DARPA considers buoy communications nodes to restore data networks in presence of enemy jamming

ARLINGTON, Va., 18 April 2014. U.S. military researchers will brief industry late this month on an upcoming program to use small-diameter optical fiber and buoy relay nodes for the temporary restoration of military data networks amid jamming and other enemy attempts to disrupt communications.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., will conduct industry briefings on the Tactical Undersea Network Architectures (TUNA) program on 28 April 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the DARPA Conference center at 675 North Randolph St. in Arlington, Va.

The briefings are to provide information on the TUNA program; promote additional discussion on this topic; address questions from potential proposers; and provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities.

The DARPA TUNA program seeks to develop and demonstrate novel technology involving system architecture designs, lightweight optical fiber technologies, rapidly deployable buoy node designs, and component technologies.

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The proposers’ day conference will be classified at the collateral SECRET level and will require security clearance transmittal to DARPA. Registration is free, and attendance will be limited to the first 100 registrants, with a maximum of two personnel per organization.

Those who wish to attend should send clearances and visit requests to DARPA by email at VCC@DARPA.mil, or by fax at 703-528-3655 no later than 23 April 2014.

After submitting security clearance information, register by email by 23 April at DARPA-BAA-14-32@darpa.mil with TUNA Proposers' Day in the subject line. Include the registrant's name, organization, and phone number, and spell out any acronyms used.

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Attendees who would like to present company overviews or discuss their technology expertise with the DARPA program manager in one-on-one side bar sessions the afternoon of April 28th, should send an email to DARPA-BAA-14-32@darpa.mil.

Email questions or concerns to the DARPA TUNA program manager John Kamp at DARPA-BAA-14-32@darpa.mil, or to the DARPA TUNA contracting officer Peter Donaghue at DARPA-BAA-14-32@darpa.mil.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DARPA/CMO/DARPA-SN-14-34/listing.html.

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