WHS issues RETS sources sought

On October 11, Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) released a sources sought notice for RDT&E Engineering and Technical Services (RETS). Responses are due by 3:00 p.m. Eastern on November 11.

The intent of this Sources Sought notice is to gauge industry interest, capabilities, and relevant experience to support Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research & Engineering (OUSD (R&E)) personnel in performing highest quality Research, Development, Test, Evaluation (RDT&E), Engineering and Technical Services (“RETS”). The mission of OUSD (R&E) as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is clearly defined (website: https:///cto.mil ) to foster technological dominance across the Department of Defense and ensure the advantage of the American warfighter. USD (R&E) serves as the primary advisor to Department of Defense (DOD) leadership on all matters of technology development and transition, developmental prototyping, experimentation, and administration of testing ranges and activities. USD (R&E) has the lead responsibility within the Department for synchronizing Science & Technology (S&T) efforts across the DOD, the Joint Staff and the Services. The OUSD (R&E) Enterprise encompasses three Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD) offices; the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Mission Capabilities (ASD/MC); the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Science & Technology (ASD/S&T); and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Critical Technologies (ASD/CT). While many technologies may cross between these 3 offices, OUSD (R&E) currently focuses efforts and investments into 14 areas for transitioning key capabilities to the Military Services and Combatant Commands.

The ASD (MC) recognizes, identifies, explores, and ensures the development, integration, and funding of new technology and capabilities to maintain U.S. technological superiority. It takes a unified, missions-level view across the entire DoD enterprise to analyze joint missions and identify cross-cutting technology gaps critical to military readiness. It maintains a focus on the innovative application of technology and works with a robust network of transition partners within and external to the DoD to mitigate gaps through accelerated prototyping, demonstration, and fielding, with the ultimate goal of operational sustainment.

The ASD (S&T) oversees the Department’s entire Science and Technology (S&T) portfolio and ensures that DoD’s S&T enterprise is postured to develop the next generation of game-changing technologies and enable rapid delivery of superior capabilities to the warfighter. It serves as the chief steward and advocate for the Department’s S&T workforce and laboratory infrastructure, oversees the Department’s Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC), and cultivates the next generation of S&T Professionals for the Department.

The ASD (CT) is responsible for unifying and advancing the Department’s investments and capabilities in the following 14 areas: Trusted Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy, Biotechnology, Directed Energy, Integrated Network Systems-of-Systems, Renewable Energy Generation and Storage, Hypersonics, Microelectronics, Space Technology, Quantum Science, Advanced Materials, Advanced Computing and Software, Human-Machine Interfaces, Integrated Sensing and Cyber, and Future Generation Wireless Technology. As the Department’s technology strategy evolves and technologies change, the Department will update its 14 critical technology priorities.

Review the WHS RETS sources sought.

Source: SAM

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