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Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS)

Solicitation Number: USSOCOM-TALOS-RFI-NOV
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: U.S. Special Operations Command
Location: Headquarters Procurement Division
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Special Notice
Added: Sep 12, 2013 4:07 pm
A. INTRODUCTION: Science and Technology (S&T) Collaboration
This Request for Information (RFI) is NOT a solicitation for proposals, proposal abstracts, or quotations.
The purpose of this RFI is to solicit technology demonstration candidates from Research and Development (R&D) organizations, private industry, and academia for inclusion in future experimentation events coordinated by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). USSOCOM invites industry, academia, individuals, and Government labs to submit revolutionary low Technology Readiness Level (TRL) technology demonstration nominations addressing revolutionary/novel technologies/developmental approaches leading to possible Government/Industry collaboration for development of USSOCOM technology capabilities supporting a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS). The intent is to accelerate the delivery of innovative TALOS capabilities to the Special Operations Forces (SOF) warfighter.

This event is a follow on to our July 2013 demonstrations and is focused on longer-term solutions with a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 5 or less. After review of the technology demonstration nomination submissions, the Government may invite select candidates to demonstrate their technologies or innovative developmental approaches at the USSOCOM sponsored S&T demonstration event. The demonstration 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. The intent is to accelerate the delivery of innovative capabilities to the SOF warfighter. Industry participation in demonstration activities does not suggest or imply that USSOCOM will procure or purchase equipment.

1. Background: These collaborative S&T demonstrations are conducted with representatives from Government R&D organizations, Academia, and Industry. S&T demonstration events provide an opportunity for technology developers to interact with operational forces and Government development personnel to determine how their technology development efforts and ideas may support or enhance SOF capability needs. The environment facilitates a collaborative working relationship between interested parties to promote the identification and assessment of emerging technologies and developmental approaches for the primary goal of accelerating the delivery of technology discoveries to the SOF warfighter. The event facilitates USSOCOM personnel to identify potential technology solutions, impacts, limitations, and utility to meet SOF technical objectives and thrust areas. Materiel solutions brought to the event should be at a TRL of 5 or less. Demonstrations may be between an hour and half a day in duration and may be conducted in unimproved expeditionary-like conditions. At the discretion of USSOCOM, respondents may be asked to complete a vendor loan agreement (see attachment).

2. Demonstration Focus: Demonstrations will be conducted from 19-20 November 2013, at or near MacDill AFB, FL and will explore emerging TALOS technology solutions for the advance enhanced mobility/protection capabilities to augment the direct assaulter. The goal of these demonstrations is to identify technologies and innovative developmental approaches which could potentially supply revolutionary, game changing capabilities and developmental approaches to USSOCOM supported Research and Development. Any TALOS technology demonstration conducted at this event must provide a clear understanding of how the technology or developmental approach is unique to the direct assaulter mission capability needs. Direct Assaulter enhanced mobility/protective technologies may include, but are not limited to:

a. Advanced Armor: Materials to support next generation full-body ballistic protection. Full body ballistic protection shall be to the NIJ-IV level and include the head. Blast pressure wave mitigation technologies will be considered.
b. Mobility/Agility: Enhancement platforms such as powered exoskeletons that improves/augments warfighters endurance and agility.
c. Situational Awareness (SA): Body worn and remote sensor integration, fusion, and display to enhance a warfighter's understanding of the tactical environment.
d. Light/noise discipline
e. Command, Control, Communications & Computers (C4): Such as conformable & wearable antennae, wearable computers, and advanced wave forms/software programmable radios allowing for a reduction in soldier load
f. Individual soldier combat ready displays: Including non-visual means of information display, and potentially utilization of cognitive thoughts and the surrounding environment to display personalized information
g. Power generation and management
h. Thermal management of suit occupant
i. Medical: Embedded monitoring, oxygen systems, wound stasis, electromechanical compensation

Proposed solutions should take into consideration "lightening the load" of the operator, mentally and/or physically while providing maximum protection, agility, and tactical dominance.

3. Security Requirements: Vendors should not submit classified information in the technology demonstration nominations.

4. Respondents interested in conducting demonstrations using technologies like: lasers, explosives, weapons using live fire, moving equipment, vehicles, and other technologies that present an occupational hazard shall prepare and submit a safety risk assessment. The risk assessment shall address the likelihood and severity of any inherent risks as well as risk mitigation measures required to bring the resultant risk to a low level. The risk assessment shall be submitted as an attachment to the experiment nomination. Reference MIL-STD-882D for instructions and information regarding risk assessments.

5. Other Special Requirements: DO NOT SUBMIT PROPOSALS. SUBMIT TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION NOMINATIONS ONLY. EXPERIMENTATION NOMINATION SUBMITTALS FOR THIS RFI WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THE CLOSING DATE OF 10/15/2013 1600 Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDST). No contracts will be awarded based solely on this announcement or any subsequent supplemental RFI announcements planned for FY13 S&T demonstration events.

Technology Demonstration nominations shall be submitted electronically via SORDAC's BAA and RFI Submission Tool at Respondents shall review all policies and disclaimers indicated in the SORDAC BAA and RFI Submission Tool, including the required naming convention of attachments, prior to submitting the nomination. Technology Demonstration nominations shall include a picture of the technology and shall meet the following additional requirements: (1) Number of Pages: no more than two pages - the picture is not included in the 2 page count; (2) Paper Size-8.5 x 11 inch paper; (3) Margins -1"; (3) Spacing-single; (4) Font-Times New Roman, 12 Point; (5) Microsoft Word 2007 or later and/or PDF format. In addition, vendors may also submit a short video explaining/detailing their technology or developmental approach. Multiple nominations addressing different technology demonstrations may be submitted by each respondent. However, each submission may only include one technology demonstration nomination. Submissions will be reviewed by USSOCOM personnel to determine whether a demonstration submission will be accepted for invitation.

Select respondents will be invited to participate in USSOCOM demonstrations. USSOCOM shall provide venues, supporting infrastructure, and assessment personnel (operational and technical, based on availability of resources and written request) at no cost to invited respondent(s). Respondent's travel costs and technology demonstrations will be at the respondent's expense. The S&T demonstration venue will only provide basic access to facilities to conduct demonstrations, and basic venue infrastructure. Invited respondents must be prepared to be self-sufficient during the execution of their demonstrations and not dependent on venue resources for success.

Selection of respondents to participate will be based on the extent to which the technology represents a particular class or level of capability that can be provided to SOF.
Other considerations include:
- Technical Readiness Level (TRL)
- Relevance of or adaptability to military operations/missions
- Relevance to current operational needs
- Relevance to Event Focus Area

E. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: All efforts shall be made to protect proprietary information that is clearly marked in writing. Lessons learned by USSOCOM from these demonstrations may be broadly disseminated but only within the Government. If selected for participation in S&T demonstration, vendors may be requested to provide additional information that will be used in preparation for the demonstration.

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 proprietary information contained in response to this request will be properly 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: Respondent's attention is directed to the fact that 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 be used to objectively review a particular functional area 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):
1. The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this RFI notice or to otherwise pay for the information.
2. Although "proposal" and "respondent" are used in this RFI, your responses will be treated as information only. It shall not be used as a proposal.
3. In accordance with FAR Clause 52.209(c), the purpose of this RFI is to solicit technology demonstration candidates from R&D organizations, private industry, and academia for inclusion in future demonstration events coordinated by USSOCOM.

Contracting Office Address:
7701 Tampa Point Blvd
MacDill AFB, Florida 33621-5323
Primary Point of Contact:

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7701 Tampa Point Blvd
MacDill AFB, Florida 33621-5323

United States
Peter T. Coffey,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 813-826-7515
Fax: 813-826-4838
Geneva Emiliani,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 813-826-6959