Air Force seeks white papers for USSTRATCOM Agile DevOps Pilot
On February 12, the U.S. Air Force posted a request for whitepapers for the Agile DevOps Pilot and Microservices Architecture Prototype (ADP) program (Solicitation Number: RIK-OTA-18-R-ADP). Responses are due by 12:00 p.m. EST on March 2.
This solicitation is a Request for Whitepapers (RFW) for Project Announcement (PA) No. RIK-OTA-18-R-ADP. The intent of this notice is to promote opportunity with potential vendors. Participation in this RFW is required for a potential future Request for Proposal (RFP). Participation in this RFW and potential future Request for Proposal (RFP) will require membership with SOSSEC, Inc. Please refer to Section VI below entitled “Submission Instructions” for further information.
The Government will be briefing this requirement using the Defense Collaboration Service (DCS) on 14 FEB 2018, 0930-1100 CST. The briefing will open thirty (30) minutes prior at the following link: https://conference.apps.mil/webconf/AFLCMCHBCAgileDevOpsOTA. A copy of the briefing slides may be found in Attachment No. 2 entitled “HBC Agile DevOps Pilot C4ISR OTA.PPTX”.
The Government anticipates that our Agile DevOps Prototypes will attack, as necessary, three lines of effort:
Agile Establishment. Establish/optimize an agile development process based on an agile framework like Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) or Large Scale Scrum (LeSS). Agile development process is a pre-requisite to a successful Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline implementation.
DevOps Infrastructure Enablement. Install and configure tools that enable DevOps, including a CI/CD toolchain.
Microservices Architecture (MSA) Implementation. Refactor and/or re-architect existing applications from a monolithic architecture transforming them using an event-driven architecture (EDA) design paradigm into a MSA. Containerize microservices and deploy them to a container-based platform.
United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) is headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. It conducts global operations in partnership with other combatant commands, services and U.S. government agencies to deter and detect strategic attacks against the United States. USSTRATCOM is responsible for command of U.S. nuclear capabilities, space operations, global surveillance and reconnaissance, intelligence, communications, computers, global missile defense and combatting weapons of mass destruction. To enable completion of these missions, USSTRATCOM is modernizing the Integrated Strategic Planning and Analysis Network (ISPAN) and the Nuclear Planning and Execution System (NPES).
ISPAN provides capability to support USSTRATCOM’s UCP responsibilities for strategic deterrence planning and Global Strike including nuclear targeting and sortie development, and conventional kinetic and non-kinetic planning, as well as collaborative planning and situational awareness. The nuclear and conventional planning tools are collectively known as the Mission Planning and Analysis System (MPAS) while the Global Adaptive Planning Collaborative Information Environment 2.0 (GC2) product provides collaboration and situational awareness. ISPAN MPAS is the nation’s only comprehensive system for developing “level 4” nuclear plans and options for the President’s Nuclear Decision Handbook and OPLAN 8010.
NPES is a Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff system for nuclear operations and fulfillment of nuclear command and control (NC2) responsibilities. NPES supports national strategic deterrence by providing a host of NC2 execution activities as well as contingency and crisis action planning capabilities to selected joint and combatant command staffs. NPES is operated by USSTRATCOM and other specified users performing missions to deter and dissuade threats, and, when directed, defeat adversaries.
Full information is available here.