DOD Issues RPP Through the National Spectrum Consortium to Develop Near Real Time Spectrum Management Technologies to Support Operational Outcomes

WASHINGTON,, April 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The US Department of Defense (DOD) has issued a third request for a prototype proposal (RPP) in support of electromagnetic spectrum research related to the capabilities of 400+ members of the National Spectrum Consortium.

Released under DOD’s Spectral Access Research and Development (SAR & DP) program, RPP is part of a series of requirements for the development of real-time spectrum management technologies that use machine learning / artificial intelligence to distribute more efficient and dynamic allocation of spectrum based on operational planning and projected operational results.

In particular, this RPP is focused on Spectrum Understanding, Analysis and Response (OSCAR) effort. This project will create a software application with a unified graphical user interface, automated workflows, a sensor network, and an extensible framework needed for air combat training tests and training grounds to ensure that spectrum is available when and where needed for affected AWS-3 systems and operating systems.

The aim is to provide advanced spectrum management capabilities for existing systems in the AWS-3 bands; however, this prototype will be applicable to the entire spectrum managed by the scope so as not to fragment toolkits for installation managers. OSCAR will provide the spectrum management tools, workflows and sensor network needed to increase spectrum utilization and improve spectrum management.

“NSC members look forward to working with the government to develop tools to meet the need for real-time spectrum management for effective training and to provide advanced spectrum maneuverability capabilities to operational forces. OSCAR will allow military aircraft continue to receive the rigorous training they need, while supporting expanded business, but the solutions developed will not be limited to home use, nor will they support the operational capabilities required in the joint management and control strategies of all domains; and electromagnetic superiority, ” said the executive director of the National Spectral Consortium Maren Leed. “I am pleased to see the innovations that our more than 400 members, with their unparalleled technical breadth and depth, will bring to this challenge. Using their collective experience, NSC members will ensure that aviators have access to the information they need. the moment when it is needed, whether on the range or in battle. “

“There is a growing assessment of how critical it is that our fighters have provided near real-time access to spectrum to meet operational imperatives,” said the Strategic Director of the National Spectral Consortium, Vice Admiral Joseph Dyer, USA. We strongly encourage our members to collaborate and respond to this important RPP to ensure that this our nationThe armed forces can remain agile and use the spectrum in a dynamic way, almost in real time. “

Earlier this month, the Department of Defense issued two additional RPPs related to real-time spectrum management – Informed Risk Spectrum Access (RISA) and Multi-Band Instrument Control Channel Architecture (MICCA). An overview of the projects can be found at

These RPPs are the first to be issued by the National Spectrum Consortiums 5 years old, $ 2.5 billion ceiling Another deal agreement that was signed in December 2020. Additional RPPs are expected to be issued through the NSC in the coming days and weeks.

Request for a prototype proposal
NSC-21-RPP-04- Understanding the operational spectrum, analysis and response (OSCAR)

This RPP is one of a number of projects in the Spectrum Access Research and Development (SAR & DP) portfolio that are sought in Tranche 2. This includes:

  1. Informed Spectrum Access (RISA)
  2. Spectrum Understanding, Analysis and Response (OSCAR)
  3. Multi-channel instrument control channel architecture (MICCA)
  4. Cooperative Test Spectrum Access (CSAT)

Contractors for these projects are expected to work with other project teams in the SAR & DP Tranche 2 portfolio to align schedules and harmonize the development of interfaces and protocols with free systems between projects. Reputable NSC members may submit proposals in response to the RPP. Proposals related to the OSCAR RPP were submitted on June 1, 2021 11:59 a.m. ET.

Spectrum forward OTA
Last December, DOD awarded the Spectral Other Transactions (OTA) agreement to the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) to accelerate the development, deployment and deployment of next-generation technologies to provide our military fighters with a decisive battlefield advantage. OTA has a term of five years and a ceiling value of $ 2.5 billion. The goal of Spectrum Forward OTA is to facilitate the partnership between US technology and the industrial base and the US government to develop dual-use technologies in a range of advanced technologies that rely on electromagnetic spectrum, from machine learning to autonomous navigation to next generation radio access networks. .

In addition, last year DOD released four 5G RPPs through the NSC. They focused on smart warehouses, artificial reality / virtual reality (AR / VR) for training and dynamic spectrum sharing. DOD announced in October that these projects were awarded as part of $ 600 million from 5G Tranche One Financing.

NSC membership has extensive experience in the following areas related to the electromagnetic spectrum: Ubiquitous connectivity; Cognitive spectrum access and sharing; Cyber ​​protection; Cooperative space optics systems without radio frequencies; Autonomous systems (land / air / sea); Internet of Things (narrow range / critical / massive); Electronic warfare; Intelligence, Surveillance and Intelligence (ISR); Software defined radio stations / networks / architecture; Radar systems; Digital signal processing; Microelectronics; Software reconfiguration; Nanotechnology; Machine learning / Artificial intelligence; Autonomy / robotics; Biotechnology; Big data analysis; Edge and Cloud Computing; Augmented / virtual / mixed reality; Location detection; 3D printing / Production of additives; and 5th generation (5G) information and communication technologies, products and services, including the use of zero trust.

For the National Spectrum Consortium
The NSC is made up of more than 400 U.S. companies and academic institutions, and their technologists, engineers, scientists, manufacturers and program managers work with their counterparts in government to address the nation’s most difficult spectrum issues. technologies, including 5G and 5G-based technologies, providing DoD and other customers with spectrum superiority. The NSC’s mission is to promote collaboration between government, industry, and academia to identify, develop, and demonstrate the enabling technologies needed to expand military and commercial access to and use of the 5G electromagnetic spectrum and beyond. For more information visit

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