CEROS TechEnterprise 2005

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CEROS PROGRAM WILLIAM A. FRIEDL CEROS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR billf@ceros.org (808) 327-4310 TechEnterprise2005 Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel, Honolulu 15 June 2005


CEROS solicits and supports innovative technologies for national maritime military applications and sustained technology-based economic development in Hawai’i Since 1993, the CEROS program produced significant results for the DoD including 9 patents and over 120 new tech-based jobs for participating companies in Hawaii (Logistics Management Institute Report, February 2003) Through December 2004, the CEROS program has received over $72.7 million in federal funding and has funded 174 projects for over $65.7 million FY05 DoD funding for CEROS is $7 million


PROGRAM PRIORITIES  Focus Core technical program on maritime military technology needs  Catalyze innovative technical development and demonstrations  Solicit and support technically important projects with transition potential  Enhance sustainable commercial technology capabilities in Hawaii  Maintain program quality, control costs and deliver results


CEROS is - “Mobile” annual funding for Development and Demonstration of relevant “gap-filling” Technologies or Prototype Systems CEROS Plus Factors - Builds Residual Tech-based Capabilities in Hawai’i Addresses Technology Needs of “local” Commands Reduces Companies’ Technical Risk of Development Provides Value for Funds Invested through Efficient Program Process


CEROS “Grand Plan” for 2005: Revise CEROS Procurement Plan to satisfy DARPA and State requirements Maintain program autonomy, efficiency, and effectiveness Selection process for FY06 will change “under construction” Fund for Success Improve project selection and oversight Maximize military utility and follow-on potential of results


Project Selection and Oversight: Fund capable companies Address specific command- or system-relevant technical problems and objectives Match local capabilities with command technical needs Involve the potential “consumer” throughout the process Increase in-process oversight to maintain project focus and enhance chances of success Successful projects sustain and validate CEROS


Project Relevance and Focus: Encourage edgy (but manageable) thinking Address specific needs with significant technology Foster new ideas, new companies and new approaches Demand quality proposals, plans and products Fund capable, committed and legit companies Leverage success in HTDV: fund Phase II SBIR projects or matches with large DoD integrators Maintain focus: resist post-award task bloat and schedule creep


CEROS PROGRAM EXPLAINED 1 - PROOF-OF-CONCEPT “PLANT”  Test utility of a technical concept Output: Technical Context + Limits Typically “modest” Initial Cost Duration: 6 – 12 months 3 - PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT “HARVEST”  Apply development to specific military or commercial purpose Output: Technical Application, Device or System Cost Varies: Depends on Product Duration: <12 months 2 - FEASIBILITY DEMONSTRATION “GROW”  Develop an application-oriented technology Output: Prototype Hardware Typically “higher” Annual Cost Duration: 12 – 24 months CEROS solicits and supports innovative technologies for maritime military applications and sustained technology-based economic development in Hawaii CEROS supports projects in 3 areas of exploratory technical development from proof to product


CEROS PROGRAM RESULTS PROOF-OF-CONCEPT PROJECTS Examples: Antibiotics from marine algae Fouling-resistant netting Tropical heavy metal biomonitors Diver homing device Lifting Body design + analysis Pre-buckled cylindrical housing PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS Examples: ARCI-certified submarine ASW algorithms (ORINCON) LIFEFLOAT inflatable for SOCOM test + evaluation (SEE/RESCUE) SeaPLOT tracker/plotter for Lincoln Battle Group (Oceantronics) MakaiPLAN: world standard cable lay planning + control software FEASIBILITY DEMONSTRATIONS Examples: Operational MIDFOIL vessel Net-centric, Air-deployed Portable Range Bottom- Penetrating Synthetic Aperture Sonar System Airborne Hyperspectral Sensor System TNT Measurements in seawater Through FY04, the CEROS program has funded 174 projects for $65,754,619 Since 1993, CEROS has provided advanced technology to SUBPAC, PACFLT and SOCOM and supported creation of over 120 technology-based jobs in Hawaii

Plant: Pre-buckled Cylindrical Housing (Knapp Engineering): 

Plant: Pre-buckled Cylindrical Housing (Knapp Engineering)

Grow: Net-centric Air-deployed Portable Range (BBNT): 

Grow: Net-centric Air-deployed Portable Range (BBNT) Need Exploit off-board sensors to provide “off-range” pinger tracking Localization and identification of pinger equipped targets & weapons Allow tactical development exercises in shallow water / adverse areas Post test reconstruction capability Leverage DARPA/CEROS developed technologies with successfully executed field demonstrations Leverage positive feedback from SUBPAC along with demonstrated ability to work with the Navy and transition labs to bring the developed technology to fielded tactical exercises Approach Exploit legacy tactical data channels Utilize GPS equipped sonobuoys Provide processing on COTS PCs combined with NetSAT/Netted CCS Leverage Distant Thunder initiation of flight certified system Leverage NAPR to field the developed NetSAT/Netted CCS Plan Concept


OBJECTIVES - METHODS Develop a system that automates contact classification requirements of the Navy’s submarine force Reduce operator workload and help maintain tactical control and safety-of-ship of our submarine fleet operating in contact-rich littorals Develop algorithms that employ rules and statistical relationships modeled after the decision making processes of expert sonar operators Install APACS system at NSTCPAC for ACINT testing. Develop and brief Step-1 results to the AWG. Submit algorithms for APB Step-2 evaluation PLANS - APPLICATIONS Navy submarine sonar operators spend a significant amount of their time classifying surface ships to maintain safety-of-ship and tactical control Maintaining tactical control in littoral regions is critical to submarine fleet operations in high-traffic, shallow-water regions LMOD plans to develop algorithms to classify contacts to reduce Navy sonar operators’ workload and transition the algorithms to the A-RCI APB program for fleet deployment LMOD will hire at least one new engineer to support APACS and potential follow-on efforts Harvest: Autonomous Passive Acoustic Classification System (Lockheed Martin ORINCON Defense) BUDGET & SCHEDULE

Harvest: MAKAIPlan Software Products (Makai Ocean Engineering): 

Harvest: MAKAIPlan Software Products (Makai Ocean Engineering)


Harvest: Validation of Towed Array Shapes Using At-sea Data and Smart Beamforming BUDGET & SCHEDULE MAKAI OCEAN ENGINEERING INC. OBJECTIVES – METHODS – IMPORTANCE Validate a dynamic towed array model using at-sea data collected at PMRF in a separate ONR-sponsored Makai contract Develop a “smart beamforming” algorithm to fine tune array shapes for optimum beamforming Critical for littoral operations. Currently, submarines lose “focus” on targets while maneuvering PLANNED APPLICATION – TRANSITION New & validated software will allow submarines to continuously beamform and track targets, even during drastic maneuvers Technology to be transitioned to NAVSEA/ASTO for further evaluation in the APB / ACRI programs Final user will be the submarine fleet Technology critical for surveillance and tactical submarine operations

Harvest: MidFoil Lifting Body on “Sea Flyer” (Navatek Ships, Ltd.): 

Harvest: MidFoil Lifting Body on “Sea Flyer” (Navatek Ships, Ltd.)


Leverage HTDV Success, Support the Next Step, and Provide: Opportunity: support Phase II SBIR projects or follow-on matches with large DoD integrators Relevance: information on local Commands’ technical needs and requirements Exposure: involve relevant commands in program reviews and briefings Contact: one-on-one sidebar meetings for specific technologies or problems Access: introduce local capabilities and expertise to DoD science & technology community through DARPA


CEROS FY06 Industry Briefing – August 4, 2005 at the Ilikai Hotel, Waikiki Information on the CEROS website: www.ceros.org

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