Navy researchers approach industry for next-generation electronic warfare technologies

ARLINGTON, Va.-Scientists at the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Arlington, Va., are reaching out to industry for technologies that will lead to the next generation of electronic warfare (EW) systems for Navy and Marine Corps forces.

ONR issued a broad agency announcement (ONRBAA13-005) for the Electronic Warfare Technology program, which seeks to enhance Navy and Marine Corps capability to control the electromagnetic spectrum by exploiting, deceiving, or denying enemy use of the spectrum while ensuring its use by U.S. and allied forces.

The goal is to provide the Navy and Marine Corps with improved threat warning systems; electronic warfare support (ES); decoys and countermeasures against weapon tracking and guidance systems; electronic attack (EA) against adversary command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR); and electronic protection (EP) of U.S. and allied weapons and C4ISR from intentional and unintentional interference. Objectives of the program include enabling cognitive and adaptive EW; technologies for high-throughput and rapidly programmable EW systems; emulation environments for adaptive and targeted EW; and innovative EW concepts.

Cognitive and adaptive EW work will include applying adaptive and machine learning algorithms to EW to replace traditional static emitter databases and pre-programmed countermeasures to counter EW systems that are agile in waveforms, bandwidth, functionality, and diversity of electronic protection modes.

Technologies for high-throughput and rapidly programmable EW systems involves developing enabling technologies for reconfigurable EW systems that have extremely high-volume processing capability to consume a large amount of raw sensor data, extract high-level knowledge from this data, and derive optimized EW attack strategies in real time while operating over very large bandwidths.

Emulation environments for adaptive and targeted EW will center on developing emulated RF environments or modeling and simulation environments to enable the development, testing, and validation of advanced cognitive and targeted EW techniques and systems.

EW concepts will involve exploring innovative concepts in electronic support, electronic attack, and electronic protection that could produce fundamental changes in the way Navy and Marine Corps forces conduct EW operations.

Companies interested should submit white papers no later than 5 Feb. 2013 by e-mail to Contact the ONR's Peter Craig ( or Kevin Rudd ( with questions.


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