On May 15, the Army Research Laboratory issued the final RFP for Advanced Expeditionary Warfare Development (AEWD) (Solicitation Number: W911NF-15-R-0004). The AEWD multiple award indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (MA IDIQ) contract vehicle will provide services to support a diverse group of organizations that span the spectrum of mission areas for expeditionary warfare related requirements. Industry comments and questions must be received no later than 4:00pm Eastern on May 29.
This requirement encompasses Research and Development needs that include; Basic and Applied Research, Advanced Technology Development, Demonstration and Validation and Operational Systems Development as defined in DFAS-IN Manual 37-100-11. Requirements may also include incidental non-personal services within the scope of Section 3 below. All requirements may support the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Department of Defense (DoD) and other Government agencies.
The U.S. Army Materiel Command Army Research Laboratory (ARL) develops and supports new concepts for application of advanced technology by customers whose principal focus is to counteract and defeat asymmetrical threats in the global environment. The threat is highly adaptable, and able to exploit emerging commercial technologies without being hindered by cumbersome bureaucratic processes. They are also able to observe U.S. and allied forces Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs). They use their gained knowledge to exploit vulnerabilities of these TTPs. The length of the current conventional Planning, Programming and Budgeting System (PPBS) and resulting acquisition processes tend to be detailed and exacting. This leads to extended time-lines between the operational identification of a need, and the delivery of a solution. These processes have difficulty in adapting to the continually evolving asymmetrical / non-conventional threats and TTP. The Army has established an adaptive red team process to address this issue for deployable force protection.
Based on the success of this program the Army is extending this to cover a broader spectrum of capabilities. This contract will support the expanded role of adaptive red teaming. Through this contract, and in combination with adaptive red team techniques, the ARL will leverage defense industry capabilities to support timely application of technology-based solutions against these threats that can be employed by small units, expeditionary forces, special operations forces and other irregular warfare operators. Technologies may include: advanced communications devices and systems; information technologies; electronic, mechanical and electro-mechanical systems; field power generation technologies; and advanced materials.
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