AFRL updates GeoPEX BAA

On September 19, the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) posted an updated version of the Geospatial Intelligence Processing and Exploitation (GeoPEX) broad agency announcement (BAA). For best FY23 funding consideration, 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).

Total funding for this BAA is approximately $99.9M.  Individual awards will not normally exceed 24 months with dollar amounts normally ranging from $250K to $10M.  There is also the potential to make awards up to any dollar value as long as the value does not exceed the available BAA ceiling amount.

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.

Source: SAM

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