Air Force C3I&N Kill Integration Branch posts new BAA
On November 30, the U.S. Air Force Command Control Communications Intelligence & Network (C3I&N) Kill Chain Integration Branch issued a new broad agency announcement (Solicitation Number: FA8726-18-S-0001). Concept papers will be accepted from now until November 30, 2018.
The objective of the Air Force Command Control Communications Intelligence & Network (C3I&N) Kill Chain Integration Branch is to acquire, develop, and integrate advanced intelligence, cyber, and classified solutions for the Air Force, Department of Defense, and National Agencies. The Branch champions the nation’s most sensitive C3I&N and Battle Management (BM) capabilities, and develops acquisition transition paths to support warfighting requirements.
This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) invites vendors to submit innovative technical approach concept papers, for the potential of a contract award, addressing kill chain integration to ensure full spectrum awareness of emergent threats. The areas of interest include: ISR state of-the-art advancement, Enhancing situational awareness, Mobile networking and communications equipment, Improvements to existing AF/DoD infrastructure, USAF cryptographic operations advancement, Geospatial analysis of social media, Exploitation of enemy threat systems, Increasing data utility and accessibility, Exploitation of the battlespace, Anti-Access/Anti Denial environments: Communication and Position, Navigation and Timing, 5th to 4th Generation Communications, and other IT related focus areas. Additional information and submittal directions may be found in the attached BAA document.
The AFLCMC C3I&N Kill Chain Integration Branch (AFLCMC/HNJ), Contracting Branch (AFLCMC/HNJK) invites innovative technical approach concept papers addressing kill chain integration, to include ISR, to ensure full spectrum awareness of emergent threats. In his introduction to Air Force ISR 2023 – Delivering Decision Advantage, Lieutenant General Robert P. Otto described the “challenge for AF ISR is to maintain the impressive tactical competencies developed and sustained over the past 12 years, while rebuilding the capability and capacity to provide the air component commander and subordinate forces with the all-source intelligence required to conduct full-spectrum cross-domain operations in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments around the globe.”
To enable the concepts espoused in AF ISR 2023, investments need to be made within the acquisition process to meet Component Commander demands, thus laying a foundation for the next generation of kill chain integration solutions. Recently (Jan 15) the Secretary of the Air Force, Ms. Deborah Lee James, announced a new initiative called “Bending the Cost Curve”. Additionally, the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David Goldfien, challenged the Air Force perspective in 2017, to transition its acquisition mindset from an industrial age to an informational age acquisition mindset. This effort was designed to help the Air Force further partner with industry, encourage innovation and drive down costs of systems. This BAA champions these initiatives, develops a better understanding of objective and threshold requirements while rapidly addressing the need for kill chain integration solutions in uncertain times.
Full information is available here.