Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

SOFWERX – Point of Origin Identification Collaboration Event

Friday, May 26th, 2023

SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM Program Executive Office – Special Reconnaissance (PEO-SR), will host a Collaboration Event (CE) on 26 July, 2023, regarding point of origin identification of organic and inorganic compounds in order to validate those compounds as authentic or counterfeit.

The accurate identification and detection of counterfeit products and their supply chain infiltration through the presence of organic and inorganic compounds present a pressing challenge that necessitates the implementation of advanced technologies. Despite the existence of visual inspection methods and basic authentication features, sophisticated counterfeiting techniques continue to undermine the integrity of various industries. Consequently, there is an urgent need for an innovative solution that harnesses the capabilities of a gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GC-MS) to enhance counterfeit identification, ensuring the safety and trust of consumers and suppliers as well as to identify and disrupt those supply chain networks.

GC-MS technology offers unparalleled potential in distinguishing genuine products from counterfeit ones by analyzing the chemical composition of samples. By separating complex mixtures of organic and inorganic compounds and subsequently detecting and quantifying them, the GC-MS can provide invaluable insights into the authenticity of a product and its point of origin. However, the current utilization of GC-MS for counterfeit identification remains limited, necessitating further research and development to optimize its effectiveness and integration into existing authentication frameworks.

By utilizing GC-MS technology in a comprehensive and systematic manner, USSOCOM seeks to enhance the reliability, speed, and cost-effectiveness of counterfeit identification, thereby safeguarding the interests of consumers, protecting brand reputation, and combating the detrimental impacts of counterfeit trade on the global economy. Specifically, the ability to detect unwanted fillers, additives, and foreign substances that are not normally present when compared against an analysis of similar authentic compounds is of high importance.

Request to Attend NLT 23 June 2023 11:59 PM ET. U.S. Persons Only.

SOFWERX Announces Science and Technology Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 23.2 and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 23.B Pre-Release

Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

The USSOCOM Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small
Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs will soon be accepting submissions for the technology areas of interest below.

Special Area of Interest

SOCOM23B-001: AI/ML Aided Aviation Sensors for Cognitive and Decision Optimization (STTR)
SOCOM232-002: Hokkien Low Density Language System (SBIR)
SOCOM232-003: Higher Density Handheld Radio Batteries (SBIR)

SOCOM232-D004: Digital Augmentation for Analog Systems (SBIR)

On 26 April and 04 May, SOFWERX will host virtual Q&A sessions for the areas of interest.

Submissions Open 17 May 2023

For more information, visit

DEVCOM Soldier Center Supports Development of Improved Liquid Cooling Garments

Thursday, April 20th, 2023

NATICK, Mass. — The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, or DEVCOM SC, is supporting the development of new liquid cooling garments for prolonged in-field use. The cooling garments, a component of the microclimate cooling system, will help protect Soldiers from overheating, a condition that can lead to diminished cognitive and physical performance, heat injury, and in extreme cases, death.

The new garments are an improvement over the existing microclimate cooling garment, or MCG, and the environmental control vest, or ECV.

“The newly developed thermally conductive flame-resistant cooling vest, liquid cooling garment, is significantly — nearly 30 percent — more efficient in extracting body heat than the currently fielded ECV, and the new garment is 15 percent lighter,” said Joe Salmeron, a project engineer at DEVCOM SC. “With a higher heat extraction rate, warfighters are likely to have reduced thermal burden. This could lead to carrying fewer batteries and allow more time for mission execution.”

The liquid cooling garment, or LCG, can be seamlessly integrated into any protective garment using a cooling vest, including the Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency-funded S&T developing system, the Tactical All-Hazards Ensemble.

DEVCOM SC led the effort for the Phase II Enhancement of a Small Business Innovation Research agreement. Through the Small Business Innovation Research program, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center Air Warrior group contracted the small business, Oceanit. Oceanit was tasked with developing a high-performance, lightweight LCG.

Through this effort, Oceanit has created a highly effective cooling vest by incorporating its proprietary tubing material, Thermocore®. The tubing material’s thermal conductivity matches that of the human body, enabling effective heat transfer between the body and the coolant in the tubing.

DEVCOM SC and the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, worked jointly to provide testing support that played a key role in the product’s development. DEVCOM SC and USARIEM conducted thermal manikin testing and modeling simulations to measure physiological thermal burden.

Due to the garment’s improved compressive fit, the garment doesn’t add bulk or negatively impact mobility. The garment also features custom manifolds that allows for the inclusion of additional items such as shorts, pants, sleeves, and cap.

The new garment is part of DEVCOM SC’s larger commitment to improving Soldier protection and performance while increasing lethality.

“Knowing that the cooling garments can make a difference for the warfighter by reducing heat injuries is very rewarding,” said Pratibha Sinha, DEVCOM SC’s project lead for the microclimate cooling program.

Story by Jane Benson, DEVCOM Soldier Center Public Affairs

Photos by David Kamm

PM SWAR Vision of the Army Soldier 2030 & Beyond Industry Day

Wednesday, April 5th, 2023

Program Executive Office Soldier, Project Manager Soldier Warrior (PM SWAR) is hosting a two-day industry event on 17-18 May 2023 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 8100 Loisdale Rd., Springfield, VA 22150, to inform DoD Contractors of the PM SWAR vision of the Army Soldier 2030 and beyond.

PM SWAR is interested in DiD contractors with experience in Heads Up Display (HUD) Hardware and Software, Sensor and Laser Technologies, Army Platform Integration, and Wearable Battery Technologies.

DoD participants for this event are:

Program Executive Office Soldier, Project Manager Soldier Warrior

Product Manager (PdM) Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS)

Product Manager Soldier Maneuver Sensors (SMS)

Product Manager Soldier Precision Target Devices (SPTD)

Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Project Manager Synthetic Environment

Product Manager One World Terrain (OWT)

Program Executive Office Command Control Communications-Tactical (C3T), Project Manager Tactical Radios

Product Manager Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS)

Visit to learn more.

Australian Soldiers Use Brainwaves to Control Ghost Robotics Quadruped Unmanned Ground Vehicle 60

Monday, March 13th, 2023

During our coverage of last year’s Land Forces exhibition in Brisbane, Australia we mentioned the Australian Defence Force’s Robotic & Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office (RICO) which they are using to shape their ground robotics requirements.

Working in concert with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Defence Science and Technology Group, the RICO team has sent $1.2 million in research funding through the Defence Innovation Hub.

The investment is oaying off. One of their efforts is the exploration of brain-computer interfaces and their tactical applications. The result is a demonstration of using the operator’s brainwave to issue commands to a Ghost Robotics Vision 60 QUGV rather than through a control console.

The operator wears a HoloLens to view waypoints in Augmented Reality. They use a biosensor at the back of the operator’s head to detect corresponding brainwaves from the visual cortex which signals an amplification circuit. An artificial intelligence decoder then translates the signal into commands which are sent to the Vision 60 Quadruped.

The HoloLens also allows the operator to view the Vision 60’s cameras.

To watch a video demomstrating the capability, go here.

ADF photo by Sergeant Matthew Bickerton

DARPA, Services Demonstrate Battlefield Airspace Deconfliction Software

Friday, March 10th, 2023

Tools enable planes, helos, missiles, uncrewed aircraft to operate simultaneously in contested airspace

DARPA’s Air Space Total Awareness for Rapid Tactical Execution (ASTARTE) program recently demonstrated new automated flightpath-planning software that successfully deconflicted friendly missiles, artillery fire, and manned and unmanned aircraft while avoiding enemy fires in a simulated battle in contested airspace. In a demonstration held at the U.S. Army’s Mission Command Battle Lab, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, in late 2022, the ASTARTE software seamlessly integrated with the Army’s Integrated Mission Planning and Airspace Control Tools (IMPACT) software suite. IMPACT is managed by the Aviation Mission Systems and Architecture Project Office in the Program Executive Office for Aviation.

The ASTARTE Program, which began in 2021, is a joint collaboration between DARPA, the Army, and the U.S. Air Force to enable efficient and effective airspace operations and de-confliction in a highly congested anti-access/area denial, known as A2/AD, environment. The program’s goal is to provide an accurate, real-time common operational picture of the airspace over an Army division, enabling long-range fire missions, as well as manned and unmanned aircraft operations, to occur safely in the same airspace.

“The demonstration showed that complex route alternatives could be created in seconds, leveraging available permissive airspace to avoid airspace where conflicts would potentially occur,” said Paul Zablocky, ASTARTE program manager in DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office. “There are many reasons this integration helps the warfighter. Coordinating and consolidating services at the user level greatly reduces procedural burden, which speeds the enterprise. ASTARTE also increases accuracy by automating tasks and reducing inherent human error. Most importantly, the ASTARTE and IMPACT integration forms a foundation of artificial intelligence-enabled services that will interact with other service component AI tools such as the Air Force’s Kessel Run All Domain Operations Suite (KRADOS) for planning and the All Domain Common Platform (ADCP) for operations.”

ASTARTE performer Raytheon Technologies developed an automated flightpath-planning capability for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, which includes the capability to deconflict airspace use by routing through or around defined airspace coordinating measures, commonly called ACMs, in both space and time. General Dynamics Mission Systems (GMDS) developed the Army’s IMPACT suite, which adds a Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) class of data-enabled, over-the-horizon tools to existing airspace management systems to form a multidomain capability supporting the Army’s 2030 Multi-Domain Operations vision.

During the demonstration, GDMS and Raytheon identified the interfaces allowing the ASTARTE flightpath planner to receive flight path requests with associated constraints from IMPACT (e.g., timing, altitude range, start and end points), and returned complete deconflicted flight paths back to IMPACT on demand.

The ASTARTE-IMPACT demonstration also illustrated a novel approach for transitioning cutting-edge microservices and software components developed by the science and technology community very quickly into military service programs of records.

ASTARTE is currently wrapping up Phase 2 integration efforts and is scheduled to begin Phase 3 live testing this summer.

– DARPA Public Affairs

SOFWERX – JSOU Geopolitical Mapping & Social Network Analytics Assessment Event

Thursday, February 23rd, 2023

SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM and the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), will host an assessment event 25-27 April 2023, to find solutions for a Geographic Information System (GIS) generated Geopolitical Toolkit and associated Social Network Analysis to help SOF professionals assess and visualize where geopolitical flashpoints might emerge. 

The aim is a single operating picture that combines the GIS-generated Geopolitical Toolkit, leveraging data analytics to construct network models that inform SOF interventions.

Submit NLT 17 March 2023 11:59 PM ET.

Science and Technology Small Business Innovation Research 23.4 Pre-Release

Monday, February 13th, 2023

The USSOCOM Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs will soon be accepting submissions for this Special Area of Interest:


SOCOM234-001: Analyzing Narrative Evolution Across Social Networks 

Submissions Open 21 February 2023.

On 22 February, SOFWERX will host a virtual Q&A session for the area of interest. RSVP to the Q&A session on the event webpage.