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Record Date: February 23, 2024

Pacific Defense Strategies Inc. Secures $17.4M Contract for Common Sensor Platform

Pacific Defense Strategies Inc.,* El Segundo, California, is awarded a $17,438,854 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Common Sensor Platform for Strategic and Distributed Autonomous Cyber-Electronic Warfare (EW) effort. The Department of Defense is currently developing an open standard hardware/software platform (command, control, computers, communications, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR)/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS)) for converged EW, communications, signals intelligence, and position, navigation and timing to respond to peer-on-peer advancements in EW and electromagnetic spectrum operation. The work to be performed provides for an artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)-enabled common EW sensor-effectuator effort that will lead to a whole new field of tactical AI/ML and cyber-EW at the tactical edge, and for theater level superiority. Research and demonstration of distributed AI capabilities, including autonomous cyber-EW effects, on these prototypes will facilitate use in multiple vehicles to enable: Multi-mission, multi-platform capabilities for distributed-denied, intermittent and limited RF environment, cooperative distributed EW, Web-based smart user interface for multi-mission, multi-platform planning, command and control, and situational awareness to reduce cognitive overload, build and deliver marine electromagnetic warfare ground family of systems-enabled CMOSS/Sensor Open Systems Architecture sensor nodes, including small unmanned aerial vehicle and small form factor sensor for persistent unmanned team effort. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California (68%); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (23%); and Fairfax, Virginia (9%). Work is expected to be completed in March 2026. The total cumulative value of this contract, including a 24-month base period and one 12-month option period, is $17,438,854. Fiscal 2023 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funds in the amount of $15,907,056 are obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured under N00014-23-S-B001 entitled “Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology.” Since proposals are received throughout the year under the Long-Range BAA, the number of proposals received in response to the solicitation is unknown. The Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity (N00014-24-C-1114).