DoD Communities Of Interest: Miscellaneous Other
Subject: DARPA Coded Visibility Program
Due Date: Jan 07, 2022, 04:00 pm ES
Government Organization: Defense Science Office DARPA
The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of tailorable, tunable, and safe obscurants that provide U.S. and allied forces with an asymmetric advantage by degrading an adversary’s visibility without concomitant degradation of our own vision. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of practice.
The goal of the DARPA Coded Visibility program is to address these limitations by developing next-generation obscurant systems that provide U.S. and allied forces an asymmetric advantage by enhancing their visibility while suppressing adversary visibility and detection. Specifically, the program aims to develop obscurants that are:
1. Tailorable: Investigate new fundamental insights in tailoring absorption and scattering performance of obscurants that allow for an asymmetric vision capability for our forces. Current obscurants weakly absorb and scatter photons, requiring widespread deployment to sufficiently degrade visibility.
2. Tunable: Investigate new approaches in active modulation that could tune obscurant performance in real-time, opening the pathway for new methods to control obscurants. The ability to actively tune the absorption and scattering performance of an obscurant after it has been deployed could provide our forces with enhanced visibility and protection.
3. Safe: Current obscurants are based on metal flakes that are known to pose a risk to respiratory health and the environment, requiring the use of gas masks and respirators. New materials and morphologies could enable tailorable and tunable performance, while also being inherently safe for use on the battlefield.
Additional information regarding this BAA can be found at the link below.
Questions regarding this BAA should be emailed to CodedVisibility@darpa.mil.
Questions or assistance, contact:
North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH)
North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office | PO Box 1748, Fayetteville, NC 2B303