The Army Contracting Command on behalf of Project Manager Intelligence Systems & Analytics (PM IS&A) is issuing this RFI as a means of conducting market research to identify potential sources having interest and industry technologies available to support/provide Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning solutions.

The result of this market research will contribute to determining the method of procurement, if a requirement materializes. Based on the responses to this sources sought notice/market research, this requirement may be set-aside for small businesses (in full or in part) or procured through full and open competition. Multiple awards may be made. All small business set-aside categories will be considered. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted or acknowledged, and no feedback or evaluations will be provided to companies regarding submissions.

General Information: Currently there is not an incumbent performing this work.

DISCLAIMER

THIS REQUEST FOR INFORMATION IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL TO BE SUBMITTED. IT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A SOLICITATION AND SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT. RESPONSES IN ANY FORM ARE NOT OFFERS AND THE GOVERNMENT IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO AWARD A CONTRACT AS A RESULT OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. NO FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO PAY FOR PREPARATION OF RESPONSES TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. ANY INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY RESPONDENTS TO THIS TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION IS STRICTLY VOLUNTARY.

INTRODUCTION

PM IS&A is looking for the best-of-breed in AI/ML models.  Responders are requested to provide information in the following areas: models, data, processes/tools, security, and company/cost details.   The findings from this market research will help PM IS&A tailor its acquisition strategy and ensure that AI/ML is seamlessly integrated into major programs and efforts such as Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node (TITAN) and Intelligence Applications (Intel Apps).   The findings will also help PM IS&A to identify companies who are developing AI/ML models that address the U.S. Army’s critical technology gaps.  

BACKGROUND

The U. S. Army is investing significant resources into advancing its intelligence and warfighting capabilities.  The sheer volume, velocity, veracity, and variety of data has forced the US Army to reassess its intelligence and warfighting operations.  Also, our adversaries, Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures have become increasingly sophisticated and require the U. S. Army to accelerate its modernization efforts.   In response, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Task Force was established.  The AI Task Force identified AI and Machine Learning (ML) as one of the Army’s key enabling technologies for modernizing and advancing its operations.Three key areas where AI/ML have been identified are decreasing the cognitive burden on analysts, increasing mission effectiveness, and providing timely information to decision makers.  Examples of increasing mission effectiveness range from enabling Long Range Precision Fires and Large Scale Combat Operations to identifying specific targets with a high confidence in real time or near real time. 

The future of warfare is characterized as faster and at longer ranges, is more destructive, targets civilians and military equally across the physical, cognitive, and moral dimensions.  To succeed in such scenarios, the ability to provide accurate and timely intelligence is critical to intelligence analysts, warfighters and decision makers.   

In response to these challenges and threats, The United States Army is replacing its legacy systems with brand new state of the art systems and capabilities.  PM IS&A is leading the effort to modernize the Army’s intelligence systems.  The modernization efforts are far reaching and include a new data warehousing capability, new ground station, and new software baseline.  The new data warehousing capability will include data ingress, cleansing, processing, egress, and querying to enable storage and timely processing, exploitation and dissemination of intelligence data.

In addition, the ground station modernization program known as TITAN will leverage modern networking technologies and data frameworks that enable data discovery, data exchange, and the use of AI/ML applications and software that improves reporting timeliness and accuracy to support Large Scale Combat Operations in connected, Disconnected Intermittent Limited and Anti Access/Area Denial environments. The near term focus is on incorporating current (and future) sensors from National, Joint, Commercial and Army sensors and platforms, while working to minimize risk to identified capability gaps and future system integration efforts. TITAN may leverage an AI/ML pipeline known as Arcane Fire for model training, management, and deployment of AI/ML models.  It will also have its own model testing and evaluation suite and a repository of models. 

Finally, Intel Apps will provide leap ahead software capability in support of the Multi-Domain Intelligence Framework, and Multi-Domain Operations by enabling intelligence professionals to work through the intelligence cycle with increased speed, precision and accuracy. Intel Apps is the next generation of the Army Intelligence software functions and capabilities that will replace select legacy capabilities in the Command Post Computing Environment with leap ahead capabilities over time. 

Collectively, these systems will provide state of the art processing, exploitation, and dissemination capabilities to intelligence analysts for multiple intelligence domains (SIGINT, GEOINT, IMINT, All Source, etc.) In addition, these capabilities will be deployed at major fixed sites, CORPs, Division, and Brigade and on various security classification networks (SIPRNET, JWICS.)  

Please address the attached questions in 10 pages or less. Also complete Table 1 in the Appendix section of AI_RFI_Questions final.pdf to provide detailed information on your AI/ML models. Also the correct numbering for the questions is contained in the AI_RFI_Questions final.pdf. The numbering for the questions was not preserved when the document was uploaded so this is the fix to address this problem.

Please note, now there are only 2 viewable attachments that accompany this RFI, AI RFI Questions Final 542021 (updated) and the Arcane Fire Standards-v10-20210412.

Q&A AI_ML document was also added on 6 May 2021.

The full solicitation is here – https://beta.sam.gov/opp/168ef38fff7d47219c2849bf1b9ab32a/view