Navy to hold classified industry collaborative exchange

On June 22, the U.S. Navy posted a notice about the upcoming Classified Industry Collaborative Exchange (ICE). The registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. Eastern on July 7, and the event will take place on July 12.

The NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND (NAVAIR) and Naval Aviation PROGRAM EXECUTIVE OFFICES (PEO), together with the NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT and WEAPONS DIVISIONS (NAWCAD and NAWCWD) will jointly conduct a classified Industry Collaborative Exchange (ICE) on 12 July 2023, at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

The Naval Aviation North Stars ICE is the first in a series of planned events to inform industry about the specific and time-critical challenges to NAVAIR’s Mission to “Deliver integrated warfighting capability to enable the Fleet / Force to compete, deter and win – tonight, tomorrow and in the future.”

The 12 July event will focus on the “Rapid delivery of integrated warfighting capability that is dominant, affordable and available.”   Key agenda topics include:  Distributed Maritime Operations and the Joint Warfighting Concept; Aligning Efforts to the Naval Aviation North Stars; and Priority Warfighting Capability Gaps – Emergent and Urgent Needs.   The afternoon agenda includes two panel discussions:  PEO / OPNAV Perspectives on Capability, Affordability and Availability and NAWC / Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Capability Delivery Success Stories – Acquisition and Fleet Perspectives.   The purpose is to build on-going collaboration, frame upcoming related PEO and NAWC industry events, and prepare for solicitations.

The NAVAIR/NAWC team has established a fully informed, competitive procurement environment to support the intended solicitations and subsequent ICE activities.   Shortly after this initial event, a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and Classified Agency Announcement (CAA), as contemplated in FAR 6.102(d)(2)(i), will solicit White Papers describing potential prototypes and demonstrations that can rapidly address operational warfighting capability gaps, mitigate Risk to Mission and accelerate development and test of material and non-material solutions within the Fiscal Year Defense Program (FYDP) leveraging rapid capability and adaptive acquisition pathways.

The primary objective is to identify operational prototype solutions that can demonstrate integrated/interoperable performance through a brief cycle (~6-18 months) of NAWC Naval Research and Development Enterprise (NRDE) Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) activities that culminate in operational Fleet/Force assessment at a Naval Experiment, Joint or Large Force Exercise.

The secondary objective is to identify key enablers for delivering emergent and advanced solutions, including modeling, simulation, virtualization; model-based engineering and test, training and deployment tools and methods; digital analytics, data handling, aggregation and protection processes; as well as the need for access to unique resources within the Industrial Base (e.g., technology-specific expertise and data, models, hardware/software integration laboratories, testbeds, etc.).

Review the classified industry collaborative exchange notice.

Source: SAM

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