NGA posts new Olympus RFI
On May 4, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency posted a request for information on the Olympus program. Responses are due by 12:00 p.m. Eastern on May 16.
NGA has two parallel initiatives – GEOINT Broker and GEOINT Services. The Broker initiative looks to transform how NGA delivers content, while GEOINT Services is meant to provide capabilities of common concern (to include content integration) to the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG). In July 2017, the Director of the Source Operations & Management Directorate (NGA/S) issued guidance that GEOINT Services will serve as the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for Content Conveyance (Broker/CC), the portion of Broker that is meant to transform how NGA delivers content (data, products, knowledge, and services) to its customers. Content Conveyance includes delivery both internal to NGA, at the point of ingestion to the Enterprise, and externally following the production of GEOINT.
Both initiatives, despite stated common goals, have pursued disparate acquisition strategies since their inception. A number of contracts for each are in the process of transitioning, and the GEOINT Information Office (NGA/ST) introduced its Olympus program concept as a structure in which to integrate the tenets of both initiatives.
Currently, the majority of GS development for user-facing services and applications is performed under the NRO-held OPTIMUS II vehicle. The Olympus program will be the successor vehicle for some of this work, however the project management is moving from a specifically product-based focus to one which allows for functionally-aligned delivery teams to support multiple products (and product lines). Additionally, NGA has an emerging requirement to support the transition or deployment of micro-capabilities into operations.
The purpose of this second RFI is to inform industry of, and gather feedback about, the specific procurement strategy NGA will be pursuing under Olympus for these integration and delivery teams. While the updated Olympus Program Structure will discuss the concepts for GEOINT Broker, that scope under Olympus is not the focus of this RFI.
Full information is available here.