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A--ARMY NETWORK INTEGRATION EVALUATION (NIE) 15.1 SOURCES SOUGHT ANNOUNCEMENT

Solicitation Number: W56HZV-151-SOURCES-SOUGHT
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: Army Contracting Command
Location: ACC - Warren (ACC-WRN)(DTA)
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W56HZV-151-SOURCES-SOUGHT
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Sources Sought
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Added: Jan 17, 2014 12:51 pm
THE BELOW DESCRIPTION PROVIDES AN INTRODUCTION ONLY; REFER TO THE ATTACHMENT FOR THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT.

Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) Sources Sought

This is a request for candidates for the 15.1 NIE, Oct-Nov 2014.

Key words: NIE, Agile Process

1. DESCRIPTION

1.1 The US Army ASA(ALT) System of Systems Engineering and Integration Directorate (hereinafter referred to as SOSE&I) is seeking interested sources with mature solutions to enhance existing network systems capabilities to participate in a Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) event scheduled to occur in October/November 2014 (referred to as NIE 15.1) at Ft. Bliss, TX and the adjacent White Sands Missile Range, NM (WSMR). The purpose of this notice is to identify emerging capabilities to be evaluated against a set of entrance criteria for an opportunity to participate in a training event prior to the NIE. This Sources Sought seeks solutions with a narrow focus on Specific Identified Gaps in the current and evolving networked equipment solution set. Functional requirements for these gaps are listed in Paragraph 2. These gaps are:

Gap 13: Home Station Training and the Integrated Training Environment (technology)

NOTE: The Army will be conducting a scheduled Network Baseline Assessment during the field events of NIE 15.1. As a consequence the number and type of new solutions for this event will be restricted to prevent the introduction of non-baseline equipment into the brigade's networked systems. The Army anticipates the early release of a Sources Sought for NIE 15.2 and NIE 16.1 to allow industry additional time to prepare candidate solutions for those events.

Due to the training nature of the single announced gap for NIE 15.1 not all the usual proposal submission requirements will need to be met.

1.2 The NIE is an Army hosted event conducted twice a year. The NIE is approximately two to four weeks long and employs a Brigade Combat Team (BCT) at Fort Bliss, TX. The goal is to conduct parallel, systems tests of Army programs, evaluate new network technology capabilities, non-network capabilities and emerging in-theater capabilities and concepts. The NIE events will include tactical exercises using current force equipment and emerging networked systems.

1.3 This is a Sources Sought announcement. This does not constitute a Request for Quote (RFQ), Request for Proposal (RFP), an Invitation for Bid (IFB) or as an obligation or commitment on the part of the Government to acquire any product or service. There is no basis for claims against the Government as a result of information submitted or demonstrations provided in response to this Sources Sought announcement. The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this announcement or otherwise pay for any information or demonstrations provided by respondents to this request. This notice is for market research purposes only and is not indicative of a full requirement. Financial resources will not be provided for participation in the NIE.

1.4 Sources must understand the entire financial burden of participating in this process to include: submitting a White Paper, briefing, and Training Plan; attending and providing an Oral Presentation at the System Under Evaluation (SUE) Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM); submitting solution candidates for a training event prior to the NIE participating in pre-NIE integration and planning activities and training soldiers to operate the candidate solution at Fort Bliss, TX and White Sands Missile Range, NM and post-NIE de-installation and recovery activities will be the sole financial responsibility of the source. Field Support Representatives must be available to support each of these required events.

1.5 The Government will provide a venue for an Oral presentation, assessment services and venue for the candidate solution laboratory testing, integration risk reduction venue, host platform and services and access to the NIE site and facilities. The Government may provide integration support to integrate candidate solutions into military platforms and assist in network integration...

[REFER TO THE ATTACHMENT FOR CONTINUATION OF THIS SOURCES SOUGHT ANNOUNCEMENT.]
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ACC - Warren (ACC-WRN)(DTA), ATTN: AMSTA-AQ-AMB, E Eleven Mile Road, Warren, MI 48397-5000
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US ARMY System of Systems Integration Motor Pool (IMP) Bldg 2624 Shannon Van Valzah Road Ft. Bliss TX
79916-5000
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Tyron S. Williams, 586-574-8116

ACC - Warren (ACC-WRN)(DTA)