DARPA Strategic Technology Office (STO) Office-wide Announcement
The Strategic Technology Office STO is developing a mission-focused technology portfolio aimed at peer competition across all phases and levels of intensity. When one looks at the full spectrum of peer competition, there are two fundamental drivers: the pace of peer modernization and growth of conventional military capabilities; and the effectiveness of peer adversary incremental expansion of influence and coercion by management of escalation and competitive actions below the threshold of conventional conflict.
STO is helping to address these challenges with two major thrust areas:
(1) Mosaic Warfare (MW)
(2) Shaping the Battlespace (StB)
Research areas of current interest to STO include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Acoustic communication and sensingAdaptabilityAdvanced computingArchitecture and advanced systems engineeringArtificial intelligenceAutonomy and control algorithms“Big data” analytics Combat identificationCommunications and networking, virtual and adaptiveComplexity managementCritical infrastructure defenseDecision Aids and C2 technologyDevOps and novel software development and integrationDigital twinsDirected energy (DE)Distributed autonomy and teaming (machine-machine, human-machine)Effects chain functions (disaggregated Find, Fix, Finish, Target, Engage, Assess)Electro-Optic/Infrared sensorsElectromagnetic Warfare (EW)High frequency (HF) communications and sensingHigh voltage electric power systems and architectureHuman behavior modelingHuman-machine symbiosisLogistics and supply chain analytics and C2Integration and reliability technologiesInteroperabilityModeling and simulationMicrowave and millimeter wave communications and sensingNovel kinetic effectsNon-kinetic effects (EW, DE, cyber)PhotonicsRadio technologies (especially software-defined and novel waveforms and processing)Radar and adaptive arraysRoboticsSeekers and other expendable sensors and processingSensors and analyticsSignal processingSpace sensors, communications, autonomy, and architectures (especially supporting proliferated low earth orbit constellations)Strategy analysis technologySystem of systemsUndersea and seabed technologyTactics development technologyTesting and data collectionVery Low Frequency (VLF) technology