USSOCOM seeks surveillance sources

On April 22, the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) posted a sources sought notice for technical surveillance field support and training. Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on April 27.

The purpose of this RFI is to gather Industry’s input regarding an upcoming Source Selection supporting the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).




The United States Special Operations Command is issuing this sources sought synopsis as a means of conducting market research to identify parties having an interest in and the resources to support the requirement for technical surveillance field support representative and equipment trainers.  The result of this market research will contribute to determining the method of procurement.


USSOCOM SOF AT&L’s PEO-Services focuses on three “imperatives” in providing the command with professional services support: Stability, Agility, and Reach.  The Command considers these qualities to be essential in accomplishing requirements.  In a “Ways / Means / Ends” paradigm, these imperatives are “Ends”.  These imperatives are defined as follows:

STABILITY is primarily about mission continuity.  While there are multiple ways to achieve and sustain continuity, USSOCOM is specifically interested in retaining high quality and applicable institutional knowledge and minimizing workforce turbulence.  Stability is catalyzed by respectable and credible management and leadership and is enabled by discrete and dedicated resources in support of any contract/task-order transition.  It requires competitive compensation plans that incentivize on-the-job performance and loyalty to mission support.  It includes an ability to solve personnel issues efficiently and effectively and enables opportunities for individual growth and development.  Stability with respect to the personnel supporting this contract is critical.  The FSR and Operational Planners are expected to provide continuity during the mission planning and execution phases.  Personnel turnover during the contract execution will directly impact support to operations and create undue burden on the government. 


AGILITY is the ability to manage a professional workforce in USSOCOM’s dynamic environment that evolves at the “speed of SOF”.  It includes an ability to surge capacity, manage change, and respond to issues.  It requires a balance between simplicity and complexity that ensures necessary complex tools are available, but simple to find and apply.  Agile management is available to the customer, and proximate to issues to which it must respond.  Such management has organic resources that can be directly applied in support of the mission, with minimal need to secure additional permissions to apply them. Due to SOF’s everchanging global presence, surge requirements for forward deployed FSRs may arise.  The contractor shall be capable of providing qualified personnel within 30 days of notification.


REACH is manifested by applying the network and knowledge of the entire enterprise(s) of the team.  It includes a demonstrated ability to place and care for employees in multiple locations, and access to established nodes that holistically interconnect USSOCOM’s global tasks.  Reach can positively impact and contribute to an “elite workforce”, as well as provide external perspectives that contribute to solution development.  As stated below, personnel supporting this contract will be deployed throughout the world to include in hazardous duty areas.  The contractor shall have the ability to rapidly support personnel movements which may require working with the US and foreign governments to ensure personnel are authorized entry to foreign countries, have the proper insurance, and access to commercial travel resources.


The scope of this effort is to provide technical support in the form of Hostile Forces – Tagging, Tracking, and Locating (HF-TTL) and Tactical Video System/Remote Surveillance Target Acquisition (TVS/RSTA) Field Service Representatives (FSRs), Operational Planners (OPs), and New Equipment Training (NET) to USSOCOM forces. This involves advising and training on the employment of specialized tactical surveillance equipment support to Special Operations Forces (SOF) military units, SOF Component Headquarters, and Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOC). This technical support also includes providing direct lessons-learned, operational training and technical support personnel to Continental United States (CONUS)-based operators and deployed SOF units for the duration of their rotations, quick-reaction support, and general technical support to the USSOCOM Program Office.  This effort will require the Contractor to manage a large, geographically dispersed work force and respond rapidly to emergent requirements.   


The personnel supporting this task shall be subject matter experts in technical surveillance equipment and operations, including operational planning and implementation.  This effort requires providing personnel in the form of field service representatives, operational planners and new equipment training teams. 

Full information is available here.

Source: SAM