SSBN Security Technology

Physics-based signature mechanisms and sensor technologies that can individually, or as a system, impact the security of the SSBN and submarines in general. Research and development primarily consists of applied research related to SSBN, SSN and SSGN vulnerability assessment which supports other programs under operational systems development.

This work supports the Navy’s interest in advanced naval platform performance science and technology (S&T), advanced naval platform survivability S&T, and submarine S&T.

Research Concentration Areas

Signature source mechanisms and sensor technologies with implications on submarine vulnerabilities from today to 25 years.

Research Challenges and Opportunities

Improving the understanding of the generation, radiation, propagation, scattering and detection of a variety of signal types (acoustic, chemical, optical, electromagnetic, hydrodynamic and radiological) associated with a submarine's operation.

UPDATED: November 2020

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; instructions are included in the BAA.

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