WASHINGTON: Navy informs industry today of plans to conduct a series of demonstrations next summer in conjunction with US Southern Command, focused on testing new technologies that could be used to ban trafficking operations illegal.
The exercises have been dubbed the SCOUT Experiment Plan and are led by the Office of Naval Research. A Navy public notice says the service is currently seeking proposals from industry for unique technologies that could help solve the problems the exercises are tackling. Proposals are due January 14, 2022.
“SCOUT will provide participants from government and industry / academia with a low-risk collaborative environment to demonstrate technologies in laboratories and the unique ranges available across the [Navy’s research and development enterprise]While practicing operators and planners simultaneously explore advanced tactics and assess the operational relevance of emerging technologies, ”according to the notice.
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The four areas that SCOUT focuses on include managing and analyzing multiple data streams, detecting and monitoring suspicious vessels without the use of maritime patrol aircraft, efficient placement of surface resources for the ban and “rapid and distributed logistics”, according to the public notice.
In an exclusive interview with Breaking Defense earlier this month, Chief of Naval Research Rear Admiral Lorin Selby said the service would also consider solutions designed during the service’s “Hack the Machine” event. took place last week. During the event, competitors were challenged to simulate a large area search scenario, acting both as a dishonest actor escaping detection by the Navy and as a service attempting to detect traffickers.
“These issues are also tied to key naval operational issues that the US Navy has identified as priorities for further development and investment. These key operational issues reflect the shortcomings and challenges of the Navy aligned with several combatant and fleet commanders, ”according to the advisory.
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For the first phase, the government will work with selected suppliers to understand the technical feasibility and maturity of their bids. This phase will end with demonstrations at the main SCOUT experimentation event next summer.
The service will then select certain teams for a second phase which includes the integration of the technologies into other exercises or the rapid commissioning of the technology to the fleet.
Banning illegal narcotics has been a long-standing mission for U.S. Southern Command and one that legislators will often publicly prompt Navy brass to pay more attention during Congressional public hearings.