Electromagnetic Spectrum Modeling and Simulation

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
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How to Apply

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Application Deadline
2/26/2021 6:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

Existing modeling and simulation methods against a contested electromagnetic spectrum are incapable of satisfying current and future requirements. High-end weapons rely on sophisticated electromagnetic capabilities for attack/counterattack, defense/counterdefense that create an enormously cluttered and complex electromagnetic environment. Under these conditions, performance reliability, vulnerabilities, and capability characteristics loom as significant unknowns. Reasonably reliable, accurate, timely, and variable modeling and simulation capabilities are necessary to provide better insights and understanding of this environment.    

Example Approaches:

Current computational modeling and simulation efforts against a complex environment must reach a reasonable accommodation with the environment’s nonlinearity, scale, and complexity. In addition, these efforts must be timely and their results must be cognitively informative to allow decision-making trade-offs in terms of resource variability and mission risk.

Traditional modeling and simulation methods have relied on mathematical formulations to define and establish functional relationships between input values and outcomes. However, non-linearity, scale, and complexity usually obviate modeling and simulation as a discrete research approach. In its place, computational optimization has inspired nature-based metaheuristic approaches (e.g., simulated annealing and cuckoo search) and, more recently, swarm intelligence approaches (e.g., ant colony and particle swarm optimization), which have shown promise against highly nonlinear problems. Despite the promise of these surrogate approaches in addressing nonlinearity, challenges remain with respect to scale, timeliness, and understanding. The challenges in addressing complex electromagnetic environments call for a physics-based surrogate that solves scale, variability, and timeliness issues and provides for practical understanding.

Worthwhile research goals include:

  • Identifying a good/excellent physics-based surrogate construct to model a complex and contested electro-magnetic environment;
  • Identifying a methodology to accurately replicate small-scale to large-scale solutions;
  • Identifying “best-fit” approximations for a spectrum of decision-making.

Relevance to the Intelligence Community:

Modeling and simulation can provide system characteristic and performance data and enhance understanding of a weapon system’s operational employment. Developing the ability to model and simulate blue-red interaction and engagement would provide significant insights that would benefit a broad spectrum of decision-making: from force size, shaping, and acquisition to operational planning and engagement. Enhanced modeling and simulation in this spectrum would give the Intelligence Community the means to provide answers to unknowns, clarify a complex environment, and add value to decision-making processes.

Key Words: Modeling; Simulation; Computational Optimization; Surrogate-based Optimization; Algorithm; Optimization Algorithm; Nonlinear Optimization; Stochastic Optimization; EMS M&S


Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
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