USAF posts DCGS sources sought

On February 24, the U.S. Air Force posted a sources sought notice for the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (AF DCGS) Requirements Supports Services (ADReSS). Responses are due by 4:30 p.m. Eastern on March 22.


This Sources Sought Synopsis (SSS) is being conducted to identify potential sources that may possess the expertise, capabilities, and experience to meet the requirements to fulfill the capabilities and services identified below in support of the missions and operations carried out by Air Force Distributed Common Ground Systems (AF DCGS) personnel. 


AF DCGS is the Air Force’s primary Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) planning and direction, collection, processing and exploitation, analysis and dissemination weapon system. The weapon system employs a global communications architecture that connects multiple intelligence platforms and sensors.  It may be in the Governments best interest to create a multi-year/multi-award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle to manage the development and integration of new capabilities for the weapon system.   ADReSS will employ performance-based metrics and a capability based approach to leverage industry best practices and expertise to enable AF DCGS technologies and maximize performance.    


The purpose of the ADReSS effort is to acquire the services required to enable and support the research, development, and integration of new technologies supporting Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), Multi-INT, and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities for the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (AF DCGS). 


The objectives of the AF DCGS Program Office and the ADReSS project are to:

Rapidly Deliver Capability to the Warfighter through the development of an Open Architecture, Government Ownership, System Agnostic Applications, Hybrid Cloud, Modernization of ELINT workflow and user interface, and finally linking with emerging NGA, National, and commercial Imagery


Rapidly integrate new data sources and improve data quality through enabling access to additional data sources such as new/upgraded sensors, Cyber Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR), Operational Reconnaissance (OPSRECCE), Space, and Publicly Available information.  Improve synchronization of DCGS Process, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) through the development of new/updated capabilities for the platform, sensors.  Also the implementation of standards and Meta Data Tagging.


Create a robust data discover and information sharing environment through increased enterprise communication capability, a flexible coalition environment, access to national mission partner (NMP) tools, enterprise storage, cross domain communication, and a common data fabric.


Deliver Multi-INT analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence capabilities through the development of applications and services to support problem-centric analysis, leveraging Intel Community Partner tools/capabilities as well as Commercial and government off-the-shelf analytics.  Building a structured observation management, object based production, forensics, algorithmic warfare, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.   Furthermore optimize analytical environment (real-time and content driven) through the integration of Cyber ISR, OPSRECCE, Space, OPIR, and Publically Available information.


Build a more effective and efficient weapon system while lowering the cost of ownership/sustainment through the centralization of specialized processing, consolidating enterprise services, virtualization, hub-based and on-demand data access.  Linking with emerging NGA, national and commercial imagery architectures.  Expanding intelligence community and commercial cloud usual, real time system health and status awareness/insight.  Enable remote software change management, maintenance, and upgrade.


Improve the cyber resiliency and robustness of the weapon system through the structured application of the application of the SAFe Agile and Risk Management Framework (RMF) practices and processes while increasing resiliency, real time system and network assessment, responsive patching and cyber protection, and ensuring valid and current accreditations.

Full information is available here.

Source: SAM