USAF posts Classified Data at Rest RFI
On December 18, the U.S. Air Force posted a request for information for Classified Data at Rest (Solicitation Number: FA8620-19-R-3010). Responses are due by January 18, 2019.
The United States Air Force requires a solution for the protection of classified data at rest (DAR) for a variety of unmanned airborne ISR applications. This RFI contains guidance, questions to be answered, requirements governing the solution, and a system model. An electronic system model (Cameo) of the required solution is available upon request. The purpose of this RFI is to conduct market research on potential replacement options for the current data at rest encryptor solution, which due to a combination of Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortage (DMSMS) and system requirements, is not a viable data at rest solution for future systems.
This RFI seeks to conduct market research on existing solutions and/or solutions realizable in the near term (FY19-20) either through the modification of existing encryptor systems or development of new encryptor systems for utilization as the classified data at rest solution for a variety of airborne ISR systems. The encryptor solution must be NSA-Certified Type 1 for TS/SCI and below for unmanned systems.
An electronic system model (Cameo) is available upon request. This system model defines the interfaces and functions required of the solution. High level system requirements are provided in Attachment 1 of this RFI. More detailed system requirements are contained within the electronic system model. Functional and interface requirements are defined, but the solution space is intentionally unconstrained in other areas in order to avoid eliminating potential solutions at this stage. The DAR to sensor interface has been left undefined to understand potential approaches. The Air Force may specify this interface at a future time. Questions regarding the desired encryptor solution should be directed to Mr. Dilworth (contact information provided later in the RFI).
AFLCMC/WIN is working towards the incorporation of Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) in the acquisition and design of products. Similar movements are occurring at other program offices across the Air Force. While the submission of an electronic system model is not required, it is encouraged. AFLCMC/WIN plans to utilize MBSE to confirm consistency with requirements, behavior, structure, properties, and interfaces. A SysML Cameo model of the DAR interfaces and functions is available for use in developing responses. Responders are encouraged to provide an electronic systems model of their solution with their response.
Full information is available here.