DoD releases Thunderstorm RFI
On October 29, the Department of Defense released a request for information (RFI) for the THUNDERSTORM Technology Demonstration and Experimentation 22-4: Data Discovery Innovation and Visualization Event (DDIVE). Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on November 29.
The purpose of this RFI is to solicit technologies from private industry, government research and development (R&D) organizations, and academia for inclusion in a future capability demonstration and experimentation event focused on Data Discovery Innovation and Visualization. The Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD (R&E)), Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) / Capability Prototypes (CP) in partnership with U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) are sponsoring this effort. The intent is to accelerate the delivery of innovative capabilities and technologies by demonstrating and experimenting with the capability in an operationally relevant environment. The results of this effort will be used to inform decision makers of emerging and available technology solutions that enhance or improve operational capabilities.
Interested parties are welcome to submit their applications to participate in the demonstration and experimentation events. Technology demonstrations will take place at the unclassified level; as such, proposals must be submitted at the unclassified level. For technologies that have features or applications at higher classification levels, please respond with an unclassified proposal. If this technology is chosen for the Thunderstorm demonstration, arrangements can then be made for subsequent discussions at the appropriate level. This RFI is for Thunderstorm 22-4, with demonstration and experimentation of Data Discovery Innovation and Visualization Event (DDIVE) technologies, planned for February 2022.
Thunderstorm provides an opportunity for technology developers and data providers to demonstrate and experiment with new and evolving technological capabilities in an operationally relevant environment, as well as to obtain insight into federal technology gaps and emerging needs. The demonstration and experimentation environment enables a collaborative working relationship between government organizations, academia, and industry. This promotes the identification of emerging needs and technology discoveries to the Department of Defense (DoD) and interagency partners. Thunderstorm provides a realistic demonstration environment for technology developers to interact with operational personnel. Technologies brought to the event should be at a technology readiness level (TRL) of 4 or greater (http://www.acqnotes.com/acqnote/tasks/technology-readiness-level) although lower TRL capability will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The objective of this demonstration and experimentation event will be to identify new and emerging OSINT data sets and technologies that enable rapid capability enhancement and inform DoD/IC with emerging software tools supporting advanced open source search, correlation, and identification of select topics of interest, such as people, organizations, locations, etc. and their relationship to each other. Capabilities that collects data from open sources with various formats, structures, levels of verification, etc. and identify OSINT that is trusted and verified leading to time-critical insights for tipping and cueing, as well as indications and warnings for further action by the analysist. Respondents should submit technology demonstration and experimentation applications.
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