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A--RFI for Adaptive Red Team/Technical Support Operational Analysis (ART/TSOA) activity supporting the Deployable Force Protection Technical Focus Team (DFP TFT)

Solicitation Number: RFI-ART-TSOA
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: Army Contracting Command
Location: ACC-APG - RTP
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This is a Request for Information (RFI). This is NOT a solicitation for proposals, proposal abstracts, or quotations. The purpose of this RFI is to gain information leading to Government/Industry collaboration for development of Deployable Force Protection (DFP) technologies and capabilities, and to assist in accelerating the delivery of these capabilities to the warfighter.

The ART/TSOA invites industry, academia, individuals, and labs to submit technology demonstration papers addressing innovative technologies and capabilities that can be used in austere environments: technology enabled-capabilities to protect Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) and Combat Outposts (COPs) with less than 300 total personnel (U.S. forces and other forces).

After reviewing the technology demonstration paper submissions, the Government may invite select candidates to demonstrate their capabilities in an Adaptive Red Team (ART) assessment venue in which we evaluate the capability as applied to the warfighter, its technical limitations and vulnerabilities. These assessments will be held quarterly at various venues to include, but not limited to, Camp Roberts Army National Guard Base, Playas Regional Training Center (PRTC), Avon Park Bombing Range, Camp Blanding, FL, Fort AP Hill, VA and Camp Atterbury, IN, through 31 December 2013. These assessments will provide the submitter an opportunity to interact with the warfighter, the DoD Science and Technology community, academia, and Federal Agencies for the purpose of assessing potential impact of emerging technology solutions on missions and capabilities.

Technology Demonstration papers shall be submitted electronically to email address: arl.umc@us.army.mil. The subject line of the email must indicate "ART/TSOA," followed by the submitting organization's name. This RFI is effective through 31 December 2013. Technology demonstration papers may be submitted at any time during the effective period.

B. OBJECTIVE

(1) Background: The ART/TSOA conducts quarterly assessments supporting the Deployable Force Protection Technical Focus Team (DFP TFT). These assessments are conducted with representatives from Government Research and Development (R&D) organizations, academia, and industry. The assessments provide an opportunity for technology developers to interact with operational personnel and determine how their efforts might support military capability gaps and high priority mission deficiencies. The environment facilitates a collaborative working relationship between academia, Government, and industry and supports identification, assessment, and dissemination of emerging and mature technology information and the acceleration of delivery of capabilities to the warfighters and those they support. The assessment results are reported back to the DFP TFT director on a quarterly basis.

(2) Assessment Focus and Submission Timeline: Assessments will be conducted in October 2012, February 2013, April/May 2013, and September 2013. Non quarterly events will be conducted in on an as needed basis.

(3) Submission Timeline: Submission Deadline for each event is listed below.

Assessment Date RFI Submission Deadline
FY13
20-29 October 2012 1 October 2012
2-11 February 2013 30 November 2013
27 April - 6 May 2013 22 February 2013
6 September 2013 12 July 2013

FY14
9-14 December 2013 11 October 2013

(4) Assessment Focus: The following areas are of particular interest:

a. Entry Control Point (ECP)
* Detect Explosives and other undesirable content on humans and vehicles entering compound
* Slow, stop, detain suspected persons

b. Surveillance
* Detect hostiles massing, digging, emplacing or other hostile activity
* Provide non-visual ability to detect, identify, and locate indirect and direct fire
* Autonomous surveillance
* Detect changes in local populace's movements

c. Cover/Reinforcement Resource
* Provide protective cover from direct and indirect fire

d. Active Defense
* Kinetic solutions to counter multiple and simultaneous attacks
* Passive / Active defense measures
* Stop threat vehicles from advancing
* Monitor/Jam enemy communications

e. Assess
* Automatically determine positive identification beyond range of threats
* Automatically develop intelligence estimates to facilitate timely decisions

f. Communicate
* First mile tactical communications

g. Power and Energy
* Combat Outpost (COP) and smaller uninterrupted power
* Renewable Combat Outpost (COP) and smaller uninterrupted power


(5) Security Requirements: The submittal process under this RFI is intended to be as streamlined as possible in order to allow the Government to leverage technology solutions capable of meeting urgent warfighter needs. Respondents should not submit classified information in the technology demonstration papers and ITAR restrictions should be clearly listed.

(6) Other Special Requirements: DO NOT SUBMIT PROPOSALS. SUBMIT TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION PAPERS ONLY. No contracts will be awarded based solely on this announcement.

C. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

(1) General Information: Technology demonstration papers shall not exceed two (2) pages using a PDF format and no less than 10-point font. The Respondent shall prepare an additional unclassified, non-proprietary title and summary page at the beginning of the document, which does not count toward the page limit. Technology demonstration papers in excess of two (2) pages may not be evaluated. Multiple concept papers addressing different technology demonstrations may be submitted by each respondent. Papers may be reviewed by ART/TSOA personnel or Naval Postgraduate School faculty, staff or students. Each technology demonstration paper must address only one demonstration. Selected Respondents will be invited to participate in ART/TSOA experiments. ART/TSOA will provide venues, supporting infrastructure, and assessment (operational and technical) personnel at no cost to the selected respondent. The respondent's travel and costs of technology assessments will be at the respondent's expense.

(2) Submission Format:

Section A: Respondent Name, Point of Contact, Title, Date, E-Mail Address, Phone #, Fax #, Organization/Office Symbol, and Address.

Section B: Capability Description--What is the capability you are proposing for the assessment? What is the intended purpose of this technology? How will the capability enhance mission effectiveness? Describe limits of environment in which this solution can operate.

Section C: Technology Demonstration--How do you envision execution of the technology demonstration? What is the proposed demonstration methodology?

Section D: Support Components--What additional support is required for the demonstration including hardware, software, data, facilities, and training?

Section E: Please note related federal contracts to include point of contact and current telephone number and address.

D. BASIS FOR SELECTION TO PARTICIPATE: 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 the forces. Other considerations include:

Relevance of or adaptability to military operations/missions
Relevance to current operational needs.
Breadth of application
Technical maturity

Selected Respondents will be notified in writing prior to event execution for the selected Technology Assessment events specified in paragraph B.(2).

E. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: All Respondents shall clearly identify and mark in writing all proprietary information provided on all documents. Lessons learned by DFP/TSOA from these assessments may be broadly disseminated within the Government and Government support contractors. Respondents must provide information that clearly asserts rights in technical data if developed exclusively or partially at private expense in order to claim any restrictions. Developed exclusively at private expense means development was accomplished entirely with costs charged to indirect cost pools, cost not allocated to a government contract, or any combination thereof." Identification of the data or software must have enough specificity to support the respondent's assertion is important for the parties to avoid misunderstanding during assessments.



F. USE OF INFORMATION: The purpose of this notice is to gain information on possible Government/Industry collaboration for development of ART/TSOA technologies and capabilities, and to assist in accelerating the delivery of these capabilities to the warfighter. All proprietary information contained in the response shall be separately identified and marked. Any proprietary information contained in response to this request will be properly protected from any unauthorized disclosure.
G. Per Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.215-3 Request for Information or Solicitation for Planning Purposes (Oct 1997):

a. The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this RFI Notice or to otherwise pay for the information solicited except as an allowable cost under other contracts as provided in subsection 31.205-18, Bid and proposal costs, of the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

b. 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.

c. The purpose of this RFI Notice is to gain information on possible Government/Industry collaboration for development of ART/TSOA technologies and capabilities, and to assist in accelerating the delivery of these capabilities to the warfighter.

H. POINTS OF CONTACT: Questions on the objectives or preparation of technical demonstration papers should be addressed to:

Arl.umc@us.army.mil, and the Subject Line must be titled: QUESTION(s)_for ART/TSOA.

NOTICE: RFI for Adaptive Red Team/Technical Support Operational Analysis (ART/TSOA) activity supporting the Deployable Force Protection Technical Focus Team (DFP TFT)


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ACC-APG - RTP, ATTN: AMSSB-ACR, Research Triangle Park Contracting Division, P.O. Box 12211, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211
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Emily Hobbs, 919 541-7760

ACC-APG - RTP