Innovative ways to enhance electronic intelligence (ELINT) sought by USAF

ELINTThe folks at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, NY, have issued a broad agency announcement inviting prospective vendors with innovative ways to detect, process and exploit electronic intelligence (ELINT) signals in support of ground and airborne intelligence to step forward and describe their technical ideas.

The Lab is looking for better ways to: (1) enhance ELINT signal processing, (2) improve the efficiency of single and multi-platform collection systems, (3) develop better ways to detect and exploit ELINT signals, and (4) beef up the effectiveness of databases that use multi-source, multi-platform or real-time collection systems.

The Air Force says in a presolicitation notice it released on Feb. 25 that it anticipates funding for research under this broad agency announcement to total about $49.9 million over a five-year period, broken down as follows: $10.2 million in fiscal year 2014; $10.2 million in FY15; $10.1 million in FY16; $9.8 million in FY17 and $9.6 million in FY18.

“Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar amounts ranging from $100K to $5M per fiscal year,” says the Air Force notice. “There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value.”

Interested parties can submit their proposals (initially contained in a white paper of three-to-five pages) anytime until September 2018. To be eligible for fiscal year 2015 funding, submissions should be made by December 15, 2015, says the notice.

Further information is available from Gail Marsh at 315-330-7518 or