Army posts TSOA 21-2 RFI
On December 16, the U.S. Army posted the Technical Support and Operational Analysis (TSOA) 21-2 request for information (RFI). The purpose of this RFI is to gain information leading to Government/Industry collaboration at TSOA 21-2 to accelerate the development of technologies that will enable the Warfighter to be more effective, efficient, and lethal. The RFI’s submission deadline is January 15.
The Technical Support and Operational Analysis (TSOA) invites industry, academia, individuals, and laboratories to submit technology white papers addressing innovative technologies and capabilities that can be used in challenging environments:
Physical (Terrain – Natural & Urban)
Electronic (Frequency Congestion & Overload)
Contested (Electronic Interference, Cyber Attacks, & Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive [CBRNE])
Low Visibility (Tactical Effects without the Overt Tactical Signature)
Adversaries to the United States can attack it across all domains. The Department of Defense (DoD) writ large should focus on maintaining domain superiority; such a feat may not be practical for a small tactical unit. The issue that small, tactical units face is adjusting domain superiority throughout a conflict so that they remain ready, balanced, and lethal.
Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2AD), dense urban, contested, or congested environments pose a particular challenge for tactical teams. In these environments, Joint Forces require domain superiority for mission success, but find it fragile to maintain constantly. To perform successfully in contested environments, Joint Forces must understand if and when they lose domain superiority, and what measures they need to employ to regain superiority. However, Joint Forces do not need to maintain domain superiority throughout the entire mission to achieve success; they need to identify the periods of time where domain superiority is critical. Identifying these mission-critical time periods will allow Joint Forces to survive in contested environments and remain lethal.
TSOA 21-2 assessments will aid tactical units in understanding how and when to employ and maximize their superiority across multiple domains. Specifically, TSOA 21-2 will focus on air and land domains. This experiment will allow units to compete against and disrupt increasingly adaptive enemy forces.
Full information is available here.