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AFRL Seeks White Papers for $498M Extreme Computing Broad Agency Announcement

The Air Force Research Laboratory has begun soliciting white papers for a potential five-year, $497.9 million broad agency announcement that seeks to support research, development, integration and testing of computing technologies, architectures and techniques.

The Extreme Computing BAA has four technical areas: advancing computing technology and applications; nanocomputing; neuromorphic computing and applying machine learning; robust and efficient computing architectures, algorithms and applications for embedded deep learning for all domains, according to a presolicitation notice published Wednesday.

The first technical area, for instance, focuses on emerging technologies that can provide computational capabilities that enable autonomy, system adaptability and intelligence while improving information availability across the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance enterprise. 

AFRL is also interested in high-performance embedded computing that backs on-board processing and tech platforms that can reduce warfighter decision latencies and response time, speed up system development and reduce system costs.

For fiscal year 2024, interested offerors should submit white papers through Oct. 4.

AFRL anticipates multiple awards in the form of procurement contracts, other transaction agreements or grants and cooperative agreements under the BAA, which will run through Sept. 20, 2028.

The Air Force plans to obligate $79.9 million in funding for FY 2024, $100 million for FY 2025, $109 million for FY 2026, $116.5 million for FY 2027 and $92.5 million for FY 2028.

“Individual awards will not normally exceed 36 months with dollar values normally ranging from $1M to $3M. There is also the potential to make awards up $99.9M,” the BAA reads.

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