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Procurement of AEHF Space Vehice Five and Six

Solicitation Number: FA8808-12-R-0010
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Office: Air Force Space Command
Location: SMC - Space and Missile Systems Center
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Added: Jan 13, 2012 8:49 pm
This is a Notice of Proposed Contract Action per FAR 5.203 (a). The United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate intends to release a solicitation and to negotiate the purchase of a Fifth and Six Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite and screening and analysis of parts for Space Vehicle Seven and Eight. The first four AEHF satellites will be launched in 2010-2017 after nine years of development. The Government believes only the incumbent Prime developer is capable of performing this work in accordance with only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements under the authority of FAR 6.302-1. Any persons or companies interested in this notice are to respond to the requirement and submit their Statements of Capabilities to the respective Government Point of Contact. The responding Prime Contractor must be able to manufacture, integrate, test and deliver AEHF satellites having communications capabilities that are functional clones of the four AEHF satellites currently in production. Satellites must be fully backward compatible with existing ground infrastructure to include fielded Low Data Rate (LDR) and Medium Data Rate (MDR) terminals; in-development extended data rate (XDR) terminals; all elements of the AEHF Mission Control Segment; as well as planned or on-orbit Milstar and AEHF satellites via their crosslink communications. The Contractor must be able to perform complete spacecraft checkout in addition to inter-segment tests to include mission control, terminal, and key management interfaces. In addition, the Prime Contractor must have the ability to conduct on-orbit checkout, spacecraft and payload sustainment, and anomaly support. On-site locations include but are not limited to Schriever AFB. CO, Peterson AFB, CO, and Cape Canaveral AFB, FL. This notice is seeking only Prime Contractors, not suppliers of components, materials, software or services that may be used by a Prime Contractor to produce an AEHF satellite.

Qualified sources (Prime Contractors only) must demonstrate the ability to produce these satellites with minimal investment by the Government in non-recurring engineering and high confidence of success. Qualified sources must additionally demonstrate all of the following capabilities:

(1) A high confidence solution that includes mature payload and satellite bus technologies, certified payload and spacecraft on-board software that meets the mission and constellation requirements, mature test products to include Electronic Aerospace Ground Equipment, Mechanical Ground Support Equipment, established scripting and validated test procedures, and a high fidelity testbed environment. The use of space qualified, build-to-print drawings for unit, sub-system and space vehicle configurable items will be essential to minimize the amount of non-recurring engineering required. Such a design must include all of the System level requirement verification products to ensure that Space Vehicle five and six meets requirements while not posing any risk to the Milstar/ AEHF constellation and the existing requirements baseline. The qualified source will also avoid any new technology development or fundamental effort to qualify or validate new space technologies outside of the existing AEHF technology baseline with the goal of minimizing the nonrecurring engineering and related risks with their insertion.

(2) A thorough understanding of the technical interface requirements associated with: the AEHF and Milstar payloads; Air Force, Army, and Navy terminals; AEHF COMSEC/TRANSEC System; AEHF and Milstar ground control and mission planning elements; and CCS-C.

(3) A thorough understanding of AEHF information assurance requirements including the key management plan and architecture, key authentication, key distribution, AEHF COMSEC/TRANSEC System products/schedule/issues, cryptographic key management for test assets, and certification and accreditation requirements.

(4) Extensive systems engineering experience, knowledge, and background dealing with DoD-specific capabilities in the EHF secure satellite communications field, including system requirements analysis, test and verification, risk management, and system security management. Familiarity and experience working with DoD customers, to include the Air Force Space Command, Army, Navy, and Air Force Terminal Program Offices (TPOs), is required to resolve terminal to payload requirements issues.

(5) Experience and understanding of US Government foreign disclosure requirements for support to the AEHF International Partners, including redaction of technical documents, processing and coordination of foreign disclosure material: Training in international programs security requirements and international security and technology transfer/control; familiarity with National Disclosure Policy (NDP-I), the Air Force Delegation of Disclosure Authority Letter (DDL), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR); and experience in processing Exemptions to the ITAR and the process of formulating Technical Assistance Agreements (TAAs) between US contractors and foreign governments and their contractors is required.

Interested parties (Prime Contractors only) may submit an unclassified Statement of Capability (SOC) within 15 days of this announcement demonstrating knowledge of AEHF satellites' critical interface requirements including hardware design, test procedures, individual spacecraft configurations and orbital procedures.

The SOC shall not exceed ten one-sided 8-inches by 11-inches pages in length, using fonts no smaller than 12 pitch, with page layout margins set to 1-inch both horizontally and vertically. Responses must be submitted via electronic mail as Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat file type attachments. The period of performance is for 9 years and will begin in 2012. This notice of proposed contract action is not a request for competitive proposals. Information furnished shall include enough detailed documentation to allow the Government to perform a proper evaluation. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed requirement based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Information received will normally be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement. Information herein is based on the best information available at the time of publication, is subject to revision, and is not binding on the Government. The Government will not recognize any costs associated with the submission of this SOC. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this effort is 336414. The applicable small business size standard for 336414 is 1,000 employees.

Submit all responses to: SMC/PKJ, Attn: William T. Althoff, 483 N. Aviation Blvd, EI Segundo, CA 90245-2808 (c-mail All interested parties must identify to the Contracting Officer their capability to satisfy the Government's requirement within 15 days of this notice. Responses from small business and small, disadvantaged businesses are highly encouraged.

An Ombudsman has been appointed to address concerns from offerors or potential offerors during the proposal development phase of this acquisition. The Ombudsman does not diminish the authority of the program director or Contracting Officer, but communicates contractor concerns, issues, disagreements, and recommendations to the appropriate Government personnel. When requested, the Ombudsman shall maintain strict confidentiality as to the source of the concern. The Ombudsman does not participate in the evaluation of proposals or in the source selection process. The Ombudsman for the Space and Missile Systems Center is Mr. James Gill, 310-653-1789.

Points of Contact:

William T. Atlhoff
Contracting Officer
(310) 653-9525

Richard R. White
Contract Specialist
(310) 653-9115

483 North Aviation Blvd
El Segundo, California 90245-2808
Richard R. White,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 3106539115