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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 047-95
February 02, 1995

ARPA EXTENDS SOLICITATION RELEASE DATE FOR TRP

Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) Gary Denman announced today that the Technology Reinvestment Project (TRP) solicitation release date has been extended to February 17, 1995.

Denman noted, "We were very pleased with the response to our call for papers. We've received a great many that could make a significant improvement in the advanced technology available to the military. This delay will allow time for submitters to discuss their concept in detail with the ARPA program managers and, we hope, will result in a set of proposals of even greater benefit to DoD."

Since December 21, 1995, TRP has reviewed over 1,300 concept papers in 13 technology focus areas, including advanced polymers for aircraft, millimeter wave technology and electric/hybrid vehicles. Feedback on the papers is now on the way back to the submitters.

The TRP is an ARPA-led program designed to provide affordable leading-edge technology to the Department of Defense (DoD) by leveraging commercial know-how, investments, and markets. The program does this either by finding a new market for existing defense technologies in order to significantly lower the price to DoD, or, for those areas in which commercial technology leads Defense, by providing DoD access to emerging commercial technology.

In previous competitions, TRP has funded efforts across a wide range of Defense-relevant technologies. For example, TRP projects are focusing on improving the performance of uncooled IR sensors while reducing their cost of by a factor of 10. This will allow widespread use of night vision, greatly increasing the U.S. military ability to fight at night.