Innovate Beyond 5G Program (IB5G)

 

NOTABLE DATES

Solutions Due: 24 June 2022 at 12:00 PM ET

Questions Due: 31 May 2022 at 12:00 PM ET

RFS Release: 25 May 2022 at 4:00 PM ET

Project TALX 1: 24 May 2022 at 3:00 PM ET

Project TALX 2: 24 May 2022 at 4:30 PM ET

Draft RFS Release: 28 April 2022 at 12:00 PM ET


FINAL RFS RELEASE

Following the draft RFS previously released, the Government has now released the Final RFS for the Innovate Beyond 5G opportunity. You can find the Final RFS and accompanying attachments below.

Final RFS: OUSD IB5G RFS Final 25 May 2022

DRAFT RFS RELEASE

The Government has released the Draft RFS for the Innovate Beyond 5G (IB5G) Prototype Project. Please find the document below.

Draft RFS: OUSD IB5G DRAFT RFS


PROJECT TALX 1: Distributed MIMO Networking

24 May 2022
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Event registration is now closed
Feel free to register for one or both events, depending on your organization’s capabilities. The Government’s Innovate Beyond 5G team is hosting this interactive briefing, designed to provide insights into this opportunity. The event can help inform your response by giving you a better understanding of the desired outcome, directly from the source.

PROJECT TALX 2: Integrated Tactical Communication Networks

24 May 2022
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM ET
Feel free to register for one or both events, depending on your organization’s capabilities. The Government’s Innovate Beyond 5G team is hosting this interactive briefing, designed to provide insights into this opportunity. The event can help inform your response by giving you a better understanding of the desired outcome, directly from the source.

OPPORTUNITY OVERVIEW

Fifth-Generation Wireless Networking Technologies (5G) is of fundamental strategic importance to the economic well-being of the United States and, consequently, global leadership. 5G promises exponential improvements in traditional network metrics (peak and average data rates/throughput, and capacity) relative to its predecessor (via Enhanced Mobile Broadband services), that constitute the present driver of commercial 5G offerings. Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) Research & Engineering’s (R&E) Innovate Beyond 5G (IB5G) program seeks to support ideation, design, prototyping, and integration of novel IB5G network concepts and components, leading to demonstration of new capabilities that will allow United States (US) Department of Defense (DOD) operations to dominate the future networked battlespace.

Of greater relevance – aligned with modernization of DoD network needs – is the emerging capability of 5G/IB5G networks to provide connectivity, with desired features for human-to-machine and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, and scaling to the Internet of Things (IoT), i.e., encompassing a significantly larger number of devices other than purely human consumers. Provisioning of services for such networks rely greatly on confronting network scaling (in terms of `user’ density) and service prioritization while achieving lower latency (order of milliseconds) and very high reliability needed for mission critical services besides per user throughput within future all-domain networked battlespace operations. Besides the emphasis on new components and features, of equal significance are modes of management of such tactical networks in the presence of adversarial operations, which exploit advantages resulting from new 5G stand-alone network architectures as well as integration of intelligent, autonomous operations. Accordingly, IB5G is interested in novel advances and engineered solutions on the multiple fronts enabled by commercial 5G technology as a configurable jump-off baseline.