AFRL releases GeoPEX BAA
On September 29, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) posted a broad agency announcement (BAA) for Geospatial Intelligence Processing and Exploitation (GeoPEX). For best funding consideration in FY23, AFRL recommends that white papers be submitted by 3:00 p.m. Eastern on September 30, 2022.
AFRL is seeking white papers for research, development, integration, test and evaluation of technologies/techniques to provide geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) in all its forms and from whatever source – imagery, imagery intelligence, or geospatial data and information – to ensure a solid foundation of knowledge for planning, decision, and action while creating tailored, customer-specific geospatial intelligence, analytic services, and solutions. This BAA is a follow-on to BAA FA8750-17-S-7004 Knowledge Aided GEOINT Latency Reduction (KAGLR).
The Air Force Research Laboratory is soliciting white papers under this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for research, development, integration, test and evaluation of technologies/techniques to provide geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) in all its forms and from whatever source – imagery, imagery intelligence, or geospatial data and information – to ensure a solid foundation of knowledge for planning, decision, and action while creating tailored, customer-specific geospatial intelligence, analytic services, and solutions.
The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Intelligence Community (IC) intend to meet future customer intelligence needs through anticipatory analysis that is both robust and holistic. GEOINT encompasses all aspects of imagery and includes, but is not limited to, data ranging from the ultraviolet through the microwave portions of the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as information derived from the analysis of literal imagery; geospatial data; georeferenced social media; and information technically derived from the processing, exploitation, literal, and non-literal analysis of spectral, spatial, temporal, radiometric, phase history, polarimetric data, fused products, and the ancillary data needed for data processing and exploitation, and signature information (to include development, validation, simulation, data archival, and dissemination).
Improving analytic workflows and capabilities, the DoD & IC stakeholders will require the development of new analytic techniques, an environment that can quickly leverage new technologies, and integration of advanced geospatial sensor data to enable more sophisticated analytic products and services. The intent is to take advantage of the full-spectrum of geospatial phenomenologies while leveraging both traditional and non-traditional sources. To take advantage of these emerging capabilities, the GEOINT community needs to evolve analytical tradecraft.
Potential solutions must adhere to applicable DoD & IC security & Cyber-related and information assurance directives while addressing enterprise-wide stakeholder requirements specific to GEOINT timeliness, quality, & latency metrics. Executing pioneering collection strategies and developing innovative, full-spectrum capable technologies and services will enable the delivery of cost-efficient, flexible solutions that effectively mitigate intelligence gaps and greatly reduce or eliminate today’s challenges in providing timely intelligence data to the community.
Review the full AFRL GeoPEX BAA.
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