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EP-X Analysis of Alternatives

Solicitation Number: Pre-RFI_EP-X
Agency: Department of the Navy
Office: Naval Air Systems Command
Location: Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Pax River
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Special Notice
Added: Aug 05, 2009 9:01 am
1. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD intends to issue a request for information (RFI) seeking materials useful for the execution of the Electronic Patrol-X (EP-X) program which will recapitalize the EP-3E aircraft to provide tactical, theater, and national level Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Targeting (ISR&T) support to Carrier Strike Groups and to Theater, Combatant, and National Commanders. The purpose of the RFI will be to support an Analysis of Alternatives Study directed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

2. This pre-RFI notice will be amended no later than 1 September 2009 and will include additional information.

3. Sources interested in responding to the RFI should supply the government with information acknowledging your desire to participate, so that classified information can be exchanged. In addition, sources are encouraged to participate in an Information Day meeting described in more detail below.

4. The location of the Information Day will be in the Washington D.C. or Southern Maryland area. The AoA Integrated Product Team (IPT) and subordinate AoA Working groups may submit questions to RFI respondents and conduct follow-up discussions in order to seek clarification of submitted information or gain additional input.

5. In order to gain information most useful to the AoA, the Navy will provide Government Furnished Information (GFI) concerning EP-X technical and program-related information. In order to receive GFI, interested sources must submit a request via e-mail to the GFI Point of Contact identified in Section 11. All sources requesting classified GFI must possess Defense Security Service approvals for personnel and facility handling and automated processing of classified information up to and including the SECRET/NO FOREIGN classification level. All responses provided must be classified no higher than SECRET/NO FOREIGN. Responses notifying of your desire to receive the GFI are required to be received no later than 4:00 Eastern time on the 21 August 2009. Each response must identify the RFI Reference number associated with this RFI announcement.

6. No contract or funded tasking will be awarded from this announcement. Information herein is based on the best information available at the time of publication, is subject to revision, and is not binding upon the Government. The Government WILL NOT PAY for any information received in response to the upcoming RFI nor will the Government compensate respondents for any cost incurred in developing information for, participating in meetings with or engaging in discussion with the Government.

7. Information Day Meeting: An Information Day to assist interested sources in the development of RFI responses will be held on or about 10-11 September in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area or Southern Maryland area. The meeting will begin at 9:00AM Eastern Time (with security check-in beginning at 8:00 AM) and complete no later than 1:00 PM on the second day. Due to space constraints, vendors are limited to 2 (two) individuals per team. (Each corporate business unit may be represented separately). Because of the classified nature of this Information Day, personnel must register in advance and no later than 04 September 2009. Registration information will be provided in follow-up announcement. Due to the limited seating the Government may reject requests for attendance once the seating limit has been reached. Portions of the Information Day will be conducted at the SECRET classification level. Personnel attending these portions of the meeting must process and provide verification of the appropriate security clearance and provide back to the government signed non-disclosure forms prior to the meeting.

8. Background. The EP-X will develop a flexible, responsive, Multi-mission Multi-intelligence (Multi-INT), ISR&T capability that may include a family of systems ranging from and including manned aircraft, unmanned air vehicles and ground systems to conduct a variety of missions. Those missions include real-time Intelligence Preparation of the Environment, Indications and Warnings, Anti-Surface unit Warfare, Targeting Support, Direct Threat Warning and Information Operations. Intelligence and sensor capabilities will include Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) (such as Electro-Optical/Infrared sensor collection), and Radar Intelligence (RADINT (such as synthetic aperture radar, inverse synthetic aperture radar, and maritime moving target indicator). The ability to perform on or off-board sensor control, onboard processing, and Multi-INT data fusion will enable the EP-X to operate successfully in either communications permissive or communications constrained environments.

9. General Information: The cost of preparation of a response to this pre-RFI and any costs related to RFI briefings, meetings, and answering Government-posed questions are not considered allowable direct charges to any other contract or tasking. Receipt of RFI inputs will be acknowledged. RFI responses will not be returned. Interested sources are advised that the employees of commercial firms under contract to the Government will serve as technical reviewers of information provided in response to the RFI. By submission of a response, a source gives the Government permission to release proprietary information to employees of those organizations listed below. Employees of these organizations that participate in the EP-X AoA are required to sign and submit Non-Disclosure Agreements held on file with the Government Contracting Office:

Booz, Allen & Hamilton, McLean, VA

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel MD

MANTECH, Lexington Park MD

ARES Government Services, Arlington VA

AT&T Government Solutions, Lexington Park, MD

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Mountain View, CA

Integrity Applications, Inc. Chantilly, VA

MITRE, Lexington Park, MD

Center for Naval Analysis, Arlington, VA

Technology Security Associates, Lexington Park, MD

Beyond the above commercial firms, the Government will not release any marked Proprietary information, received in response to the RFI, to any firm, agency, or individual outside the Government.

10. All organizations receiving the GFI described herein will be required to destroy all CLASSIFIED information provided under the RFI no later than 30 March 2010 and provide to the government copies of destruction documentation no later than 15 April 2010.

11. RFI Points of Contact

RFI Technical POC (TPOC): Name: Mr. R.B. Shibe

Title: EP-X AoA Technical Director

Phone: (301) 342-8309


Information Day Point of Contact: Ms. Natalie Whitman

Title: Information Day Lead


Government Furnished Information Access Request: Ms. Jessica Gatton

Title: GFI Manager


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21983 Bundy Road Unit 7
Patuxent River, Maryland 20670
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