NRL Signs CRADA with Digital System Resources

12/23/1996 - 136-96r
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Under the authority of the Federal Technology Transfer Act (FTTA) of 1986, CAPT Bruce W. Buckley, USN, Commanding Officer of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Mr. Richard Carroll of Digital System Resources, Inc. (DSR) have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to design and develop techniques and technology required for the production of Advanced Integrated Electronic Warfare Systems (AIEWS). The signing took place on November 22 at NRL.

The FTTA provides for making federal laboratories' developments accessible to private industr, and to state and local governments, and for the improvement of economic, environmental and social well-being of the United States, by stimulating the civil utilization of federally funded technology developments.

NRL and DSR will be working together to conduct electronic warfare (EW) research for naval surface ship applications and evaluate innovative concepts for adaptation of commercial off-the shelf (COTS) digital equipment and operating systems in support of the AIEWS and similar advanced EW systems.

According to principal investigator Dr. Joseph Lawrence in the Surface EW Systems Branch of NRL's Tactical Electronic Warfare Division, "We can no longer afford a stove-pipe approach to systems development. NRL and DSR will develop an open systems architecture for EW systems. Since EW is becoming more embedded in combat systems, this process will give us a much broader use of EW as a constituent part of shipboard combat systems."

Mr. Lawrence Smith, the DSR technical director says, "This CRADA will allow us to combine NRL's analysis and advanced technology and DSR's experience in systems development. This, in turn, will accelerate systems development resulting in a rapid insertion of affordable technical solutions into the Fleet."

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