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R--The U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, OK, anticipates a requirement for long range training concepts and strategies, training and doctrine development, analysis, instruction and support products.

Solicitation Number: W907G39119NFCOE
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: Army Contracting Command, MICC
Location: MICC Center - Fort Eustis (Joint Base Langley-Eustis)
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Sources Sought
Added: Jun 29, 2009 4:25 pm
Small Business Sources Sought. This is a follow-on request for market research on a Sources Sought that is well over a year old. Companies should re-submit or send messages to the point of contact listed below that their previous submission to the original sources sought remains germane and nothing has changed since that submission (i.e., size, etc.).
This is a Sources Sought Announcement seeking HUBZone and Small Business responses in order to determine HUBZone and Small Business participation in the Acquisition. The Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) Center, Fort Eustis, Virginia intents to procure support services for States Army Fires Center of Excellence (USAFCOEFS), Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Specific Requirements: The USAFCOEFS, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, mission is to develop and produce training strategies, doctrine, concepts, instruction and products for the current and future force. Contract support is required to support Department of the Army (DA) and Department of Defense (DOD) Agencies initiatives for the USAFCOEFS in development, assessment, analysis, staffing, integration and documenting concepts, doctrine development, organization requirements, simulation requirements and production of training and doctrine products. This requirement also includes contractor knowledge, expertise and services to support Directorate of Training and Doctrine (DOTD) with its focus on training support to the Warfighter by leveraging technologies, battlefield digitization, developing issues, seeking solutions, demonstrating alternatives and coordinating projects. This includes products for combined arms organizations, units and institutions.
Tasks include: (a). Task Area 1, Long Range Training Strategies and Concepts Support. Description of work: Development and refinement of DOTD, 428th Field Artillery (FA) Brigade ( Officer Training), 434th FA Brigade (Basic Combat Training), Joint and Combined Integration (JACI) Directorate, and Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (NCOA) instructional and functional training strategies, operational war fighting concepts, and related tasks. (b). Task Area 2, Training Development Support. Description of Work: Training development tasks generally encompass institutional through unit collective and individual training. Conduct research, and/or writing resulting revisions to existing USAFCOEFS, DOD or DA training documents and manuals. Needs assessments and analyses may be required to substantiate training requirements. In some cases, the directed research will result in new manuals, courseware, training support packages or programs of instruction as well as maintenance of the aforementioned. (c). Task Area 3, Doctrine Development Support. Description of Work: Conduct research and write resulting revisions to existing USAFCOEFS Doctrine and other Capstone documents and manuals. In some cases, the directed research will result in new doctrine or Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) manuals. (d). Task Area 4, Organizational Development Support. Description of work: The Contractor shall assess the impact of organizational design to identify facilities needs. Develop and maintain long- and short-range strategies that describe the targeted organizational structure. (e). Task Area 5, Training Support. Description of Work: Instruction shall be a combination of platform instruction, leading small groups through hands-on training exercises, or mobile training teams that conduct training at other locations worldwide. The Contractor shall also participate as a subject matter expert in developing revisions of the Training Support Packages to remedy any deficiencies or shortcomings identified during the preparation for and conduct of instruction. Training standards for all instructions are outlined in Programs of Instruction (POIs), and supported by the lesson plans. Standards are measured by practical exercise or formal test. This effort includes training support for testing of systems. Support will be provided IAW Guided Experiential Learning and TRADOC Regulation 350-70, dated 9 Mar 99, System Approach to Training Management, Processes, and Products. Individual Task Orders will specify specific requirements in detail, per this reference. (f). Task Area 6, Simulations and Analysis Support. Description of Work: Provide systems and software engineering support, to include systems design, analysis, development, integration, technical assistance, and software application development. 100% of installs/upgrades are tested/validated prior to use before an exercise or simulation. All aspects of software engineering are developed IAW best commercial practices. (g) Task 7, Evaluation Support: This effort shall require the Contractor to provide evaluation of individual and collective training events and to conduct Training Effectiveness Analyses as directed in the Master Evaluation Plan. (h). Task Area 8, Knowledge Management Enhancements. Description of work: Observe, operate and become familiar with the existing Fire Knowledge Network/Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Center (FKN/JKDDC) portal, and how it is used, functions and operates. Test all aspects of interoperability, integration and interface among the FKN/JKDDC and AKO, BCKS, JKO and other designated sites. Assess what actions can be taken to rectify shortcomings and implement improvements. In making the assessment, the Contractor shall consider all aspects, to include (but not be limited to): purpose and objectives of the FKN/JKDDC, Army Knowledge Online (AKO), Battle Command Knowledge System (BCKS), Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) and other sites; anticipated growth and future development of these and other systems programs; limitations of existing FKN/JKDDC, AKO, BCKS, JKO Software and licensing; software adaptations/customization; Webpage layout and Graphical User Interface (GUI) design; use of additional commercial or Government software/hardware; implementation complexity; timelines, manpower and costs; and any other actions that must be considered to improve the sites integration, interoperability and interface with other sites.

For the purpose of Small Businesses, the NAICS Code is 541990, All Other Professional, Scientific and Technical Services, $7.0M.

In addition to providing the above, the following company specific information is requested:

1. Companys Central Contractor Registration (CCR) number or Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code number.

2. A point of contact (POC) name, telephone number and e-mail address.

3. Market research questions:

a. The Government is anticipating issuing Requests for Task Order Proposals using a Performance Work Statement (PWS). What risks do you foresee with this approach and how would you mitigate those risks?

b. North American Industry Classification Systems (NAICS) code. NAICS code 541990, All Other Professional Scientific and Technical Services, (small business size standard of $7,000,000) has been determined appropriate for this acquisition and FAR 52.219-14, Limitations on Subcontracting, applies wherein at least 50 percent of the work must be performed by the small business prime contractor alone. If your company qualifies as a small business as defined under this NAICS code, please respond to these additional questions.

i. Can your company provide a team composed of a sufficient number of large and small subcontractors to perform this contract in an efficient, cost effective manner while meeting contract requirements? Please explain.

ii. Is your company capable of providing a team composition that can support the entire scope of this contract effort with sufficient depth to perform a variety of tasks of varying complexity across United States Army Fires Center of Excellence (USAFCOEFS) mission while performing at least 50 percent of the work? Please explain.

iii. Specifically, is your company capable of providing nonpersonal services for the eight task areas mentioned in the sources sought notice? This requirement also includes contractor knowledge, expertise and services to support Directorate of Training and Doctrine (DOTD with its focus on training support to the Warfighter by leveraging technologies, battlefield digitization, developing issues, seeking solutions, demonstrating alternatives and coordinating projects. If so, what is your experience with Government contracts of this magnitude and scope?

4. Please provide any other applicable comments or recommendations not addressed in the foregoing.

5. Documentation of Technical Expertise must be presented in sufficient detail for the Government to determine that your company possesses the necessary functional area expertise and experience to compete for this acquisition. The information should be sent to MICC-Center Fort Eustis by 14 July 2009; 2:00PM EST. Responses should be addressed to Mission Installation Contracting Command, Bldg 2798, Fort Eustis, VA 23604-5538. Electronic responses only emailed to Questions may be directed to Charmaine DeMercado, 757-878-3166, ext 3286.
ACA, NRCC, General Support Division, Building 2798, Fort Eustis, VA 23604-5538
ACA, NRCC, General Support Division Building 2798, Fort Eustis VA
Charmaine DeMercado, 7578783166x3286

ACA, NRCC, General Support Division