DARPA to Improve Warfighting in Urban Environments


Released on Wednesday, June 23, 2004
United States of America
DARPA - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Due to recent experience in Iraq, the DARPA has launched a new initiative calling for development of new technologies to provide revolutionary improvements to warfighting in the urban environment.

The new program is called Force Multipliers for Urban Area Operations (FMUAO) and includes a major investment thrust ranging from $50,000 to $400,000 per individual effort in the first phase.

The technologies developed under this program will make the planning and execution of urban operations as responsive, flexible and successful as other aspects of US warfighting. These technologies will enhance warfighter capabilities and provide higher mission effectiveness with smaller number of US forces while minimizing casualties and collateral damage.

DARPA latest program will focus on these areas:

1.- Novel, integrated concepts of operations tailored for the urban environment to reduce casualties while increasing the speed of operations.

2.- Persistent Reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition to gather information on targets across a foreign city.

3.- New weapons that provide ultra-precise, beyond-line-of-sight, lethal and non-lethal capabilities.

4.- Technologies to enhance mobility in foreign urban areas.

5.- Measures to counter combatants employing guerrilla tactics, suicide fighters, and remotely activated explosive devices.

6.- Technologies to develop options for post-conflict stabilization efforts.

7.- Tools to rapidly protect or restore the urban infrastructure or detect weapons stores.

8.- Command, control and intelligence tools for urban environment.

9.- Technologies to significantly reduce the logistics and support infrastructure necessary for urban combat.

10.- New modeling and simulation systems that train warfighters using correct knowledge of the urban terrain.

11.- Component technologies that will enable new system concepts.

DARPA plans to expend between six and 12 months on the initial phase which will demonstrate technical feasibility of individual efforts. The number of individual efforts to be considered by DARPA would depend on the number and quality of proposals. The initial phase will be followed by subsequent phases aimed at developing specific technologies.

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