The U.S. Defense Department is creating a department-wide system to track and manage human subjects in studies funded by the federal government. A Web-based application developed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), called the Protections in Research, Oversight Management Information System (PROMIS), will form the basis for the new system. PROMIS enables researchers to submit human research protocols and other documention for review by U.S. Marine Corps and Navy compliance specialists. Since the decision to create a larger tracking system, the ONR personnel have been creating enhancements to PROMIS so it can function as a unified platform to serve needs across the U.S.
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The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, has appointed Dr. Thomas H. Killion director of its Office of Transition.
The U.S. Navy is moving beyond demonstrations and into the development of a working prototype of a solid-state laser weapon for warships. Officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) say the laser weapon would enable sailors to disable and defeat small boats and aerial targets without using bullets. The ONR is planning an industry day on May 16 to provide information on the program to the research and development community. The office is expected to release a Broad Agency Announcement soon afterward to solicit proposals and bids.
Technology transfer-a big buzzword some decades ago-is where companies found commercial uses for military technologies. Over the years, military and industry continue to share new ideas, programs and systems, and just about any otherwise awesome products that benefit both arenas. It's perhaps another anchor in the military-industrial complex. But when military technology is found to possibly fight cancer-that is welcoming news, as reported by George I.
Logos Technologies, Arlington, Virginia, is being awarded an almost $8 million contract modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the lightweight expeditionary airborne persistent surveillance overseas contingency operations. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
Superlative Technologies Incorporated, Ashburn, Virginia, is being awarded a contract potentially valued at more than $35 million to provide information technology support services for the command, control communications, and computer (C4) systems that support the Office of Naval Research (ONR) headquarters. The scope of the contract is to provide services for program management business process improvement and operational support services to ONR as it further develops its emerging business processes supported by state-of-the-art information technologies.
Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded almost $15 million for the environment and ship motion forecasting program, which seeks to provide sea-based ship and cargo system operators with seaway environmental forecasting in order to predict ship motions and determine windows of opportunity for inter-intra-ship material and personnel environment. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Fairfax, Virginia, a nearly $8 million contract to develop an open system architecture (OSA) common back-end digital processor for the entire family of Air Force radio frequency electronic devices, to include radars, signals intelligence sensors, electronic-warfare and communication systems. General Dynamics will use open interface standards to develop modular, plug-and-play, multi-mission electronic back-end processors that leverage technologies developed under other OSA initiatives conducted by the Office of Naval Research.
D and S Consultants Incorporated, Eatontown, New Jersey, is being awarded just over $7 million for perceptual training systems and tools. The company will conduct applied research and advanced technology development based on requirements and design recommendations for adapting or developing technologies to create a prototype for users that can improve the training of combat hunter-like knowledge, skills and abilities. Specifically these tools will be evaluated for use as performance assessment and training tools to support enhanced observation, combat trafficking (i.e., observing the physical terrain), and tactical profiling (i.e., observing the human terrain). The result will enhance the warfighter's a
Science Application International Corporation (SAIC), McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a contract potentially valued at more than $17 million for vector sensor array system development, performance engineering and research. SAIC will help continue the development of underwater acoustic sensors. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity.
The Boeing Company, Huntsville, Alabama, is being awarded a more than $23 million task order for the critical design of a 100-kW class Free Electron Laser (FEL) device to demonstrate scaleability of the necessary physics and engineering for an eventual MW class FEL. The Navy FEL Innovative Naval Prototype Program will encompass the transition from a demonstrated 14 kW FEL capability, currently at hand, to a weapon class 100-kW class capability, which is intended to provide the physics and engineering information needed to support a MW class FEL device development. The desired outcome of this effort is to transfer laboratory capability to industry and to assess potential industrial roles in supporting