June 12, 2020

Scientific Systems Co. Inc.*, Woburn, Massachusetts, is awarded a $9,575,556 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (N68335-20-F-0006) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-15-G-0030). This order provides for continuing improvement of the software development processes to enhance cybersecurity and software safety for the Image Based Navigation for Vertical Take-off and Landing Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Shipboard Landing program in support of the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned air vehicle. This is a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III for research and development performed under the SBIR topic numbers N112-127, N03-025 and AF06-149.

June 11, 2020
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Unified communications benefit from mobile access and multi-use smart technologies such as smartphones and tablets to enable personnel to conduct their mission tasks. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released

More than two dozen research contracts have been awarded to 23 small businesses to participate in phase one of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s

June 5, 2020

Trident Systems Inc.,* Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a $35,000,000 maximum ordering amount, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price orders for Secure Collaborative Technology (SCTECH) software and hardware. This contract provides for the research, adaptation, enhancement and transition of critical Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) technologies to provide new capabilities which are secure and provide access between multiple levels of security domains and bridge between different chat protocols.

June 5, 2020

Systems Engineering Associates Corp. (SEA CORP),* Middletown, Rhode Island, is awarded a $26,643,618 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only contract for services to develop, upgrade and apply the Extensible Markup Language Test Data Analysis Tool (XTDAS). Work will be performed in Middletown, Rhode Island (55%); Newport, Rhode Island (25%); Port Canaveral, Florida (5%); Andros Island, Bahamas (5%); other contractor labs and facilities (5%); and on-board platforms and ranges (5%), and is expected to be complete by June 2025. This contract was not competitively procured in accordance with 10 U.S. Code 2304(b)(2) because the Systems Engineering Associates Corp.

April 9, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
The new technology from Veracity Protocol, called Physical Code, provides authentication of a physical object, based on the object's material structure using a cellphone camera. "It is a new standard of trust for physical objects," says the company's founder Jakub Krcmar.

A group of entrepreneurs presented their nascent products and discoveries during a virtual pitch meeting on April 8 held as part of Starburst Aerospace Accelerator’s latest Selection Committee event. Headquartered in Paris, Starburst's U.S. team brought in 10 hopeful companies, all vying for partnership agreements, venture capitalist funding and a chance to join Starburst's Accelerator Program. The event pairs the startups with potentially interested corporations, investors and government agencies. The startups’ prospective products, which range in level of technical readiness, cut across all aspects of aerospace, from power generation to launch platforms, satellite-enabled connectivity and autonomous aerial vehicles.

April 2, 2020

Monkton Inc., Vienna, Virginia, has been awarded a $500,000,000 hybrid firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the commercialization of mobile strategy. This contract provides for the technology and support necessary to enable the Department of Defense to rapidly design, develop and deploy mission enabling solutions to uniformed active duty members, reservist and civil servants that operate at the tactical edge. Work will be performed in Tysons, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by October 1, 2025. This award is the result of a Small Business Innovation Research (SIBR) Program and is a Phase III award directly born from Monkton Inc.'s SBIR Phase I award. Fiscal 2020 operations and

April 1, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
A new augmented reality platform will help pilots train in the air with digital assets.  Design by SIGNAL Art Director of DOD photo by Tech. Sgt. Ned Johnston, Air Force Thunderbirds

A technology that harnesses augmented reality will enable the U.S. Air Force to train in the air for initial pilot qualification, dogfighting, refueling and maneuvering. The A-TARS augmented reality platform, or Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System, developed by California-based Red 6, provides virtual opponents, such as the fifth generation Chinese J-20 and Russian Su-57, for pilot’s aerial dogfighting training runs, as well as other aerial digital assets to develop and enhance different piloting skills.

February 6, 2020

Progeny Systems Corp.,* Manassas, Virginia, is awarded a $14,822,628 cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-only modification to previously-awarded contract N00024-19-C-6204 to exercise options to provide engineering and technical services for Navy submarines and aircraft carriers via the software infrastructure and build process related to a maintenance management tool. This option exercise is under Small Business Innovation Research Topic N05-051 for software build production, engineering and technical services, and includes all material travel, subsistence and incidental material in support of the related production orders and services.

January 13, 2020

Modern Technology Solutions Inc. (MTSI), Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract in the amount of $11,141,208 under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase-III program. Under this SBIR Phase III effort, MTSI will mature the technologies developed in the previous Phase I and III contracts, which relate to the acquisition and fusion of data for space situational assessments.

January 2, 2020

North Star Scientific Corp., Kapolei, Hawaii, is awarded an $11,955,975 firm-fixed-price order (N68335-20-F-0025) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-19-G-0037). This order continues research and development efforts under Small Business Innovation Research Phase III topic N06-125 entitled "L-Band Solid-State High Power Amplifier for Airborne Platforms." Additionally, it provides for the production and delivery of 55 Link-16 compatible high power amplifier Multi-Functional Information Distribution Systems – Joint Tactical Radio Systems in support of the E-2D aircraft for the Navy (35), Air Force (3) and the government of Japan (17).

November 18, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
A Santa Monica-based company has developed an augmented reality platform to allow fighter pilots to train in aerial warfare against virtual opponents. Credit: Photo courtesy of Red6 Aerospace.

The ability to train top U.S. military aviators in air-to-air combat usually requires pilots acting as opposing aerial fighters. Representing the enemy in training dogfights is quite costly and dangerous, says Daniel Robinson, RAF (Ret.). Robinson, co-founder and CEO of Red6 Aerospace, developed an augmented reality platform, called Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System, known as A-TARS, that creates virtual opponents, such as the Chinese J-20, for pilots to dogfight against.

September 13, 2019

Milpatis, California-based Avocado Systems* received a $1.8 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program Phase II award from the U.S. Air Force to evaluate the company's ability to protect Air Force data centers and cloud systems, according to a company announcement. Through AFWERX, the award has the company evaluating Avocado's patented application security solution to secure enterprise level cloud and data center infrastructures. The company's Pico-Segmentation technology secures application, web and data tiers inside of clouds and data centers, a company official stated. *Small Business

September 5, 2019

Oceanit Laboratories Inc.,* Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a $9,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (N68335-19-F-0393) against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N68335-16-G-0028) in support of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for emerging capability and prototype technology. This order is for a Small Business Innovation Research Phase III effort for the continued development of a Prototype Test Unit (PTU) sensor for integration, test and demonstration with a non-kinetic system. The PTU sensor will incorporate the necessary hardware and software subsystems to demonstrate the viability of a novel defensive capability in an at-sea-demonstration aboard a Navy ship.

August 27, 2019
Posted by Maryann Lawlor
Sensors like those the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and Intellisense Systems are developing can help give residents ample notice to evacuate before water levels such as those experienced on the Arkansas River in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, earlier this year. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Deployable flood inundation sensors based on the Internet of Things are being developed to monitor flood-prone areas in real time to rapidly detect them and alert officials, industry and citizens to potential threats. State and local government jurisdictions operationally field tested early versions of the technology over a nine-month period. During the next phase, the sensors will be enhanced for production and commercialization to both domestic and international partners to help densify their flood sensing networks for alerts, warnings and notifications.

May 15, 2019

The U.S. Air Force awarded a contract to Chandler, Arizona-based Privoro to demonstrate the company's SafeCase anti-surveillance mobile device technology. The solution will be used with the Air Force's Mobile Device Management system to prevent mobile espionage by securely masking microphones and blocking cameras on smartphones, providing users improved 24/7 operational security. The Air Force will also use SafeCase in a blue force tracking platform to enhance Air Force Command Center awareness and improve agent safety for personnel in and outside the United States, the company announced recently.

August 30, 2018

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp.,* Warminster, Pennsylvania, is awarded $13,389,665 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order N6833518F0414 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N68335-18-G-0033). This delivery order provides for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III effort that continues intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance sensor development, testing, and evaluation under SBIR topic numbers N92-170 and AF-083-0006 in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Fleet Innovative Team.

July 11, 2018

Physical Optics Corp.,* Torrance, California, is awarded $32,844,760 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement in support of the Navy and the Air Force. This order provides for non-recurring effort to mature the Joint Avionics Reconfigurable Visual Information System (JARVIS) Small Business Innovation Research Phase II prototype through Engineering Manufacturing and Development to Technical Readiness Level 8. JARVIS is a mission processing system that will operate in conformance with the Future Airborne Computing Environment standard, incorporate software re-configurability, leverage distributed processing and address cybersecurity requirements.

June 27, 2018

Mercury Defense Systems Inc., Cypress, California, is awarded $20,515,570 for a firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides for the procurement of 36 Advanced Digital Radio Frequency Memories (DRFM) units in support of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III work that derives from, extends, or completes an effort performed under SBIR Topic N06-036 entitled “Advanced Techniques for DRFM.” Work will be performed in Cypress, California (63 percent); and West Caldwell, New Jersey (37 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2020.  Fiscal year 2018 aircraft procurement (Air Force); FY 2018 weapons procurement (Air Force); and FY 2018 research, development,

August 30, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, test the new positioning technology being developed by Echo Ridge.

The military is developing a new battlefield tool that will help ground forces navigate hostile territory without the susceptibility of GPS platforms. Instead, warfighters will use radio frequency signals as a source of positioning information. To display navigational solutions on a map, the tool connects to a smartphone running the Air Force’s Android Tactical Assault Kit.

In conjunction with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Sterling, Virginia-based Echo Ridge LLC is designing the technology to fit in a small, low-power package that can be carried by ground operators, according to Mark Smearcheck, an electronics engineer with the AFRL Sensors Directorate.

June 1, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman

Adapted from an online report

The very qualities that define small businesses—agility, flexibility, inherent innovation—are driving the Defense Information Systems Agency to increase its efforts to bring those capabilities under the big tent of defense network services.