To explore emerging and future applications of ERI technologies in defense contexts, the ERI: Defense Applications (ERI:DA) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) will drive the development, demonstration, and application of ERI technologies for defense-specific systems. While national security is a consideration in all ERI programs, ERI:DA is a dedicated effort to ensure that promising technologies resulting from ERI investments reach defense-specific systems. The BAA will provide new opportunities to participate in ERI programs and increase connections between ERI efforts. Potential areas of exploration could include ERI applications in large-scale physical emulation, cognitive RF systems, next-generation satellites, cybersecurity, and beyond.
The Digital RF Battlespace Emulator (DRBE) program seeks to create a new breed of High Performance Computing (HPC) – dubbed “Real Time HPC” (RT-HPC) – that will effectively balance computational throughput with extreme low latency. DRBE will demonstrate RT-HPC domain-specific computing architectures by creating the world’s first largescale, virtual radio frequency (RF) test range, enabling more frequent and effective testing of RF systems. The DRBE test range will become a key part of DoD’s infrastructure, ushering in an era of system development and test based on 24/7/365 data generation. Commercial applications of RT-HPC are also expected, particularly in the area of big-data exploitation.
The Near Zero Power RF and Sensor Operations (N-ZERO) aims to develop the technological foundation for persistent, event-driven sensing capabilities. The resulting sensors could remain dormant, with near-zero power consumption, until awakened by an external trigger or stimulus. If successful, N-ZERO could extend the life of remotely deployed communications and environmental sensors—also known as unattended ground sensors (UGS)—from weeks or months to years, with implications for the Internet of Things. Read more
The System Security Integrated Through Hardware and Firmware (SSITH) program seeks to secure DoD and commercial electronic systems against software-enabled threats by developing novel hardware/firmware security architectures and hardware design methodologies. The program will investigate flexible hardware architectures that adapt to and limit the impact of new cybersecurity attacks while maintaining the performance and power required for system operation. Read more