USSOCOM seeks white papers for Undersea Systems digital prototype

On December 29, the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) issued a presolicitation notice and request for white papers for its Undersea Systems Program Digital Prototype Project. White papers are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 3, 2023.

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Directorate of Procurement, on behalf of USSOCOM Program Executive Office-Maritime (PEO-M), is considering the award of an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Agreement for a Digital Prototype Project (DPP) for the Undersea Systems Program (USP) (hereinafter “the OTA Agreement”) in accordance with 10 U.S.C. § 4022, the OTA Agreement.

The USSOCOM OTA Agreement for the USP effort will consist of three (3) phases. Phase 1, white paper submissions (will occur prior to award of the OTA Agreement). Phase 2, the government will evaluate each of the DPP white papers for down-selection (will occur prior to award of the OTA Agreement).  For Phase 3, the Government intends to award OTA Agreements to multiple contractors for competitive demonstration and evaluation.  The OTA Agreements will require the awardees to develop, test and demonstrate their “digital prototype project” against well-defined criteria to determine whether the prototype project has been successfully completed and, if so, whether a follow-on production contract will be awarded to that offeror.


  1. Phase 1 –White Papers

The offeror shall submit a white paper for consideration post marked no later than, 3 March 2023.

White paper submittals to include all attachments shall be no longer than 55 pages in accordance with page size and format below and should demonstrate: the offeror’s technical approach; supportability; integration of the Government Furnished Information (GFI) and Government Furnished Property (GFP); schedule to providing a production ready digital prototype system capable of satisfying the prototype criteria; and technical data rights the Government will be given.  The proposal must also include how the offeror will meet the requirements of the OTA IAW 10 U.S.C. § 4022(d), and how the offeror plans to comply with the Buy American Act & Trade Agreement Act.

  1. Phase 2 – White Paper Evaluation

Every white paper will be reviewed at time of receipt to ensure it meets the mandatory formatting requirements.  The Government may request the offeror provide additional documentation to substantiate the proposed capability discussed in the white paper.  Substantiating documentation will not count against the maximum page limit.  The offeror shall provide the documentation to the Agreements Officer no later than 2 business days after the request in order to be considered for Phase 3. The USP Agreements Officer will make a final determination on any proposal rejections.  The Government will review responses and select up to two offerors for Phase 3.

Note, the USG may use Contractor Support Personnel (CSP) as advisors (non-voting members of the evaluation/selection boards).  Regardless, all CSP will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in order to participate in this process.

  1. Phase 3 – OTA award for Digital Prototype Project (DPP) design

Selected offerors will be invited to enter into an OTA Agreement (OTA) to design, demonstrate the DPP design, and to provide a proposal for a potential follow-on production contract.

Review the full USSOCOM undersea systems digital prototype announcement.

Source: SAM

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