On April 6, the Defense Human Resources Activity posted a sources sought notice for a Language Readiness Index (Solicitation Number: H98210-17-R-0017). Responses are due by 12:00pm Eastern Time on April 11, according to FedBizOpps.
The Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) requires support services for the continued maintenance and implementation of the Language Readiness Index (LRI) program to assist the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands (CCMDs), the Military Departments, and Components to manage their language, regional expertise, and cultural (LREC) capabilities and requirements in support of Department of Defense (DoD) missions.
The 2005 Defense Language Transformation Roadmap (January 2005) defined the actions for the DoD to build a system using a capabilities-based language requirement determination process to identify linguist and translator requirements as part of the deliberate and contingency planning processes for operations and plans. The Roadmap further instructed DLNSEO to develop and maintain a secure Web-based capability to collect and organize the data and establish a process to provide the Joint Staff, Combatant Commands (CCMDs), Services, and Defense agency representative access to this information.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction (CJCSI 3126.01A, 31 January 2013) provides policy and procedural guidance for the identification, planning and sourcing of LREC capabilities in support of the Department of Defense Strategic Plan for Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Capabilities, national decision-making, and global military operations. The instruction identifies LRI as the decision support system DoD will use to achieve the goals of and implement the policies defined in the instruction.
A Department of Defense Directive (DoDD 7730.65, 11 May 2015) establishes the Defense Readiness Reporting System (DRRS) program to monitor the readiness of the DoD Components to provide capabilities to support the National Military Strategy (NMS) as directed by Presidential and Secretary of Defense guidance. DRRS encompasses the automated, near real-time readiness reporting systems that provide current readiness status for operational forces and defense support organizations in terms of their ability to perform their Mission Essential Tasks Lists (METL). LRI is one of the reporting systems in DRRS. This Directive applies to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Departments, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CCMDs, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD.
A Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI 5160.70, 30 December 2016) establishes LRI as the system to identify, prioritize, and input requirements for analyzing language proficiency, regional expertise, and cultural capabilities in support of readiness and risk assessment in DRRS. This includes reporting capability-based requirements for CCMD-specific foreign LREC capability requirements.
The Contractor shall serve as the technical lead and advisor to DLNSEO for the continued implementation, operation, and maintenance of the LRI in DRRS-Strategic. The contractor shall have knowledge of the DoD Analytic Agenda, the Guidance for the Employment of the Force (GEF), the Defense Language Program (DoDD 5160.41E, DoDI 5160.70, DoDI 5160.71), the Defense Readiness Reporting System (DRRS), DoD LREC Strategic Plan, the LRI, Combatant Command operational and deliberate/contingency planning, and the Capabilities Based Requirements Identification Process (CBRIP). The contractor shall have demonstrated experience working with DLNSEO, the Joint Staff, the Defense Readiness Reporting System (DRRS) Integration Office, the National Security Agency (NSA), the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), and the CCMDs related to LREC programs. The Contractor shall provide highly qualified and experienced personnel, program management, and the resources necessary to support the ongoing institutionalization and integration of various programs, processes, and data sources into LRI.
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