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Title: Department of Defense Report on Other Transaction Awards for Prototype Projects; Submitted Pursuant to Senate Armed Services Committee Report 106-50; February 2000

Awards by Previous HitNIMANext Hit

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032

Type of Agreement: Other transaction for Prototype

Title: See Individual Orders

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient:

Autometric, Incorporated
7700 Boston Boulevard
Springfield, VA 22153

Effective Date: See Individual Orders

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: See Individual Orders

U.S. Government Dollars: See Individual Orders

Non-Government Dollars: See Individual Orders

Discussion: This agreement, in support of the National Technology Alliance (NTA), was competitively awarded in September 1997 and permits orders up to $75 million to be awarded through September 2000. Orders issued under the agreement are to prototype and evaluate candidate commercial solutions for future United States Imagery and Geospatial Systems. In lieu of addressing each of the questions below for each order, the questions are answered for the agreement in general. Following this initial page are separate discussions for each order issued in FY 1999 that identify the order number, the expected period of performance, the dollars, and other technical information unique to that order.

Technical Objectives Of This Effort Including The Technology Areas In Which The Project Was Conducted: The technology areas the prototype projects will demonstrate are varied and include high bandwidth information communication, compression, computing, displays, information processing, records management, on-line interactive training, assisted target recognition, multimedia databases, data architectures, storage media and storage devices.

Circumstances justifying the use of this authority: The National Technology Alliance (NTA) was established to allow the geo-spatial and intelligence communities to aggressively exploit the growing opportunities presented by the current rapid information technology advancements in the commercial sector in information processing, storage, transmission, compression, and display technologies. The NTA is made up of Previous HitNIMANext Hit and three industry teams. Use of a Section 845, other transaction agreement was offered as a potential vehicle to those industry teams that demonstrated its use could attract new, cutting edge, commercial R&D business units to Defense R&D. Two of the industry teams were awarded a Section 845, other transaction. One of these was Autometric, Inc. Using an other transaction increased the number of business units and fledgling, commercial information technology companies willing to do business with Previous HitNIMANext Hit due to the ability to relax Government-unique Bayh-Dole and accounting system requirements. The result is that DoD is able to influence the design of future commercial products that can be used in military weapon systems.

An example of a traditional DoD contractor opening up a new business unit to the Government is Ampex, who is reluctant to pursue advanced R&D activities on FAR contracts. According to Ampex, they have been more open with Previous HitNIMANext Hit and its NTA hosts on technology issues under the 845 agreement than they are willing to be under a FAR contract.

Competitive Award: A competed award

Lessons Learned from Broad Exemptions to Federal Law: The absence of regulatory provisions intensified the need for both parties to address elements of risk. Emphasis was placed on negotiating provisions into the agreement that would mitigate risk and produce a successful outcome for both parties. The fact that the Government was able to negotiate in a commercial-like fashion created a more cooperative environment for developing a win-win agreement. Both parties were assumed to be negotiating in good faith and bound by existing U.S. statutes.

The following addresses specific exemptions:

• Competition in Contracting Act, Pub. L. No. 98-369 (984): Basic agreement awarded using FAR-compliant full and open competitive procedures.

• Truth in Negotiations Act: Sufficient pricing information was available to negotiate fair and reasonable firm fixed priced labor rates into the agreement. The rates, along with other price analysis, are used to negotiate a fixed-priced level of effort for each project order. The prime and subagreement holders are incentivized to complete the project within the negotiated level of effort through award fee. The award fee structure was negotiated to ensure equitable distribution of award fee between prime and subagreement holders based on the contribution of each to the level of effort.

• Contract Disputes Act: The agreement contains a provision that addresses the resolution of disputes. The parties to the agreement are expected to act in good faith to mutually resolve all disputes. Disputes that cannot be mutually resolved are to be resolved by the Director of Previous HitNIMANext Hit.

• Anti-Kickback Act of 1986: Improper business practices were considered appropriately addressed by other U.S. Statutes and no provision was placed in the contract to address them.

• Procurement Integrity Act: Improper business practices were considered to be appropriately addressed by other U.S. Statutes and no provision was placed in the contract to address them.

• Service Contract Act: All project orders under the agreement are performed on a fixed-priced (excluding profit) level-of-effort basis. The contractor is incentivized to perform through award fee. The information technology field is highly competitive. Market forces ensure that staff are paid an appropriate wage. If not paid well, they can easily move to a different firm.

• Buy America Act: The products being developed are prototypes of technologies, components, or systems that will eventually be commercialized. Sale of the eventual commercial product to the Government requires the contractor to consider in the early stages of development the ramifications of the Buy America Act.

• Chapter 137 of 10 U.S.C.

•• Rights in technical data: The agreement provides that the Government receive Government purpose rights to data delivered under the agreement, except for commercial computer software and for computer software obtained by Autometric from a third party. Since the agreement is structured like an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, each project order presents a unique technical data situation. Care is taken that all parties have the same understanding about which category data delivered under each order belongs. In addition, the Government has retained march-in rights for inventions.

•• Examination of records of contractor. The agreement gives Previous HitNIMANext Hit the right to examine or audit Autometric’s relevant financial records for three years after the end of the agreement.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0009

Type of Agreement: Other Transaction for Prototype

Title: GIMDE 2000 Prototype Support

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 10 Dec 1998

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 30 Sep 99

U.S. Government Dollars: $1,071,965

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: This project supports pilot insertion of prototypes developed in part under an earlier prototype, the Geospatial Information and Intelligence Prototype (GIIP), especially as related to the post-Y2K Production Management environment. Effort within this proposal includes technical consultation to Previous HitNIMANext Hit to develop further and to deploy prototype production scheduling and workflow management processes.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0010

Type of Agreement: Other Transaction for Prototype

Title: The Network Attached Tape Server (NATS)

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 11 Dec 1998

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 31 Oct 1999

U.S. Government Dollars: $600,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: The network attached tape archives available on the market today cannot meet fully throughput needs of future multispectral imagery and RECCE video-based exploration missions. Additionally, sensitivity toward system administration costs favor "transparent" solutions with few, if any, requirements for special operator expertise. With recent technology advances, a COTS-based prototype system can be assembled to demonstrate the high-performance hardware and software integration necessary to effect data archiving and transfer performance levels required for the future. Successful completion of this task will demonstrate greatly improved file transfer rates from a local tape archive to network attached clients, while requiring minimal system administration.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0011

Type of Agreement: Other Transaction for Prototype

Title: Imagery and Geospatial Group Station Exploitation System (IGGES) Prototype

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 6 Jan 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: Completed

U.S. Government Dollars: $800,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: The IGGES prototype is a multi-user imagery and geospatial information exploitation tool consisting of commercial hardware integrated with a suite of commercial software applications. These applications include a commercial electronic light-table package that permits responsive processing, manipulation, and analysis of large amounts of imagery and geospatial data. The prototype demonstrates an enhanced, scalable, high-end softcopy imagery and geospatial data exploitation environment with documented imagery quality and performance levels, near-real-time bandwidth expansion of imagery, and seamless imagery analytical and geospatial data fusion. The prototyping effort will examine any potential for a system with reduced operations and maintenance costs by taking maximum advantage of emerging commercial technologies.

Agreement Number: NLMA202-97-9-0132 Order Number: 0012

Title: Geospatial Information System (GIS) Enabled Production Environment Prototype

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 07 Jan 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 30 Nov 1999

U.S. Government Dollars: $1,800,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: The GIS Enabled Production Environment Prototype is a solution to support integration of imagery analyst tasks with geospatial information tasks. The prototype seeks to correct identified shortfalls in database designs, automated database population, database access and utilization, and data analysis capabilities. The effort will develop common, tailored data structures, ensure maintenance of temporal data, allow for continued data sharing and make full use of both analytic and visualization capabilities of tools.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0013

Type of Agreement: Other Transaction for Prototype

Title: Human-Centered System Prototype

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 12 Mar 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 30 Sep 2000

U.S. Government Dollars: $1,900,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: This prototype is a two-phased project to study, understand, and document the decision processes and work environment for the application of computer-based performance support systems. Phase two will conduct research and development leading to prototypical demonstrations of human centered computing systems intended to enhance the human decision making process. The envisioned decision support tools will allow operational commanders to employ their forces more effectively and to coordinate weapon selection and application. In accordance with concept of dual-use infrastructure, the capabilities developed within this task also lend themselves to numerous non-Government applications.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0014

Type of Agreement: Other Transaction for Prototype

Title: Voice Telephony over Asynchronous Transfer Mode (V/T-ATM) Prototype

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 05 Apr 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 05 Oct 2000

U.S. Government Dollars: $200,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: The objective of this prototype project is to demonstrate a functional, cost-effective, high-quality and high-performance voice telephony that can reduce monthly operations costs when implemented operationally. An additional objective is to consider reduction of traditional telephone service costs and O&M resource consolidation savings as well as to demonstrate Secure Telephone Unit version III (STU-III) interoperability over the ATM infrastructure. Finally, this prototype project should demonstrate applicability of collaborative computing over an ATM infrastructure. All costs for the prototype are for commercial-off-the-shelf hardware and software products.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0015

Title: Defense Dissemination System (DDS) Alternative Prototype Support/Digital Media Management System (DMMS) Evaluation

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 05 May 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 31 Mar 2000

U.S. Government Dollars: $3,950,017

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: The DDS Alternative prototype system addresses current DDS issues of user access to imagery and geospatial information, flexibility in compression technology, and support for multiple data formats and sources. The DDS alternative will demonstrate imagery and geospatial data dissemination in an online web-based environment. The prototype’s operational concept is based upon abundant data and communications available, and not on the current DDS concept of scarcity. This effort includes a prototype assessment of the DMMS in an operational support role to Previous HitNIMANext Hit’s imagery and analytical and geospatial information system areas of responsibility.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0016

Title: Time-Critical Mapping Prototype

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 21 Jun 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 30 Sep 2000

U.S. Government Dollars: $1,100,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: This prototype solution for automated map product production will demonstrate that geospatial information products can be generated rapidly, with high levels of automation, and with superior accuracy. The user will access a request form via a web-based environment and submit the request for map production. The search engine will comb the data archive based on the user-defined requirements. This search engine will be a separately callable module that can be extracted for use in other similar applications. Once the image data is retrieved, the system will automatically kick off the product generation process. The product will be generated in hours depending on image availability, and a message will be sent back to the user that the product is available. The user can download the entire product or select chips. The accuracy of the product as well as additional header information will be included in the product file.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0017

Title: Advanced Mission Management Prototype (Insight)

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 30 Jun 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 30 Sep 2000

U.S. Government Dollars: $575,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: This prototype combines an existing suite of software tools developed for the Government with state-of-the-art commercial visualization technology to provide a fully integrated system for the tasking, planning, display, and analysis of intelligence data from multiple disciples. The prototype also demonstrates an ability to host these functions on web-based platforms in a web-based, multi-platform environment providing a potential for commercial sustainability on low-cost platforms more generally accessible to intelligence community users. The single integrated tool will provide operational users greater insight into cross-intelligence mission planning, tasking, and exploitation for IMINT and SIGINT sensors and recourses.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-0-1032 Order Number: 0018

Title: 4K x 4K Focal Plane Prototype with Post Processing

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 15 Jul 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 31 Jan 2000

U.S. Government Dollars: $230,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: This prototype comprises a feasibility assessment of manufacturing a 496 by 4096 visible sensor with digital post processing to achieve a 32-bit dynamic range. Specifically, this task will increase the pixel dynamic range of a visible sensor. It will accomplish this by lowering the device noise floor; by reducing the device temperature; and by minimizing the noise associated with the readout electronics, as well as including a non-linear gain from intensity to counts or by measuring the time to achieve a full well for each pixel. This task also evaluates digital post processing architectures as a means to average from 128 to 1024 frames of data before the image is stored in a solid state recorder.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0019

Type of Agreement: Other Transactions for Prototype

Title: Search Capability for the Warfighter Prototype

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 15 Jul 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 31 Jun 2000

U.S. Government Dollars: $575,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: This project has three goals. The first is delivery of a server-based image processing module that simulates the geo-registration and enhancement of image tiles on demand current available in LASER. Second, the delivery or identification of (and integration with) a client-based multi-source data display module that would provide effective and efficient visualization and manipulation of multi-source data (images, maps, exploitation reports, graphics, and other data sources). Third, the demonstration of a warfighter search scenario containing NTM imagery and an NTM Metadata Search Query Interface. The prototype will provide effective and efficient visualization and exploitation of multi-source imagery and geospatial data, and effective and efficient use of large-area image collections in limited bandwidth situations. The prototype will be based on commercially available software.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0020

Title: Urban Change Data Pilot Project Prototype

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 13 Sep 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 30 Sep 2000

U.S. Government Dollars: $347,308

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: This task initiates the development and demonstration of a functional prototype capability to collect, validate, record, manage, and present changes to urban geospatial data for Previous HitNIMANext Hit customers. Initially, the focus is on the urban landscape where crisis, humanitarian, and evacuation missions are paramount. To the extent possible, the implement will provide for the following: object technology based, geospatial information system database and data management tools; WEB/browser based network design to facilitate direct customer (field) submission of candidate change data; and flexible architecture to enable spiral development and growth in data requirements.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0021

Type of Agreement: Other Transaction for Prototype

Title: Enhanced Training for the Aviator Prototype System

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 23 Sep 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 29 Feb 2000

U.S. Government Dollars: $1,440,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: The primary objective is to integrate existing commercial-off-the-shelf visualization hardware and software products to create a coherent prototype system that demonstrates a cost-effective, high-fidelity, and high-performance aviator situational training or mission-specific geospatial information familiarization capability as aviators prepare for air sorties over unfamiliar terrain. The technology will include, but is not limited to, the Enhanced Digital Geospatial Environment Electronic Light Table, Previous HitNIMANext Hit Viewer, Previous HitNIMANext Hit in a Box, SoftPlotter, Spatial Query System, DataMaster, Tactical Image Map Print System, and RAVEN View Pro. The project will entail use of an analyst workstation and server interfaced over a communication link to remote NT platforms deployed with aviation units.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0022

Title: ENGLink Interactive (EI) Prototype

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 28 Sep 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 30 Sep 2000

U.S. Government Dollars: $159,700

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: This project will provide software enhancements to transition from the present beta release of the EI software to a prototype version ready for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in preparation for a decision to operationally deploy the system on a larger scale. The prototype system will include geospatial and mapping components to assist USACE in all phases of emergency management. Enhancements to the beta versions of EI application modules (Event Viewer, Lat-Long Tool, Digital Photography Notebook and ArcView IMS Viewer) will better optimize performance in accessing distributed databases.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1032 Order Number: 0023

Title: Traveler Prototype

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient: Autometric, Incorporated

Effective Date: 30 Sep 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 31 May 2000

U.S. Government Dollars: $110,200

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: This prototype will provide detailed mission rehearsal capabilities required to prepare personnel for real operations in urban areas. The use of gaming technology, in this case Half-Life, could provide the ability to create scenarios that might be extremely difficult to replicate in the field, such as unusual building layouts or explosions. The prototype will provide a 3-D real-time interactive, virtual environment database based on COTS gaming technology.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1050

Type of Agreement: Other Transaction for Prototype

Title: See Individual Orders

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient:

National Media Laboratory Strategic Alliance
3M Center
Building 224-2S-25
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000

Effective Date: See Individual Orders

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: See Individual Orders

U.S. Government Dollars: See Individual Orders

Non-Government Dollars: See Individual Orders

Technical objectives of this effort Including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: The National Media Laboratory (NML) agreement was competitively awarded in September 1997 and permits orders up to $75 million to be awarded through September 2000. Orders issued under the agreement are to prototype and evaluate candidate commercial solutions for future United States Imagery and Geospatial Systems. In lieu of addressing each of the below questions for each order, the questions are answered for the agreement in general. Following this initial page are separate write-ups for each order that identify the order number, the expected period of performance, the dollars, and other technical information unique to that order. The technology areas the prototype projects will demonstrate are varied and include high bandwidth information communication, compression, computing, displays information processing, records management, on-line interactive training, assisted target recognition, multimedia databases, data architectures, storage media, and storage devices.

Circumstances justifying the use of this authority: The National Technology Alliance (NTA) was established to allow the geospatial and intelligence communities to aggressively exploit the growing opportunities presented by the current rapid information technology advancements in the commercial sector in information processing, storage, transmission, compression, and display technologies. The NTA is made up of Previous HitNIMANext Hit and three industry teams. Use of a Section 845, other transaction agreement was offered as a potential vehicle to those industry teams that demonstrated its use could attract new, cutting edge, commercial R&D business units to Defense R&D. Two of the industry teams were awarded a Section 845, Other Transaction for Prototype. One of these was 3M. Using an other transaction increased the number of business units and fledgling, commercial information technology companies willing to do business with Previous HitNIMANext Hit due to the ability to relax Government-unique Bayh-Dole and accounting system requirements. The result is that DoD is able to influence the design of future commercial products that can be used in military weapon systems.

Competitive Award: A Competed

Lessons Learned from Broad Exemptions to Federal Law: The absence of regulatory provisions intensified the need for both parties to address elements of risk. Emphasis was placed on negotiating provisions into the agreement that would mitigate risk and produce a successful outcome for both parties. The fact that the Government was able to negotiate in a more commercial-like fashion created a more cooperative environment for developing a win-win agreement. Both parties were assumed to be negotiating in good faith and bound by existing U.S. statutes.

The following addresses specific exemptions:

• Competition in Contracting Act: Awards were made through a FAR-compliant full and open competition.

• Truth in Negotiations Act: Agreement was reached with the contractor that sufficient information would be provided for the Government to perform a price analysis to determine a fair and reasonable price. Price analysis was performed for each Project Order by comparing proposed prices with prices paid for similar R&D services or projects. A firm fixed-price milestone schedule is established for each project order. The contractor is paid only when the milestone has been certified as complete by the Government project manager. The contractor was willing to enter into a firm fixed-price arrangement because the technologies being developed are in almost all cases dual-use technologies that have a commercial market.

• Contract Disputes Act: The agreement contains a provision that addresses the resolution of disputes. The parties to the agreement are expected to act in good faith to mutually resolve all disputes. Disputes that cannot be mutually resolved are to be resolved in the appropriate court of law.

• Anti-Kickback Act of 1986: Improper business practices were considered appropriately addressed by other U.S. Statutes and no provision was placed in the contract to address them.

• Procurement Integrity Act: Improper business practices were considered to be appropriately addressed by other U.S. Statutes and no provision was placed in the contract to address them.

• Service Contract Act: The agreement was negotiated on a fixed-price milestone basis, which ensures the contractor is paid on the basis of performance. An award fee was also negotiated on infrastructure tasks to ensure good management by the consortium administrator, 3M. The information technology field is highly competitive. Market forces ensure that staff are paid an appropriate wage. If not paid well, they can easily move to a different firm.

• Buy America Act: The products being developed are prototypes of technologies, components or systems that will eventually be commercialized. Sale of the eventual commercial product to the Government requires the contractor to consider in the early stages of development the ramifications of the Buy America Act.

• Chapter 137 of 10 U.S.C.

•• Rights in technical data: The agreement provides that the Government receive Government purpose rights to data delivered under the agreement, except for commercial computer software and for computer software obtained by NML from a third party. Since the agreement is structured like an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, each project order presents a unique technical data situation. Care is taken that all parties have the same understanding about which category data delivered under each order belongs. In addition, the Government has retained march-in rights for inventions.

•• Examination of records of contractor. The agreement provides that the NML will make its pertinent financial records available to a CPA firm mutually acceptable to the Government and the NML for three years after the end of the agreement to ensure full accountability for funding received under the agreement.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1050 Order Number: 0009

Title: Multimedia Analysis and Archive System Prototype and Support for Ryadh Saudi Arabia, Kuwait City, and JAC Molesworth

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient:

National Media Laboratory Strategic Alliance
3M Center
Building 224-2S-25
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000

Effective Date: 18 Nov 1998

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 30 May 1999

U.S. Government Dollars: $610,200

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: The Multimedia Analysis and Archive System provides analyst support for digital video capture, analysis, and archive for UAV mission digital video with value-added information. The system consists of NT video capture, edit, and archive server for use by intelligence analysts. The RAID disks on the workstation and the server are 18 GB Ultrawide SCSI disk drives. The engineering labor included defining the database structure for the mission folders, verifying compatibility with the JAC Molesworth MICC database structure, defining the procedure and implementation of transferring database/archive information between Aviano elements, JAC Molesworth (MICC) and other locations, and insuring that the equipment cases for the Squadrons are resistant to sand and dirt while maintaining sufficient airflow for cooling the equipment.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1050

Order Number: 0010

Title: National Media Laboratory Infrastructure Task (Operations Support, Technology Assessment, Standards, Technology Transfer, Alliance Management and Technology Assessment Group (TAG).

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient:

National Media Laboratory Strategic Alliance
3M Center
Building 224-2S-25
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000

Effective Date: 1 Oct 1998

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 31 Dec 1999

U.S. Government Dollars: $2,638,112

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: Operation support provides Government users with technical support and consultation for operational issues related to the collection, exploitation, dissemination, records management, archiving and communication of information. Technology assessment provides to the Government user information and analysis of current, newly introduced, migrating, and future technologies for the purpose of prototype planning. This analysis is based on perceived risk, time-frame requirements, and feasibility. Standards support provides the Government a voice on commercial standards bodies, ensuring dependability and long service life of information technology systems, media and data records formats used by the Government. The Technology Assessment Group provides the Government with independent, unbiased evaluation of technology R&D prototype tasks. Technology transfer provides open communication to break down traditional barriers that separate Government agencies and departments, competing manufacturers, and university centers of excellence. Open communication of Government requirements and commercial and academic R&D reduces redundant Government development efforts and accelerates the availability of COTS products that meet Government’s advanced information technology needs through prototyping.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1050 Order Number: 0011

Title: Holographic Storage Phase III Prototype

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient:

National Media Laboratory Strategic Alliance
3M Center
Building 224-2S-25
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000

Effective Date: 24 Feb 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 30 Aug 1999

U.S. Government Dollars: $400,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: Phases I and II of the holographic storage prototypes were for the development of storage material. Initial success in those programs resulted in the demonstration of the technical feasibility of holographic storage. Phase III addresses critical systems issues required before commercialization can occur. The first technical challenge was developing holographic material with the required dynamic range, mechanical and aging stability and sensitivity resulting in lower cost mass storage. The second challenge was mechanical motion for fast transfer rates and acceptable random access times. The benefit of meeting this challenge is better utilization of massively stored data.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1050 Order Number: 0012

Type of agreement: Other Transaction for Prototype

Title: Wavelet Video Compression Processor Prototype

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient:

National Media Laboratory Strategic Alliance
3M Center
Building 224-2S-25
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000

Effective Date: 11 Feb 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 1 Dec 1999

U.S. Government Dollars: $1,000,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: The goal of this prototype is to provide economical, HDTV-quality video and still image compression for reconnaissance applications as well as efficient archival storage. The objective is to create realizable detailed chip architecture for HDTV-rate Wavelet compression, and to demonstrate performance via simulated compression of video clips and still images.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1050 Order Number: 0013

Title: Digital Multimedia Mission Folder Replicated Proof of Concept Multimedia Analysis and Archive System (MAAS) for Aviano Prototype

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient:

National Media Laboratory Strategic Alliance
3M Center
Building 224-2S-25
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000

Effective Date: 11 Feb 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 30 Oct 1999

U.S. Government Dollars: $700,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: The objective is to provide a proof-of-concept demonstration using digital video exploitation and archive capability to utilize digital video information for building digital multimedia mission folders (DMMF) from Lantirn video and UAV video.

Agreement Number: NMA202-97-9-1050 Order Number: 0014

Type of Agreement: Other Transaction for Prototype

Title: Nanocube Program: Memory Module and GPS Engine Prototypes

Awarding Office: National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Recipient:

National Media Laboratory Strategic Alliance
3M Center
Building 224-2S-25
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000

Effective Date: 3 May 1999

Estimated Completion or Expiration Date: 29 Feb 2000

U.S. Government Dollars: $2,800,000

Non-Government Dollars: $0

Technical objectives of this effort including the technology areas in which the project was conducted: The Nanocube Program includes the Memory Module Prototype and the Global Positional System Engine Prototype, both highly compact, ultra-lightweight, electronic engines. The first is an extremely dense memory module, which consists of a 3D stack of up to eight multi-layer circuits with four memory die on each circuit in an area of less than two square inches. The second prototype is a global positioning system engine that will be smaller than five square inches and be flexible enough to be incorporated into many objects, including clothing.