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Added: Jan 15, 2013 1:04 pmSynopsis: Request for Information (RFI) - Global Horizons Science and Technology
This is a Request for Information (RFI) on Global Horizons science and technology (S&T) research, operational concepts, and mission support innovations to support Air Force projected missions in the near-term (FY2013-17), mid-term (FY2018-22) and far-term (FY2023-27). NO FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ANY PROPOSAL OR INFORMATION SUBMISSION AND SUBMITTING INFORMATION DOES NOT BIND THE AIR FORCE FOR ANY FUTURE CONTRACTS/GRANTS RESULTING FROM THIS RFI.
2. Background and Requested Information
The Air Force is requesting information on revolutionary global horizons science and technologies that address the challenge of future Air Force needs across all of its core mission functions for potential inclusion in the Air Force Global Horizons study. Global Horizons is a study to create an integrated, Air Force-wide, near-, mid- and far-term S&T vision to advance revolutionary capabilities to support core Air Force missions. Global Horizons will identify state-of-the-art S&T and best practices in government and the private sector. It will analyze current and forecasted capabilities, threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences across core AF missions to identify key S&T gaps and opportunities. It will articulate an AF near- (FY2013-17), mid- (FY2018-22) and far-term (FY2023-27) S&T vision to fill gaps, indicating where AF should lead (creating or inventing novel solutions for core AF missions), follow (by adopting, adapting, or augmenting others investments), or watch key technologies. In alignment with the National Security Strategy and Department of Defense strategic guidance, the study is intended to address S&T enabling Air Force operations in the domains of air, space, and cyberspace across Air Force core functions which include Nuclear Deterrence Operations, Air Superiority, Space Superiority, Cyberspace Superiority, Command and Control (C2), Global Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (GIISR), Global Precision Attack, Special Operations, Rapid Global Mobility, Personnel Recovery, Agile Combat Support (ACS) and Building Partnerships. These core functions are detailed in the Air Force Basic Doctrine, Organization, and Command (AFDD1, 14 October 2011, p.43, http://www.e-publishing.af.mil/shared/media/epubs/AFDD1.pdf). The study will also consider DOTMLPF (Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel, and Facilities). The study will leverage capabilities and experience within and across government, industry, academia, national laboratories, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), and international partners. The AF will consider global forces (e.g., global demographics, technology proliferation, health, climate change) where there exists compelling data and evidence that this will drive change that is most relevant to USAF operations. It will focus on both US and foreign driven game changers that exist or are emerging across a broad set of sectors (including but not limited to: manufacturing and materials, transportation and logistics, energy and utilities, healthcare and pharmaceutical, communications and information technology, financial services, education and training etc.) that have the most promise for revolutionizing critical dimensions of Air Force operations such as cost, speed, readiness, efficiency, or effectiveness.
The Air Force seeks the "assured global advantage across air, space, and cyberspace" where these key dimensions are defined as:
Assured - Ensured operations in congested, competitive, and contested (including denied) environments in spite of increased dependencies, vulnerabilities, and threats
Global - Worldwide operations in global vigilance, global reach, and global power
Advantage - an agility, resilience, speed, effectiveness or other edge over adversaries to ensure operational pre-eminence
Across - capabilities within and across missions
Air, space, cyberspace - we require integrated, full spectrum solutions to include cross-domain Command, Control, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) and mission support/sustainment
The Air Force performs operations in and through the global commons (e.g., land, air, space, cyberspace) to deliver global vigilance, global reach, and global power in support of regional and global combatant commands for a broad range of humanitarian, peacekeeping, and combat missions. Air Force requirements encompass defense, intelligence, and combat operations as well as support of combat such as doctrine and workforce development (education and training), acquisition, logistics, sustainment, energy, etc. Global vulnerabilities open new attack surfaces for exploitation by a range of threats. Threats include but are not limited to disruptions that might be local or global, intentional or unintentional, or of human or nature in origin. Adversary objectives might include theft (of material or intellectual capital), denial, deception, degradation, disruption, or destruction. Accordingly, operations must be assured by mitigating vulnerabilities that adversaries might exploit and developing strategies and technology that assure missions in contested environments. Attack vectors might be conventional (e.g., physical attack) or unconventional (e.g., special operations, information operations) or attacks against operational readiness, cost, or knowledge/expertise.
While the Air Force Global Horizons vision will focus on Title 10 authorities for organizing, training and equipping, a collaborative approach and peer review across other services, agencies and federal departments and coalition partners will ensure appropriate coordination and understanding of interdependencies with relevant defense, homeland security, and intelligence authorities. It will also draw upon the deep knowledge, experience, and capabilities within global industrial and academic centers of gravity.
The Air Force is seeking information on revolutionary science and technology and systems as well as innovative Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP) that will support, improve, augment and in some cases extend mission range and scope. In addition, the Air Force is interested in operational innovations that provide immediate and long-term applicable, cost-effective operational capability and technological superiority for Air Force operations. Also of interest are enabling mission support elements and supporting best practices that provide the foundation for capabilities across the other domains. Special interest is on S&T that can provide game changers that will revolutionize multiple classes of USAF operations or missions (e.g., autonomy promises cost, speed, and accuracy improvements across C2, ISR, and many operations in air, space, and cyberspace.). In general, RFI responses should address solutions in the air, space, cyberspace, C2, ISR, mission support, threat analysis or projections, and/or S&T areas that provide revolutionary (i.e., 10x to 100x) as opposed to incremental (<10x) performance improvements over the current state of the art.
The assured global advantage is critical in all domains in which the Air Force operates. The Air Force must maintain its excellence of air, space, cyberspace, C2 and ISR operations in fixed and expeditionary environments in a world of proliferating technology, growing global interdependence, and increasing uncertainty. While each domain has unique challenges, we will focus on a portfolio of technologies that meets a broad spectrum of future Air Force requirements.
Space assets have not only enhanced our national security but have also fundamentally changed military operations. Space power is defined as the total strength of a nation's capabilities to conduct and influence activities to, in, through, and from space to achieve its objectives. Space power is integrated throughout joint operations as both an enabler and a force multiplier. Cyber operations supporting, enabling or controlling space assets and missions are a key ingredient for achieving battlespace superiority.
Space operations are essential to space power, providing a uniquely persistent presence over key areas of the world through the effective employment of space capabilities. Space power provides the joint fight with permanently "forward-deployed" satellites and adds another dimension to the joint force's ability to posture quickly and achieve battlespace superiority. Space power bolsters US global presence because it is not limited by terrestrial anti-access concerns. Airmen exploit this global presence and produce force-multiplying capabilities like instant global communications, timely missile warning, near-persistent surveillance and reconnaissance, and precise positioning, navigation and timing (PNT).
Revolutionary advances are needed in all space segments including space launch, space born segments (including space-to-surface ISR), satellite ground control and data processing systems, and end user receiving systems will be required to maintain space superiority. In order to ensure continued dominance in this domain, continued investment into enabling space technologies is required. Accordingly, there are multiple challenges and requirements for advanced security, energy, sensing, propulsion, communication, resilience, interoperability and integration, cost, usability, and assured global access and control. For example, intelligent space maneuver could provide extended life for assets in orbit, autonomous satellite command-and-control as well as establishing intelligent ground processing centers that would help address responsiveness, resiliency, and readiness requirements.
Techniques which will augment human performance to provide force-multiplication through cyberspace are sought. S&T for integrated, full-spectrum cyberspace operations to develop and demonstrate trusted, validated, verified capabilities capable of delivering a full range of cyber effects, to fuse data to provide real-time or near-real time ISR data using cyberspace, and a means to measure and assess the effectiveness and degree of assurance of a delivered cyber effect prior to usage are of interest. Technology and techniques which will provide new opportunities for AF advantage in cyber operations and support are sought.
C2 and ISR
Interests include but are not limited to modeling and simulation (M&S) approaches that cost effectively blend live, virtual, and constructive environments and support cross domain training, capability development and testing, and joint/coalition readiness. This must enable interoperability of systems residing across the world at DOD acquisition centers, S&T laboratories, contractor facilities, operational bases and in allied countries. Cross domain (air, space, cyberspace) planning, targeting and assessment tools (available today primarily for kinetic weapons in the Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manual (JMEM)) are needed that can revolutionize acquisition or operational processes. Advanced planning tools as well as analytics for effective and efficient acquisition and use of future capabilities are also needed. Innovative acquisition models with track records of success in time, cost, and effectiveness for research development, test, and evaluation are of interest. Revolutionary medical and/or bioinformatics advances with demonstrated success in human performance protection and/or augmentation are of interest. Finally, revolutionary advances in cross-cutting enabling areas such as manufacturing, materials, energy, electronic warfare, financial services, and so on, that could redefine threats or opportunities across USAF domains of operation are of interest. These are intended as examples as opposed to a comprehensive list of our mission support interests.
REVOLUTIONARY S&T, GAME CHANGERS
Within and across the core functions described above, the Air Force is interested in revolutionary concepts and innovative solutions that can meet the challenging needs of the Air Force. These solutions are sought for all Air Force core functions referenced above. Described technologies should also indicate the areas of improvement over current state of the art technologies in quantitative metrics including, but not limited to, efficiency, effectiveness, robustness, resiliency, size, cost and sustainability. The Air Force is interested in solutions not focused exclusively on commercial viability but rather game changing revolutionary advances in the challenging threat environments we are expected to operate on in the near, mid, and far term. Innovative basic science research is also of interest if there is concrete evidence of technical viability such as peer-reviewed publication, prototypes, or demonstrations as well as cross cutting applicability to two or more Air Force mission domains (i.e., air, space, cyberspace) or core functions. The focus of the submissions should be on advanced technology solutions in the idea generation or early development stages, unless they are deployed solutions from other industrial, academic, or non-profit sectors that could revolutionize (i.e., 10x to 100x improvements in) Air Force operations.
Related, the USAF is interested in both US and foreign game changers that exist or are emerging across a broad set of global business sectors (including but not limited to: manufacturing and materials, transportation and logistics, energy and utilities, healthcare and pharmaceutical, communications and information technology, financial services, education and training, etc.) that have the most promise for revolutionizing Air Force operations in terms of critical dimensions such as cost, speed, readiness, efficiency, or effectiveness. This could include S&T innovations from industrial, academic or non-profit leaders in various sectors which offer opportunities in the near, mid, or far term for transition or transfer to radical (i.e., 10-100x) improvements in cost, timeliness, efficiency or effectiveness for core Air Force functions. This could include revolutionary products, processes, and/or business models. Incremental advances (less than 10x improvements) are not of interest.
The USAF is also interested in studies, analyses, and/or activities that forecast global forces (e.g., global demographics, global technology proliferation, global health, climate change, economic shifts, business model trends, etc.) where there exists compelling data and evidence that this will drive change that is most relevant to (threats to or performance of) future USAF operations across air, space and/or cyberspace, to include enabling core capabilities such as training, logistics, maintenance, energy, healthcare, etc.. Responders should indicate the basis, evidence, and/or underlying data for the relevant trends and/or forces, wherever possible indicating concretely how these trends will drive Air Force futures. As desired, respondents can send in an actual global trend analysis report in lieu of a quad chart (See below).
The global scope of DoD and Air Force networks, systems, and operations presents adversaries with broad opportunities for exploitation and attack. U.S. adversaries may seek to exploit, deceive, disrupt, deny or degrade the networks, systems, platforms and payloads the Air Force depends upon 24/7 for global operations (this includes attacks on confidentiality, availability, and integrity). Threats to global operations are presented from external threat actors, malicious insiders, and via supply chain vulnerabilities. Of particular concern are threat activities which undermine critical dependencies, national critical infrastructure, or give an adversary asymmetric advantage. Revolutionary methods to defend not only federal but also industrial base assets are of interest. Our military strength ultimately depends on economic vitality and thus sustained intellectual property losses erode both U.S. military effectiveness and national competitiveness in the global economy.
Adversaries will continually adjust their tools and tactics, making a perfect defense impossible. However, an integrated, Air Force-wide, near-, mid-, and far-term science and technology vision to advance revolutionary capabilities to support core Air Force missions can help provide an edge. Innovative methods and insights into how to most effectively forecast and anticipate future threats are also welcome. Respondents can send in classified responses via appropriate channels (See below) and also can send in global threat reports that address global Air Force concerns in lieu of a quad chart (See below).
3. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS AND FORMAT
All Proposers should review the NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SECURITY PROGRAM OPERATING MANUAL, (NISPOM), dated February 28, 2006 as it provides baseline standards for the protection of classified information and prescribes the requirements concerning Contractor Developed Information under paragraph 4-105. Defense Security Service (DSS) Site for the NISPOM is: http://www.dss.mil/isp/fac_clear/download_nispom.html
Unclassified white papers/CDs must be mailed to the POC listed below. Proposers who intend to include classified information or data in their white paper submission or who are unsure about the appropriate classification of their white papers should contact the POC for guidance and direction in advance of preparation at 315-330-7420.
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Global Horizons RFI Quad Chart Template
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Global Horizons RFI Quad Chart Template
January 15, 2013
26 Electronic Parkway
Rome, New York 13441-4514
Lynn G. White,
Phone: (315) 330-4996
January 15, 2013
Feb 15, 2013 4:00 pm Eastern
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)