DISA seeking information to develop 'strategic roadmap' for EMS

By Audrey Decker / January 10, 2023 at 1:02 PM

The Defense Information Systems Agency is asking for industry input on writing a "strategic roadmap" for next-generation electromagnetic spectrum development.

The Defense Department is developing the EMS roadmap, according to a Jan. 4 request for information. The Senate Armed Services Committee asked for an EMS plan in a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin last summer and requested it again in the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act.

Used for communications, radar and navigation, EMS will be an enabler in the Pentagon's Joint All-Domain Command and Control effort.

“The modern electromagnetic operating environment is increasingly congested, contested and constrained. This jeopardizes the U.S. military’s ability to sense, command, control, communicate, test, train, protect and project force effectively. Without the capabilities to assert spectrum superiority, the nation’s economic and national security will be exposed to undue and significant risk,” the RFI states.

The DOD is interested in “leap-ahead” spectrum-based technologies from industry that will benefit military operations as well as the entire EMS ecosystem, according to the department.

DISA outlined five goals for the DOD to focus on: “develop superior spectrum capabilities; evolve to an agile and fully integrated spectrum infrastructure; pursue total force readiness in the spectrum; secure enduring partnerships for spectrum advantage; and establish effective spectrum governance.”

The announcement added that the EMS planning process must consider the “rapid pace of emerging threats within the EMS from our near-peer adversaries including China and Russia.”

Responses from industry are due Feb. 10.