Request for Solutions:
Integrated Live-Virtual-Constructive Test Environment
(ILTE) Expeditionary Network
This Request for Solutions is issued to develop and acquire a prototype expeditionary network system at or above Technology Readiness Level 6, capable of supporting Real Time Casualty Assessment and instrumentation data transfer for operational testing events. The Government will evaluate the solutions with the intent of negotiating an Other Transaction Agreement under the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX).
2. Summary and Background
2.1 The US Army faces a current challenge in that their Real Time Casualty Assessment systems are predominantly designed and configured to support live force on force training events at Home stations and do not provide the scalability, bandwidth and coverage area along with fidelity in data collection required to support Operational Testing (OT). The Expeditionary Network system should leverage existing Real Time Casualty Assessment systems and functionality configured for test requirements in providing test monitoring and control, extensible interfaces, and capable of scaling to support network coverage across various sizes of engagement and maneuver areas across multiple locations where OT is conducted. In addition the system should provide broadband capabilities to support multi-media data collection and low latency for future requirements such as indirect fire engagements, non-line-of-sight engagements, non-laser based engagements.
2.2 The second major challenge is the system must be expeditionary since most operational tests occur in remote locations with limited infrastructure, or a short time frame to augment exiting infrastructure to establish a network and Real Time Casualty Assessment capability to conduct the OT event. The system should provide maximum flexibility to be installed in remote locations with minimal infrastructure along with being able to extend existing infrastructure as necessary to provide coverage for maneuver exercises at various test locations.
2.3 The US Army, Operational Test Command (OTC) determines the unit and test location(s) based on the required parameters, approximately six months prior to testing. During this time, site surveys are conducted to determine suitability of existing infrastructure and constraints that will be imposed by the existing infrastructure and test environment. Since many of these tests require large areas of real estate to test full military capability and establish a realistic operational environment, they could take place at numerous test ranges such as Fort Hood, White Sands Missile Range, Aberdeen Test Center, Eglin Air Force Base, and the Yakima Training Center. Since cost is a major driver for conducting an operational test, reduction to operation and maintenance cost is a key focus.
2.4 The primary development under this effort is to develop an affordable deployable network and Real Time Casualty Assessment system that meets OT requirements while leveraging existing investments in training instrumentation systems and Real Time Casualty Assessment.
2.5 This effort will be accomplished in three phases. The first phase will consist of modification of an existing instrumentation system establishing a configuration that is suitable for current and future OT requirements in support of Real Time Casualty Assessment and test monitoring and control of data collectors. The second phase will consist of increasing bandwidth through development of a prototype broadband network that will supplement and integrate with the Real Time Casualty Assessment system to provide higher throughput for broadband data collection applications. The final phase, Phase 3, will consist of an operational prototype project evaluation period, with an estimated 12 month duration.
2.6 The prototype system should have a minimized footprint, minimized Size, Weight and Power (SWAP), reduce platform integration constraints and should provide standards based interfaces for integration with existing Real Time Casualty Assessment systems and exercise control.
2.7 Attachment 1, ILTE Expeditionary Network Technical Supplement: contains a full outline of the current technical program description, demonstration requirements, and baseline Government specifications of this prototype based on assumptions of the current state of technology. Vendors are encouraged to challenge these assumptions in their individual solutions and should articulate any major discrepancies between this technical supplement and their technical solution.
2.8 The Government anticipates that a follow-on production contract or transaction may be awarded to the Vendor for this effort without the use of competitive procedures if the participants in this transaction successfully complete the prototype project as outlined within this document. The follow-on production effort would involve the potential requirement for additional production of the units provided within the scope of this document.
2.9 Vendors interested in responding to this Request for Solutions must be members of the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX).
3.0 RFS Responses:
3.1 The Vendor’s proposed solution should describe their approach to delivering a unique solution for the ILTE Expeditionary Network, as outlined in Paragraph 2 and the Technical Supplement, with specific emphasis and focus shown in answering the following focus questions/areas:
a. Is the solution scalable up to 2000 players with the bandwidth to support the throughput needs of TESS and data collectors? Is the solution composable, extensible and have the ability to be configured to meet varying test areas?
b. Is the solution expeditionary, including self-contained limited footprint, limited operations and maintenance requirements, and easily transportable?
c. Describe the ability of the proposed solution to integrate with fielded US Army TESS Player units, both mounted and dismounted?
d. What is the frequency variability of the proposed solution, and its ability to get spectrum approval at Army test ranges?
These questions are not listed in any specific order of priority and are provided to help focus Vendor responses. While these focus areas are of significant importance, responses will be considered as a whole.
3.2 Please ensure any assumptions made are clearly stated in your response.
3.3 Intellectual Property Rights and Rights in Technical Data and Computer Software: All IP and data and software 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 technical data and computer software 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 in the technical data and computer software. Government purpose rights means the right to use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose technical data and computer software within the Government without restriction; and release or disclose technical data and computer software outside the Government and authorize persons to whom release or disclosure has been made to use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose technical data and computer software for United States government purposes.
Your response should clearly outline the appropriate rights in technical data, computer software and software documentation that will be delivered with your solutions, as well as understanding that the US Army has release authority on any publications related to this prototype project.
3.4 Anticipated Delivery Schedule: Vendor shall include the anticipated delivery schedule to reflect their individual solution.
3.5 Proposed Pricing and Milestone Payments: Vendors will submit a fixed amount price for their solution, further divided into severable milestone payments. 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.
3.5.1 Pricing and Milestone Payments should also include training on the use of the system at the conclusion of the prototype project as well as the delivery of an initial spares package at the conclusion of the operational prototype evaluation period.
3.6 Provide your nontraditional* business status or your ability to meet the eligibility requirements of 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 if applicable.
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 41 U.S. Code § 1502 and the regulations implementing such section.
3.7 In addition to your nontraditional business status, the cover page of the response will 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.
3.8 All questions related to this RFS should be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “ILTE Expeditionary Network” used in the subject line. Questions must be submitted no later than 12:00 PM EST on July 20th, 2018. Questions received after the deadline may not be answered. Questions shall not include proprietary data as the Government reserves the right to post submitted questions and answers, as necessary (and appropriate) to facilitate Vendor solution responses.
3.9 Responses will be submitted no later than 12:00 PM EST on August 3th, 2018. Your response should be submitted electronically to email@example.com, with “ILTE Expeditionary Network” used in the subject line. Any submissions received after this time on this date may be rejected as late and not considered.
3.10 Technical responses shall not exceed 15 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.
4.0 Selection Process
4.1 Individual responses will be evaluated with consideration given to the vendor’s ability to provide a clear description of the proposed solution, technical merit of the response and total project risk. The proposed project price, schedule, and intellectual property 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 identified focus questions/areas in Paragraph 3.1 as well as the ability to fulfill the requirements in Attachment 1, ILTE Expeditionary Network Technical Supplement.
4.2 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 requirements, but provides attributes or partial solutions of value, of the Request for Solutions.
4.3 If sufficient validation of the claim is not provided, the Government may reject the submission. Assessment of risks is subjective. If the risk is obvious or the schedule seems overly aggressive, the Government will consider that in their total risk assessment.
5.0 Additional Information
5.1 The costs of preparing and submitting a response is not considered an allowable direct charge to any government contract or agreement.
5.2 Export controls: research findings and technology developments arising from the resulting White Paper 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).
5.3 Interaction and/or Disclosure with Foreign Country/Foreign National Personnel.
The Vendor should comply with foreign disclosure processes IAW US 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.
5.4 All submissions will 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 will include the following sentences on the cover page:
“This submission includes data that will not be disclosed outside the Government, except to non-Government personnel for evaluation purposes, and will 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 will 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]”
5.5 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 the opportunity should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.