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Security at the Edge Cyber Challenge

13 July 2022

Submissions Closed 06 May 2022 11:59 PM ET

U.S. Citizens Only


Purpose
SOFWERX, in collaboration with SOF Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (SOF AT&L) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Network and Data Management Capability Focus Area (NDM CFA), will host a series of events to identify technologies with automated capabilities that provide edge device endpoint security, cloud security to protect data at the edge, and network edge security within SOF operational environments.

Background/Synopsis
In austere environments, edge computing devices provide the ability to handle processing on the device or local server and transmit only the relevant data by eliminating latency, which is essential for SOF Operators. Unfortunately, edge computing devices are designed to prioritize functionality and connectivity over security. This makes SOF Operators’ edge computing devices extremely vulnerable to sophisticated nation state threat actors’ cyber attacks. Edge computing devices can take essentially any form and endpoints are everywhere due to the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The SOF Operator needs to ensure they are making decisions based on trusted data and have protections against zero day attacks. The need for protection against advanced persistent threats (APTs), nation state sponsored cyber attacks, data integrity capabilities, and overall zero trust solutions for the main three components of edge computing devices are critical for the current and future SOF operational environments.

Why You Should Participate
USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-FAR or FAR-based agreements with Industry, Academic, and National Lab partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by USSOCOM S&T Subject Matter Experts. As such, these events are considered competitive in the same manner as a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO), and solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit. This serves dually as notification of the intent to research the feasibility of an agreement under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b and/or Section 2371b(f), and as notice of pre-solicitation activities IAW FAR 5.204.

Event Timeline
Completed Phase 1 – 05 April 2022 Virtual Collaboration Event (CE): SOFWERX will host a Virtual Collaboration Event (CE) with Industry, Academia, and Laboratory partners focused on the upcoming Cyber Challenge. During this event, Warfighters and S&T NDM CFA Scientist and Engineers (S&E) will interact with potential solution offerors and further communicate the operational needs. Participation in this event is not mandatory, however, it is designed to provide insights to ensure potential offerors understand the problem set(s) fully and to increase the likelihood of matching their technologies with Warfighter needs. The CE is also an opportunity for attendees to meet and form partnerships that may provide a more comprehensive solution. If you do not wish to participate in the event, you are free to submit your technology for review in the Cyber Challenge after 06 April. 

Completed Phase 2 – 07 April 2022 to 06 May 2022 Submissions Open: Interested respondents who have technologies that can demonstrate automated edge device security for austere environments and that meet the needs of USSOCOM are encouraged to submit their solutions for USSOCOM review. To submit your technology for potential Phase 4 attendance, please follow the submission instructions that will be near the bottom of this webpage after 07 April.

Completed Phase 3 – 09 May 2022 to 23 May 2022 Downselect: USSOCOM will downselect those respondents/submissions they feel have the highest potential to satisfy their technology needs. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation to attend the Cyber Challenge o/a 24 May.

Phase 4 – 13 July 2022 Security at the Edge Cyber Challenge: During the Cyber Challenge, selected participants will demonstrate automated edge device security for austere environments in a Capture-the-Flag type event. If the USSOCOM evaluation panel favorably evaluates a solution, negotiations for Phase 5 may immediately begin.

Phase 5 – Path Forward: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:

  • Other Transaction Agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371 or 2371b* (prototyping/production follow-on)
  • Procurement contract for experimental purposes 10 U. S. Code, Section 2373
    Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code, Section 3715)
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section 3710a)
  • *An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.

How You Can Participate
Government, Industry, Academia, National Labs, and Non-Traditional Attendees

  1. Review Security at the Edge CE Stakeholder Brief: Click Here to Download

Questions?  
For event-related questions, please contact Lindsay Horst, lindsay.horst@sofwerx.org

Science and Technology

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 22.D

Submissions closed 16 June 12:00 PM ET (Noon)

 

Overview
The purpose of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is to strengthen the role of innovative Small Business Concerns (SBCs) in federally-funded research or research and development (R/R&D). The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program stimulates a partnership of ideas and technologies between innovative SBCs and non-profit Research Institutions. By providing awards to SBCs for cooperative R/R&D efforts with Research Institutions, the SBIR and STTR programs assist the U.S. small business and research communities by supporting the commercialization of innovative technologies. The SBIR/STTR programs employ a phased process:

Phase I: Phase I involves a solicitation of contract proposals or grant applications to conduct feasibility-related experimental or theoretical R/R&D related to described agency requirements. These requirements, as defined by agency topics contained in a solicitation, may be general or narrow in scope, depending on the needs of the agency. The object of this phase is to determine the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the proposed effort and the quality of performance of the SBC with a relatively small agency investment before consideration of further Federal support in Phase II.

Phase II: The object of Phase II is to continue the R/R&D effort from the completed Phase I.

Phase III: The objective of Phase III, where appropriate, is for the small business to pursue commercialization objectives resulting from the Phase I/II R/R&D activities. The SBIR/STTR programs do not fund Phase III.

STTR Process Timeline
28 April 2022: Topics and instructions posted
17 May 2022: BAA Topic open for proposals via DSIP
08 June 2022: DSIP Topic Q&A closes to new questions at 12:00 PM ET (Noon)
16 June 2022: Deadline for receipt of proposals no later than 12:00 PM ET (Noon)
By 6 months after award: Phase I complete
For Phase 1 Topics only: If appropriate, an RFP may be provided with a typical 30-day proposal timeline at or around the end of Phase 1

Objective
The objective of this Open Call for Science and Technology (S&T) Innovation topic is to develop applied research toward an innovative capability within SOCOM S&T Capability Focus Areas (CFAs).

Capability Focus Areas (CFAs)
1. Next Generation Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Situational Awareness
2. Next Generation Effects

3. Futures

How You Can Participate
Industry and Non-Traditional Attendees

  1. Review the Topic Details Click Here to Download
  2. Review the Q&A Telecon Transcript: Click Here to Download
  3. Watch the Q&A Telecon Zoom Recording: Click Here to Watch
  4. Submit your proposal: Submissions closed 16 June 12:00 PM ET NOON

Questions?
For questions on the special areas of interest, please email
sbir@socom.mil or visit dodsbirsttr.mil
To learn more about the SBIR/STTR program, please visit events.sofwerx.org/dcode.

Science and Technology

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 22.2

Submissions Closed 15 June 2022 12:00 PM ET (NOON)

 

Overview
The purpose of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is to strengthen the role of innovative Small Business Concerns (SBCs) in federally-funded research or research and development (R/R&D). The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program stimulates a partnership of ideas and technologies between innovative SBCs and non-profit Research Institutions. By providing awards to SBCs for cooperative R/R&D efforts with Research Institutions, the SBIR and STTR programs assist the U.S. small business and research communities by supporting the commercialization of innovative technologies. The SBIR/STTR programs employ a phased process:

Phase I: Phase I involves a solicitation of contract proposals or grant applications to conduct feasibility-related experimental or theoretical R/R&D related to described agency requirements. These requirements, as defined by agency topics contained in a solicitation, may be general or narrow in scope, depending on the needs of the agency. The object of this phase is to determine the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the proposed effort and the quality of performance of the SBC with a relatively small agency investment before consideration of further Federal support in Phase II.

Phase II: The object of Phase II is to continue the R/R&D effort from the completed Phase I.

Direct to Phase II: Department of Defense may issue a Phase II SBIR award to an SBC that did not receive a Phase I SBIR or STTR award for that R/R&D. Direct to Phase II involves a solicitation of contract proposals or grant applications and the SBC’s proposal must demonstrate the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the ideas that appear to have commercial potential.

Phase III: The objective of Phase III, where appropriate, is for the small business to pursue commercialization objectives resulting from the Phase I/II R/R&D activities. The SBIR/STTR programs do not fund Phase III.

SBIR Process Timeline
20 April 2022: Topics and instructions posted
18 May 2022: DoD begins accepting proposals
15 June 2022: Solicitation closes and proposals evaluations/award starts
By 6 months after award: Phase I complete
For Phase 1 Topics only: If appropriate, an RFP may be provided with a typical 30-day proposal timeline at or around the end of Phase 1

Special Areas of Interest
PHASE I:
SOCOM222-001: Solid-State High-Energy Density Batteries
SOCOM222-002: Utilizing ML Algorithms to track and identify UAS threats

SOCOM222-003: CO2 Scrubber Material

How You Can Participate
Industry and Non-Traditional Attendees

  1. Watch the Zoom Recording from the 27 April Q&A Telcon: Click Here to View
  2. Submit your proposal: Submissions closed 15 June 12:00 PM ET NOON

Questions?
For questions on the special areas of interest, please email
sbir@socom.mil.
For questions about the SBIR/STTR program, please visit
https://www.dodsbirsttr.mil/topics-app/

Special Reconnaissance (SR)

Virtual Assessment Event Series

 31 May, 02 June 2022

Submissions Closed 15 April 11:59 PM ET

 

Purpose
SOFWERX, in collaboration with SOF Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (SOF AT&L) Special Reconnaissance (PEO-SR), will host a series of virtual Assessment Events (AEs) to identify technologies and techniques to aid two (2) Program Management (PM) Offices with four (4) Technology Focus Areas (TFAs).

Technology Focus Areas (TFAs)

  1. PM Integrated Sensor Systems (ISS): Tactical data exfiltration (SR-FY22-01)
  2. PM Remote Capabilities (RC): Articulating small-UAS legs and motors paired with obstacle avoidance capabilities (SR-FY22-02)
  3. PM Remote Capabilities (RC): Rucksack-portable small-UAS charging hive (SR-FY22-03)
  4. PM Remote Capabilities (RC): UAS Signature Reduction Techniques (SR-FY22-04)

Why You Should Participate
USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-FAR or FAR-based agreements with Industry, Academic, and National Lab partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by USSOCOM PEO-SR Subject Matter Experts. As such, these events are considered competitive in the same manner as a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO), and solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit. This serves dually as notification of the intent to research the feasibility of an agreement under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b and/or Section 2371b(f), and as notice of pre-solicitation activities IAW FAR 5.204.

Event Timeline
Completed Phase 1 – 14 March 2022 to 15 April 2022 Submissions to the Assessment Event (AE) Series Open: Interested respondents who could potentially provide solutions that meet the needs of USSOCOM are encouraged to submit their solutions for USSOCOM review. To submit your technology for potential Phase 3 attendance, please follow the submission instructions below NLT 15 April.

Completed Phase 1a – 23 March 2022 Q&A Telecon: Interested offerors may participate in a Virtual Q&A session to better understand the PM’s specific technology objectives for each of the TFAs. The telecon will take place on 23 March from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET. Click Here to RSVP (NLT 22 March)

Completed Phase 2 – 18 April 2022 to 06 May 2022 Downselect: USSOCOM will downselect those respondents/submissions they feel have the highest potential to satisfy their technology needs. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation to attend the AE o/a 09 May.

Completed Phase 3 – 31 May, 02 June 2022 Virtual Assessment Event (AE) Series: During the Virtual AE, selected participants will be allotted a one-on-one session with the USSOCOM evaluation panel to pitch, demonstrate, and/or discuss their solutions. The forum will include a Q&A portion, and discussions may continue outside of the event. Solution brief evaluation criteria will be outlined in the event invitation. If the USSOCOM evaluation panel favorably evaluates a solution brief, negotiations for Phase 4 may begin immediately.

Phase 4 – Path Forward: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:

  • Other Transaction Agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371 or 2371b* (prototyping/production follow-on)
  • Procurement contract for experimental purposes 10 U. S. Code, Section 2373
    Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code, Section 3715)
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section 3710a)
  • *An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.

How You Can Participate

  1. Review the Technology Focus Areas: Click to Review

Note: Each entry is judged uniquely and, subsequently, requires a separate submission form per applicable TFA 

Questions?
For event-related questions, please contact Gabrielle Robles, gabrielle.robles@sofwerx.org

 

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Translation Assessment Event (AE)

10-11 May 2022

Submissions Closed 11 April 2022 11:59 PM ET

 

Purpose
SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM Science and Technology (S&T) Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF), will host a series of events to identify solutions for optical character recognition text to text translation technology from Industry, Academia, Laboratories, and other interested organizations. The desired end state is to understand the current capabilities and determine if those solutions are compatible with ongoing translation efforts.

Objective
USSOCOM S&T JATF would like to enhance the capabilities of their language translation devices. These devices will need to be able to read street signs, advertisements, canopy, marquee, and billboard signs, as well as the traditional scanning of documents, memes, magazines, etc. These devices should be able to operate completely disconnected from the cloud. Ideally, they should be able to be incorporated into different language software that has been developed, and should fit into multiple form factors. Variable optics are acceptable.

Why You Should Participate
USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-FAR or FAR-based agreements with Industry, Academic, and National Lab partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by USSOCOM S&T JATF Subject Matter Experts. As such, the follow-on Assessment Event (AE) is considered competitive in the same manner as a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO), and solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit. This serves dually as notification of the intent to research the feasibility of an agreement under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b and/or Section 2371b(f), and as notice of pre-solicitation activities IAW FAR 5.204.

Event Timeline

Completed Phase 1 – 16 March 2022 Collaboration Event (CE): SOFWERX will host the CE with Industry, Academic, and Laboratory partners focused on optical character recognition text to text translation technology needs. During this event, Warfighters will interact with potential solution offerors and further communicate operational needs and desirements. Participation in this event is not mandatory, however, it is designed to provide insights to ensure potential offerors understand the problem set(s) fully and to increase the likelihood of matching their technologies with Warfighter needs. This CE is also an opportunity for attendees to meet and form partnerships that may provide a more comprehensive solution. If you do not wish to participate in the CE, you are free to submit your technology o/a 17 March 2022 for the AE. Click Here to Submit Event Feedback

Completed Phase 2 – 21 March 2022 to 11 April 2022 Submissions to the Assessment Event (AE) Open: Interested respondents who could potentially provide solutions that meet the needs of USSOCOM are encouraged to submit their capability for USSOCOM review. To submit your technology for potential Phase 4 attendance, please follow the submission instructions that will be near the bottom of this webpage after 21 March 2022.

Completed Phase 2a – 31 March 2022 Q&A Telecon: Interested offerors may participate in a virtual Q&A session to better understand the intent of the event by USSOCOM. The telecon will take place on 31 March 2022 from 3:00–4:00 PM ET. Click Here to RSVP (NLT 30 March)

Completed Phase 3 – 12 April 2022 to 18 April 2022 Downselect: USSOCOM will downselect those respondents/submissions they feel have the highest potential to satisfy their technology needs. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation to attend the AE o/a 19 April 2022.

Completed Phase 4 – 10 May 2022 to 11 May 2022 Assessment Event (AE): During the AE, selected participants will be allotted a one-on-one session with the USSOCOM evaluation panel to pitch, demonstrate, and/or discuss their solutions. The forum will include a Q&A portion, and discussions may continue outside of the event. Phase 4 evaluations are considered to be competitive and analogous to BAA or CSO submissions in that regard. Solution brief evaluation criteria will be outlined in the event invitation. If the USSOCOM evaluation panel favorably evaluates a solution brief, negotiations for Phase 5 may immediately begin.

Phase 5 – Path Forward: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:

  • Other Transaction Agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371 or 2371b* (prototyping/production follow-on)
  • Procurement contract for experimental purposes 10 U. S. Code, Section 2373
    Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code, Section 3715)
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section 3710a)
  • *An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.

How You Can Participate

  1. Review Required Documents: Click Here to Review

Questions?  
For event-related questions, please contact Lindsay Horst, lindsay.horst@sofwerx.org

USSOCOM Innovation Foundry (IF10) Event

03-05 May 2022

Submissions Closed 27 March 11:59 PM ET

 

Purpose
SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM’s Directorate of Science and Technology (S&T), will host the tenth Innovation Foundry (IF10) Event. S&T Futures seeks to bring together U.S. and International Special Operations Forces (SOF), Industry, Academia, Government, and futurists in an exploration, design thinking, facilitated event to assist USSOCOM in decomposing future scenarios and missions to develop concepts for future SOF operator skillsets and traits in a 2040 timeframe. The theme of IF10 is “Future SOF Teams: Diversity of Skillsets and Traits.”

IF10 participants will explore the impact of future missions, operating environments, and social and technological changes to SOF Operators, the people who are the core of the SOF enterprise.

To ground the discussion, IF10 participants will use a fictional mission scenario that reflects the complex interplays of social, technological, political, and cultural factors as they might play out in 2040 to explore the human dimensions of the challenge, the skillsets and traits needed for SOF operators in 2040 and beyond.

Why You Should Participate
The event will be a compelling opportunity for leading minds in Industry, Academia, Labs, and Government, as well as Subject Matter Experts in Team Performance and Assessment, Training and Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and SOF Operations to ideate, collaborate, and develop concepts for the future needs of SOF. USSOCOM has also used Innovation Foundries to build key relationships with local and regional entrepreneurs and technology developers.

Problem Statement
As the world and future missions change, so must SOF. Are the current skillsets and traits SOF recruits and trains for today valuable in 2040? What skillsets and traits will be valuable for SOF operators in 2040 and beyond? The skillsets and traits of future SOF operators will have many facets, each with its advantages to the SOF organization as well as challenges in implementation, organization, training, equipping, educating, assessing, and sustaining. IF10 participants will analyze the impacts of potential force design changes as a result of their recommendations.

“The scenarios were sophisticated and intentionally difficult in order to drive new and creative approaches to the problem sets.” — RDML Rodriguez (NSWC Deputy), IF3

Event Timeline
Completed Phase 1 – 03 March 2022 to 27 March 2022 Requests to Attend Open: Team Performance and Assessment, Training and Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences Subject Matter Experts, futurists and visionaries from Industry, Academia, and National Labs request to attend the IF10 Event by submitting a CV below NLT 27 March.

Completed Phase 2 – 28 March 2022 to 08 April 2022 SME Review: The S&T Directorate Future’s Team will review SME requests to attend and notify SOFWERX of invited participants. SOFWERX will notify participants of their attendance status o/a 11 April. 

Completed Phase 3 – 03 May 2022 to 05 May 2022 Innovation Foundry 10 Event: During the event, selected participants will collaborate and ideate with fellow SMEs, the S&T Directorate Future’s Team, and U.S. and International SOF Operators on the concept areas above. Selectees should plan for workdays from 0800-1700 ET.

How You Can Participate
Government

Questions?
For event-related questions, please contact Lindsay Horst, lindsay.horst@sofwerx.org

Autonomous Interoperability Standards Development Event

07-09 December 2021

Submissions Closed 29 October 11:59 PM ET

 

Purpose
SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM’s Directorate of Science and Technology (S&T) and Naval Special Warfare (NSW), will host the Autonomous Interoperability Standards Development Event. In the Human Machine Teaming Aspects of Mission command, the objective is to bring together Special Operations Forces (SOF) representatives and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to assist USSOCOM in discerning the future of Autonomous Interoperability for Unmanned Air, Ground, Surface, and Underwater Systems (UxS). Focus areas will include but are not limited to sensors, communications, and platforms. 

Why You Should Participate
The event will be a compelling opportunity for leading minds in Industry, Academia, Labs, and Government, as well as Subject Matter Experts in UxS and Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) capabilities to ideate, collaborate, and improve the investment decision making for the future needs of SOF. USSOCOM has also used similar efforts to build key relationships with local and regional entrepreneurs and technology developers.

Interoperability has been a long-standing goal for autonomous systems, and we recognize that there have been several past and current efforts in Government and Industry to achieve this goal. One of the objectives of this Autonomous Interoperability Event is to identify current and future initiatives related to interoperability, and to make connections with the people and organizations involved in these efforts. By sharing our knowledge and efforts, we can reduce duplicated effort and increase efficiency, and enable USSOCOM S&T and our partners at SOFWERX and NSW to get closer to our vision of functional autonomous interoperability for SOF missions.

Problem Statement
NSW has developed a vision for the future whose key elements include next generation UxS and autonomy solutions, and interoperable maritime and air assets. To do this effectively, NSW needs interoperability standards for the heterogeneous UxS platforms that they will use now and in the future. USSOCOM thus needs to develop and implement a set of interoperability standards that are not cumbersome, that are flexible, and that will support new technologies. They will also need to provide enough freedom for companies to use their creative approaches but with well-defined interfaces, messaging, communications, navigation, and control systems. Further, the backing of NSW and USSOCOM should provide an incentive for commercial players to rally around the new standards. This effort will support agility, wider government and commercial participation and ensure cost-effective development.

Event Timeline
Completed Phase 1 – 15 October 2021 to 29 October 2021 Submissions Open: UxS and MUM-T Subject Matter Experts and visionaries from Industry, Academia, and National Labs request to attend the Autonomous Interoperability Standards Development Event by submitting a CV below (NLT 29 October).

Completed Phase 2 – 30 October 2021 to 04 November 2021 SME Downselect: The S&T Directorate Futures Team and NSW will downselect participants to attend the Autonomous Interoperability Standards Development Event. Selected participants will be notified via e-mail o/a 12 November.

Completed Phase 3 – 07 December 2021 to 09 December 2021 Autonomous Interoperability Standards Development Event: During the event, selected participants will collaborate and ideate with fellow SMEs, the S&T Directorate Futures Team, NSW, and SOF Operators on the concept areas above. Selectees should plan for workdays from 0800-1700 ET.

Phase 4 – Path Forward: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:

  • Other Transaction Agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371 or 2371b* (prototyping/production follow-on)
  • Procurement contract for experimental purposes 10 U. S. Code, Section 2373
    Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code, Section 3715)
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section 3710a)
  • *An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.

Questions?
For event-related questions, please contact Lindsay Horst, lindsay.horst@sofwerx.org

Unattended Maritime Systems (UMS) Optical Subsystem Assessment Event (AE)

 09 November 2021

Submissions Closed 22 October 12:00 PM ET

 

Purpose
SOFWERX, in collaboration with USSOCOM PEO Special Reconnaissance (PEO-SR) Program Management (PM) Office Technical Collection & Communications (TCC), will host an Assessment Event (AE) to identify technologies and techniques for Unattended Maritime Systems (UMS), in particular the SV-3 Wave Glider.

Objective
This effort seeks to develop a prototype optical subsystem design for Unattended Maritime Systems (UMS), in particular the SV-3 Wave Glider. The prototype optical subsystem will be integrated onto the SV-3 in time for a demonstration at a test event in July 2022.

Why You Should Participate
USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-FAR or FAR-based agreements with Industry, Academic, and National Lab partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by USSOCOM PEO-SR Subject Matter Experts. As such, these events are considered competitive in the same manner as a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO), and solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit. This serves dually as notification of the intent to research the feasibility of an agreement under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b and/or Section 2371b(f), and as notice of pre-solicitation activities IAW FAR 5.204.

Event Timeline
Completed Phase 1 – 20 September 2021 to 22 October 2021 Submissions to the Assessment Event (AE) Open: Interested respondents who could potentially provide solutions that meet the needs of USSOCOM are encouraged to submit their solutions for USSOCOM review. To submit your technology for potential Phase 3 attendance, please follow the submission instructions NLT 22 October 2021 12:00 PM ET.

Completed Phase 1a – 29 September 2021: Interested offerors may participate in a virtual Q&A session to better understand the intent of the event by USSOCOM. The telecon will take place on 29 September from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET. Click Here to RSVP (NLT 28 September)

Completed Phase 2 – 25 October 2021 to 26 October 2021 Downselect: USSOCOM will downselect those respondents/submissions they feel have the highest potential to satisfy their technology needs. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation to attend the AE o/a 27 October 2021.

Completed Phase 3 – 09 November 2021 Virtual Assessment Event (AE): During the Virtual AE, selected participants will be allotted a one-on-one session with the USSOCOM evaluation panel to pitch, demonstrate, and/or discuss their solutions. The forum will include a Q&A portion, and discussions may continue outside of the event. Solution brief evaluation criteria will be outlined in the event invitation. If the USSOCOM evaluation panel favorably evaluates a solution brief, negotiations for Phase 4 may begin immediately.

Phase 4 – Path Forward: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:

  • Other Transaction Agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371 or 2371b* (prototyping/production follow-on)
  • Procurement contract for experimental purposes 10 U. S. Code, Section 2373
    Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code, Section 3715)
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section 3710a)
  • *An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.

Additional References

  1. Review the Problem Statement & Standards/Desirements: Click Here to Review
  2. Review the 29 September Q&A Telecon Transcript: Click Here to Review
  3. Review the Wave Glider Spec Sheet: Click Here to Review

Questions?
For event-related questions, please contact Kinsey Crim,
kinsey.crim@sofwerx.org