Army Seeks Consortium to Support $2.5B Spectrum-Related Tech R&D Initiative

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Army is looking to enter into a potential five-year, $2.5B other transaction agreement with a single consortium to research and develop technology platforms to support electromagnetic spectrum operations.

A solicitation notice posted Tuesday on the beta SAM website states that consortium members will work to develop, mature, integrate and deploy systems intended to defend networks that support EM spectrum users as part of the OTA.

The service branch also seeks to implement technologies designed to prevent network interference issues and function despite adversarial attempts to exploit a network, prevent unauthorized spectrum access and disrupt spectrum-dependent systems.

According to the solicitation, a potential consortium should include academic, industry and nonprofit entities with expertise in areas such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, signals intelligence, internet of things, additive manufacturing, electronic warfare, augmented and virtual reality, 5G, radar systems and cloud computing.

Interested parties can submit offers through April 9.

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