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Challenge 2013 Innovation in Arms Control Challenge:  What Information Technology Tools and Concepts Can Support Future Arms Control Inspections?
2013 Innovation in Arms Control Challenge:  What Information Technology Tools and Concepts Can Support Future Arms Control Inspections?
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 223
Posted: Jul 22 2013
Challenge ID: 9933381
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This Challenge seeks to develop innovative arms control inspection tools and processes that capture the potential of an era characterized by mobile devices and open information sharing. Ideas are being solicited for technology solutions to support future arms control inspections.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Imagine a future arms control treaty where equipment used for treaty activity can talk to one another to verify their locations, or where public environmental sensors are used in combination with official treaty data to boost treaty compliance confidence, or where inspectors can inspect without physically being at a site.  How could such an inspection work? Is such an inspection technically possible?

Today, we use arms control to help regulate weapons, or to increase transparency, predictability and stability in the international arena.  Arms control inspections generally provide cooperative access under negotiated parameters to declared facilities to verify that activities, processes, materials and equipment at these sites are accurately reported or declared as required by a treaty or agreement.    In the future, our current methods and capabilities may become obsolete or unable to alleviate concerns that evolve over time.  To prepare, we would like to develop new inspection tools and processes that supplement or even replace current technical approaches dating back to the Cold War with modern methods that capture the potential of an era characterized by powerful mobile devices and easy information sharing.  Solvers should explain what specific problem(s) their proposed technological solution addresses, how their proposed technological solution would enhance arms control inspections, and the utility of the proposed technology.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

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