https://beta.sam.gov/opp/18c3aa47b4414f168e2a09f55d25ac70/view

Industry Responses are due no later than 12:00 PM EST (local time at Fort Belvoir, VA) on Monday 4 May 2020

THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) ONLY: THIS IS NOT A SOLICITATION: No award will be made as a result of this request. This RFI is for information and planning purposes only; this is not an Invitation for Bid (IFB), a Request for Proposal (RFP), or Request for Quotation (RFQ). No solicitation document exists and a formal solicitation may or may not be issued by the Government as a result of the responses to this RFI. The Government will not be liable for payment of any preparation expenses and information and materials received in response to this RFI and is in no way obligated by the information received. Any costs incurred by interested companies in response to this announcement will NOT be reimbursed. The information provided may be used by the Army in developing a future acquisition strategy, Performance Work Statement, Statement of Objectives and/or Performance Based Specification(s). Interested parties are responsible for adequately marking proprietary or competition sensitive information contained in their response. The Government shall not be liable for or suffer any consequential damages for any improperly identified proprietary information. If a solicitation is issued, it will be synopsized on the Army Single Face to Industry (ASFI). It is the responsibility of the potential interested parties to monitor this site for additional information pertaining to this requirement. NOTE: The use of RFI Number W909MY-20-R-A022 is for tracking purposes only and shall be referenced in any responses to this RFI. All interested parties are encouraged to respond by submitting a white paper by the date specified in this RFI.

BACKGROUND DESCRIPTION

The U.S. Army Contracting Command-Aberdeen Proving Grounds Belvoir division, on behalf of the Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center (C5ISR) Center Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD), in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 10 releases this RFI. The purpose of this RFI is to request information from interested and capable vendors to inform future requirements generation for situational awareness enhancing technologies that could enable small, disaggregated tactical units the ability to rapidly develop improved situational understanding. Technologies of interest are those that could be used to enhance Soldier’s vision, find and localize threats, and digitally communicate those threats to Soldiers and their systems. These technologies include, but are not limited to the following areas:
Novel digital imaging sensors in the near, short, mid and long wave infrared (eg. Detector materials, ROICs, resolution, coolers, QE, NETD, etc)

  • Novel optical imaging designs
  • Novel displays and their optics
  • Varifocal display systems
  • Augmented and Mixed reality
  • Innovative image and signal processing techniques
  • Artificial intelligence and/or machine learning techniques for size, weight, and power constrained devices
  • Computer vision, visual odometry, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)
  • Photogrammetry
  • Eye tracking
  • Optical augmentation
  • Optical detection systems
  • Pre shot or preemptive detection systems
  • False alarm detection reduction
  • Classification of detection
  • Battlefield laser systems and laser component technologies
  • Hostile fire location / Gunshot detection / gunfire detection techniques
  • Novel sub-system alignment and communication techniques
  • Lightweight housing and optical bench materials

These technologies should be suitable for individual soldiers and their systems, small disaggregated infantry squads, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned ground vehicles (UGV). Sources should keep in mind that technology improvements are intended for Soldier or small autonomous borne systems so proposed solutions should have a focus on minimizing Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) and cost.).

  1. Objectives:
    Determine availability of situational awareness enhancing technologies that would require Army investment to mature to Technology Readiness Level (TRL)4-5 by Fiscal Year (FY)24 – FY25.
    Determine technically mature (TRL 6+) technologies that improve the perception of local information, the understanding of it, and projection of the information’s future status by FY25 – FY26.
    Determine feasibility of delivering at least one prototype within rapid prototyping iterations after receipt of order (ARO).
  2. RFI Submission Instructions
    PLEASE NOTE THAT IF A CHARACTERISTIC OR CAPABILITY IS NOT ADDRESSED THE GOVERNMENT
    WILL ASSUME THE RESPONDENT DOES NOT OR CANNOT MEET THE SALIENT CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS MARKET SURVEY.
    The Government requires two (2) documents; Cover Letter and Technical Narrative in your response. The document formats shall be:
    COVER LETTER:
    The response shall include a Cover Letter. The Cover Letter should briefly state the interested parties’ interest in the Advanced Soldier Sensors Displays for Dismounts. The cover letter shall also include the following information:
    Subject: Advanced Soldier Sensor / Displays for Dismounts:
    Brief Summary of the company
    Company name
    Company CAGE Code:
    Company DUNS Number. If your Company holds a GSA Schedule contract (541 or other), please provide the Schedule number
    Date of incorporation
    Number of years in business
    Number of employees
    Mailing address
    Company Website address
    The singular point of contact for all information pursuant to this RFI.
    Phone Number
    Email address
    Company email:
    Company Representative and Business Title:
    Company Socioeconomic Classification:
    Please identify your company’s business size standard based on the primary North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code of 333314. For more information, refer to http://www.sba.gov/content/tablesmall-businesssize-standards: Small Business (SB), (8) (a), Woman-Owned (WOSB), Economically-Disadvantaged Women-Owned (EDWOSB), Veteran-Owned and Operated (VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOSB), or Historically Underutilized Small Business-Zone (HUB Zone), Historically Black College and Universities/ Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI)
    In addition to the body of the cover letter, respondents shall provide short concise answers to the following questions (not included in the 3 page limit).
  3. Please identify your company’s business size standard based on the primary North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code of 333314. For more information, refer to http://www.sba.gov/content/tablesmall-business-size-standards:
    Small Business (SB), (8) (a) Woman-Owned (WOSB), Economically-Disadvantaged Women-Owned (EDWOSB), Veteran-Owned and Operated (VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOSB), or Historically Underutilized Small Business-Zone (HUB Zone), Historically Black College and Universities/ Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI)
    Name/type of technology or model

Technology maturity: Existing technology or technology concept

Brief overview of company history, limited to 3 paragraphs

If you identify your company as a Small Business or any of the SB subcategories above, then is your company interested in a prime contract? If so, does your company possess the capabilities to provide the entire range of these requirements? If not, please list which requirements your company can provide?

Under the current SB recertification regulations, do you anticipate your company remaining a small business, under primary stated NAICS code 333314?

If you are a small business and plan to be prime contractor on this effort please inform how you will meet the limitations on subcontracting Clause 52.219-14.

If you are a small business, can you go without a payment for 90 days?

If you are a small business does your company have experience as a prime contractor administering Contracts? If you answered yes, please provide as much of the following information as possible; Contract number(s); Dollar value; and similarity of scope and effort. Have you experience as a prime producing commercial items that may be of similar scope, complexity and nature.

Please provide details regarding proposed joint ventures, teaming arrangements, strategic alliances, or other business arrangements to satisfy these requirements. Interested parties are encouraged to identify teams, indicating each team member’s size based upon the NAICS code of the work that the team member may be doing.

Has your Company performed this type of effort or similar type effort (to include size and complexity) in the past, if so provide Contract Number , Point of Contact (POC), e-mail address, phone number, and a brief description of your direct support of the effort?

B. Technical Narrative Instructions.
The Technical Narrative shall be submitted as two files. The content of each file shall be identical. The primary submission shall be MS Word*.docx format. A copy in Adobe *.PDF is also required.
Page Size: 8.5 x 11.0 inches
Margins: 1 inch all around
Font: Arial or MS Sans Serif
Font Size: 12 point

The technical narrative submitted shall NOT exceed 15 pages. Test data, drawings, model outputs, etc. can be provided as attachments and does not count toward the 15 page limitation.
Question and Answers

Responses shall be e-mailed to the Points of Contact listed below.

Paper copies of the submittal will also be accepted. Email responses should not exceed 5 Megabytes (MB). Send responses electronically to (Include “RFI number W909MY-20-R-A022” in the subject line.): Kayla Sullivan, Contract Specialist, email: kayla.m.sullivan15.civ@mail.mil and Rosetta Wisdom-Russell, Contracting Officer, email: rosetta.wisdom-russell.civ@mail.mil. All information marked as proprietary information will be safeguarded to prevent disclosures to non-government personnel and entities.

Responses are due no later than 12:00 PM EST (local time at Fort Belvoir, VA) on Monday 4 May 2020. All requests for information must be in writing or via email; telephonic requests for additional information will not be honored. You may forward request for additional information and/or responses to Kayla Sullivan, Contract Specialist at kayla.m.sullivan15.civ@mail.mil and Rosetta Wisdom-Russell, Contracting Officer, email: rosetta.wisdomrussell.civ@mail.mil

Data Rights

It is desirable that data be received with unlimited rights to the Government. However, it is recognized that proprietary data may be included with the information provided. If so, it is the responsibility of the interested party submitting data to clearly mark such proprietary information and clearly separate it from the unrestricted information as an addendum. No Classified data shall be provided via email.

Disclaimer

Any information submitted by respondents to this sources sought synopsis is voluntary. The Army does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this notice or to otherwise pay for the information solicited.

Respondents should not construe this synopsis as a commitment for any purpose. Respondents will not individually be notified of the results of any government assessments. The Government’s evaluation of the capability statements received will factor into whether any forthcoming solicitation will be conducted as a full and open competition or as a set-aside for small businesses, or any particular small business designation (e.g. SDVOSB, HUBZone, 8(a), SDB, WOSB, VOSB, etc.).

Respondents shall not be obligated to provide the services described herein and it is understood by the United States Government that the cost estimates provided as a result of this request are “best” estimates only.