 Global Needs Statement. Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on April 21.

DoD’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) will conduct a Virtual Solutions Meeting in Fall 2021. The meeting provides selected innovative companies with an opportunity to make short technical presentations to Government representatives about their technologies. There is a potential for companies to be selected for pilot prototyping, demonstration, or experimentation for the most compelling solutions.

RRTO is looking for highly innovative technologies that have the potential to provide leap-ahead capabilities against near-peer adversaries and fill gaps in critical joint mission needs no later than 2028. RRTO is focused on technologies within the DoD modernization areas.

Solutions are expected to derive from companies’ internal research and development (IR&D) or other research efforts and suitable for maturation through DoD prototyping funding, but not mature enough to be Commercial Off-the-Shelf products. Technologies for consideration in this needs statement are expected to be at the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 (demonstrated proof of concept) or TRL 4 (laboratory validation) stage. Prototype development for selected technologies will result in a capability at the TRL 6+ (relevant environment demonstration) level and will be dependent upon a negotiated transition agreement with an interested Service or DoD Agency, which will be sponsored RRTO. Note that the areas below are purposefully broad to allow companies to submit their most compelling and innovative technologies.

DoD Modernization Areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning
  • Autonomy
  • Biotechnology
  • Cyber
  • Directed Energy
  • Fully Networked Command, Communication, and Control (FNC3)
  • Hypersonics
  • Microelectronics
  • Quantum
  • Space
  • 5G
  • Other Disruptive Technologies

Companies interested in participating in the Solutions Meeting should submit one (1) application to RRTO Innovation via e-mail. Only 1 application is permitted per company, NOT 1 application per topic area or company business unit.

Full information is available here.

Source: SAM