Pentagon Issues Two Requests for Prototype Proposals Under National Spectrum Consortium’s $2.5B OTA

The Department of Defense has released requests for prototype proposals for Risk-Informed Spectrum Access and Multiband Control Channel Architecture requirements under a potential five-year, $2.5 billion other transaction agreement with the National Spectrum Consortium.

The RISA RPP seeks industry feedback to build and demonstrate prototype spectrum access planning, operational and management tools, while the MICCA initiative will use machine-to-machine interfaces and protocols to facilitate near real-time command, control and communications and flexible spectrum access, NSC said Thursday.

In December, the U.S. Army awarded the Spectrum Forward OTA to the consortium to help coordinate research and development projects aimed at improving spectrum utilization and upgrading communications infrastructure.

NSC has over 400 member companies and academic institutions that are working with government agencies to develop technologies that could help improve military and commercial access to the electromagnetic spectrum and advance 5G implementation.

“Spectrum access is the lifeblood of modern communications and is especially important at a time of global technology competition,” said Joseph Dyer, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral and chief strategy officer of NSC. “So we strongly encourage our members to collaborate and respond to these important RPPs to support innovation and make sure that our nation’s armed forces can remain agile and utilize spectrum in an efficient, effective manner.”

The RISA and MICCA RPPs are part of the Spectrum Access Research and Development Program Tranche 2 portfolio, which also includes Operational Spectrum Comprehension, Analytics and Response and Cooperative Spectrum Access for Testing.

Consortium members have until May 6 to submit proposals for the RISA initiative. Proposals for the MICCA initiative are due May 20.

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