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Broad Agency Announcement - GBSD Concept Development

Solicitation Number: BAA-AFNWC-XZ-13-001
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Office: Air Force Material Command
Location: AFNWC/PZI - Kirtland, Installation Contracting Division
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Special Notice
Added: Jan 07, 2013 1:36 pm

The Intelligence, Program Development and Integration Directorate (XZ) intends to solicit white papers/proposals for concepts that address modernization or replacement of the ground based leg of the nuclear triad. For purposes of this BAA, "concept" is defined as a prospective system materiel solution addressing identified and validated gaps or shortfalls based on conditions in which a future system will need to operate. These gaps and shortfalls were identified during the Ground Based Strategic Deterrence (GBSD) capabilities-based assessment (CBA) and validated in the Initial Capabilities Document. Each concept should provide adequate technical, schedule and cost information to allow feasibility analysis of the concept.

This BAA initiates a request for analysis, refinement, and technical amplification of concepts designed to satisfy the GBSD capabilities with an operational life of 2025-2075 timeframe. The USAF is seeking a range of materiel solution concepts including: incremental modernization of Minuteman III weapon system to address capability gaps; a new ballistic missile system (either silo-based or in alternative basing); and advanced concepts other than the traditional booster and reentry vehicle. Concepts are requested to address the GBSD weapon system-of-systems, to include the payload delivery vehicle, warhead integration, basing, and nuclear command, control and communications starting at message receipt. Underlying considerations should be a modular, open systems architecture ("Plug and Play") and commonality with ICBMs, submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), Prompt Global Strike/Conventional Strike Missile, and space launch vehicles.


In November, 2011, AFNWC issued a request for information (RFI) to industry to solicit inputs to close the gaps. Inputs were requested in six mission focus areas: propulsion, guidance, basing, nuclear command control and communications (NC3), warhead and re-entry vehicle (RV) and "Plug and Play" Technology. Responses were received in March 2012, and AFNWC personnel visited responding industry offices in May and June 2012 to obtain further information on the responses. Based on the responses and subject matter expert (SME) input, AFNWC created five concept characterization and technical descriptions (CCTD): continued use of the current baseline until 2075 with no deliberate attempt to close identified gaps; a Current Fixed that incorporates incremental changes to the current baseline to close the gaps; and three new concepts. These new CCTDs are: new fixed basing, mobile, and a tunnel based concept. All five concepts will be evaluated as part of the Material Development Decision (MDD) and those judged adequate will be included in the analysis of alternatives (AoA) study. AFNWC will not award contracts for concepts not approved at the MDD.

Instructions for Submission:

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) will remain open through 31 December 2013, or until amended or superseded. It may be reissued and/or amended periodically, as needed. White papers/ Proposals may be requested at any time during the open period by the appropriate point of contacts (POCs) identified in this BAA. However, prior to submitting a proposal, offerors are required to submit a white paper on their proposed concepts to the technical POC. The purpose of the white paper is to preclude unwarranted effort on the part of an offeror whose proposed work is not of current interest under this BAA. Those offerors submitting white papers found to be consistent with the intent of this BAA may subsequently be invited to submit a proposal. If invited by the Government, the proposal shall be in accordance with the instructions in Part II. Such invitation does not assure that a contract will be awarded. See attached BAA for complete instructions.

Added: Jan 15, 2013 6:30 pm Modified: Mar 29, 2013 4:46 pmTrack Changes
Revised GBSD BAA to extend "White Paper" due date from 8 Feb 13 to 28 Feb 13.  In addition, Questions and Responses as of 11 Jan 13 has been posted.

Revised GBSD BAA to extend "Proposal" due date from 19 Apr 2013 to 8 Jul 2013.  Please review entire revised BAA for additional information on entire schedule.
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Other (Draft RFPs/RFIs, Responses to Questions, etc..)
Posted Date:
January 7, 2013

Amendment 1

Posted Date:
January 15, 2013
Description: Revised GBSD BAA.
Description: Questions and Responses as of 11 Jan 13.

Amendment 2

Posted Date:
March 29, 2013
Description: Revised GBSD BAA with new schedule.
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