Today’s sophisticated, sleekly designed Defense Department systems and platforms are critical to national security. But beneath those sleek designs lie layers of complex first- and second-order networks, software, digital integrated circuit chips, switches, resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes, applications and more. (This is in addition to the cybersecurity elements that have to be baked in to prevent adversaries from taking advantage of any vulnerabilities within defense systems and platforms.) These individual components are the building blocks of national defense capabilities.
To help tackle obstacles facing a half-century of electronics advancement, DARPA launched the Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) – a five-year, upwards of $1.5 billion investment in the future of domestic electronic systems. In November, DARPA expanded ERI with the announcement of ERI Phase II, which seeks to further enmesh the technology needs and capabilities of the defense enterprise with the commercial and manufacturing realities of the electronics industry, DARPA said in a release.
One important focus of ERI Phase II is on developing connections between the various ERI programs and their potential defense applications. On Wednesday, December 19, DARPA plans to host a Proposers Day to convene leaders within the defense industry base (DIB) to discuss opportunities to further develop and demonstrate ERI’s technological advances for DoD needs.
During the event, DARPA program managers will share their ideas for potential ERI defense applications, which include but are not limited to autonomy and artificial intelligence, large-scale emulation, cybersecurity, space applications, cognitive electronic warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. To foster further dialogue and collaboration, attendees will have a chance to provide input on how best to support the transition of electronics innovations into national defense hardware.
The Proposers Day will also support the development of a potential broad agency announcement (BAA) focused on defense transitions. Tentatively titled “Electronics Resurgence Initiative: Defense Applications (ERI:DA),” the BAA would solicit innovative proposals to develop, demonstrate, and apply emerging ERI electronic technologies to deliver significant impact on DoD capabilities, DARPA said.
The Electronic Resurgence Initiative: Defense Applications Proposers Day will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 from 9:00am to 4:00pm EST, at the Hilton Arlington, 950 N Stafford St, Arlington, Virginia. Advanced registration is required. For those unable to attend in person, registered attendees may access the event via a livestream link available on the registration page.
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