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DARPA Strategic Technology Office (STO) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)

Solicitation Number: DARPA-BAA-13-29
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Location: Contracts Management Office
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February 5, 2014
Raytheon BBN technologies Corp
10 Moulton Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 01119
United States
Added: Jun 19, 2013 3:21 pm

DARPA is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies that offer the potential for significant capability improvement across the Strategic Technology Office (STO) focus areas.  This includes system and technology development related to Battle Management (BM), Command and Control (C2), Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Electronic Warfare (EW), and Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT).  Technologies of particular interest would address challenges of operating in contested, denied, and/or austere environments.

DARPA-BAA-13-29, entitled Strategic Technologies, is provided as an attachment to this presolicitation notice and includes information on the specific areas of interest, the submission process, proposal formats, as well as all other pertinent administrative information.
Added: Feb 06, 2014 8:31 am
The contractor shall focus on the problem of distributing information from ISR assets in an anti-access area denial (A2AD) scenario by increasing network capacity without adding network resources.  The effort will develop a model of topology control, develop analytical and simulation models for SNO algorithms and use these models to characterize the performance of SNO algorithms in mobile, dynamic A2AD scenarios and determine the effect on overall network performance.
Added: Mar 12, 2014 10:55 am

The contractor shall focus on a preliminary design for a base station for UAVs and UUVs in a F-18 fuel tank factor. The tasks include evaluating and analysis of critical technologies required for air deployment, operation in variable seas, define mission profile, developed base station concepts, including the energy production subsystem, communications, and ISR payloads. The overall concept is interesting; the problem of how to provide long range persistent surveillance in forward deployed maritime areas is a challenge for both DARPA and the Navy. This concept leverages the speed and responsiveness of aircraft with the persistence that can be provided in a maritime platform. If successful, air delivery will force the system (payload) to survive water entry. This mitigation will take up size, weight, and power, and will increase certification costs.

Added: Apr 08, 2014 3:06 pm

The Bobber Field Detection, Classification and Localization Algorithm is proposed as an order of magnitude leap in surveillance of mines in the littoral region.  If successful, the proposed concept is a disruptive approach to sea mine detection and localization.  BBN proposes a novel approach to detecting and locating sea mines.  The key technical innovations include use of wide band waveforms and matched filters, using temporal migration processing, re-use of existing commercial technology for the sensor units (“bobbers”), and central processing of the sensor unit results.

Added: Apr 23, 2014 10:43 am


Strategic Technologies

Amendment #1


This notice informs potential proposers of specific topics of interest within DARPA-BAA-13-29 and establishes a date by which proposals are requested.  The topics of interest are related to the Strategic Technology Office (STO) Advanced RF Mapping (RadioMap) program and the STO Shared Spectrum Access for Radar and Communications (SSPARC) program. Reference materials describing RadioMap are available online at Reference materials describing SSPARC are available online at


DARPA STO seeks proposals under DARPA-BAA-13-29 technical areas 1.1.2 (Communications and Networks), 1.1.3 (Electronic Warfare), and/or 1.1.4 (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance). Efforts are sought that will assist DARPA in planning future research investments. Therefore, efforts providing systems analysis and understanding of fundamental tradeoffs are of higher interest than those focused on maturing a specific design. Given DARPA planning timelines, studies of roughly six months duration will offer highest value. Notwithstanding the above, efforts of any focus and duration will be considered for funding.


A full proposal must be submitted on or before 4:00 pm, local time (ET), June 6, 2014 in order to be considered in the initial round of selections associated with this amendment. However, proposals complying with the requirements specified in DARPA-BAA-13-29 but received after this deadline will still be evaluated and may be selected contingent upon the availability of funds. See DARPA-BAA-13-29 for details regarding proposal format, submission methods, and other requirements.


Topics Related to the RadioMap Program


The RadioMap program intends to develop a software middleware called WALDO that enables applications to request remote radios and other RF devices to carry out transmission, reception, and signal processing functions. WALDO assures that these functions in support of remote applications are carried out without harm to the primary mission of the RF device. In prior work, the RadioMap program has investigated non-harming remote use of tactical radios and other RF devices to support mapping of spectrum usage, navigation in GPS-denied environments, and network traffic analysis. Proposals are desired that offer investigation of additional applications for this capability. Projects should evaluate performance of the proposed application given realistic assumptions about RF device performance, available network capacity, and operational scenario.


WALDO design and implementation is the subject of ongoing research within the RadioMap program. Information about the current WALDO design is not necessary for a successful project proposal under this Special Notice. Performers may assume a system exists that provides non-harming remote access to RF device capabilities. The remote access will be intermittent and unpredictable since the device's primary mission has priority. One desired output from the research is to identify requirements on WALDO performance or features needed for successful deployment of the application.


Topics Related to the SSPARC Program


Proposals are desired that offer investigation of creative systems concepts in which radar and communications functions are co-designed or integrated into a single system offering high spectral efficiency, high performance and new synergies. Proposals addressing one of the following two topic areas are of particular interest.

•1.     Sharing in a congested spectrum environment between military communications networks or data links and high power surface level radars.

•2.     Sharing in a contested spectrum environment between military communications networks or data links and airborne radars, which improves mission success in A2AD operations.


Several challenges complicate spectrum sharing; it is desirable for proposed approaches to address these challenges.

•·       Adversaries will seek to exploit the sharing mechanism and any information exchanged between the systems to support it.

•·       The spectrum shared between the radar and communications systems may also contain non-cooperative emitters, e.g. jammers.

•·       Communications devices may malfunction, for example due to software errors, misconfiguration, or miscalibrated transmitters or clocks. Malfunctioning communication devices easily cause harmful interference to sensitive radar receivers when sharing spectrum.


The opportunity to codesign the radar and communications system is expected to enable new synergies in which the radar and communications systems assist each other's missions. Examples include using communications devices as multistatic radar receivers, using communications transmissions as radar illumination, and using radar receivers to assist in communications network rendezvous with disadvantaged communications nodes.


All other terms and conditions of DARPA-BAA-13-29 remain unchanged.




Added: May 02, 2014 11:10 am
DARPA-BAA-13-29, Strategic Technologies, Amendment 2

The purpose of this notice is to issue Amendment 2 to DARPA-BAA-29. Accordingly, see attached Amendment 2.
Added: May 09, 2014 12:21 pm
The contractor shall apply Deep Learning based classification algorithms to radar automatic target recognition (ATR) and identify extensions that will be beneficial for trageting, tracking, identification and battle damage assessment in several scearios of interest.
Added: May 15, 2014 3:55 pm

The contractor  will investigate a passive interferometric imaging method that uses incoherent illumination of opportunity.  The question being addressed in the study is whether it is possible to produce target-quality information passively and incoherently using ambient RF energy from jammers or other RF sources in the environment.  The base will produce a modeling tool.  The effort will also provide ground moving target indicator (GMTI) measurements from a rooftop.  The result, if successful, could point the way to a new passive imaging mode that uses active jamming sources such as MALD-J, EA-18G or Next Gen Jammer as an illumination source.  Distributed passive receivers, either 5th gen fighters or LO penetrating platforms with SIGINT-type receivers would work in concert with main beam or sidelobe jammers to provide targeting information for ground or air objects.

Added: Aug 15, 2014 12:17 pm

HF Passive Interferometric Tracking for Maritime Surveillance

Added: Sep 15, 2014 1:59 pm
The contractor will study ways to incorporate EW together with radar and communications in the airborne domain.
Added: Sep 17, 2014 1:30 pm
Study effort to evaluate "CLASS for Air Dominance through EW Assist" (CLAIRE). CLAIRE will investigate using the CLASS developed capabilities to provide LPI/LPD communications for Air Dominance.
Added: Sep 18, 2014 10:20 am
The contractor will study a novel spectrum sharing approach in which radar system derives benefits from mixing between its transmitted energy and the energy transmitted by a simultaneously operating communications system in the same channel.
Added: Jan 16, 2015 11:11 am
The contractor will offer an innovative approach for planning maritime counter-surveillance operations based on an approximate dynamic programming (ADP) framework.
Added: Feb 10, 2015 2:38 pm
Under DARPA Broad Agency Announcement No. DARPA-BAA-13-29, Pallas Technology, LLC. has been awarded a new contract for the performance of the Accurate Bias and Outlier Detection and Elimination (ABODE) Program.
Added: Feb 12, 2015 11:28 am
Under the Broad Agency Announcement No. DARPA-BAA-13-29, American University has been awarded a new contract for the perofrmance of the Topological Analysis of Wireless Networks (TAWN) Program.
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DARPA-BAA-13-29 Strategic Technologies FINAL

Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
DARPA-BAA-13-29 Strategic Technologies FINAL
Posted Date:
June 19, 2013
Description: DARPA-BAA-13-29 Strategic Technologies FINAL

Modification 1

Posted Date:
April 23, 2014
Description: DARPA-BAA-13-29, Amendment 1

Modification 2

Posted Date:
May 2, 2014
Description: DARPA-BAA-13-29, Amendment 2
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