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Friends at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies recently brought this to our attention and since a high number of our readers live their lives studying or working with advanced technologies we wanted to get this to you right away.

The threat of improvised explosive devices (IED) has proven very difficult to mitigate. This strategic threat poses challenges now and will for the foreseeable future. Great minds and organizations in and out of government have been working on ways to mitigate this threat, and there are many capabilities in place already, but adversaries who use IED are always seeking new ways to get around counter IED measures. We must always seek new and better ways of defending against these weapons.

One important component of the US strategy is to seek inputs on advance technologies from the commercial sector. The US Marines Corps is seeking inputs on this important topic now, and are doing so via the DoD Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO).

A new “needs statement” has just been issued to the US Government’s system for requesting industry inputs (FedBizOpps). It is available here.  It is also summarized below.

U.S. Marine Corps Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Detection Needs Statement

The Department of Defense, Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) Innovation Outreach Program, will conduct a Solutions Meeting at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA in the July/August 2014 timeframe. The Solutions Meeting provides selected innovative companies with an opportunity to make short technical presentations to government representatives about their technologies and products. There is a potential that companies may be selected for pilot projects or experimentation if their technology appears to match the needs described below. 

The RRTO Innovation Outreach Program is supporting the USMC in looking for technologies to detect IEDs. The operational goal is to significantly reduce the risks and dangers faced by dismounted or mounted Marines. 

The USMC IED Detection effort is looking for innovative technologies and capabilities in the following areas: 
   1. IED Detection and Identification 
   2. Sensor Platforms and Robotics 
   3. Mapping Technologies 
   4. Signal Processing and Analysis 
   5. Tactical Communications 
   6. Biometrics 

More details on each are below:
IED Detection and Identification
- Standoff sensors to detect, identify, and locate potential surface and sub-surface IEDs or  anomalies
- Multiple sensing techniques such as forward-looking Ground Penetrating Radar, Passive and  Active SWIR/LWIR/UV, hyperspectral, or tomographic methods, etc.
- Trace or bulk explosives, and pre-cursors
- Active interrogation using EM, neutron, UV radiation, etc.
- Novel observables or phenomena and existing sensor optimization
Sensor Platforms and Robotics
- Small UAVs, UGVs, UUVs and other novel platforms
- Autonomous navigation and control including obstacle detection/avoidance
- Optics for depth perception and/or broad field of view
- Modular design, open architecture
Mapping Technologies
- Real-time mapping
- Precision object tagging
- Route planning, replay and real-time alerting
- Multi-modal modeling, visualization and analysis
- Integrated processing and management of current and historical enterprise data
Signal Processing and Analysis
- Point of collection detection, identification, processing, etc.
- Real-time anomaly detection, object identification, processing, etc.
- Visualization of a wide range of sensors/phenomenologies
- Predictive analysis
- Video filtering and stabilization
Tactical Communications
- High data rates for video, telemetry, voice and data
- Novel approaches for bandwidth-restricted environments
- Compression and codecs
- Mesh networking
Biometrics
- Stand-off sensors
- Detect individuals, behavioral characteristics, relationships and anomalies
- Predict behavior/intent
- Multiple modalities (e.g., iris, 2D and 3D facial information, etc.)

For more see FedBizOpps.

Although this type of response really needs motivated companies to submit their own information, we have found and report on many technologies that may well address some of these requirement areas and categorize some elsewhere on our site at:

  • Analytical Tools - With a special focus on technologies that can make dramatic positive improvements for enterprise analysts.
  • Big Data - We cover the technologies that help organizations deal with massive quantities of data.
  • Cloud Computing - We curate information on the technologies enabling enterprise use of the cloud.
  • Communications - Advances in communications are revolutionizing how data gets moved.
  • Infrastructure  - Modernizing Infrastructure can have dramatic benefits on functionality while reducing operating costs.
  • Mobile - This revolution is empowering the workforce in ways few of us ever dreamed of.
  • Security  –  There are real needs for enhancements to security systems.
  • Visualization  – Connecting computers with humans.

 

 

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