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Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems

United States leadership in Strategic Missions, Electronic Warfare and assured, advanced microelectronics is critical to military dominance and economic sovereignty. Loss of this leadership position threatens U.S. ability to deter adversaries and prevail in conflict. There are additional potential impacts to economic/industrial base equities extending beyond national security.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division and the Department of Defense (DoD) require innovative technological solutions to address current and future security threats in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS), trusted microelectronics, and strategic missions hardware environments. To engage the broadest set of innovators, NSWC Crane has created the Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) OTA. The S2MARTS OTA (pronounced “SMARTS”) will refine strategies, management planning activities, and implement integrated, complementary solutions that enable broader Department of Defense (DoD) access to commercial state-of-the-art EMS technologies, advanced microelectronics, radiation-hardened (RAD-HARD) and strategic missions hardware.


NSWC Crane’s objectives in establishing this OTA are:

  • developing a relationship with industry and academia to establish streamlined processes for obtaining innovative, State-of-the-Art (SOTA) technologies;
  • establishing an agile and collaborative working relationship amongst the Government and academia/industry;
  • establishing a consortium comprised of entities possessing significant technical capabilities to meet Government needs associated with technology areas of need; and
  • provide services such as attracting, vetting, selecting, and retaining members relevant to technology areas of need.

S2MARTS Focus Areas


Radiation Hardened Microelectronics

Development, demonstration, and exploitation of technologies, algorithms, and methods that expand the ability for innovative design, manufacturing, and assessment approaches for trusted, strategic radiation-hardened (RAD-HARD) electronics in advanced technology nodes for next-generation strategic systems.


Radio Frequency (RF) and Optoelectronic (OE) Microelectronics

Support secure design of RF and OE IP in all domestic major foundries. RF & OE prototyping across DoD and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Fabrication of novel RF & OE designs in state of the practice (SOTP) and SOTA foundries or critical DoD needs. Enhanced lithography and process capabilities of SOTP for RF & OE R&D for DoD and commercial use to gain a competitive advantage over adversaries.


New Microelectronic Development, Demonstration, and Capability Insertion

Public/private co-development of system-on-chip (SoC) that give 1000x performance improvement for DoD and commercial applications, through competition; hardware assurance, emulation and virtual verification and validation (V&V) to enable assured and secure IP; fabrication and packaging at SOTP government and merchant foundries; and design, packaging, testing, and integration of SoCs into a capability.


Design Assurance​

Develop standards and practices to foster commercial development of secure, trusted and assured parts. Document and promulgate security- enhancing design practices across government, industry, and academia in the areas of standard program outreach material; standard training material; Government and industry standards and best practices; and self-service libraries of standards and best practices. Innovative technologies and concepts that support the ability of teams and individual units in the armed forces to execute their assigned missions promptly and competently.


Verification and Validation​

Development, demonstration, and exploitation of technologies, algorithms, and methods that expands the ability and improves microelectronics test and verification methodologies in support of verifying the trust and assurance of parts.


Technology Focus Areas