Archives for December 3, 2015

Army: Night Vision Technologies – Science and Technology

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NVESD, Science and Technology (S&T) Division Headquarters is soliciting proposals for the advancement of applied research to support the Warfighter and challenges of Asymmetric Warfare (IEDs, combatants vs.noncombatants, urban vs rural, data rate vs comms bandwidth vs processing). The S&T Division’s mission is to conduct research and development in order to provide U.S. Warfighters with advanced sensor technology to dominate the 21st Century digital battlefield. NVESD exploits components, sensors and sensor suites technologies (unmanned aerial/ground vehicles, rotorcraft, fixed wing aircraft, individual soldier systems) for reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition (day and night) under adverse battlefield environments; deny the enemy the same capabilities through electro-optic means and/or camouflage, concealment, and deception; detect and neutralize mines, threat explosives, minefields and unexploded ordnance; provide for night driving and pilotage; and protect forward deployed Warfighters either in, fixed installations and rear echelons from enemy intrusion.

By necessity, the applied research efforts in Science and Technology Division are technically diverse. As such, the efforts are divided into infrared, laser, imaging, signal and imaging processing, optics, and other related sensor and counter sensor technologies “Thrust Areas.” These thrust areas will develop the component technologies to or techniques that would be implemented onto handheld, ground vehicular and or airborne platforms. These could also be manned or unmanned robotic, ground vehicular (UGV) and air-borne vehicular (UAV) platforms as well. In today’s operational environment, the Army has unconventional and asymmetric threat deployments to be concerned about, as well. Background information is described below for each Thrust Area. As “The Army’s Sensor Developer,” NVESD researches and develops cutting edge technology, with the goal of exceeding U.S. Soldier requirements, and allowing an asymmetrical advantage in changing battlefield environments. Mention of specific systems or programs in the background section of this BAA is solely for the purposes of informing potential offerors of existing or evolving state-of-the-art technology in S&T Division’s mission areas of cooled and uncooled infrared sensors and new materials, image intensifiers and solid state low light imagers, laser components and novel material development, image and signal processing including algorithm development, and advanced optics and displays.

ECBC Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) – Flame and Incendiary Technology

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ECBC competitively solicits project offers in Flame and Incendiary Technology. This is a broad research area, and proposal topics include (and are not limited to) enhanced reactive materials, thermally enhanced hydrocarbons, pyrophorics, hypergolics, intermetallics, thermobarics and thermite/thermates. The applications of these and other technologies may be uniquely delivered to enhance lethality of personnel and materiel targets. Such targets and situations include (and are not limited to) military operations in urban terrain, operations other than war, enhanced lethality to traditional materiel (e.g. vehicles) and fuel targets. Such delivery concepts include (and are not limited to) shoulder-launched systems, projectiles and grenades.

Army: Broad Agency Announcement: Advanced Materials and Coating Technology

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This is a BAA for the U.S. Army Armaments Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Advanced Materials Branch and Organic Materials and Corrosion Branch. The center is interested in advancing the state of the artin corrosion abatement, prevention and mitigation for weapon systems and other Army material. The approach is rather than to treat corrosion as an after the fact maintenance issue, the thrust is to develop technologies, coatings and materials that a weapon system designer could use to greatly reduce the corrosion burden.

In essence, the material designer will have the information, tools and protocols available to address corrosion in the design of a product as to significantly reduce future maintenance and costs of ownership. The Advanced Materials Branch and Organic Materials Corrosion Branch are interested in technologies that will extend the life of the weapons, vehicles and other components.

Army: New and Innovative Ideas for Technology Focused Areas of Interest

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This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), which sets forth technology areas of interest to the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is issued under theparagraph 6.102(d)(2) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which provides for the competitive selection of proposals. Proposals submitted in response to this BAA and selected for award are considered to be the result of full and open competition and in full compliance with the provision of Public Law 98-369, “The Competition in Contracting Act of 1984” and subsequent amendments.

Proposals and white papers putting forth new and novel ideas are sought for the research and development of technologies to fill the complete spectrum ofARDEC technology needs throughout the armaments life cycle. Through interactive collaborations with industry and academia, the Government expects to advance the development and maturation of areas of technology as applied to armaments systems. Proposals and white papers shall be evaluated only if they are for scientific study and experimentation directed toward advancing the state of the art or increasing knowledge and understanding within the ARDECtechnical community.

The US Army Business Interface Office is looking to identify and develop technologies for the purpose of generating future armament systems. This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) sets forth research areas of interest to the RDECOM-ARDEC, Business Interface Office and is issued under the paragraph 6.102(d)(2) of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which provides for the competitive selection of proposals. Note that this BAA also incorporates needs from ARDEC’s Benet Labs. This research, development, and engineering facility is responsible for the full life-cycle of mortars, tank guns, and artillery cannon for howitzers; provides tank turret support for ABRAMS and Crew Cooling for ABRAMS, Bradley and LAV combat vehicles; and provides support to the Army’s industrial base at the Watervliet Arsenal. Efforts under this BAA should focus on the development and demonstration of technology for current and future generation munitions and armament systems. This shall be accomplished via investigative efforts in the following general technology areas:

1. Advanced Materials
2. Testing Methodology
3. Electronics
4. Manufacturing Sciences
5. Modeling and Simulation
6. Optics
7. Biometrics
8. Power, Energy and Environmental Management Sciences
9. Information and ERP technologies
10. Acoustics
11. Data Fusion
12. Advanced Design Technologies
13. Sustainment, Health Monitoring and Supply Chain Management
14. Technology Exploitation

ONR: Department of Defense Explosive Ordnance Disposal Science and Technology

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The Office of Naval Research is interested in receiving white papers and full proposals for the DoD EOD S&T program which is managed in the Ocean Battlespace Sensing S&T Department (Code 32).
The EOD mission isto detect/locate, access, diagnose/identify, render safe/neutralize, recover, exploit, and dispose of unexploded ordnance including conventional, unconventional, improvised, chemical, biological, or nuclear. The EOD mission also includes responding to evolving threats posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Countering these threats requires EOD forces to have a broad range of unique tools and equipment that support movement of U.S. and allied forces and helps ensure the safety of personnel and infrastructure involved.
An IED is a device placed in an improvised manner incorporating destructive, lethal, noxious, pyrotechnic, or incendiary chemicals to destroy, incapacitate, harass, or distract. It can include military stores, but normally is devised from non-military components.

ONR has a need to develop and demonstrate emerging technologies for dismounted DoD EOD missions to detect/locate, diagnose/identify, and render safe/neutralize unexploded ordnance and IEDs. White papers and full proposals for exploratory development are sought in the following specific areas:
1. Diagnosis of Buried Unexploded Ordnance and Buried IEDs. Technologies are sought to diagnose buried ordnance and IEDs down to at least 12 inches. The technologies should not require contact with the ordnance or IED to diagnose in place. Diagnosis of the ordnance or IED includes determination of main charge warhead fill (explosive, inert fill, chemical, biological), or status of on-board power source(s), or status of electrically charged components (charged, discharged). The technology, in a tactical form, cannot exceed 20 pounds which includes the power source. The technology must also function without representative targets or target fills present for calibration.
2. Detection and Location of Non-metallic Buried Ordnance and Buried IEDs. Technologies are sought to detect ordnance and IEDs buried down to a depth of at least 12 inches. The technologies should focus on dismounted DoD EOD operations.
3. Remote Standoff Neutralization of Ordnance and IEDs. Technologies are sought to neutralize explosive ordnance and IEDs on land and underwater. The technology must neutralize the ordnance or IED by either rapidly consuming its explosive fill in place, or by physically separating the firing train from the explosive fill without causing any component to function or causing a sympathetic reaction of its energetics. The approach should maximize standoff distance from the target and maintain effectiveness. The approach, if applicable, should maximize use of current EOD disrupters and add no more than 1 pound to an existing EOD tool or EOD tool payload.

AFRL: Armament Technology Broad Agency Announcement – Facilities and Equipment Enabling Micro Munitions and Advanced Energetics

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The Air Force anticipates a need for new, improved, and often unique facilities and equipment to support expanding future in-house RDT&E (research, development, test, and evaluation) work especially in the areas ofmicro munitions and advanced energetics. This work will require facilities with the capability to work with energetic nano materials that may also be classified as an explosive. These new RW facilities and equipment will enable world class research, development, integration, fabrication and testing of future prototype munitions system concepts demonstrating emerging micro munition and advanced energetics technologies. Developing concepts and preliminary designs for these new and unique facilities as well as for much of the new equipment to be used in these facilities will need to be approached as research and development projects, not as just design projects. New control/monitoring techniques and equipment will be required to simultaneously meet HVAC requirements for working with nano materials that are also an explosive especially in areas where a clean room environment is required. Of particular interest are proposals for preliminary feasibility studies; concept development, assessment, evaluation, preliminary design and associated cost estimates/presentation material for the new facilities and/or new research equipment that will be required to pursue this evolution of energetics from conventional explosives to reactive materials and nano energetics and munitions from the current conventional munitions to micro munitions. Also of interest are proposals for structural response calculations/modeling, design analysis, and design needed to support Department of Defense Explosives Safety Board (DDESB) submittals/presentations required for explosives siting approval of new facilities to be located at one of RW’s remote explosives locations. This topic includes work to advance the understanding of nano energetic material effects on both the human body and the environment as well as work relating to the understanding, interpretation, and assessment of present and likely future applicable environmental, safety, and health requirements/regulations that would relate to nano energetics. A need is anticipated for developing new systems/components that will enable the new facilities and equipment to meet these emerging future requirements/regulations. 

NSF: Energy for Sustainability

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The goal of the program is to support fundamental engineering research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes forsustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable resources.

Current topics of interest include:
1. Biomass Conversion, Biofuels & Bioenergy: Fundamental research on innovative approaches that lead to the intensification of biofuel and bioenergy processes is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: biological, thermochemical, or thermocatalytic routes for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to advanced biofuels beyond cellulosic ethanol; microbial fuel cells for direct production of electricity from renewable carbon sources; hydrogen production from autotrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms; hydrocarbons and lipids from phototrophic or heterotrophic microorganisms.
– Proposals that focus primarily on chemical reactor analysis related to biomass conversion should be submitted to Process and Reaction Engineering (CBET 1403), and proposals related to the combustion of biomass should be sent to Combustion and Fire Systems (CBET 1407).
– Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of catalysis or biocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401).

2. Photovoltaic Solar Energy: Fundamental research on innovative processes for the fabrication and theory-based characterization of future PV devices is an emphasis area of this program. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to: nano-enabled PV devices containing nanostructured semiconductors, plasmonic materials, photonic structures, or conducting polymers; earth-abundant and environmentally benign materials for photovoltaic devices; photocatalytic or photoelectrochemical processes for the splitting of water into H2 gas, or for the reduction of CO2 to liquid or gaseous fuels.
– Proposals that focus on the fundamentals of photocatalysis should be submitted to Catalysis and Biocatalysis (CBET 1401).
– The generation of thermal energy by solar radiation is not an area supported by this program, but may be considered by Thermal Transport Processes (CBET 1406).

3. Advanced Batteries for Transportation and Renewable Energy Storage: Radically new battery systems or breakthroughs based on existing systems can move the US more rapidly toward a more sustainable transportation future. The focus is on high-energy density and high-power density batteries suitable for transportation and renewable energy storage applications. Advanced systems such as lithium-air, sodium-ion, as well as lithium-ion electrochemical energy storage are appropriate. Work on commercially available systems such as lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride batteries will not be considered by this program.
– Fuel-cell related proposals should be directed to other CBET programs, depending on emphasis: electrocatalysis (Catalysis and Biocatalysis, CBET 1401); membranes (Chemical and Biological Separations, CBET 1417); systems (Process and Reaction Engineering, CBET 1403).

4. Wind Energy: This program no longer supports wind, wave, tidal, or hydrokinetic energy research. The proposer is encouraged to contact the program director for suggestions on a possible program home for proposal submission.

US Army Picatinney Arsenal seminar

A team from the US Army RDECOM gave a presentation at the Havener Center Dec 3 on the need for research in energetic materials. (See brief).  NEMC Rolla Brief


Mark Mezger Senior Technology Advisor US Army RDECOM-ARDEC Explosives Technology & Prototyping Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806 Phone: 973-724-8535

Mr. Brian Black ARDEC liaison to Fort Leonard Wood, Mr. Joseph Brescia C., Strategic Management ARDEC HQ, Dr. Paul Anderson Explosives Research, Dr. Karl Oyler Explosives Development, Ms. Kate Maier FREEDM Project Officer, Dr. Kim Spangler Explosives Development were led by Mr Mark Mezger as a result of Missouri S&T forming a Texas Tech led consortium with 14 universities, federal labs and several commercial firms.