Marine Mammal Mitigation (MMM) Mission Planning Tool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-07-C-4138
Agency Tracking Number: N061-051-0287
Amount: $1,499,490.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-051
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
110 W. Broad Street, P.O. Box 1060, Pawcatuck, CT, 06379
DUNS: 125370176
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Skrmetti
 Principal Investigator
 (401) 847-3399
 tskrmetti@rite-solutions.com
Business Contact
 Michele Nellenback
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (401) 847-3399
Email: 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.

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