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31 Phase I Selections from the 12.3 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
BlackBox Biometrics, Inc.
125 Tech Park Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone:
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(585) 402-2806
David Borkholder
N123-152      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Blast dosimeter for monitoring and documenting Blast exposure for Breacher and route clearance personnel
Abstract:Conduct trade study to identify potential enhancements and improvements which can be incorporated in the currently commercialized BlastGauge dosimeter. In accordance with this solicitation, proposer will conduct comprehensive research feasibility study of desired blast dosimeter specifications and provide technical insight for integration and deployment.

McQ Inc.
1551 Forbes St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Phone:
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(540) 373-2374
Mark Winston
N123-152      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Blast dosimeter for monitoring and documenting Blast exposure for Breacher and route clearance personnel
Abstract:Exposure to explosive blasts is a constant concern for the modern warfighter. Such blasts can originate from gre-nades, mortars, bombs, IEDs, and so on. Furthermore, exposure can occur in both combat and training situations. Since explosive blasts can cause internal injuries that may not show symptoms for days or even months, a device capable of measuring blast exposure would provide numerous medical benefits. Such a blast dosimeter would allow medical personnel to determine the likelihood of internal injury and thus be better able to diagnose and treat those exposed to blasts. Furthermore, the ability to record blast event data would provide valuable information on what happens during a blast so that future medical treatment procedures and safety devices can be improved. The proposed blast dosimeter features accurate blast wave measurement, low false alarm rate, long battery life, and a price point that will allow dosimeters to be distributed to a large number of warfighters for a reasonable cost.

Physical Optics Corporation
Products and Engineering Division 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
Phone:
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(310) 320-3088
Leonid Bukshpun
N123-152      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Omni-Directional Blast Dosimeter
Abstract:To address the Navyís need for a blast dosimeter, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new wearable omni-directional blast dosimeter (OMNIBLAS) for accurate blast pressure monitoring. The miniature badge-like dosimeter (~2 in. x 1 in. x 0.5 in., 6 oz) consists of a miniature direction-insensitive blast sensor and a low-power processing board with an embedded pressure-acceleration decoupling algorithm for accurate blast pressure measurements. The innovation in the integration of a pressure sensor and advanced signal processing will enable the OMNIBLAS to accurately measure blast pressure while mounted on a warfighter. The OMNIBLAS technology will allow the USMC to accurately sense, measure, and store blast exposure levels warfighters face using a low maintenance lightweight device. As a result, this device offers long-term monitoring and documenting of blast exposure for Breacher and route clearance personnel, which directly address the Warfighter PPE EOD ensemble requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of OMNIBLAS by design, simulation, and testing of the pressure sensor. POC plans in Phase II to integrate the components into a prototype suitable for independent field testing by the Navy.

Alexium Government Solutions LLC
8 Distribution Ct
Greer, SC 29650
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(864) 373-5887
Bob Brookins
N123-153      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Application of a Treatment to the Military Fabrics that is Affordable and Provides Durable Flame Resistant Properties
Abstract:50/50 Nylon/Cotton (NyCo) fabric is currently used for many standard issue combat uniforms, such as the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU) and the equivalent ACU/ABU equivalents in other DoD services. While 50/50 NyCo fabrics are proven performers in combat uniforms and are a relatively inexpensive, 50/50 NyCo fabrics have no flame resistant properties and can cause serious burn injury if the soldier is exposed to flames or attacked by an improvised explosive devices (IEDs). 50/50 Ny/Co fabrics melt and drip when exposed to high heat, sticking to the skin and intensifying soldier (burn) injuries. The goal of the proposed effort is to demonstrate a topical treatment process for 50/50 NyCo that can compete with expensive, inherently flame resistant FR fabrics on performance, while adding little additional cost to 50/50 NyCo garments. Alexium is proposing a novel and innovative approach to meeting the requirements of combat clothing. Specifically, Alexium is proposing a project that will establish the feasibility of applying an inexpensive and highly effective, topical treatment on standard military nylon/cotton fabric. In this project, Alexium is proposing to combine, in novel ways, derivations of an environmentally safe, halogen free, FR treatment - already developed for nylon fabrics - with FR chemistries traditionally used in cotton applications.

InnoSense LLC
2531 West 237th Street Suite 127
Torrance, CA 90505
Phone:
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(310) 530-2011
David Hess
N123-153      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Low-Cost, Durable and Non-Toxic Flame-Resistant Fabric Treatment for Combat Uniform
Abstract:The United States Marine Corps is interested in developing affordable and durable flame resistant fabric treatments for NYCO (50% nylon-50% cotton) fabrics like those used in the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniforms (MCCUU). The proposed treatment must not increase the overall price by more than $4 to $8 per MCCUU. InnoSense LLC (ISL) proposes to introduce a novel method to for attaching non-halogenated compounds to the surface of the current generation MCCUU as flame retardant materials. The proposed treatment will not adversely affect the functionality of any other coating or treatment on the uniform, and will be covalently bonded to the surface of the fabric via traditional dye methods. During Phase I, ISL will develop the processing methodology to produce a cost-effective flame retardant material. ISL will work with Milliken Company to develop a process that will minimize the cost increase over the base MCCUU material. During Phase II, ISL will scale- up the processing methodology to delivery an appropriate quantity of yardage for field testing and product verification. ISL will maintain its ongoing relationship with Milliken to develop a durable, cost-effective flame retardant treatment that will survive daily use while imparting no adverse affects on existing fabric treatments.

TIAX LLC
35 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421
Phone:
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Topic#:
(781) 879-1230
Brad Pindzola
N123-153      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Affordable and Durable Flame Retardant Treatment for Military Fabrics
Abstract:TIAX proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of a new flame retardant (FR) treatment for nylon/cotton combat uniform textiles, like that used in the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU). Currently the military procures specialty FR uniforms to meet its needs. Although these uniforms provide critical FR properties, they are twice as expensive as standard uniforms and not as comfortable or durable. As a result, a general need exists to develop a FR treatment method for the standard MCCUU which would provide the needed FR properties Ė without significant impact on the other critical uniform properties Ė for an increase of 5% or less in the cost of the uniform.Current FR treatments are typically designed for use on cotton and do not perform satisfactorily on textile blends with nylon. These existing treatments also tend to add substantial weight and decrease the strength of the fabric. TIAX will develop a new FR treatment for textiles, which provides excellent FR properties without significantly degrading other critical properties, based an understanding of the particular chemistry of cotton/nylon blends and utilizing a combination of traditional and nanoscale FR additives.

Hearing Armor, LLC
30 Meredith Circle
Needham, MA 02492
Phone:
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Topic#:
(781) 962-0866
Rick Rogers
N123-154      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Next Generation Passive Hearing Protection
Abstract:Hearing Armor, LLC has a non-linear earplug that can protect a Marineís hearing while permitting the Marine to hear spoken command and retain situational awareness. Hearing Armor, LLC has produced prototypes that come very near to meeting the specifications identified in SBIR N123-154. The Hearing Armor technology does so without moving parts and without electronics, utilizing a patent pending design. The Hearing Armor uses a deep- ear insertion earplug with a membrane held in a clamped plate that resists loud sounds, withstands up to a two-atmosphere overpressure, and permits normal sounds to be heard. Hearing Armor is encased in an inert soft multi-component silicone invented by the U.S. Navy to attenuate sounds at the frequencies associated with munitions, and muzzle blast. Hearing Armor, LLC respectfully proposes to conduct research and development to enable the refinement of the Hearing Armor technology to achieve the noise attenuation specifications set forth in SBIR N123-154. If successful in Phase I, Hearing Armor can use Phase II for refinement to permit production of the earplug in small, medium and large to fit the majority of Marines as required by SBIR N123-154. Phase II would include laboratory testing and field-testing prove the earplugís efficacy and utility.

Oceanit Laboratories, Inc.
Oceanit Center 828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 600
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:
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Topic#:
(808) 531-3017
Christopher Sullivan
N123-154      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Next Generation Passive Hearing Protection
Abstract:The objective of the proposed effort is to develop and demonstrate a passive hearing protection that affords true sense of presence for normal sound with directionality. Existing hearing protection systems fall short of providing a true sense of situational awareness for the user and are therefore not used in some combat situations by the warfighter. Loss of directionality is a common consequence of wearing passive hearing protection earplugs such as the Combat Arms Earplug as well as hearing-aid type earplugs such as the Etymotic EB15. While both afford a level of protection for the user, both reduce the ability of the user to identify the direction of important audio cues. While the EB15 additionally amplifies low intensity sounds, as hearing aids do, they suffer from the same issues that hearing aid users complain about, including feedback noise, wind noise and amplified white noise. Oceanit proposes a novel earplug hearing protection system that will reduce high intensity noise by up to 30 dB while freely transmitting low intensity noise in a way that will not interfere with the natural means of the user to locate the directions of sounds.

TRITON SYSTEMS, INC.
200 TURNPIKE ROAD
CHELMSFORD, MA 01824
Phone:
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Topic#:
(978) 250-4200
Tyson Lawrence
N123-154      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:True Awareness Hearing Protector(1001-920)
Abstract:The use of passive hearing protection that protects against transient impact noise and at the same time allows ambient sound will enable Marines to continue to hear and respond in combat, thereby enhancing situational awareness, while blocking and/or reflecting harmful blast shock waves in the ear canal. Current ear plugs and over-the-ear muffs block both loud sounds and the sound of normal speech. As a result, they are not worn when needed, or are worn in a manner that permits normal verbal communication but that makes the devices ineffective for hearing protection. An inexpensive earplug design is proposed that will provide protection from high noise levels without impeding auditory awareness.

Nanocomposix, Inc.
4878 Ronson CT STE K
San Diego, CA 92111
Phone:
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(858) 565-4227
Richard Baldwin
N123-155      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Field Drying System using no power for clothing and boots
Abstract:Wet clothing and footwear creates discomfort and can impede performance and morale for DoD personnel. During the Phase I research period a portable, reusable, light and efficient method to accelerate the moisture removal from difficult to dry pieces of clothing such as combat boots will be developed. The drying device is based on a nanocomposite paper that absorbs and transports water from the interior of a wet boot to an area outside the boot where drying is accelerated. The paper is antimicrobial and can be rapidly regenerated after use.

Oceanit Laboratories, Inc.
Oceanit Center 828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 600
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(808) 531-3017
Ashavani Kumar
N123-155      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Field Drying System using no power for clothing and boots
Abstract:The proposed effort is focused on developing a passive field drying system termed as ďDrySAFĒ that will allow marines to dry overnight their clothing system such as boots, uniform, etc. Oceanit will develop a hybrid nanocoposite material that has the capacity to absorb water rapidly from wet clothing. In Phase I, Oceanit will focus on developing the proposed materials and demonstrate its performance through standard tests.

Physical Optics Corporation
Products and Engineering Division 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(310) 320-3088
Pedram Boghrat
N123-155      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Superabsorbent Polymer Cloth
Abstract:To address the Navyís need for a field drying system for clothing and boots that uses no power, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Superabsorbent Polymer Cloth (SAPCLOTH). This proposed device is based on a new design that utilizes POC-developed and tested components and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) superabsorbent polymer materials, along with new system integration. The innovation in the SAPCLOTH multilayered fabric will enable it to rapidly dry boots and clothing without the use of a power source. As a result, this technology offers repeated drying, light weight, portability, low cost, safety, nontoxicity, and environmental friendliness, which directly address requirements of the Combat Clothing Program in PM ICE. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the SAPCLOTH using a safe and affordable prototype to dry boots and clothing. In Phase II, POC plans to test an enhanced prototype in a combat-type environment at an approved government test facility, provide a test report, prepare a cost and manufacturing plan, optimize the number of drying cycles, establish protocols for testing and verification with the Marines, and provide samples for user evaluation.

Corvid Technologies, Inc.
145 Overhill Drive
Mooresville, NC 28117
Phone:
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Topic#:
(704) 799-6944
Trevor Anderson
N123-156      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Post-IED Hull Inspection Tool
Abstract:On todayís battlefields, vehicles are at risk of encountering improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Fortunately, not all of these result in complete vehicle loss. Sending a vehicle back to the depot for overhaul when it could have stayed in operation, wastes precious resources. Conversely, leaving a damaged vehicle in operation without some level of confidence that it can withstand a second blast places a higher risk on the soldier. As such, the Marine Corps needs a reliable tool that can gauge post-IED hull damage against standardized thresholds. Leveraging expertise in ballistic armor damage and structural response, Corvid Technologies proposes an approach to identify damage thresholds that require repair. We will then evaluate emerging and available technologies for use in aiding Battle Damage Assessment and Repair (BDAR). In Phase I, Corvid will design a toolset to provide standardized go or no-go BDAR decisions. A Phase II test and evaluation plan will be outlined and will ultimately lead to a device that is TRL 7 or greater by the end of Phase II.

Evisive, Inc.
8867 Highland Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone:
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Topic#:
(215) 962-0658
Karl Schmidt
N123-156      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Post-IED Hull Inspection Tool
Abstract:This project will identify a toolset which can be used by forward deployed Marines to assess structural damage to combat vehicles hulls following IED events. Improving the quality of Battle Damage Assessment in the field will reduce safety risk from vehicles returned to service without inspection, improve vehicle availability for vehicles unnecessarily sent to higher echelon for repair, as well as reducing cost for unnecessary returns or improperly scrapped equipment.In the Phase I project, Evisive will identify combinations of COTS and novel equipment which can be organized in a Toolset suitable for conduct of a Battle Damage Assessment and Repair (BDAR) inspection in a field environment. Evisive will work with the Marine Corps to identify target vehicles and armor systems, and will evaluate NDE technologies based on failure characteristics mutually established with the Marine Corps. Evisive will develop a specification, conceptual design, and plan to develop and test a toolset for post-IED hull inspection in the field. In addition to effective detection of the failure characteristics in individual materials, the tools must have ruggedness appropriate to forward deployment field use; user training requirements compatible with vehicle crew skills; and, applicability in adverse conditions including coatings and debris.

Physical Optics Corporation
Products and Engineering Division 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(310) 320-3088
Alexander Naumov
N123-156      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Comprehensive Hull Inspection and Damage Assessment System
Abstract:To address the Navy need for damage assessment of vehicle hulls attacked by improvised explosive devices, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Comprehensive Hull Inspection and Damage Assessment (CHIDA) system. It comprises infrared (IR) three-dimensional (3D) vision and stroboscopic shearography modules, innovatively integrated into a single device. The proposed standalone system can be mounted on a compact mobile platform or an industrial shop floor. Operation is controlled by a data processor with a fuzzy logic go/no-go decision engine. Innovative implementation of IR techniques in 3D vision and shearography will allow accurate detection of material irregularities in hull and armor due to hidden cracks, work hardening, and stress fractures. The system will operate through paint and chemical-agent-resistant coatings to conduct battle damage assessment and repair (BDAR) analysis. As a result, this CHIDA system offers comprehensive roadside assessment of hull and armor damage to Marine Corps vehicles, which directly addresses the Navy requirements. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the CHIDA system through detection of various types of damage in lab tests on prepared coupons. In Phase II, POC will develop a full-scale fieldable system prototype for effective BDAR inspection of vehicles with blast damage.

SA Photonics
130A Knowles Dr.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone:
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(650) 434-2779
Frank Muennemann
N123-156      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Post-IED Hull Inspection Tool
Abstract:US and Coalition ground forces depend on armored vehicles for protection from small arms fire, rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and especially from IEDs during their patrols. Rapid and reliable Battle Damage Assessment and Repair (BDAR) analysis in the field is critical because a vehicle may be attacked more than once on a given patrol. The Battle Damage Assessment Tool (BDAT) is a self-contained, compact and rugged device that measures armor deformation, penetration, cracking and work-hardening, then presents a graphical BDAR analysis to support a go/no-go decision, whether to return the vehicle for repair or continue the mission. BDAT reports optionally can be transmitted digitally to other locations such as vehicle maintenance facilities for further interpretation and support. BDAT does not require modification of the vehicle for its operation, and functions on all types of metal plate armor as well as composite armor and armor covered with nonconductive materials such as Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC). A BDAT unit accesses a vehicle-specific, position-indexed database, enabling the system to correctly distinguish battle damage from already-repaired damage or armor irregulatities such as weldments. The vehicle-specific database can be carried with the BDAT or with each vehicle.

SURVICE Engineering Company
4695 Millennium Drive
Belcamp, MD 21017
Phone:
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Topic#:
(410) 273-7722
John Hersey
N123-156      Awarded: 2/1/2013
Title:Post-IED Hull Inspection Tool
Abstract:SURVICE Engineering is proposing an innovative and reliable combination of cutting-edge technologies currently employed in SURVICEís core business operations for the post-IED hull inspection toolset, which will allow forward-deployed Marines to rapidly collect all relevant data for the assessment of structural damage to combat vehicles. As an industry leader in survivability analysis, SURVICE has the expertise to identify and provide all of the tools required for such a toolset, such as procedural inspection and standardization methodologies, rapid-acquisition, metrology-grade damage detection hardware, and mobile data acquisition, visualization and centralization applications. Many of these tools are based upon SURVICE-developed and/or SURVICE-proprietary technology, making the proposed toolset both a unique and optimal solution for post-IED damage assessment.

Beck Engineering
1490 Lumsden Road
Port Orchard, WA 98367
Phone:
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Topic#:
(360) 876-9710
Douglas Beck
N123-157      Awarded: 3/14/2013
Title:Efficient, Cost-Effective, Low-Emissions Method to Cutting Nuclear Submarine and Aircraft Carrier Hulls
Abstract:The Navy needs a metal cutting system for submarine and aircraft carrier hull disposal. We propose to develop a Hull Cutting Mill (HCM) to meet Navy needs. Our HCM uses a compact high-speed high-power hydraulic milling head to perform slot-milling and achieve a fast lineal speed cutting high-tensile steel with a man-handle-able machine. Our HCM uses environmentally friendly water for its hydraulic fluid. The cutting path of our HCM can be varied to avoid obstructions. Our HCM is automatically controlled, so our HCM produces a cut with a single command. Our HCM is made from hardened stainless-steel materials that are suitable for open-weather, salt waterfront environments. In Phase I, we will project the performance of our HCM based on similar machines we have built in related work. In Phase II, we will demonstrate the ability of a prototype HCM to meet Navy requirements for the Improved Hull Cutting Operation System. In Phase III, we will support the Navy in transitioning our HCM for Navy use, and we will supply variants of our HCM for many applications in the government and private sector.

Native American Technologies Company
P.O. Box 39
Golden, CO 80402
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(720) 232-3490
Jerry Jones
N123-157      Awarded: 3/14/2013
Title:Efficient, Cost-Effective, Low-Emissions Method to Cutting Nuclear Submarine and Aircraft Carrier Hulls
Abstract:Develop a new steel cutting process which will significantly increase the cutting rate of ship hull material for shipbreaking. In addition, the process will reduce the fume and smoke emissions to within Navy and civilian requirements and the opacity of particulate emissions to within Navy and civilian requirements.

Ascendant Engineering Solutions LLC
12303 Technology Blvd. Suite 925
Austin, TX 78727
Phone:
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Topic#:
(512) 744-1804
Greg Mooty
N123-158      Awarded: 3/12/2013
Title:Large Displaement, Tuned Deck Simulating Fixture for Medium Weight, Shock Isolated Equipment
Abstract:Ascendant Engineering Solutions (AES) proposes to develop a Large Displacement, Tuned Deck Simulating Fixture for Medium Weight, Shock Isolated Equipment (LTMS) to address the Navy SBIR topic N123-158 - Innovative Approach to Low Cost Shock Testing Fixture for Medium Weight, Shock Isolated Equipment. The AES LTMS concept incorporates a Large Displacement Mechanism (LDM) to provide the large displacements (greater than the 3Ē MWSM anvil travel) that produce damage to resiliently-mounted equipment, combined with a Deck Simulating Fixture (DSF) tunable to 7, 10, 14, 20, and 28 Hz. AES will complete design trades including linear and nonlinear analyses to develop an optimal configuration that meets the LDM, DSF requirements as well as weight and size / interface constraints of the MWSM. Like the AESí Weapon Shock Simulator used by the US Army, AES proposes to integrate an automated shock measurement, and analysis tool to verify compliance to requirements. AESís Phase I base and option plan provide a means to quickly develop a prototype in a Phase II program, and AES will work with their network of large defense company partners to rapidly transition this technology to a product.

Hi-Test Laboratories, Inc
P.O. Box 87 1104 Arvon Rd.
Arvonia, VA 23004
Phone:
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(434) 581-3204
Steve McCampbell
N123-158      Awarded: 3/12/2013
Title:Innovative Approach to Low Cost Shock Testing Fixture for Medium Weight, Shock Isolated Equipment
Abstract:Despite being within the payload capacity of the Medium Weight Shock Machine (MWSM), shock qualification testing of medium weight (500 Ė 4500 lbs) Class II equipment must currently be performed through underwater explosion (UNDEX) testing using a Floating Shock Platform (FSP), typically in combination with a Deck Simulator Fixture (DSF). A significant cost savings could be realized if these medium weight Class II items were able to be shock tested using the MWSM. To achieve this savings, a fixture and MWSM test procedure must be developed to adequately simulate the dynamic environment and thus produce the critical failure modes of these equipment items. An evolutionary design approach is proposed wherein the unique features of a deck fixture and a tipping flyer plate fixture concept are to be integrated into a low-frequency, tunable, multi-directional MWSM fixture design offering broad capabilities. This performance of fixture design concepts relative to the target FSP/DSF shock test environment and accompanying test objectives will be evaluated through advance modeling and simulation techniques.

Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone:
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Topic#:
(617) 491-3474
Avi Pfeffer
N123-159      Awarded: 4/1/2013
Title:Mission Analytics and NetOps Awareness (MANA)
Abstract:Success of global military operations requires access to data, data exchange, and situational awareness (SA) based on timely and trustworthy information. Commanders need to know in advance that relevant, accurate data will be available. If there is doubt about its availability, they need to know this so they can make contingency plans. Therefore, accurate and timely SA of network operations (NetOps) is critical to the successful execution of naval functions. Any solution for providing SA of NetOps must function within the distributed, decentralized environment of US naval functions. In addition, the network components of military systems are rich, complex, and dynamic, and we expect NetOps SA to be rife with uncertainty. Under Mission Analytics and NetOps Awareness (MANA), Charles River Analytics will use distributed probabilistic relational models (PRMs) to provide timely and accurate SA of NetOps under uncertainty, to support mission-critical decision-making. Because PRMs model a situation as a set of objects and relationships between the objects, they are very capable of modeling and reasoning about uncertainty while capturing the richness and complexity of a situation. PRMsí object-oriented nature also makes them well- suited to a distributed implementation.

Harmonia Holdings Group
2020 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(540) 951-5900
Marc Abrams
N123-159      Awarded: 4/1/2013
Title:The NetOps/Mission Clearinghouse (NOMC) to Connect Cyber and Maritime Domains
Abstract:Our work is concerned with solving a growing need to identify and assess the impact of attacks on the U.S. Navyís vast and heterogeneous networking infrastructure; to report those attacks and impacts to the Maritime domain; and to enable command and control (C2) of those domains as an adjunct capability to traditional maritime C2. Right now the two domains are disjoint, because the cyber side is typically an outgrowth of non-military concepts and data representations from network monitoring, management, defense, intrusion detection, etc. But linking them is essential. ADM Roughead, former Navy CNO, on 19 October 2007 stated, ďThe opening rounds of the next war will be in cyberspace Ė the Navy must be ready to prevent wars as well as win them; to do that, we must understand how we will live, operate, and win in cyberspace.Ē Harmonia proposes a system called NetOps/Mission Clearinghouse (NOMC) that implements a service for delivering NetOps data with near-real time delivery. NOMC connects the Cyber and Maritime domains, using new methods drawn from the best techniques for enterprise service implementation, AI, machine learning, scalable distributed file systems in clouds (e.g., Hadoop, MapR), and scalable SQL-free databases (e.g., HBase, Accumulo, CloudBase).

Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20855
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(301) 294-4763
Kyung Kwak
N123-159      Awarded: 4/1/2013
Title:Highly scalable and autonomous NetOps Analytics (SANA) system for Navy tactical networks
Abstract:TodayĀfs naval networking environment is primarily composed of several enterprise computing and communications environments, which can be characterized as large scale heterogeneous network environments. Due to the inherited complex and heterogamous nature of network, it is quite challenging to provide synchronized view of data, autonomous analytics from geographically dispersed, large volume of data. To overcome such challenging issues, Intelligent Automation, Inc. propose to develop a highly scalable and autonomous NetOps Analytics (SANA) system, which defines and captures abnormalities in information and network behaviors to generate alert if any abnormalities are detected. In addition, proposed TANA system maps missions into required resources and guarantees synchronized information sharing to increase level of information value, health and trust.

Diversified Technologies, Inc.
35 Wiggins Ave.
Bedford, MA 01730
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(781) 275-9444
Fred Niell
N123-161      Awarded: 2/28/2013
Title:DYNAMIC TUNER FOR NARROW-BAND VLF SUBMARINE COMMUNICATION TRANSMITTING SYSTEM
Abstract:DTI proposes to investigate several potential approaches to dynamic tuning to down-select to an optimal solution, based on cost, technical robustness, and serviceability, from which to build and test a dynamic tuning system for use at one or more U.S. Navy VLF station(s). DTI will explore each of these options in Phase I, using advanced materials, techniques, and simulation tools to create a cost-effective solution for VLF dynamic tuning. DTI will utilize significant internal experience and specific familiarity with VLF systems, and is highly cognizant of the importance of controlling carrier frequency harmonics and modulation sidebands.

Physical Optics Corporation
Electro-Optics Systems Division 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(310) 320-3088
John Matthews
N123-161      Awarded: 2/28/2013
Title:Modular Dynamic Tuner for Improved VLF Antenna Transmit Efficiency
Abstract:Addressing the Navyís need to provide a means for high-power very-low-frequency (VLF) transmitting systems to broadcast more efficiently and effectively, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Modular Dynamic Tuner for Improved VLF Antenna Transmit Efficiency (MODULATE). Based on a modular architecture, this proposed tuner incorporates robust components proven to operate at over 10 MVA. The modular architecture allows a variable number of identical modules to be operated in conjunction to enable compatibility with all five VLF transmitting systems operated by the Navy. The tuner inductance can be accurately controlled over millisecond timescales, allowing MODULATE to tune the antenna in sync with the 200-baud MSK modulation without generating sideband or high order harmonics during the tuning transition. As a result, MODULATE will dramatically increase the transmit efficiency of VLF systems and allow them to operate effectively as broadband VLF systems, which directly addresses the Navy requirements for submarine communications. In Phase I, through detailed analysis and modeling, POC will demonstrate that MODULATE addresses all objectives and technical risks. In Phase II, POC plans to build a prototype tuner module and test it at a Navy low-frequency test facility.

Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20855
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(301) 294-5241
Renato Levy
N123-162      Awarded: 4/25/2013
Title:SCAN-Fault: Scalable Autonomic Fault Detection and Root-Cause Analysis in a Heterogeneous Network
Abstract:To support reliable and secure communications, a suitable network analysis tool is needed for accurately and efficiently detecting, diagnosing, and predicting faults in the network. In tactical networks, faults can be very common, and are typically hard and time consuming to detect, isolate and fix. Moreover, in a heterogeneous network, a small network problem along any part of an end-to-end path can potentially degrade the user experience significantly. But identifying and resolving this problem may require knowledge and action across different domains and planes. Furthermore, fault analysis schemes designed for the traditional networks are not fully suitable to wireless networks such as mobile ad hoc networks and cognitive radio networks. To address these issues, Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) proposes to develop a SCalable AutoNomic Fault detection and root-cause analysis (SCAN- Fault) scheme that can analyze the monitored network as a whole and assist the users (i.e., network operators) in maintaining, optimizing, and securing the managed network. The proposed approach will significantly improve the reliable and secure access to battlefield network, and reduce the cost and risks for network management.

Veriflow Systems Inc
1509 Quaker Hollow Ct S
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone:
PI:
Topic#:
(607) 351-4828
Serena Chan
N123-162      Awarded: 4/25/2013
Title:Analyzing the Data-Plane in a Heterogeneous Network
Abstract:We will develop and evaluate algorithms for a system, Veriflow, which can automatically reason about security and correctness of computer networks in real time. Veriflow operates by scanning a network, constructing a formal model of the network's behavior, and using custom formal logic algorithms to automatically derive whether the network contains inconsistencies, errors, or violations of specified invariants. Veriflow will confirm correctness, or provide a specific example vulnerability if one exists. Moreover, our algorithms are real-time: Veriflow can vet networks continuously as the network state evolves, detect transient errors and signal immediate alarms, and scale to large and highly dynamic environments.The key personnel are well-qualified. We previously developed two prototype network verification systems. Initial evaluations of our systems have found 23 real bugs in a real operational network of 178 routers, and scaled to networks of a several hundred devices while performing network-wide checks in less than one millisecond. This proposal will extend these prototypes with verifiers for a much richer set of policies and algorithms to support a much wider range of devices, providing a flexible platform for reasoning about network behavior. We will also extensively evaluate our algorithms using real operational network snapshots, ensuring millisecond-level verification latency.

D-Tech, LLC
13800 Coppermine Road, Suite 300
Herndon, VA 20171
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Aaron Weikle
N123-164      Awarded: 4/17/2013
Title:Reducing Bandwidth Requirements for Cybersecurity Information Exchanges
Abstract:One of the biggest challenges in network and application surveillance is how to deal with huge amount of sensor and scanning data generated from various devices, as more federal agencies and organizations are continuing expending their networks. The feed of the monitoring and scanning data often rely on the same network for delivery, so large amount of monitoring data could also cause network congestion if the surveillance tools and processes were not configured properly, especially for networks with limited capacity and bandwidth. In this SBIR research, D-Tech is proposing an innovative solution to address the data overflow problems between a CSIRT center and a network management node. We will leverage the latest cyber security standards, encoding/compression technologies, and industry best practices. We will investigate existing cybersecurity standards and data minimization technologies, and deliver an architecture design for a software tool called Security Content Transponder (SCT) for facilitating real-time security management and incident reporting, utilizing various data minimization techniques, and advanced data compression using the Efficient XML Interchange (EXI) standard. We will perform a comprehensive design of the SCT during base period, and implement a SCT prototype during option period as a proof of concepts for subsequent development in Phase II.

Promia, Incorporated
160 Spear Street Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94105
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(609) 252-1853
Bill Reynolds
N123-164      Awarded: 4/17/2013
Title:Reducing Bandwidth Requirements for Cybersecurity Information Exchanges
Abstract:The Reducing Bandwidth using a Lightweight Analytic Discovery Environment (RBLADE) research and development effort will explore techniques for improving the ability of a Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT) Analyst to conduct full, in-place, forensic analysis of remote networks and hosts in spite of greatly reduced network bandwidth. Two complementary approaches will be explored. The first approach is to reduce the bandwidth required to transfer information already collected by CND products that are local to the incident. The RBLADE intends to accomplish this reduction by eliminating the need to transfer context information in each log message. The second approach is to develop a remote code deployment and execution infrastructure, supported by command and control messages in the RBLADE protocol, which allows detailed automated forensic analysis to be conducted local to the detailed incident data, with only summary results being returned to the CIRT Analyst.

Real-Time Innovations
232 E. Java Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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(408) 990-7404
Eric Murray
N123-164      Awarded: 4/17/2013
Title:Reducing Bandwidth Requirements for Cybersecurity Information Exchanges
Abstract:Computer Network Defense (CND) relies on sensors to observe hosts and networks. Functions include pattern or signature matching against known hostile profiles, anomaly detection, log file analysis and raw packet capture and analysis. Many of these processes, especially raw packet analysis, generate large amounts of data. Incidents can occur at locations remote from a cybersecurity incident response team. Cybersecurity communications formats, schemas and protocols use data encoded in XML, which is not an efficient data encoding method. These protocols include SCAP, IODEF and CYBEX. Additionally, cybersecurity systems collect large raw log files from hosts, routers, switches and other devices, for future analysis. To solve this bandwidth problem, RTI proposes a set of four solutions. First is an XML protocol converter which converts XML messages of various protocols into RTPS, significantly reducing transmission overhead. Second is to use the RTI Limited Bandwidth Plugins to reduce RTPS header size, compress cybersecurity data and apply other techniques to enable transmission on a limited bandwidth channel. Third, to use RTI sender-side filtering to limit the types of messages sent during normal operation while allowing a cybersecurity incident response team to increase reporting granularity in response to a security event. RTI also proposes to use its upcoming OMG standard Secure DDS product to secure cybersecurity messages against modification. Secure DDS is more applicable to unreliable and low bandwidth connections than current data integrity solutions.