Deadlines
  • Proposal: 03/23/2023

Funding

  • Amount: up to $2m
  • Duration: up to 1 year

Scope

The RCO serves to expedite critical capabilities to the field to meet Combatant Commanders’ needs. The Office enables the Army to experiment, evolve, and deliver technologies in real time to address both urgent and emerging threats while supporting acquisition reform efforts. The RCO executes rapid prototyping and initial equipping of capabilities, particularly in the areas of cyber, electronic warfare, survivability and positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), as well as other priority projects that will enable Soldiers to operate and win in contested environments decisively. Beyond closing current capability gaps, the Office also aims to stimulate aggressive, proactive capability development and leverage disruptive technologies to meet Army strategic objectives. Additionally, the RCO leverages innovation by other government agencies and industry partners, as well as Warfighter feedback, to deliver solutions on an accelerated timeline.

Focus Areas of Interests and Opportunities

  • Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT); seeks alternative PNT solutions that:
    • do not rely on GPS, or that can rebroadcast existing GPS
    • are resilient to jamming and capable of supporting multiple length missions & users
    • operate above ground, below ground, and in urban environments
  • Cyber: interested in software and algorithms, hardware/software systems, AI, & etc, which:
    • identify threats
    • clean up sorting categorizing data in real time to provide reliable decision options
    • create offensive cyber solutions
    • particularly looking for novel solutions to collect/analyze vast amounts of data,
    • identify meaningful bogus correlations,
    • flag potential data gaps
    • identify false positives
    • remove human confirmation bias
    • reduce the risk of creating damage by incorrect interpretations
  • Electronic Warfare: data analytics and machine learning techniques that
    • monitor and assessing threat RF emissions
    • establish normal and abnormal patterns of life
    • characterize emitter types and signal structures
    • assess utility of electronic attacks system, or for other tactical purposes
  • Optical Augmentation: pre-shot detection capabilities that enhance preemptive engagement
    • identifying threats prior to engagement
    • reducing the need for hostile fire detection responses
    • identifies or disrupts acquisition of target prior to initiation of threat
  • Survivability: looking at novel platform (vehicle) protections which will:
    • significantly increase combat platform and formation force protection, survivability, situational awareness, and lethality
  • Swarm and Anti-Swarm: looking at expendable systems that rely on large numbers, individual autonomy, and cooperation to provide an offensive or defense capability in any area of Army operations.
    • defense capability:
      • providing advancements in utilizing and defeating swarm behaviors
    • offers advances in the ability to predict the effect of a given set of rules
    • automatically derive individual rules to accomplish a desired team result
    • defeat mechanisms can be kinetic or non-kinetic, swarm or non-swarm
    • should be cost-effective
  • Communications: alternative or novel means to traditional military communications
    • can be outside traditional RF spectrum
    • includes but is not limited to:
      • free space optical communications
      • sound-wave or any other non-RF communication types that can be conducted through multiple media
  • Long Range Fires: alternative and novel means to provide long range fire solutions and enabling capabilities
  • Air & Missile Defense
  • Disruptive Technology 
    • The Army is looking for operational breakthroughs, novel solutions, or unexpected capabilities. These capabilities can address known problems from a completely new angle by promoting revolutionary new areas of opportunity. These can qualify as “high risk/high reward” and change currently accepted approaches or capabilities.

 

Contact Information

Megan Grigas,
Contracting Officer
Phone: (443)395-1606