USD(R&E) is interested in establishing non-funded Information Exchange Agreements with companies conducing IR&D in areas that facilitate DDRE(AC)’s mission to identify, explore, develop, and integrate new concepts, technology and capabilities to maintain U.S technology superiority. Through mission engineering analysis, DDRE(AC) informs requirements, programs, and investment decisions toward more integrated, mission-focused, threat-informed solutions based on technical analyses and architectures. DDR&E(AC) is looking to exchange information with companies conducting relevant IR&D that will help DDRE(AC) execute joint and interagency prototyping and experiments that transition technology into the warfighter domain quickly and efficiently. Example of AOIs are (not in priority order):

1.1.1 Hypersonics: IR&D efforts to improve quick response, high speed, highly maneuverable, difficult to find, track and kill. IR&D offensive and defensive force structure prototypes to both utilize and deter this capability.

1.1.2 Directed Energy: IR&D efforts that will enable defense against several types of threats with great precision and minimal collateral damage, at minimal cost per engagement. Example efforts might be related to High Energy Laser (HEL) or High Power Microwave (HPM) technology development and advancement.

1.1.3 Space: IR&D efforts to enable timely and assured space effects which will improve a more defendable and resilient space posture with added protection and resiliency to our current spacecraft fleet. IncludesExample efforts include improvements to Position, Navigation, and Timing.

1.1.4 Cybersecurity: Efforts to address security challenges and potential leap-ahead capabilities for military operations requiring enhanced command, control and situational awareness, and autonomous operations. Ability to gain and maintain the U.S. technological edge in cyberspace in the face of rapid evolution. Example efforts include Zero Trust architectures / approaches.

1.1.5 Biotechnology: IR&D efforts that will provide new operational capabilities to the Department of Defense across multiple domains, spanning material & systems, military medicine, warfighter performance, and chem-bio defense.

1.1.6 Autonomy: Efforts that provide the Department advantages include persistence, size, speed, maneuverability, and reduced risk to human life. The DoD targets seamless integration of diverse unmanned/mixed team capabilities that provide flexible options for the Joint Force.

1.1.7 Next Generation Communications: IR&D efforts to provide wireless, ubiquitous connectivity across humans, machines, and the Internet of Things. DoD will adapt 5G and next generation technologies to “operate through” congested and contested spectrum and in spite of compromised networks to ensure maximum readiness, lethality, and partnering among allies.

1.1.8 Fully Networked Command, Control, and Communications (FNC3): Efforts which may improve the capability to acquire, process, and disseminate information across force elements. DoD requires a clear path to robust C4I with multiply redundant fullynetworked “Comms.” Existing capabilities require sufficient protection against an increasing threat, in pervasiveness and effectiveness.

1.1.9 Microelectronics: IR&D efforts which will reduce dependency on foreign microelectronics (ME) production, actions, and investments. We must develop and deliver next generation microelectronics to enhance lethality, ensure critical infrastructure, and achieve economic competitiveness.

1.1.10 Quantum Science: IR&D efforts to secure communications and to protect our most sensitive communications against a quantum computer attack; efforts to deliver new and assured precision position, navigation, and timing capabilities, keeping our forces safe in GPS-denied theaters; efforts for networks to deliver drastically enhanced sensors for finding and fixing elusive targets; efforts to deliver resource multiplying effects for commercially developed quantum computers.

1.1.11 Artificial Intelligence: IR&D efforts that will enable U.S. forces to operate more effectively and efficiently by leveraging and adopting AI technology to meet warfighter needs and Defense priorities.

1.1.12 DDRE(AC) Priority Areas: IR&D efforts related to Joint All-Domain Command and Control (Enhanced Machine Element Capabilities or Logistics C2), Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) continuity of operations and continuity of government, Integrated Global Fires (all-domain kinetic and non-kinetic responsive fires, counter C5ISRT, or dynamic targeting), and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations.

The BAA Closes on 30 September 2021.

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