The USA’s Missile Defense Advanced Technology Innovation (ATI) Program

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(click to view full) In February 2009, the USA’s Missile Defense Agency instituted the Missile Defense Advanced Technology Innovation (ATI) Program to: “…identify and develop innovative concepts, stimulate technology innovation, and exploit breakthroughs in science to offer robust technology improvements to all elements of the [missile defense system]… The MDA contracts with private industry, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations for research in those areas covered in this BAA… MDA does not have a specified amount of funding available for BAA awards, however, if MDA decides to pursue a concept the appropriate level of funding will be identified, and a final proposal will be requested by a MDA Contracting Officer in writing.” That was pretty vague and non-committal, but it did lay out key research areas, and invite ideas. A February 2010 update to the solicitation has added some clarification around the involvement of “foreign persons.” ATI’s Research Areas ATI has 8 key research topic areas, covering all phases of missile defense. Except for one specific area around international cooperation, however, they’re looking for engineering/ R&D, not basic research: # Radar Systems. Include but are not limited to Integrated System Concepts, Cross Sections and Signatures, Measurements (waveforms, data extraction), Transmit/Receive modules, […]

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