Air Force opens new funding opportunity for ISR enabling technologies
On November 30, the United States Air Force posted a broad agency announcement for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Enabling Technologies. Concept papers will be accepted between December 1, 2015 and November 30, 2016.
The objective of the Air Force Command Control Communications Intelligence & Network (C3I&N) Special Programs Division is to acquire, develop, and integrate advanced intelligence, cyber, and classified solutions for the Air Force, Department of Defense, and National Agencies. The Division 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 modernization, Enhancing situational awareness, Mobile networking and communications equipment, Improvements to existing AF/DoD infrastructure, USAF cryptographic operations modernization, Geospatial analysis of social media, Exploitation of enemy threat systems, Increasing data utility and accessibility, and other IT related focus areas. Additional information and submittal directions may be found in the attached BAA document.
The AFLCMC C3I&N Special Programs Division (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 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”. This effort was designed to help the Air Force further partner with industry, encourage innovation and drive down costs of systems. This BAA champions Ms James’s 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.