Strategic Technologies -- HR001120S0034

Funding Agency:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

This publication constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) as contemplated in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.102(d)(2) and 35.016 and 2 CFR § 200.203. Any resultant award negotiations will follow all pertinent law and regulation, and any negotiations and/or awards for procurement contracts will use procedures under FAR 15.4, Contract Pricing, as specified in the BAA.

Proposed research should investigate approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) anticipates funding a limited number of proposals under this BAA. Specifically excluded are existing mature solutions and research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to existing technologies.

DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office (STO) is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies that provide the U.S. military increased lethality in an era of eroding dominance. 

For decades, the U.S. military has enjoyed overwhelming dominance in all domains by virtue of the performance and sophistication of its weapon systems. Unfortunately, this dominance is being challenged by peer competitors, who have had decades to study our strengths, and are hard at work developing counters to degrade the advantages we currently possess. 

It is becoming evident that the U.S. cannot solve this dilemma by continuing legacy practices of building the next bigger, faster, more powerful, more survivable version of what came before. A new paradigm is needed that values “lethality” over monolithic system dominance. Whereas dominance is measured by comparing capabilities across systems, lethality is measured by the ability to deliver a desired effect at will, regardless of the system or systems of systems involved.

DARPA/STO aims to provide the U.S. military lethality using a strategy called Mosaic Warfare: fast, scalable, adaptive joint multi-domain lethality. It is the disaggregation of effects chain functions (e.g., Find, Fix, Target, Track, Engage, and Assess or F2T2EA) across a heterogeneous mix of manned and unmanned platforms from all domains. Furthermore, it is the ability to compose and recompose effects chains at high speed without a priori knowledge of which systems will provide which function(s) of a given effects chain. The result presents an adversary with an overwhelming, diverse set of kinetic and non-kinetic effect decision dilemmas without common counters or failure modes.

To achieve this ambitious vision, DARPA/STO is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies within the focus areas of the broader Mosaic Warfare objective: Mosaic Technologies, Mosaic Effects Web Services (EWS), and Mosaic Experimentation.

BAA Closing Date:  March 1, 2021​

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

March 1, 2021