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Electronic Warfare: EMS Monitor&Broadcast Training Capacity Enhancement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-14-M-1830
Agency Tracking Number: F14A-T28-0149
Amount: $149,991.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF14-AT28
Solicitation Number: 2014.A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-06-29
Small Business Information
100 Carpenter Drive, Suite 135, Sterling, VA, -
DUNS: 801184982
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Carlson
 Chief Technology Officer
 (703) 437-0404
 john.carlson@echoridgenet.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Kennedy
Title: President
Phone: (571) 748-4892
Email: joe.kennedy@echoridgenet.com
Research Institution
 Virginia Tech
 Jay Livingston
 900 North Glebe Road
Mail Code 0379
Arlington, VA, 22203-2203
 (571) 858-3334
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
ABSTRACT: Echo Ridge proposes to develop a suite of EW training tools to support realistic warfighter training in the congested and contested RF environments expected in future operational engagements. The tools consist of an opposing force broadcast capability, an EMS monitoring capability and an analytical framework for configuring and scoring the behavior of the tools and participating warfighters. The broadcast device is based on our existing fielded Wideband Instrumented Streaming Platform (WISP) product. The EMS monitoring device is based on our in-development 2nd generation Handheld Signal Processor (HASP). Our SAIJ software application (Software Architecture for Intelligent Jamming) will run on the HASP platform, and provide the EMS monitoring capability enabling automated spectrum monitoring, analysis and characterization. We will use the SAIJ open architecture features to incorporate cyclostationary signal processing (CSP) spectrum detection and analysis signal processing software. Given the extensive re-use of previously Government sponsored R & D, we propose to perform risk reduction testing as part of Phase I for key functions for broadcast and EMS monitoring nodes in a realistic laboratory environment using Echo Ridge's DYnamic Spectrum Environment emulator (DYSE) test asset. BENEFIT: The results of the proposed research will benefit the EW training community by providing cost effective and realistic EW training tools. It will allow EW-related training exercises to include emulated opposing force broadcasts, and warfighters to train using tools that address modern electronic communications technologies. It will also create a new analytic framework for quantitatively evaluating EW scenarios. This framework will be useful to the training community as well as the broader EW community. Given the open architecture and COTS basis for the developed nodes, they will be useful in transitioning new EW technologies from the laboratory to the field.

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