DOD STTR 24.B Annual

Active
No
Status
Open
Release Date
April 17th, 2024
Open Date
May 15th, 2024
Due Date(s)
June 12th, 2024
Close Date
June 12th, 2024
Topic No.
MDA24B-T001

Topic

Generative Artificial Intelligence Algorithm Development for Glide Phase Hypersonic Interceptors

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: STTRPhase: Phase IYear: 2024

Summary

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I program. The specific topic of the solicitation is "Generative Artificial Intelligence Algorithm Development for Glide Phase Hypersonic Interceptors". The research aims to develop Glide Phase Intercept (GPI) Interceptors that are actively responsive to Artificial Intelligence (AI) guided hypersonic threats. Adversary use of AI in hypersonic weapons employment and operations is expected to outstrip and negate US hypersonic interceptor capabilities, making this research crucial. In Phase I, the focus will be on developing a strategic approach and evaluating the feasibility of proposed solutions. Physics-driven computational models will be leveraged to validate the use of generative artificial intelligence (GAI) in predicting impact points, tracks leading to intercept, or failure to track/intercept a target. Small-scale validation and theoretical analysis will establish the technical basis. Phase II will involve updating the strategic approach developed in Phase I and continuing evaluations to assess the feasibility of proposed solutions. Maturation and validation of physics-driven computational models will be continued, and competing technologies will be down-selected for more extensive testing. Phase III will focus on developing or transitioning the technology to a pilot-scale strategic approach as developed in Phase II. Physics-based computational models will be evaluated for transition, and documentation for technology transition and training will be prepared. The research falls under the OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S) of Trusted AI and Autonomy, Hypersonics, and Emerging Threat Reduction. It is important to note that the technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), and offerors must comply with US Export Control Laws. The solicitation is currently open, with a release date of April 17, 2024, and an application due date of June 12, 2024. More information can be found on the grants.gov website or the DOD SBIR/STTR Opportunities page.

Description

OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Trusted AI and Autonomy; Hypersonics; Emerging Threat Reduction

 

The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws.

 

OBJECTIVE: Develop Glide Phase Intercept (GPI) Interceptors Actively Responsive to Artificial Intelligence (AI) Guided Hypersonic Threats.

 

DESCRIPTION: Adversary use of AI in hypersonic weapons employment & operations will outstrip and negate US hypersonic interceptor capabilities for interception and kill.

 

PHASE I: Develop strategic approach and commence evaluating feasibility of proposed solutions.  As relevant, leverage physics-driven computational models and validate the ability of generative artificial intelligence (GAI) use in models to predict impact points, tracks leading to intercept, or failure to track/intercept a target. Establish the technical basis through small-scale validation and theoretical analysis.

 

PHASE II: Updated strategic approach developed in Phase I and continue evaluations to assess the feasibility of proposed solutions.  Continue maturation and validation of physics-driven computational models.  Down select any competing technologies and provide more extensive testing.

 

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Develop or transition the technology to pilot-scale strategic approach as developed in Phase II. Evaluate physics based computational models for transition.  Prepare documentation for technology transition and training.

 

REFERENCES:

DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) https://www.ai.mil/
DoD Data, Analysis, and Artificial Intelligence Adoption Strategy 2023 https://media.defense.gov/2023/Nov/02/2003333300/-1/-1/1/DOD_DATA_ANALYTICS_AI_ADOPTION_STRATEGY.PDF 

 

KEYWORDS: Artificial Intelligence; Algorithm; Glide Phase Interceptor; Hypersonic

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