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National Space Technology Applications Program Office

National Defense Programs

The Navy has been a continuing source of interesting and NASA-relevant work for NASA/JPL for many years. NASA/JPL is actively supporting a number of leading edge JPL-unique R&D Prototype systems to demonstrate the ability to significantly improve mission performance and cost-/workforce-effectiveness including but not limited to: automated policy based management control of advanced coordinated test and evaluation networks as well as autonomous vehicle system health management/ fault prognostics and probability of system availability, innovative ocean thermal electrical power generation as well as land, sea-surface and undersea vehicle persistent surveillance, multi-sensor optical, infrared and radar cross-correlation and near real-time information processing for intelligent autonomous multi-vehicle & optimal mission-level management. The 8112 program office focuses on developing and demonstrating JPL unique capabilities that can and have successfully demonstrated solutions for both for Navy and other DoD agency mission needs and gaps as well future NASA mission needs.

These advanced sponsor-relevant prototype demonstrations, provide proof that NASA/JPL is achieving the goal of significantly improving the performance and reducing the workforce and cost associated with solutions to the sponsor’s most challenging current and future Naval capabilities and needs that also advance and grow NASA/JPL’s capabilities to address future NASA-science mission needs. Sponsors include Office of Naval Research (ONR), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Space and Naval Warfare Center, NAVSEA, NAVAIR, NUWC, NSWC, EODTECHDIV, SOCOM, TSWG JIEDDO S&T Technology Prototype Development and other Navy Centers. The 8112 Program Office also manages tasks of OSD, Test and Evaluation, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Special Operations Command, and other Department of Defense Program Offices.

Robert Stirbl

Robert Stirbl

Manager, National Defense Programs (818) 354-5436

Robert C. Stirbl, Ph.D., - Dr. Stirbl is the Program Manager for the National Defense Programs Agencies Office (8112) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech in the Earth Science and Technology Directorate’s (ESTD) National Space Technology Applications (NSTA) Office. Since 1996 Dr. Stirbl has led the developed of new sponsor support as well as managed and technically contributed to the concept design, development and adaptation of numerous NASA and DoD funded systems enabling technology capabilities for transfer and insertion into Navy, DoD, NASA, medical and industrial applications. These include but are not limited to: cost-, power- and workforce-saving and performance-improving, advanced rad-hard CMOS active Pixel Sensor FPA technology, compact EO/IR 360 Deg surveillance sensor systems, ultra-stable compact space capable atomic clocks, heterogeneous-platform Automated Network Policy Negotiation System Test Technologies, In-water & On-water Multi-UxV Mission-level Intelligent Autonomous Navigation/Landing/Dynamic hazard avoidance/path-replanning/vehicle health monitoring system demonstrations, Compact-low-power Ultra-High-Speed Hybrid Grayscale Optical/Neural Network Processing of sonar-radar-EO/IR image intelligence data & THz personnel borne IED 3D imaging radar. A recognized electro-optical systems design expert and Project/Program Manager with over 30 years of academic and industrial experience in High Energy Laser electro-optical system design for Northrop-Grumman and Riverside Research Institute. He has designed, and developed over 16 patented optical methods for DoD HEL and laser biomedical diagnosis.

Dr. Stirbl received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the City College of New York in 1973 and 1976 and his Ph.D at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1981. He has taught courses in quantum- and electro-optical system design at N.Y.U. School of Graduate Studies, Pratt Institute, City College of New York and was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Manhattan College.