Navy posts C4ISR-related RFI, Industry Day
On July 2, the U.S. Navy posted a request for information and Industry Day announcement for innovative technology solutions to address a variety of expeditionary warfare requirements. Responses to the RFI are due no later than 4:00 p.m. Central on August 3. An Industry Day will be held on August 7; RSVPs are due by July 20.
Under the authority of 10. U.S.C. 2371B, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) seeks information in anticipation of awarding funding through Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs) to non-traditional and/or traditional defense contractors for the development of prototype(s) in the area of Expeditionary Warfare (EXW) that requires platforms and systems that can operate in diverse and challenging environments. The OTA offers an alternative to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based acquisitions, allowing for access to participation by non-traditional defense contractors with innovative solutions that may not normally desire to participate in government procurement.
NSWC PCD requires innovative technology solutions to address current and future platforms and systems in the EXW environment. Conducting EXW requires operating in the Littorals, or near coastal environment, that extends from the deep ocean into and including land. The Littorals consist of the seas, bays, estuaries, islands, coastal areas, beaches and the airspace above these areas. The range of modern sensors and weapons extends hundreds of miles both seaward and landward, blurring the distinction between operations at sea and on land and necessitating an operational approach that treats the littorals as a singular, integrated battlespace. Under EXW, NSWC PCD may seek prototype efforts in the following technology areas:
Expeditionary Maneuver – Technologies that enable Amphibious and other Mobility & Counter-Mobility operations, by controlling and shaping the operational area to benefit friendly forces and to block off, control and/or hinder the movement of threat forces.
Command, Control, Communications, and Computer (C4) – Enables and ensures the ability to monitor, command, and control platforms, vehicles, systems, and sensors in executing their mission tasks.
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) – Collects signals, imagery, measurements and signatures to understand the threat’s operating tempo, capabilities, and tactical & operational situation. Collection, processing, exploitation, and dissemination of the data enable the operational commander to make decisions in the battlespace.
Platforms – The system engineering, integration, and interfaces for amphibious ships, ship-to-shore connectors, tactical vehicles, unmanned systems, and other platforms that host C4, ISR, sensors, or weapon systems in support of Expeditionary Warfare.
Sensors – Technology that passively or actively detects and responds to some indicator from the physical environment.
The intent of this Request for Information (RFI) will assist the Government in determining the feasibility of establishing a single consortium or multiple consortiums as they apply to each technology area.
An industry day will be held on August 7, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time) at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 7115 Coastal Palms Blvd, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408. Interested parties shall RSVP no later than July 20th. RSVP shall include, the company’s name and name(s) of attendee.
Full information is available here.