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Spotlights on Innovation

September 2017


Based on the new offensive measures used by ISIS in the Middle East, the Drone Killer provides the most advanced waveforms to combat the most sophisticated unmanned air systems. The IXI Drone Killer was most recently used in a Department of Homeland Security field test where it successfully brought down a Mavic and Phantom IV. In addition to its offensive capabilities, the Drone Killer has a state-of-the-art directional receiver that can detect command and control, data, and UAS video to 2 miles.


The Drone Integrated Acquisition Tracker (DIAT) is capable of detecting and tracking small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The system monitors common frequencies the UAS uses to transmit video. Using an array of antennas the received signal strength can be measured and compared in order to acquire a line of bearing and track the UAS. The video feed from the UAS can also be intercepted and recorded. The system is controlled remotely by a nearby mobile device connected via Bluetooth.


A Deep Convolutional Neural Network (DCNN) has been trained to classify UAS through their uplinks (Remote Control (RC) transmitter waveforms) and downlinks (First Person Video (FPV) and telemetry transmitter waveforms) by leveraging recent advances in machine learning applied to computer vision. 5700 spectrograms or time/frequency/intensity images of size 256x256 pixels of 16 Group I UAS RF waveforms including ambience were used as input to a 22-layer GoogLeNet DCNN with the target output being the UAS class. Training was done on a NVIDIA GTX-1070 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and the trained model was deployed on a NVIDIA Jetson TX2 mobile Artificial Intelligence platform for inferencing. Project funded by NISE 219 and IRE.


Modeling and Simulation foundation testbed: SLAMEM: Asset, sensor, target, and environment simulator; FACTOR: Reference Track-to-Track (T2T) Data Fusion Algorithm; Metrics Toolbox: Data Fusion Metrics. Applications: Program office support to evaluate fusion systems when developing capability to address mission effectiveness. Risk reduction for data fusion integration. Data Fusion Algorithm experimentation, research, and analysis.


The Counter UAS Surrogate is a distributed network of IQ Processor RF sensors which find the location of RF emitters using TDOA based algorithms. The RF sensor, the IQ Processor, is a Government developed Firmware Defined Radio utilizing Ettus Research RF Daughter Cards and a Government designed mother board with an Altera FPGA and Analog Devices Digital Signal Processor card. The network is currently run over fiber optic cables with a growth path towards RF control links in 2017. This is named "surrogate" because the system is not intended to be fielded but to provide lessons learned to other program of record systems using TDOA or other tracking algorithms.


Fixed Site System: Comprehensive solution for detecting, identifying, classifying, geolocating, recording and automatically employing smart Electronic Attack (EA) countermeasurers against C2 data links of UAS threats fielded outside of DoD. Tactical System: Portable system currently able to collect, process, record and positively ID UAS platforms prior to launch and during flight. Based on WBT product line currently fielded within DoD.


Utilizing .50 caliber "grape shot" ammunition, fired from a M2HB machine gun mounted to a MK49 Mod o Gun Weapon System, to demonstrate the capability of hitting a class 1 sized drone from 100 to 300 yards while minimizing collateral damage at extended ranges.


The Common Core Radar (CCR) is an automated range finder, Ka-band radar; which is a pulsed radar system ; intended to provide an automated, all-weather detection, range finding and relative speed sensor to detect targets on the horizon and/or at low elevation angles (>100 above the horizon). CCR has a Low Probability of Intercept (LPI), which has been proven at prior operational experiments. Control and display of the CCR functions are accomplished via an Ethernet connection from the radar to a laptop and returns are displayed on a PPI GUI. CCR is light weight, can run off of 115 VAC, and is deployable worldwide.


The U.S. Naval Academy invites applications for the Director, Leadership Innovation Lab to begin as early as January 2018 in the VADM James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.
The mission of the Stockdale Center is to empower leaders to make courageous ethical decisions. The Leadership Innovation Lab will support this mission by helping the Naval Academy become the world’s leader in innovative ethical leadership development, preparing junior Navy and Marine Corps officers to succeed in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world. The Lab will explore, discover, develop, test, and implement cutting edge theories, concepts, practices, and methodologies to ensure the Naval Academy graduates Navy and Marine Corps leaders prepared to protect the peace and win the nation’s wars in the 21st century. It will be a fusion center of thought and experimentation to determine how to strengthen, individualize, and accelerate leadership development by addressing the challenge of preparing new generations of leaders who absorb, process, and use information for making decisions and providing direction to others in a much different way than generations before them. Although the Naval Academy’s leadership development process has been successful in the past, current efforts will require significant transformation to ensure graduates are prepared for the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous warfare environment they will encounter in the future. The Innovation Lab Director will provide executive leadership in establishing and guiding innovation efforts for this transformation.

Detect UAS activity via acoustic methods that is difficult with conventional IR and Radar solutions. Future work will look to add real-time analysis and rapid deployment.


NAWCAD 4.5 Avionics, Sensors & E-Warfare division develops canister launch air deployable ultra-high speed sensor and weapon micro-package platform for launch from Navy Aircraft, LCS, and patrol craft. Utilizes previously air-certified subsystems. Electric powered for on/off capability. Autonomous or manual over-ride control. For counter narcotics, counter poaching/smuggling, or anti-piracy missions.


Today, U.S. Navy divers stationed at Mobile Diving and Salvage Units meet their requirement for manned deep diving operations with the Fly-Away Mixed Gas System (FMGS). The FMGS supports rapid response when the advantages of a diver are needed. The FMGS currently provides breathing gas through an umbilical to a demand regulated, open circuit, diver worn helmet. In each breathing cycle, all inhalation is from surface supplied gas and all exhalant vents to the sea. A large portion of helium and oxygen are wasted.

Naval Undersea Warfare Center - Newport creates biorobotic mine-hunting UUV that combines low-speed maneuverability with higher-speed cruising. This UUV and integrates technologies and sensing for mine-hunting missions to perform broad area surveys and localized interrogation on the same platform.


The Dive Buddy ROV project designs, prototypes, and tests a semi-autonomous underwater vehicle that enables dive teams to have a rapid response fly-away capability for missions that include: Disabled submarine assessment and escape, Sensitive aircraft debris recovery, Subsea infrastructure security, and Capsize victim rescue.


The Secretary of the Navy’s (SECNAV’s) Innovation Advisors identify, assess, and recommend innovation opportunities to the SECNAV and other Department of the Navy (DON) senior leaders. As a SECNAV Innovation Advisor, they are required to: Conduct research and provide recommendations (with implementation plans) for senior leadership, Build an effective network of military, federal, academic, and private sector experts, Identify, assess, and recommend innovation opportunities for SECNAV’s consideration, Complete training and research on specific topics related to DON Innovation.

Department of the Navy, Warfare centers collaborate to demonstrate the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) rapid prototyping and Experimentation concept.


Autonomous and semi-autonomous off-board system able to identify, locate and transfer sea mine locations for rapid inspection planning, and with less risk to human life. To provide an expeditionary MCM command with substantial resilience and increased speed of advance through a mine field. Desire to remove RHIB crews and divers from the mined environment as much as practicably possible.


The FY18 class of Secretary of the Navy’s Innovation Advisors has been selected, and for this incoming class the Office of Strategy and Innovation has instituted a few changes. The focus this year is on modernization and bringing proven business techniques and industry best practices into the DON in order to improve business processes, increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and better support the warfighter.

SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic develops capability to replace fragile mechanical tools with ruggedized electronics, and capture data for reuse.


In its 15th year of execution, Trident Warrior (TW) explored innovative solutions through fleet experimentation during various evolutions off the coast of southern California from June to August. Directed by the Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), and supported by Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet (C3F), TW17 featured at-sea experimentation of more than 20 critical maritime initiatives.

SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic displays how M2R2 provides feedback to Operational Planners.

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