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
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
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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