Office of Naval Research Looks to Small Businesses for Wartime Technologies

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is inviting small businesses to develop technologies that offer en-hanced capabilities to Naval forces fighting terrorists. The Navy and Marine Corps are looking for technologies that will help them anticipate, prepare for, recognize, survive, and retaliate against a terror attack. Any approach that offers such an enhanced capability will be considered; the technologies busi-nesses offer should be available within five years.

The pre-solicitation will open on 1 May 2002. It will be made under the Small Business Innovation Re-search Program (SBIR), which seeks to take full advantage of the innovations America's small compa-nies have shown themselves capable of offering. SBIR awards are available to U.S. companies em-ploying less than 500 people.

In general, the Department of the Navy is looking for capabilities in any of these four categories:

  1. Detection, Indications, And Warnings: Among other priorities the Naval services are interested in technologies that offer enhanced situational awareness, physical security, or force protection capabilities that enhance the security Naval facilities and forward-deployed forces while reducing the number of personnel that would otherwise be required to achieve an equivalent level of security.

  2. Survivability and Denial: These include technologies that offer enhanced protection of ships, port fa-cilities, and other high-value afloat assets against terrorist or other asymmetric attack. A technology pro-posed along these lines should enhance the security of Naval forces afloat and the port and harbor facili-ties that support them.

  3. Consequence Management and Recovery: Such technologies may include but are not limited to: ad-vanced emergency medical technologies, decontamination technologies for shipboard use, continuity of operations following attack by weapons of mass destruction, etc.

  4. Attribution and Retaliation: Such technologies might offer precision targeting (particularly of moving and other short-dwell-time targets), ways of avoiding friendly fire casualties and injury to noncombat-ants, enhancements to Naval strike capabilities (particularly against weapons-of-mass-destruction pro-duction and storage facilities, and against hard and deeply buried targets), enhanced sea-based fire sup-port for Operational Maneuver from the Sea, etc.

Initial proposals must be submitted in the form of a white paper not to exceed two pages in length be-tween 1May and 7 June 2002. Submissions are accepted electronically at

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