Information warfare research effort with Navy wins extensionNews
August 20, 2020
WASHINGTON. A new U.S. Navy information warfare project received a two-year extension and $400 million in new funding, the Navy announced. James Guerts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, approved a funding ceiling increase and extension for the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP) of the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command.
The project now has a $500 million ceiling and a five-year performance period, the San Diego-based The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) said on Tuesday.
IWRP began in 2018 and uses a consortium-based approach in offering an alternative acquisition method called an Other Transaction Authority to streamline the acquisition process, rapidly develop prototypes, and provide advanced technologies to the fleet, NAVWAR added.
The 580-member consortium of U.S. businesses and research centers focuses on technology areas including tools for cyber warfare, autonomous systems, cloud computing, and data analytics, sectors regarded by the Defense Department as exploitable by enemies. Its streamlined techniques prompted an extension of the budget and timetable, officials said.