Army posts digital integration lab sources sought
On September 24, the U.S. Army posted a sources sought notice for a digital integration lab. Responses are due by 4:00 p.m. Eastern on October 15.
The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), Program Manager Integrated Training Environment (PM ITE) is conducting market research to assist us in developing an acquisition strategy for future Digital Integration laboratory (DIL) contract support. The intent of this sources sought notice is to: 1) familiarize Industry with the DIL requirements and 2) to assess the capabilities of potential sources in fulfilling the DIL requirements.
The DIL provides a secure and centralized location for all PEO STRI programs to integrate with Mission Command Information Systems (MCIS). It also provides a critical risk reduction capability in preparation for formal Army Interoperability Certification (AIC) testing by supporting the Project Managers’ (PMs’) software development and integration initiatives across PEO STRI. The primary place of performance will be the Research Park Area located adjacent to the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, FL.
This is a non-personal services requirement to provide technical and management support. The physical security of this lab is managed by the Government. The contractor is responsible for all Information Assurance (IA) security activities including Cyber Security. The Government shall not exercise any supervision or control over the contract service providers performing the services herein. Such contract service providers shall be accountable solely to the Contractor who, in turn is responsible to the Government.
The DIL supports multiple MCIS. It provides experimentation, integration, testing, certification, demonstration and training for MCIS domain. Critical to the operation are Simulation to Mission Command Interoperability (SIMCI) architects who have knowledge in simulation and stimulation interoperability with the MCIS’s, while providing on-site certification support capability at the Central Technical Support Facility (CTSF) at Fort Hood, Texas, and/or the Tactical Systems Integration Facility (TSIF) at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), MD.
The DIL is an extension of the Army’s CTSF at Fort Hood, Texas. The CTSF is the Army’s execution agent for AIC testing and certification. The CTSF has formally recognized the PEO STRI DIL, located at a Government facility in Orlando Florida, as an approved auxiliary test site for the CTSF effort to conduct distributed AIC testing.
Federated Net-Centric Sites (FaNS)
The Department of the Army’s Federated Net-Centric Sites (FaNS) system is a network of accredited testing facilities, i.e. CTSF as Execution Agent, each with its own area of expertise working toward interoperability between a complete Army and joint military software and hardware of systems. The CTSF is the Test Agent (TA) of the FaNS Warfighter Mission Area (WMA) because of its success in developing and implementing software interoperability testing procedures. This effort requires the DIL to provide the skills and experience required to implement and execute processes, policies, and procedures needed to support CTSF AIC functions. Coordination and support with the CTSF is a critical element to the success of this effort.
Full information is available here.