US Air Force is looking for GEOINT imaging & targeting support technologies

Air Force 112On January 8, the US Air Force posted the following sources sought notice (solicitation number FA8620-15-R-3021) on FedBizOpps. Interested contractors should respond by January 23.

AFLCMC/WIN manages the USAF Imaging & Targeting Support (I&TS) portfolio supporting the Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Capabilities Working Group (GCWG). The GCWG manages and plans Air Force airborne GEOINT Capabilities Research, Development Test and Evaluation investments.

The I&TS portfolio is a key resource of the GCWG. The I&TS portfolio identifies and provides limited funding to develop and demonstrate promising next-generation Air Force airborne GEOINT capabilities. The key focus of I&TS is on the airborne sensor phenomenologies which include Electro/Optical, Infrared, Spectral-Multispectral/Hyperspectral Imaging, Ground Surveillance Radar, Full Motion Video, Light Detection and Ranging, and on-board processing/exploitation of sensor data.

In support of the I&TS program, AFLCMC/WIN is conducting market research across industry, academia and government agency programs. The intent is to identify promising candidate programs/technology efforts with projected capabilities that may improve current and future Air Force airborne GEOINT sensors and their role in enhancing the front side of end-to-end-functionality as well as identifying potential transition paths. Market research will help identify what research has been accomplished in the field of GEOINT, as well as technologies that currently exist or could be modified to fill a need.

Although FY16 funding is uncertain, I&TS managers are seeking 1 – 2 year projects beginning in FY16 that require funding of less than $3 million per year with Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 4 or 5. AFLCMC/WIN seeks white papers and quad charts by 23 January 2015. All correspondence submitted will be protected and controlled as proprietary. After reviewing the submitted white papers and quad charts, the Government may request technical exchanges and/or site surveys of respondents’ facilities.

This market research will potentially shape Air Force efforts in the FY16-24 timeframe. The Government anticipates the information received will be used to plan and program the required efforts to support airborne GEOINT objectives. I&TS candidates will be presented to the GCWG in the spring of 2015 for consideration.

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