NGA opens BIG BAA Topic Area 10 – SOM Automation
On June 20, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency posted topic area 10 – Automating Satellite Imagery Exploitation – of its Boosting Innovative GEOINT (BIG) BAA (Solicitation Number: HM0476-16-BAA-0001_Topic10). Questions are due no later than 11:59 a.m. ET on June 26. White papers are due no later than 11:59 a.m. ET on July 16.
The BIG BAA solicits ideas for Topic Area 10, Amendment 10 – SOM Automation
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) intends to award multiple Firm-Fixed Price contracts under Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) HM0476-16-BAA-0001 for Boosting Innovative GEOINT (BIG) efforts. This will be a two-step BAA. Step One is to submit a White Paper by the topics’ due date/time. White Papers that are determined to be technically acceptable as evaluated against criteria published in this BAA will receive a Request for Proposal (RFP) from an NGA Contracting Officer, which is Step Two.
NGA welcomes all innovative and actionable White Papers that will enhance and accelerate Boosting Innovative GEOINT Analysis. All awards will be based on merit competition. NGA’s goal is to make awards under various research topic areas. The NAICS code for this procurement includes 54171, Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering and Life Sciences, but other NAICS codes may apply as well. NGA encourages small businesses and universities to procure under this BAA. NGA also strongly encourages and accepts White Papers from collaboration of entities (industry and industry, industry and university, university and university, etc.) because research in multidisciplinary Topic Areas my require forming teams with strengths in multiple science and engineering fields.
Topic Area 10 – Automating Satellite Imagery Exploitation
NGA seeks techniques that help augment analyst workflows with computer-derived observations from satellite imagery. The amount of imagery that NGA receives from various overhead collectors is vast and growing. It is an imperative for NGA to develop technologies that will help automate and augment the analysis of those images. NGA desires the capability to (1) increase the value derived from each satellite image and (2) reduce the latency between image collection and intelligence reporting. Each sub-topic below addresses this core goal and proposers should ensure that solutions are advancing these fundamental objectives.
Each proposal shall consider the NSG Data Analytic Architecture Services (NDAAS) which is built on Scale, Mesos, and Docker in C2S (an IC cloud environment) to be the intended compute architecture in which the resulting algorithms should run. This does not mean that development, training, and validation of the algorithms necessarily needs to take place in NDAAS. However, algorithms should be developed with NDAAS as the target architecture.
Topic 10 has a Classified Addendum found on the ARC NGA_OCS_BIG BAA TOPIC 10 tab.
Full information is available here.