TEMP Industry Day Announcement.pdf


Tactical Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) Industry Day Announcement
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March 16, 2010, 9:57 a.m.
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INDUSTRY DAY CONFERENCE: DARPA/TTO will host an unclassified industry day conference in support of an anticipated, yet-to-be released DARPA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Tactical Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) program (DARPA-BAA-10-57) on March 30, 2010. The TEMP Industry Day will be held at the Liberty Conference Center, 4075 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 350, Arlington, Virginia, 22203 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the conference will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. The purpose of this conference is to provide information on the TEMP program, address questions from potential proposers, and to provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities. Any questions related to this announcement should be sent to The Industry Day announcement does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or proposal abstracts. Attendance at the Industry Day is voluntary and is not required to propose to any potential, subsequent Broad Agency Announcement or potential research solicitations on this topic. DARPA will not provide reimbursement for any costs incurred to participate in this Industry Day. PROGRAM OBJECTIVE AND DESCRIPTION: The Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) program will investigate and develop modular technologies and macroscopic modular systems that leverage ubiquitous International Organization for Standardization (ISO) containers and the intermodal transport system to deliver flexible operational capability from unmodified commercial containerships. The program has three primary objectives. The first objective, corresponding to Technical Area One, is to broadly explore the concept of forming macroscopic integrated systems out of twenty-foot containers, identifying innovative architectures, mission applications, approaches, and enabling technologies. The second objective, corresponding to Technical Area Two, is to conduct focused architecture development and preliminary design work on a TEMP humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) package. This package design will encompass modular technologies with the range of capabilities necessary to complete the HA/DR mission, such as situational awareness, command and control, and distributed micrologistics over broad coastal areas without dependence on local infrastructure. The third TEMP objective, corresponding to Technical Area Three, is to demonstrate the viability of ocean deployed modular technologies and systems operating independently from a host containership. The program will design, build, demonstrate, and transition an exemplary system, the Modular Sea Depot – a multi-unit maritime logistics node. The Modular Sea Depot provides near term operational capability, while serving as proof of principle and risk reduction for a larger scale Modular Seabase concept. DARPA will seek innovative proposals in the following Areas of Interest: Technical Area One: TEMP Concept Studies At the core of the TEMP concept is the idea that functional capability can be abstracted from the underlying maritime platform by leveraging standardized containers and the existing global intermodal transport system. The right mix of ISO-sized modules would then allow a conventional containership to be temporarily acquired and staffed for a useful military function which relieves the burden on conventional force structure. A certain set of modules would be required for any TEMP mission, such as military communications, command and control, expanded habitability functions, expanded power generation, damage control, and self-defense / force protection. Another set of modules would be mission specific, allowing the ship to be converted to a platform capable of accomplishing a specific mission, such as HA/DR or maritime domain awareness and interdiction operations. Instead of force structure being the primary limitation on maritime operations, with enormous capital investment required to add each additional node, TEMP would allow force structure to be rapidly acquired at the point and time of operational demand. This would create unprecedented capacity, limited only by the short term availability of commercial containerships vice long term capital investment. It would also reduce force closure times by utilizing the broad global containership distribution and intermodal transport system to generate required capability at the point of demand, rather than theater or global transit of dedicated capital assets from centralized Fleet concentration centers. Beneath this overarching shift in the definition of maritime force structure, the TEMP concept offers several significant secondary benefits. Commercial containerships have large payload capacity and standardized open topside interfaces, allowing for missions and functions to be performed without limiting space and weight constraints typical of more highly integrated surface platforms. This enables new approaches to conventional missions, or fundamentally new maritime capabilities to be defined, such as hosting a maritime over-the-horizon radar capability. Also, by moderating the capital requirements and dedicated platform model of the status quo, TEMP reduces barriers to maritime coalition operations. A TEMP model would allow virtually any nation to contribute sets of functional modules to operate from an integrated coalition containership, or to stand up low cost TEMP equipped containerships of their own. This technical area is intended to include any broad exploration of TEMP concepts and alternate missions. Efforts under this technical area may include general TEMP system architecture studies and design methodology development, key enabling technology studies or demonstrations, operational implementation studies, or compelling alternate mission package preliminary design activity. Technical Area Two: TEMP HA/DR Preliminary Designs In addition to exploring broad operational impacts, the TEMP program will also focus on specific mission package design with tangible capabilities. The HA/DR mission has been selected for focused architecture studies and preliminary design work under Technical Area Two because it has high operational demand, its characteristics are well suited for the TEMP approach, and it is a robust proof of principle of the viability of the TEMP concept. Every Combatant Commander prepares for and expects to conduct HA/DR missions every year within their Area of Responsibility, yet this is a mission for which there is no dedicated force structure. Each instance can be a somewhat haphazard response based on the assets that happen to be available in theater at that time, precluding detailed planning and limiting the ability to tailor the response to the specific demand. This lack of dedicated force structure, and the no warning, high urgency demand signal of a natural disaster are well aligned with TEMP’s ability to rapidly generate new assets, tailor them for the specific mission, and rapidly close them on the point of demand. The HA/DR mission also requires an integrated set of heterogeneous capabilities, making it a good demonstration of the ability of a TEMP to support complex missions. The TEMP program will initiate the design process for a set of TEMP modules that can be activated on demand to provide situational awareness over a disaster scene, command and control for U.S. forces and cooperative operations with non-governmental organizations, micro-logistics delivery from the ship to inland to deliver relief supplies directly to the people in need, and an operating base for medical, reconstruction, or other relief teams. Efforts under this technical area may include HA/DR mission requirements analysis, enabling technology identification or development, macroscopic modular system architecture development, preliminary design activity for the specific modules and integrated system necessary to support the HA/DR mission, and preliminary performance assessments. Technical Area Three: Modular Sea Depot Demonstration Technical Area Three, the Modular Sea Depot Demonstration is an effort to integrate system technologies which could be used for a broader TEMP concept called Modular Sea Base. Modular Sea Base is a concept for large, at-sea logistics structures formed from standard 20-foot ISO container-sized modules. Each module, deployed from a commercial containership, would have self-contained propulsion, a means of connecting to other modules, and low-level autonomy algorithms allowing the modules to self-form structures in the water. For example, assuming approximately 17 tons of buoyant capacity per module (after accounting for nominal propulsion/energy weight), a series of ten (10) modules could theoretically be arranged in a 40-foot by 40-foot pad with 170 tons of collective buoyant capacity, enough to serve as an ad hoc helicopter landing pad. Since even smaller containerships would be capable of carrying thousands of modules, if individual modules could be produced at a cost low enough to justify procurement, larger numbers of modules could form more interesting structures such as large scale joint force deployment bases. In the Modular Sea Depot technical area, DARPA seeks to establish the basic Modular Sea Base proof-of-concept with two modules. These modules will be designed to autonomously couple and provide a refueling depot for small surface craft. In many areas of operation, small ocean-going craft such as the Mark V Special Operations Craft or the M80 Stiletto experimental vessel serve a variety of useful military functions, but are often limited by fuel capacity. In some cases, refueling can be accomplished at a shore facility, but this may not be preferred based on mission operational security requirements or geography. The Modular Sea Depot demonstration will be conducted in a single 18-month phase. 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