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A. INTRODUCTION: Technical Experimentation (TE) Collaboration
SOF experimentation will explore emerging technologies, technical applications, and their potential to provide solutions to future SOF capabilities. After review of the technology experimentation nomination submissions, the Government may invite select candidates to demonstrate their technologies at the USSOCOM sponsored Technical Experimentation event. The TE venue will provide an opportunity for the submitter to interact with USSOCOM personnel for the purpose of USSOCOM assessing potential impact of emerging technology solutions on USSOCOM missions and capabilities. Industry participation in experimentation activities does not suggest or imply that USSOCOM will procure or purchase equipment.
2. Experimentation Focus: Experiments will be conducted from 8 to 17 July 2014, at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, IN and will explore emerging technology solutions and revolutionary improvements in technology for Special Operations Warfare. Any technology-based experiment conducted at the event should provide a revolutionary improvement in SOF operations. Any and all solutions must include all necessary software and hardware to accomplish the mission. Technology areas may include, but are not limited to:
- Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
- Scalable effects weapons - individual handheld systems
- Signature Management
- Energy storage and power management devices that incorporate higher density energy while maintaining safety for individual use and for vehicles
- Soldier Systems
- Command, Control, Communications and Computers
- Mobility systems
- Psychological applications
- Human performance
-- Sniper Rifle Barrel Technologies.
--- Match grade 7.62mm and .338 caliber Rhenium and/ or Rhenium alloy lined rifle barrels with 5R or 6R land and groove with 1 in 9.5 twist for .338 and 1 in 10 twist in 7.62mm barrels.
Other technology areas of interest for experimentation during the event are found in the latest US Army Special Operations Command Science and Technology Gaps List (Attachment 1)
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) payload sensors. Technology developers must submit nominations according to the UAS Concept of Operations (CONOP) found in the attached document (Attachment 2).
- Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) enhanced mobility/protective technologies which may include, but are not limited to:
3. Security Requirements: Vendors should not submit classified information in the technology experimentation nominations.
4. . All respondents shall prepare a Composite Risk Management (CRM) Worksheet (Department of the Army [DA] Form 7566, attached [Lotus Forms Viewer required]) in accordance with MIL-STD-882E and DA Field Manual 5-19. The risk assessment shall address the likelihood and severity of any inherent risks as well as risk mitigation measures required. The risk assessment shall be submitted as an attachment to the experiment nomination. Nominations submitted without a thorough and complete CRM will not be considered for participation. Reference the attached safety worksheet for assistance preparing the CRM. Also, respondents should include instructions that describe the safe operation of the device nominated for the experiment. Respondents wishing to conduct experiments of a kinetic or energetic nature are responsible for ammunition and/or explosives shipments to include an Interim Hazard Classification (IHC) or Final Hazard Classification (FHC) and coordination for receipt and storage at Muscatatuck UTC, IN.
If your experiment will be radiating electromagnetic energy (i.e transmitting), you must have prior approval to transmit on that frequency. Prior approval may include compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Title 47, Part 15 or a Special Temporary Authority (STA) from the FCC. If equipment is government owned and operating within a Federal Band, you must have National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) frequency approval. Your authority to radiate should be submitted along with your nomination or emailed directly to email@example.com. The FCC recommends you submit your request at least 30 days prior to the start of the event.
An exploratory closed cyber (virtual) network infrastructure, and an Electromagnetic Environment (EME) using electronic spectrum recording can be provided based on expressed interest. Please indicate in the Experiment Objectives Block of the white paper submission form, specific interest to conduct your experiment in either capability.
5. Other Special Requirements: DO NOT SUBMIT PROPOSALS. SUBMIT TECHNOLOGY EXPERIMENTATION NOMINATIONS ONLY. EXPERIMENTATION NOMINATION SUBMITTALS FOR THIS RFI WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THE CLOSING DATE OF 04/17/2014 1600 EDT. No contracts will be awarded based solely on this announcement or any subsequent supplemental RFI announcements planned for FY14 TE events.
C. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
Technology developers can select a degree of feedback for the technology being nominated. The degrees of feedback and definitions are as follows:
Technology developers requesting one of the methods of feedback stated above are advised that the Government will consider the request for feedback desired and ultimately reserves the right as to the degree of feedback and effort to conduct for a technology invited to participate during a TE event.
Future technical experimentation events, focus areas, and locations are as follows:
Event Dates Theme/Focus Location RFI Release
F. USE OF INFORMATION: The purpose of this notice is to gain information leading to Government/Industry collaboration for development of USSOCOM technology capabilities and to assist in accelerating the delivery of these capabilities to the warrior. All proprietary information contained in the response shall be separately marked. Any properly marked proprietary information contained in response to this request will be protected from any unauthorized disclosure. The Government will not use proprietary information submitted from any one firm to establish future capability and requirements.
G. SPECIAL NOTICE: Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) or contractor consultant/advisors to the Government will review and provide support during evaluation of submittals. When appropriate, non-Government advisors may review and provide comments and recommendations to the Government. All advisors shall comply with procurement Integrity Laws and shall sign non-disclosure and rules of conduct/conflict of interest statements. The Government shall take into consideration requirements for avoiding conflicts of interest and ensure advisors comply with safeguarding proprietary data. Submission in response to this RFI constitutes approval to release the submittal to Government support contractors.
H. Per Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.215-3 Request for Information or Solicitation for Planning Purposes (Oct 1997):
Contracting Office Address:
Primary Point of Contact:
Secondary Point of Contact:
Technical Point of Contact:
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7701 Tampa Point Blvd
MacDill AFB, Florida 33621-5323
Muscatatuck Urban Training Center
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Apr 18, 2014 8:00 am Eastern
Automatic, 15 days after response date
May 3, 2014
Original Set Aside:
A -- Research & Development
541 -- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services/541712 -- Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)