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8 Phase I Selections from the 00.1 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
KREAMER SPORTS, INC.
7100 West Park Road
Shreveport, LA 71129
Phone:
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Topic#:
(318) 687-0030
Mr. David Kreamer
SOCOM 00-001
Title:Extreme Environment Hand-Wear system
Abstract:A variety of extreme environment hand-wear systems are currently available for military personnel ranging from three and six modular glove systems to a Cold/Wet Glove system. While these are designed to protect soldiers' hands from cold/wet climates, the basic system designs make them too bulky and cumbersome to provide the tactility and dexterity required in many military applications, including rappelling, fast-roping, and operating a weapon. Nor are existing systems designed to provide hand protection to -40 F. as required in this soliciation. Kreamer Sports manufacturers heated outdoor sportswear, including heated fingered and hooded fingered gloves, that utilize the latest state-of-the-art in conductive fabrics powered by several battery applications. The objective of the proposed work is to evaluate the newest advancements in thermal insulators, conductive heating materials, and heat transferring materials. Working on the body of research already performed by Kreamer Sports, we intend to produce data on new and innovative methods of heat generation and distribution. Our emphasis will be on advancing the viability of carbon/conductive materials to provide the desired extreme temperature performance while greatly improving the dexterity and tactility of current military hand-wear systems, at the same time investigating and analyzing the potential for other commercial and military applications.

OUTDOOR RESEARCH
2203 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
Phone:
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Topic#:
(206) 467-8197
Dr. Ron Gregg
SOCOM 00-001
Title:Extreme Environment Hand-Wear system
Abstract:The characteristics of materials and designs suitable for an Extreme Environment Handwear System that will meet the requirements of the Special Operations Forces will be quantified. Materials that appear most suitable will be obtained and tested utilizing ASTM tests and tests developed around specific SOF tasks. Current handwear will be surveyed, and those possessing design, materials or construction elements that appear promising will be selected. These, and current SOF handwear, will be subjected to extensive lab and field testing based on SOF requirements. Design elements that appear most promising, and new design concepts that emerge from these tests, will be selected for study. Advanced design concepts in ergonomics, modularity, system integrations, heat transfer, etc will be conceptualized and investigated. Promising construction techniques, including sewing, RF welding, gluing, etc. will be investigated. Prototype handwear systems that incorporate the most promising materials, construction techniques, and design elements will be constructed. These prototype handwear systems will be subjected to thorough lab and field testing to establish environmental and ergonomic performance and to provide a qualitative assessment of their compatibility with SOF mission-essential tasks. Based on these designs and results, recommendations will be made to USSOCOM for Phase II designs.

FIORE INDUSTRIES, INC.
5301 Central Ave., NE, Suite 9 P.O. Box 9243
Albuquerque, NM 87119
Phone:
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(505) 255-9797
Dr. Mark Clemen
SOCOM 00-002
Title:RF Detector/Emitter
Abstract:Fiore Industries Inc. has extensive experience in a wide variety of RF and high power microwave (HPM) technologies. Fiore proposes an explosive RF emitter that transmits a large RF pulse. Nearby receivers tuned to this waveform can be made very insensitive then to interfering signals. Fiore has a teaming agreement with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology's (NMIMT) Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC), who will provide the explosives handling and testing expertise. EMRTC has been very helpful in developing this proposal. Fiore and EMRTC have identified three interesting options for addressing the customer requirements. These options are: one direct RF-generation mechanism integrated into the explosive, and two options for using a conventional RF transmitter. The feasibility of all options will be explored. One promising device design will be pursued in detail.

IDOLON TECHNOLOGIES
72 Stone Place
Melrose, MA 02176
Phone:
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Topic#:
(781) 665-9200
Mr. George Hovorka
SOCOM 00-002
Title:RF Detector/Emitter
Abstract:This proposal describes a self-powered, lightweight, micro-sized device, which canactivate several in-line explosive charges by sympathetic detonation. The detonation is performed without the use of connecting cables or other wired systems. As a result, less weight must be carried by the operator and the time and complexity to set up multiple charges is greatly reduced. The object of Phase I is to determine the feasibility of a self-powered piezoelectric transmitter which utilizes a digitally coded, UHF signal to facilitate sympathetic detonation. The aim of the proposed program is to build a prototype unit and evaluate it under a variety of realistic detonation scenarios.

ZYBRON, INC.
3915 Germany Lane
Beavercreek, OH 45431
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(937) 427-2892
Dr. Evan Y. W. Zhang
SOCOM 00-003
Title:High Performance Assault Zone Marking System
Abstract:Special Operations Forces is looking for assault zone marking systems to facilitate instrument approaches of fixed and rotary wing aircraft under extremely low ceiling/visibility (LCN) conditions (200' ceiling/0.5 mile visibility). In this proposal, very innovative system and components designs are presented to fully realize above goal. Our innovations are: 1. Two lighting systems-ground lighting system (GLS) and a lighting system (ALS) are designed. The GLS is an active system using visible or invisible LED or LD to the ground marks. The ALS has no light from the ground marks, but has light from aircraft to illuminate the passive ground marks. One soldier can deploy and remove the assault zone marking system in a short time. 2. Parabolic LEDs and honeilluminator with projection lens are designed for ground or air lighting system. This inexpensive and totally eye-safe device can largely increase the illumination distance to illuminate an area of 30 M in a distance of 300 M with the use of off-the-shelf LLLCCD or I2 of Gen-III on the aircraft. 3. By using fibers to combine 40 PInGaAs laser dio together, a LD with CW output power of 15 W at eye-safe wavelength of 1.55 m has been achieved and can illuminate an area of 30 M in a distance of 300 M with the use of off-the-shelf uncooled InGaAs FPA. 4. simple variable focus projector head is designed to keep the same illuminating size in different distances thus the light will not be wasted. 5. A common aperture optical head is designed to let the FPA and L share the same lens and get the image from the same illuminating area. 6. An imaging laser ranger is designed by modulating the CW PInGaA laser or using eye-safe pulse laser Nd:YAG at 1.54 m to get the distance to the ground. This will be helpful to do instrument approach in harshest weather conditions. 7. Uncooled BST FPA in 1-35 m is ato get both active laser illuminated zone image and passive LIR zone image thus can do instrument approach with/without zone marks. 8. retroreflective paint, tape, or corner cube is used to largely increase the visibility of the zone mark for better instrument approach from longer distance in bad weather condition.

21ST CENTURY SYSTEMS, INC.
427 South 166th Street
Omaha, NE 68118
Phone:
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(402) 333-2992
Mr. Richard A. Flanagan
SOCOM 00-004
Title:Assistant SOF Cross-country Route Planner
Abstract:We propose agent technology for an innovative cross-country route planner (movement by foot or vehicles without using roads) for Special Operations Forces (SOF). SOF troops routinely carry heavy loads on cross-country routes with elevation gain and loss (both expend energy compared to level terrain). SOF troops on a clandestine mission cannot choose a route of "least resistance". Route may require traversing across an obstacle (swamp) also expending high amount of energy. There is no current planner that provides a cost function for SOF mission cross-country travel. Additionally, lack of planning time often constrains route selection. The agent assists the operator to evaluate potential routes for level of effort expended by foot troops. The agent searches databases and prepares map overlays for route elevation change (both ascent and descent), distance covered and time. The agent analyses energy expenditure for each troop, each day over the entire route. It evaluates the energy expenditure of obstacles in potential route that requires the troops to traverse (e.g., snow & ice fields, swamps). The agent works with the operator to develop a situation map showing other mission vital information (e.g., possible exposure to a threat, route safety issue) that will indicated in a pop-up window. Tailored versions will allow a range of operator displays from simple (e.g., 2D elevation profile and 2D route-of march using DTED and DFAD) to sophisticated 3D animation using the latest overhead SAR imagery. The architecture supports all phases of mission and training.

CRE, INC.
1600 Prince St. Ste. 613
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone:
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(703) 299-0253
Mrs. Julia Desantis
SOCOM 00-004
Title:SOF Ground Route Planner
Abstract:The SOF Ground Route Planner Phase I project is a feasible effort to start an effective program for fielding a ground route planning application for SOF forces. The project provides operational and technical requirements definition, prototype development, and prototype validation. The SOF Ground Route Planner integrates work, time, and risk algorithm onto multiple mapping systems and DII/COE data sources.

PATHFINDER SYSTEMS, INC.
200 Union Blvd., Suite 221
Lakewood, CO 80228
Phone:
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Topic#:
(303) 763-8660
Mrs. Sheila Jaszlics
SOCOM 00-004
Title:"SOF TRAK - Route Planning System for Special Operations Forces"
Abstract:The six month effort will develop a Preliminary Design for a Phase II route planning system, for ground, cross-country movement planning tailored to meet the requirements of Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel. This route planner will be called SOF TRAK. The system will incorporate the use of Pathfinder's efficient route searching techniques, to develop a set of routes for a given SOF mission. The system will display these routes to the user in a simple and intuitive manner, to allow the user for select a route that best fits mission needs. The effort includes the implementation of a SOF TRAK Concept Demonstrator, hosted on a palm-size PC, which demonstrates the key technologies of the proposed system. At the end of the effort, SOF personnel will be able to use the Concept Demonstrator in the field, and in a garrison setting, to further define the requirements for a route planning system that can meet the unique requirements of USSOCOM.