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3 Major Contract Opportunities Shaping the Defense R&D Ecosystem

3 Major Contract Opportunities Shaping the Defense R&D Ecosystem

Research and development is a key focus area for the Department of Defense as it works to maintain a competitive advantage in today’s ever-changing defense landscape. To ensure that R&D initiatives keep pace with the rapid speed at which technology advances, the department has prioritized engagement with the private sector to leverage the technologies and resources these organizations offer.

At the Potomac Officers Club’s 10th Annual Defense R&D Summit on Jan. 31, you will have the chance to hear from influential individuals in the defense R&D field, who will come together to examine the top challenges, opportunities and strategies shaping the DOD’s approach to R&D. A significant part of these efforts, collaboration is one of many topics these leaders may discuss.

Click here to learn more, and click here to register for the event.

A core part of the push for government-industry partnerships is contracts, and the DOD has announced numerous programs that will help lay the foundation for future U.S. defense operations. Keep reading to learn about three notable contract opportunities that are now up for grabs. 

Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration II Domain 2

A follow-on to the initial Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration R&D contract from the Army, the Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration II Domain 2 opportunity is designed to provide the Army Space and Missile Defense Command with information integration, data integration and improved warfighter capabilities support. Valued at $4.62 billion, the contract targets the development and delivery of global space, missile defense and high altitude capabilities.

Trusted and Elastic Military Platforms and Electronic Warfare System Technologies

Another major contract opportunity is the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Trusted and Elastic Military Platforms and Electronic Warfare System Technologies contract. Intended to identify and patch vulnerabilities in avionics systems, this $808.5 million contract will encompass the exploration and development of methodologies, tools, techniques and capabilities to defend these systems from cyber attacks and expand broader avionics capabilities.

Next-Generation Microelectronics Manufacturing

Microelectronics are a current focus for the U.S. government, and the DOD is exploring how these technologies can support military activities. A key player in microelectronics research is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which recently issued a presolicitation for the $420 million Next-Generation Microelectronics Manufacturing Phase 1 and Phase 2 program. This initiative aims to create a domestic open-access prototyping and pilot line capability for three-dimensional heterogeneously integrated microelectronics.

Interested in learning more about defense R&D contract opportunities? Click here to access additional information gathered by the Potomac Officers Club team.

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