Request for Solutions
Live – Virtual Training Ratio for Individual Soldier Small Arms Marksmanship
This Request for Solutions is issued to identify methodology to properly align the current U.S. Army virtual small-arms marksmanship training systems with real-world live-fire marksmanship training. The Government will evaluate the solutions with the intent of negotiating an Other Transaction Agreement under the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX).
2.0 Summary and Background
The Government desires a methodology to properly align the current U.S. Army virtual marksmanship training systems with real-world live-fire marksmanship training as a means to more efficiently transition soldiers from basic to more advanced marksmanship skills. This resulting prototype methodology can be transitioned to the U.S. Army schoolhouses for refinement and incorporation into future Army training doctrine.
The identified prototype methodology will clearly describe the applicable instruction phases, Soldier milestones, assessment processes, and live/virtual marksmanship range requirement’s that will form the foundation for a future training concept to meet current U.S. Army readiness requirements. This new process will positively impact unit readiness and provide desperately needed information to subsequent doctrine and training publication reviews.
2.1 Vendors interested in responding to this Request for Solutions must be members of the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX).
3.0 Technical Overview and Objectives
Technical considerations will account for existing U.S. Army Virtual training systems, U.S. Army Soldier weapon platforms and iron sight / optics utilized throughout the current Army Basic and Advanced marksmanship programs.
The solution should demonstrate the following technical objectives:
Technical Milestone #1 – Accurate Utilization of Army Training Strategy Content to Vendor’s Systems Process:
The vendor will demonstrate the utilization of all relevant U.S. Army marksmanship training publications, Training Aids, Devices, Simulators, and Simulations (TADSS) in such a way that each is included into the training methodology as an efficient ratio. The Vendor will provide justification for exclusion of relevant training materials and address important assumptions. [NOTE: PEO STRI provides a baseline TADSS portfolio reference titled "2016 PEO STRI Weapon Systems Handbook" which can be found at the following link: http://peostri.army.mil/Content/pdf/2016_PEOSTRI_WSH.pdf]
Technical Milestone #2 – Useful Quality of Optimal Live-Virtual-Gaming Ratio:
The vendor will discuss rationale for their proposed pedagogical model of the determined Live-Virtual-Gaming optimal ratio prototype process.
Technical Milestone #3 – Progress and Retention Analytics:
The vendor will demonstrate their ability to monitor an individual’s progress through the prototype marksmanship training strategy (e.g., % of curriculum completed to a certain standard) at an installation to be determined by the Government team. The progress analytics will also include a measurement of marksmanship skill retention. This measurement will be accessible by the soldier’s organizational leadership from a web-based application or device.
4.0 Program Overview and Phases
4.1 This project will be managed by a team comprised of the PEO STRI Technology Director and the PEO STRI FA-57 Simulation Officer. The effort will have:
4.1.1 Kick-Off Meeting: within two weeks of award. Kick-Off Meeting, at mutually agreed upon location will focus on introduction; initial schedule; identification of key risks.
4.1.2 Regular Status Meetings: The Government and vendor will agree on a regular battle rhythm to discuss status of the project via telephone conference or face to face meeting.
4.1.3 Site Visit and User Workshop: The Government and vendor will visit the Fort Benning Maneuver Battle Lab to gather user feedback on current and future marksmanship training trend and observe active live/virtual marksmanship training.
4.1.4 Vendor Demonstration: At this demonstration, the vendor will demonstrate and out brief their proposed prototype process to a panel of Government and Military Subject Matter Experts from PEO STRI and the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE). The results of this panel will influence follow-on activities and future direction of this project.
5.0 RFS Responses:
5.1 The Vendor’s proposed solution shall describe their approach, with specific emphasis addressing the focus areas listed below.
Focus Area 1: Vendors should address a clear and achievable technical strategy to meeting the Technical Objectives associated with this project.
Focus Area 2: Vendors should clearly detail their understanding of the current training challenges that this prototype attempts to solve, including an understanding of the current marksmanship training doctrine as well as the operation and utilization of current virtual marksmanship TADSS.
Focus Area 3: Vendors should clearly detail a well-organized project schedule with measurable/achievable milestones and demonstrations.
The focus areas are not listed in any specific order of priority and responses will be considered as a whole. Responses will be rated based on individual merit in accordance with the above focus areas and technical milestones.
5.2 Please ensure any assumptions made are clearly stated in your response.
5.3 Intellectual Property (IP) and Rights in Technical Data or Special Works: All IP and data rights remain negotiable based on individual vendor solutions.
It is the Government’s desire to receive “government purpose rights” to all development and deliverables of intellectual property funded under the transaction agreement, for at least a five-year period. The five-year period, or such other period as may be negotiated, would commence upon execution of the Other Transaction Agreement that required development of the items, components, or processes or creation of the data. Upon expiration of the five-year or other negotiated period, the Government would receive unlimited rights. “Government purpose rights” means the right to use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose intellectual property within the Government without restriction; and release or disclose outside the Government and authorize persons to whom release or disclosure has been made to use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose for United States government purposes.
Your response should clearly outline the appropriate rights in any intellectual property that will be delivered with your solutions, as well as understanding that the U.S. Army has release authority on any publications related to this prototype project.
You may publish academic articles and papers related to this project with the approval from the Government sponsoring agency.
5.4 Anticipated Delivery Schedule: With the technical solution, the Vendor shall include the anticipated delivery dates for each phase. A one-year timeline is considered an appropriate, realistic delivery timeframe.
5.5 Proposed Pricing and Milestone Payments: Vendors shall submit a fixed amount price for their solution, further divided into milestone payments that are tied to each phase outlined in Paragraph 3. Your pricing submission shall be submitted in a separate document with no pricing detail provided in the technical response. There is no limit to the page length for the pricing submission.
5.6 Provide your nontraditional* business status or your ability to meet the eligibility requirements in 10 U.S. Code § 2371b on the cover page of your response. Within your response, please check the following box which applies – with appropriate justification within your response.
There is at least one nontraditional defense contractor or nonprofit research institution participating to a significant extent in the project. All significant participants in the transaction other than the Federal Government are small businesses or nontraditional defense contractors. At least one third of the total cost of the project is to be provided by sources other than the Federal Government.
*Nontraditional – an entity that is not currently performing and has not performed, for at least the one-year period preceding the solicitation of sources by the Department of Defense (DoD) for the procurement or transaction, any contract or subcontract for the DoD that is subject to full coverage under the cost accounting standards prescribed pursuant to section 1502 of title 41 and the regulations implementing such section.
5.7 In addition to your nontraditional business status, the cover page of the response shall also include the company name, Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code (if available), address, and primary point of contact including phone number and email address. The cover page does not count towards page count.
5.8 All questions related to this RFS should be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “L-V SA Marksmanship Ratio” used in the subject line. Questions must be submitted no later than 12:00 PM EST on May 2, 2018. Questions received after the deadline may not be answered. Questions shall not include proprietary data.
Note: the Government reserves the right to post submitted questions and answers, as necessary (and appropriate) to facilitate vendor solution responses.
5.9 Responses shall be submitted no later than 12:00 PM EST on May 15, 2018. Your response should be submitted electronically to email@example.com, with “L-V SA Marksmanship Ratio” used in the subject line.
5.10 Technical responses shall not exceed 10 pages in length, utilizing standard 12-point font. Charts or figures directly relevant to the solution may be referenced and submitted as appendices and are not bound by the 12-point font requirement or page count. Any pages submitted outside of this page length requirement, outside of standard charts and figures, will not be reviewed. Cover page does not count towards page count.
6.0 Selection Process
6.1 Individual responses will be evaluated with consideration given to the technical merit of the response, feasibility of implementation, and total project risk. The proposed project price, schedule, and IP rights assertions will be considered as aspects of the entire response when weighing risk and reward. The Government will evaluate the degree to which the submission provides a thorough, flexible, and sound approach in response to the total solution.
6.2 The Government will award this project, via TReX, to the respondent(s) whose solution substantiates to be most advantageous to the Government, cost, schedule, technical risks and other factors considered. The Government reserves the right to award to a respondent that does not meet all of the mandatory requirements of the Request for Solutions.
7.0 Additional Information
7.1 The costs of preparing and submitting a response is not considered an allowable direct charge to any federal government contract or agreement.
7.2 Export controls: research findings and technology developments arising from the resulting project may constitute a significant enhancement to the national defense and to the economic vitality of the United States. As such, in the conduct of all work related to this effort, the recipient will comply strictly with the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (22 C.F.R. §§ 120-130), the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (DoD 5220.22-M) and the Department of Commerce Export Regulation (15 C.F.R. §§ 730-774).
7.3 Interaction and/or Disclosure with Foreign Country/Foreign National Personnel.
The contractor should comply with foreign disclosure processes IAW Army Regulation (AR) 380‐10, Foreign Disclosure and Contacts with Foreign Representatives; Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) 5230.11, Disclosure of Classified Military Information to Foreign Governments and International Organizations; and DoDD 5230.20, Visits and Assignments of Foreign Nationals.
7.4 All submissions shall be unclassified. Submissions containing data that is not to be disclosed to the public for any purpose or used by the Government except for evaluation purposes shall include the following sentences on the cover page:
“This submission includes data that shall not be disclosed outside the Government, except to non-Government personnel for evaluation purposes, and shall not be duplicated, used, or disclosed -- in whole or in part -- for any purpose other than to evaluate this submission. If, however, an agreement is awarded to this Company as a result of -- or in connection with – the submission of this data, the Government shall have the right to duplicate, use, or disclose the data to the extent agreed upon by both parties in the resulting agreement. This restriction does not limit the Government's right to use information contained in this data if it is obtained from another source without restriction. The data subject to this restriction are contained in sheets [insert numbers or other identification of sheets]”
7.5 Each restricted data sheet should be marked as follows:
“Use or disclosure of data contained on this sheet is subject to the restriction on the title page of this submission.”
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Any questions regarding this RFS should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.