[Cs-affiliates] Fwd: Agency Update: Department of Defense (DOD) Intelligence and Prospects

Crovella, Mark E crovella at bu.edu
Thu Oct 20 16:18:05 EDT 2016

Dear Faculty -

Mark Crovella
Professor and Chair
Department of Computer Science
Boston University

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From: "Sclaroff, Stan" <sclaroff at bu.edu<mailto:sclaroff at bu.edu>>
Subject: FW: Agency Update: Department of Defense (DOD) Intelligence and Prospects
Date: October 19, 2016 at 5:48:10 PM EDT
To: "Lipman, Barton L" <blipman at bu.edu<mailto:blipman at bu.edu>>, Tasso Kaper <tasso at math.bu.edu<mailto:tasso at math.bu.edu>>, "Crovella, Mark E" <crovella at bu.edu<mailto:crovella at bu.edu>>

Dear Bart, Tasso, and Mark,

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Subject: Agency Update: Department of Defense (DOD) Intelligence and Prospects


There’s a lot of useful information in the email below (and attached) about funding opportunities, networking prospects, and policy changes at the Department of Defense. I hope you’ll share this with investigators who may find any of the following topics of interest:

•         DARPA Young Faculty Awards
•         Defense Innovation Board’s recommendations for changing DOD structure
•         The new Army Rapid Capabilities Office
•         National Academies panel on social and behavioral science needs for national security
•         Army Research Laboratory’s upcoming open house
•         Recent DOD funding solicitations, including the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (formerly National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship, NSSEFF)

Please let me know if you or others have questions on any of these.


Jennifer Grodsky
Boston University Federal Relations
Office: (202) 393-7272

From: Naomi Webber <naomi at lewis-burke.com<mailto:naomi at lewis-burke.com>>
Date: Monday, October 17, 2016 at 1:45 PM
To: Jennifer Grodsky <grodsky at bu.edu<mailto:grodsky at bu.edu>>
Cc: Emily Burlij <eaburlij at bu.edu<mailto:eaburlij at bu.edu>>, Bill Ruch <bill at lewis-burke.com<mailto:bill at lewis-burke.com>>
Subject: Department of Defense (DOD) Intelligence and Prospects


Agency Update: Department of Defense (DOD) Intelligence and Prospects

Lewis-Burke Associates LLC – October 13, 2016

Due to the Continuing Resolution (CR) effective through December 9, the Department of Defense (DOD) is unable to start any new programs or projects that were not already underway in fiscal year (FY) 2016.  When Congress returns from recess after the November 8 elections, it will have three weeks to come to an agreement on FY 2017 funding, which could result in a large omnibus spending package, a series of individual agency appropriations bills, or another CR, which would further delay the availability of funds for new starts in FY 2017.  Over the last few weeks, Lewis-Burke has attended and monitored a variety of DOD-related events.  The summaries provided below share insight into different DOD activities of interest to universities and research organizations.  Lewis-Burke is happy to provide additional context, as well as answer questions and discuss strategies on any of these topics.

DARPA Young Faculty Awards – New Features for 2017
On October 3, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosted a web-based Proposer’s Day for its 2017 Young Faculty Awards (YFA), which are focused on recruiting rising stars of academia into the DARPA scientific community.  DARPA typically awards 25 to 35 YFA grants per year with a maximum funding level of $500,000 for two years.  DARPA has added new features to the 2017 YFA including expanded eligibility, earlier deadlines for proposal submissions, and an increased focus on mentorship and engagement with the military.
Additions to the YFA program include:
•         mandatory YFA meeting;
•         strongly recommended military site visits;
•         participation by YFA awardees in program reviews;
•         program manager mentors for YFA awardees;
•         Director’s Fellowship Nominations, for which program managers will nominate their best YFA projects for a potential 12-month, $500,000 funded extension; and
•         applicants may now apply as many years as they would like, but are limited to one YFA grant proposal per year.

Grantees must be a junior faculty member, primarily a tenure-track assistant/associate professor within eight years of their appointment at a research institution.  The deadline for executive summaries is November 1, 2016 (4PM EST).  Full proposals are due January 18, 2017 (4PM EST).  Awards are expected to be announced in March 2017.  Past YFA recipients are not eligible to submit proposals.

Sources and Additional Information:
•         More information about the YFA Program is available athttp://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/for-universities/young-faculty-award.
•         For the full research announcement and more information on the proposal, please seehttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289209.

Defense Innovation Board Makes Initial Recommendations
On October 5, the Secretary of Defense hosted the first Defense Innovation Board to hear the group’s interim recommendations.  The Board, chaired by Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Alphabet, Inc., is a federal advisory committee appointed to provide the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense with independent advice and recommendations on innovative means to address future challenges in terms of organizational change, business and functional concepts, and technology applications.  The Board was established on April 15, 2016, with a two-year renewable term.  Among its distinguished membership are Eric Lander from The Broad Institute, who serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST); Marne Levine of Instagram; Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium; Richard Murray from California Institute of Technology (Caltech); Milo Medin from Google Capital; Admiral William McRaven (Ret.), Chancellor of the University of Texas System and former Commander of Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and Cass Sunstein of Harvard Law School.

While the group discussed specific technical areas requiring investment across DOD, such as computer science and artificial intelligence, the main thrust of the group’s observations and recommendations were trained on evolving the people and culture of the military enterprise toward more experimentation.  To encourage a culture of design, creation, and testing of emerging technologies, the Board and others within DOD, Congress, and the private sector have recommended DOD convene the industrial base, universities, and DOD laboratories to experiment with potentially disruptive capabilities through prototyping for technical concept verification.  These programs could subsequently be transitioned to warfighters for implementation if successful, or terminated if not.  The culture will also attract future STEM professionals to the DOD while making the DOD more agile as technology and innovation continue to proceed at a fast pace.  Of note among the initial recommendations of interest to the University and research community are:
a.       Appoint a DoD chief innovation officer to coordinate, oversee and synchronize innovation activities across the department.
b.       Establish a career track for computer science and a digital Reserve Officer’s Training Corps program (Digital ROTC) that includes tuition repayment for pursuing this field.
c.       Establish a computer science and software development resource --·a "human cloud" of computer programmers and software developers who are available on demand to swiftly solve software problems.
d.       Establish an institute or Center of Excellence for studying artificial intelligence and machine learning.
e.       Increase the speed and timeliness of acquisition by expanding the use of mechanisms for waivers and exemptions and offering incentives for quickly resolving concerns across all DOD components.  Other Transaction Authority is frequently referenced in terms of rapid acquisition for research and development.
f.        Increase investment in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Strategic Capabilities Office, the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, rapid equipping units and other small, agile, innovative organizations and create more connections among them.

Army Rapid Capabilities Office
The Army is establishing a Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) led by Director Douglas Wiltsie and Deputy Director Major General Walter Piatt.  Speaking at the annual Association of the US Army (AUSA) conference on October 4 in Washington, DC, Wiltsie and Piatt laid out the priorities, mission, and anticipated business processes of the new office, which was modeled after a similar organization in the Air Force.  Unlike the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF), the RCO is not looking for off-the-shelf solutions, but rather to conduct rapid prototyping of developmental capabilities to counter emerging threats faced by the Combatant Commands (COCOMs) in the one-to-five-year timeframe.  Within the RCO, there will be an Emerging Technologies Office (ETO) to conduct outreach to academia, industry, and science and technology community to better align potential solutions development with the Army’s near-term and emerging threats.

Broadly, the RCO is focused on electronic warfare; cyber; positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT); and survivability.  RCO’s initial priority areas are counter-unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and new methods in cyber operations.  The RCO will have funding to do rapid prototyping, operational assessment, and limited fielding of urgent, immediate, and emerging capabilities.  The office has FY 2017 and FY 2018 funding re-programmed from other Army organizations, but will have to request funding in the next budget request for future years.  Wiltsie and Piatt said they intend to leverage agile contracting options such as Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs) for prototyping and will work with the five consortia already established at Picatinny Arsenal.

Sources and Additional Information:

•         More information about the Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office can be found at http://rapidcapabilitiesoffice.army.mil/.

Social and Behavioral Science for National Security
Recent activities sponsored by the DOD and the intelligence community (IC) indicate a re-emerging interest in supporting social and behavioral scientific research that could better inform national security decision-making, planning, and future operations.  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the Academies) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) kicked off a decadal study of social and behavioral sciences with potential impact for the intelligence community on October 4-5, 2016.  The Summit on Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security was held in Washington, DC, three weeks after the annual DOD Minerva program review, which Lewis-Burke previously reported on.  At the Summit, officials from the ODNI, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and National Intelligence Council (NIC) stressed the need for increased collaboration between the academic and intelligence communities.

The decadal survey is intended to identify opportunities that could contribute to the intelligence community’s analytic responsibilities.  George Gerliczy from the Office of Strategic Programs at the CIA proposed developing a distilled analytic framework focused on the intelligence community’s relevant questions to share with the academic community.  The Academies anticipates completing and releasing the study in winter 2018.  To participate or provide input to the study or receive project updates, interested faculty can send an email toSBSDecadalSurvey at nas.edu<mailto:SBSDecadalSurvey at nas.edu>.

Sources and Additional Information:

•         More information on the National Academies decadal survey can be found at http://www.nas.edu/SBSDecadalSurvey.

•         Information about DOD’s Minerva program can be found athttp://minerva.dtic.mil/index.html.

Army Research Laboratory – Upcoming Open Campus Open House
The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) continues to pursue ways to engage with universities and research institutions outside the Washington, DC; Maryland; and Virginia area through its Open Campus Initiative.  As previously report by Lewis-Burke, ARL will hold an Open Campus Initiative Open House on November 16 and 17 at the Adelphi Laboratory Center in Adelphi, MD.  In addition, ARL officials have said they are continuing efforts to establish a presence in parts of the country where research and innovation hubs are concentrated, such as the ARL West Campus already established in California.  Lewis-Burke anticipates the establishment of up to two additional campuses that should be discussed at the Open House event in November.

Sources and Additional Information:
•         More information on ARL’s Open House, including additional information on research topics and registration, can be found athttp://www.arl.army.mil/opencampusopenhouse/.
•         Additional information on ARL’s Open Campus Initiative can be found at http://www.arl.army.mil/opencampus/.

Recently Released DOD Funding Opportunities:
•         DARPA Safe Genes program (http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=288890)
•         DOD Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program (https://smart.asee.org/)
•         Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA) Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) (http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=287157)
•         FY 2017 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (formerly National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship) (http://www.acq.osd.mil/rd/basic_research/program_info/nsseff.html)

Naomi M. Webber, Ph.D.
Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC
440 1st Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001
Naomi at lewis-burke.com<mailto:Naomi at lewis-burke.com>

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