Marine Mammal Mitigation (MMM) Mission Planning Tool

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$1,049,911.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00024-07-C-4138
Award Id:
77347
Agency Tracking Number:
N061-051-0287
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
110 W. Broad Street, P.O. Box 1060, Pawcatuck, CT, 06379
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
125370176
Principal Investigator:
Tom Skrmetti
Principal Investigator
(401) 847-3399
tskrmetti@rite-solutions.com
Business Contact:
Michele Nellenback
Contracts Manager
(401) 847-3399
mnellenback@rite-solutions.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
There is a critical need for the US Navy to hone and maintain its ASW skills. Air-Independent Propulsion (AIP) submarines particularly pose a particularly difficult challenge. The ability to detect, localize and prosecute these platforms requires a high level of proficiency in the use of active sonar. This proficiency requires extensive training in the use of active sonar. At the same time, our Navy is under tremendous pressure to minimize the impact of active sonar transmissions on marine mammals. There has been a significant amount of negative press in the last few years purportedly linking the use of active sonar to incidents of marine mammal strandings. Although there has been no causal links established, the perception is negative and the Navy has had to take steps to counter the perception. Training opportunities are infrequent and costly. The effectiveness of these opportunities must be maximized. In the recent past, attention has been focused on protection of marine mammals with little regard for the impact on ASW effectiveness. A balance must be restored. Our team will develop a system to effectively protect marine mammals while ensuring that the Navy obtains the maximum benefit from all active sonar training opportunities.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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