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26 Navy | Spring 2018 S mall companies and their innovative technol- ogies can bring new and valuable capability to warfighters. But the little guys can be at a disadvantage when it comes to big acquisition programs. Some good ideas need a little help to prove the concept and make it available to the warfighter sooner rather than later. e Navy offers several programs to aid small businesses and accelerate their technology, including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Rapid Innovation Fund. A small company, Mayflower Communications Co. Inc., located in Bedford, Mass., responded to an SBIR topic "compact and integrated a small anti-jam Global Positioning System (GPS) antenna." Six companies received Phase I SBIR contracts to propose a concept, and Mayflower was the only one to receive Phase II funding to develop their idea. Mayflower's small antenna system (SAS) was designed to be mounted on rotary-wing aircra to integrate with the onboard GPS receiver and protect the GPS signal from jamming. GPS is a ubiquitous commodity with myriad uses, and not just for the military. It's something we all take for granted each and every day. "All of our platforms use it," said CAPT Armen Kurdian, who served as a principal assistant program manager at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). "We have made a huge investment in our satellite constel- lation. And it's an advantage that our adversaries will want to take away. So we need to protect this enabling capability." Programs Provide Big Benefits for Small Companies, Innovative Solutions for Warfighters By Edward Lundquist TRANSITIONING TECHNOLOGY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS KALEB R. STAPLES

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