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Added: Jun 25, 2014 1:46 pmNotice Type: Special Notice
Classification Code: A
NAICS Code: 541/541712
RFI Number: RFI-RIK-14-02
Request for Information (RFI) For Data Link Network Planning, Monitoring & Analysis, and Training - Desired Capabilities for Operators
Please reference this title and the RFI Number on all documentation submitted.
2.0 FEDERAL AGENCY NAME
Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, AFRL - Rome Research Site, AFRL/Information Directorate, 26 Electronic Parkway, Rome, NY, 13441-4514
This publication constitutes a Request for Information (RFI) as defined in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 15.201(e), Exchanges with Industry before receipt of Proposals, Requests for Information". Respondents should note that no funding has been specifically reserved for this announcement. We are soliciting Requests for Information abstracts only. Do not submit a white paper or proposal at this time.
3.1 REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI)
This announcement is not a request for proposals; therefore, responses to the RFI are not considered offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract.
NO CLASSIFIED INFORMATION SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE RFI RESPONSE.
Refer to section five (5) of this announcement for instructions on submitting an RFI abstract.
Submission of an abstract is voluntary. Respondents are advised that AFRL is under no obligation to provide feedback with respect to any information submitted under this RFI.
4.0 TECHNICAL BACKGROUND:
The Air Force has a requirement for a data link network planning, monitoring, and analysis capability. This RFI addresses the operational requirements to support the Joint Interface Control Officer (JICO), Regional Interface Control Officer and unit-level Data Link Manager's tactical data link planning, execution and management of the Joint Multi-Tactical Data Link Network.
Details within this RFI consolidates recommendations from Air Force (AF) data link managers on the required capabilities for today's fight, based on the current operational environment and advances in system software applications.
- To the greatest extent possible, software solutions are desired over hardware solutions. The intent is to minimize the number of separate hardware systems, computers, etc. operators are required to use and that units are required to house/sustain.
MTN Monitoring and Analysis:
- Monitors Time Slot Duty Factor (TSDF)
- Track Data Monitoring and Analysis
(Objective) MTN Monitoring and Analysis capabilities - should not delay the delivery of a network monitoring and analysis tool
Combat Net Radio/VMF K series message analysis
(Objective) MTN Monitoring and Analysis capability - should not delay delivery of network monitoring and analysis tool:
- Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS EHF SATCOM, IP Connectivity) Analysis and Management
(Objective) MTN Management capability - should not delay delivery of network monitoring and analysis tool:
Dynamic Network Management
- Future AF operational requirements may necessitate the ability for the JICO/JICO organization to dynamically plan/re-plan the MTA. In the case of Link 16 network management, the following will be required as capabilities mature:
MTN - Plan Creation and Plan Analysis:
MTN Planning - OPTASK LINK:
- Provides ability for user to import, create, edit, validate and export an OPTASK LINK message in machine-parseable USMTF B.1.01.11 format (threshold)
- Overt, highly visible "SIM MODE" banner or background display to clearly distinguish between simulated and live operations
ACC Air Combat Command
5.0 REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) ABSTRACTS
All abstracts shall state that they are submitted in response to this announcement and identify the Priority Number to which the response is applicable.
RFI responses shall include the company name, address and the title, telephone number, mail and e-mail addresses of the point of contact having the authority and knowledge to discuss the RFI submission.
The Government is assessing the current state-of-the-art and existing tactical data link management product solutions. The RFI responses should describe the product solution proposed, address coverage of the requirements stated in this RFI by the proposed solution, explain the potential advantage to the Air Force, and provide a rough order of magnitude for the cost of the proposed solution. NO CLASSIFIED INFORMATION SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE RFI RESPONSE.
5.2 SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
Multiple abstracts within the purview of this RFI announcement may be submitted by each responder.
Network complexity, large AORs, challenging terrain and capacity issues within the Link 16 networks require a tool that helps operators plan for the effective use of the Link 16 capabilities. Emerging capabilities such as network enabled weapons and the growing emphasis on integrated air and missile defense require tools to effectively manage and more effectively employ data link capabilities as greater burden is placed on the Link 16 networks. The ever-increasing challenge of TDL management requires a training tool to effectively train operators in garrison to manage TDLs and the data that flows across them.
Network Planning, Network Monitoring and Analysis, and Training, be pursued as separate but interoperable and complimentary components. While the components are designed or (in the case of an already existing system) modified, to compliment the other and be interoperable, delays in the development and fielding of one mission-ready component should not delay the delivery of another component ready for fielding.
All components should be interoperable with relevant current and future AF Enterprise systems such as the proposed AOC management system, email, spreadsheet, and media viewer software.
JICOs and Data Link operators require the planning component to effectively implement emerging capabilities such as network enabled weapons. Satisfying these operational requirements will result in more effective employment of data link resources and a reduction in manpower hours dedicated to data link troubleshooting.
Current data link management/interface control operational expertise and manpower will be employed to operate and maintain these mission applications.
RFI abstract due date is July 9, 2014.
The abstracts will be formatted as follows:
Section A: Title, Period of Performance, Estimated Cost, Name/Address of Company, Technical and Contracting Points of Contact (phone, fax, and email) In addition, respondents are requested to provide their Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) number, their Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a fax number, an e-mail address, and reference this RFI with their submission. (This section is Not included in the page count.)
Section B: Technical Summary: The technical abstracts shall be limited to 8 pages.
All abstracts shall be double spaced with a font no smaller than 12 point. All responses to this announcement must be addressed to the TPOCs, as discussed in Section 6.0 of this announcement. Respondents are required to submit at least one electronic copy to the Government technical point of contact (TPOC) in Microsoft Office Word. It is strongly suggested that you confirm receipt of your electronic submission with the Primary TPOC.
6.0 AGENCY CONTACTS
Verification of government receipt or questions of a technical nature can also be directed to the cognizant TPOC.
Primary TPOC Secondary TPOC
Chief, Tactical Data Link Ops & Mgt TPOC AOC WS Sustainment TPOC
COP/JDN Requirements TPOC TDL Programs Branch TPOC
Questions of a contractual/business nature shall be directed to the cognizant Contracting Officer, as specified below:
26 Electronic Parkway
Rome, New York 13441-4514
June 25, 2014
December 17, 2014
Original Set Aside:
A -- Research & Development
541 -- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services/541712 -- Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)