Electronic Warfare

The Electronic Warfare (EW) program's goal is to control the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) by exploiting, deceiving, or denying enemy use of the spectrum while ensuring its use by friendly forces.

Research Concentration Areas

Research Efforts provide Navy and Marine Corps with:

  • Improved threat warning systems
  • Electronic warfare support (ES)
  • Decoys and countermeasures against weapon tracking and guidance systems
  • Electronic attack (EA) against adversary command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR)
  • Electronic protection (EP) of our own weapons and C4ISR from intentional and unintentional interference

Research Challenges and Opportunities

  • Compact, efficient, multi-spectral EO/IR sources and systems, with a focus on reduced size, weight, power and cost of steering technology including non-mechanical beam steering.
  • Compact and efficient EW antennas covering HF to VHF (3-300 MHz), with a focus on technologies that reduce the size and weight constraints of current antenna systems.
  • W-band millimeter wave high-power transmitters - develop technology to deny or deceive sensors or weapons guidance systems operating in the millimeter wave band.
  • Counter intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). Explore truly innovative EW concepts which can counter emerging ISR sensor threats.
  • Advanced signal processing circuits and algorithms to address complex emitters with reduced size, weight and power over conventional computational approaches.

Program Contact Information

Name: Dr. Kevin Leonard

Title: Program Officer

Department: Code 312

Email for Questions: kevin.r.leonard@navy.mil


How to Submit

For detailed application and submission information for this research topic, please see our Funding Opportunities page and refer to broad agency announcement (BAA) No. N00014-21-S-B001.

  • Contracts: All white papers and full proposals for contracts must be submitted through FedConnect; instructions are included in the BAA.
  • Grants: All white papers for grants must be submitted through FedConnect, and full proposals for grants must be submitted through grants.gov; instructions are included in the BAA.

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