Introduction: The Deputy Commandant for Combat Development & Integration (CD&I)and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (DASN(RDT&E)) are soliciting mature prototypes from industry, academia, and government research and development (R&D) organizations to participate in the Urban 5th Generation Marine Exploration and Experimentation 2018 (U5G 18) exercise. The U5G 18 exercise will be a progressive series of exercises conducted between March 2018 and February 2019. The first exercise will be held March 15-25, 2018 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, San Diego, California. The exercise provides Warfighters the opportunity to assess the operational utility of emerging technologies and engineering innovations that improve the Marines survivability, lethality and connectivity in complex urban environments. The objective of the exercise is to provide technology enhancements that support the Marine Rifle Company and its subordinate elements. The focus is therefore enabling the small percentage of Marines who engage in close combat. Based on the results of the technical and operational assessments from the March exercise, participants may be invited to participate in future U5G exercises which will progress through more complex scenarios and environments.
The Advanced Naval Technology Exercises (ANTX) are a series of exercises led by the NR&DE where industry, academia, and Government R&D organizations are invited to demonstrate emerging technologies and engineering innovations in operationally relevant environments and scenarios. Each ANTX exercise, or series of exercise(s), is focused on mission essential tasks. This notice is for the U5G 18 exercises which will be conducted between March 2018 and February 2019. This notice will be updated with information related to future U5G 18 exercises.
The U5G 18 exercises are guided by a core team of operational, acquisition, and technical subject matter experts from: Marine Corps CD&
I, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL), and the Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE). Technical and operational assessments will be incorporated into a final report that informs capability development, experimentation, studies, wargaming, proto-type development, rapid capability development, and future Marine Corps acquisition decisions.
This Notice is NOT a solicitation for proposals or quotations. The purpose of this Notice is to invite industry, academia, and Government R&D organizations to demonstrate innovative operational concepts, non-developmental technologies, and/or engineering innovations that provide cost-effective alternatives that enhance the ability to gain advantage and win in urban combat. Exercises may be performed in operational urban littoral environments, on the beach, onboard ships, and/or onboard aircraft.
Urban ANTX Concept of Employment.
A Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) is given missions to operate in an urban environment. The ANTX will explore the five domains of air, space, cyber, logistics, and intelligence, but will focus on how those areas effect the operation in the urban environment at the company level. The ANTX uses two vignettes to provide context for employment: 1) a rifle company must secure a key piece of infrastructure in a hostile environment where adversaries blend with civilians requiring a high degree of urban situational awareness, precision effects, and minimal signature; 2) a rifle company as part of a larger operation must conduct offensive operations to clear a complex urban area consisting of multiple city blocks, underground corridors (subway, sewer basements, etc.), and multi-story buildings. Once cleared they must secure and defend the area while potentially providing assistance to civilians remaining. During the course of both vignettes the rifle company is continually conducting offense, defense, and stability
Offensive operations are characterized by maneuver warfare centered on units locating, closing with, and destroying enemy formations. Defensive operations are centered on force protection and protection of critical infrastructure. Defensive operations can be more static in nature, but may involve some limited offensive actions, as well as an active patrolling effort. Assistance operations focus on security of the population, return to order, and support to host nation civil authorities. These operations will most often occur simultaneously. The urban fight is physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging as urban environments hide adversaries, blend adversary actions with civilian, require increased combat loads, and tap the stamina and strength of those maneuvering through the urban canyons, buildings, tunnels and populations.
The urban area will often consist of a modern core surrounded by dense migratory and austere slums. There are industrial complexes, government facilities, and economic zones distributed throughout the area. Transportation, communications, and civil support infrastructure is modern but degraded with varying degrees of quality linked to socio-economic demographics. The compartmentalized and partitioned nature of the urban landscape will require small units to operate distributed and separated by streets, buildings, floors and rooms with varying heights and composition. Thus the urban environment quickly absorbs personnel—the ANTX looks for technology to exponentially increase the capabilities of the individual and small unit.
An urban environment is alive and must be understood. Marines must know and understand the construction and layout of buildings; the layout of any sub-surface tunnels, sewers, etc.; and the interactions between the various populations, civic/community leaders, and zones within the city. This knowledge is required in planning, execution, and assessment providing Marines understanding of what has occurred and potentially will occur.
The construction, composition, and density of buildings will interfere with more traditional VHF SINCGARS, UHF LOS, and UHF SATCOM communications as small units move from room to room, floor to floor, and building to building, while conducting offensive, defensive and stability missions. Currently, unit headquarters and leadership struggle to maintain their situational awareness of the physical location of friendly units as they attempt to apply precise fires and effects in the urban areas. The very real possibility of fratricide will create delays in the approval and clearance of fires and effects and could result in increased friendly casualties or unnecessary civilian casualties.
Degrading or denying the enemy’s UxS employment throughout the urban environment is currently a major challenge for Marine Rifle Companies. Future capabilities must enable limiting adversary ability to command and control their activities and operations against us by disrupting or monitoring activity across the electro-magnetic spectrum.
Employing maneuver warfare will require the ability to effectively combat the enemy’s reconnaissance and surveillance activities, disguise our intentions, and mislead the enemy through the use of decoys, signature management and signature reduction. Similarly, our ISR systems must penetrate the urban environment to identify enemy critical vulnerabilities.
As Marines attempt to maneuver from one position to another (across streets and open areas, from building to building, room to room, around corners, from rooftop to rooftop, or from surface to subsurface), they must be able to see and understand what is in the next room, next floor/level, or next building before entering. Additionally, they must be able to clear rubble and other obstacles in the streets quickly and efficiently. Depending on the enemy threat and their capabilities, Marines will have to deal with restrictive terrain (narrow streets, alleyways, hallways, etc.) that will expose them to devastating effects of enemy systems, such as improvised explosive devices, automatic weapons, rocket propelled grenades, and guided missile systems. Marines must also be able to obscure their movement from the enemy, disguise their intentions, blend in to the environment, and be capable of moving and maneuvering quickly from location to location.
The application of lethal and non-lethal affects will be constrained by limited visibility and our ability to rapidly locate, classify, and discriminate between threats and civilians. The limited exposure time to locate, classify, and discriminate between the enemy and civilians as they move from street to street, building to building, and room to room is currently a major challenge for Marines. The limited exposure and the mixing of enemy with civilians also impacts the yield options for lethal and non-lethal effects. Additionally, Marines must be able to effectively communicate with the local population to either exploit local knowledge or to co-opt them into supporting our cause or remain neutral. The proliferation of social media, our ability to forecast, shape, influence, and monitor the ‘pulse’ of the population will be critical to conducting successful operations.
Operations in urban environments are man-power and resource intensive so the ability to sustain these operations is paramount. Small distributed units will potentially require sustainment more often and must be supplied throughout the sub-surface, surface, and super-surface areas of the urban environment. To further reduce the strain placed on Marine logistics requirements, Marines must be capable of foraging for basic necessities whenever and wherever possible for items such as water and electricity. When external supply is required, the amount of supply must be balanced with the carrying capacity of the individual Marine or the unit supplied. The distributed nature of employment will also create stress and strain on military and civilian medical requirements. Operations in an urban environment are typically casualty intensive, which makes the relative isolation of small units even more concerning. The ability for small units to locally stabilize and rapidly evacuate casualties, both vertically and horizontally, is critical to survival. The urban environment offers many challenges but for the ANTX our focus is on the following capability concepts:
Urban Situational Awareness: Fully grasping all aspects of how an urban community functions while identifying and monitoring the capabilities and intent of blue, red, and green actors within the urban environment. Urban situational awareness provides information related to friendly, enemy, environmental factors in regards to surrounding conditions and attendant circumstances which may impact the mission. Urban situational awareness provides persistent and episodic sensing, classification, and identification (before, during, and after) of physical (humans, equipment, vehicles, communications, infrastructure); spectrum (EO/IR, SAR, MTI, EM, acoustic, thermal, etc); and friendly, enemy, and local population signatures and activities (digging, running, loitering), facial recognition and biometrics.
Some important aspects of Urban Situational Awareness are:
- Personnel: Information related to friendly, neutral & enemy actors, within the operational area, regarding position, movement, action, & disposition.
- Environmental: Information about the operational area regarding location, physical and meteorological characteristics, and hazards that have a potential to impact operations.
- Signature: Information related to friendly, enemy, environmental factors in regard to multi-spectral signals within the operational area.
- Reconnaissance: Obtain information about the activities and resources of an enemy or adversary, or to secure data concerning the meteorological, hydrographic, or geographic characteristics of a particular area, in order to support the isolation, over watch, and identification of key information requirements.
Counter-Reconnaissance: Deny the enemy’s ability to obtain, by visual observation, electronic sensing, or other detection methods, information about activities and resources of friendly forces or to prevent data collection concerning the meteorological, hydrographic, or geographic characteristics of a particular area.
Mapping and determining inter-visibility, avenues of approach and weapons effect within urban environments is critical to understanding from where and how our enemy will strike and identifying the best avenues for friendly maneuver. The counter-reconnaissance fight requires the ability to detect adversary capability, determine their intention, and detect critical vulnerabilities while denying the adversary the ability to target and determine our capabilities and vulnerabilities. This requires actively operating to detect personnel within structures, tunnels, and close urban terrain penetrating (looking through walls and barriers); the ability to provide sensors to monitor personnel entering a room, structure, or subterranean feature. Rapidly identifying missile, rocket, mortar, direct fire signatures, and launch positions provides a means to identify and target adversaries. Similarly projecting signatures and employing decoys / deception in the urban environment is vital to protecting our vulnerabilities.
Three sub components of Urban Counter-Reconnaissance are:
- Signature Management: To understand, mask, and alter a unit’s physical, technical, or administrative signatures in order to protect critical information associated with their operations.
- Deceive: To mislead enemy decision makers, thereby causing the adversary to take specific actions (or inactions) that will contribute to the accomplishment of the friendly mission.
- Detect Enemy Sensors: To discover or discern the existence or presence of.
Fires and Effects: The use of weapons systems or other actions to create specific lethal or non-lethal effects on a target. These effects could include kinetic, electronic, cyber, etc. Marine Rifle Companies require both mass and precision fires solutions. These fires must penetrate urban structures with or without destruction. The ability to incapacitate, damage and destroy equipment, personnel, EM spectrum, as well as to provide obscuration of systems and personnel when in a CYBER contested environment is essential. Solutions can include direct and indirect fires that produce a thermobaric, blast, fragmentation, electro-magnetic pulse, directed energy and provide scalable effect to achieve the desired result without collateral damage.
The ability to provide persistent, wide area imagery capable, airborne ISR throughout the urban complex is essential to identifying threats and opportunity; similarly an airborne or semi-autonomous “guardian angel” is essential to protecting friendly critical vulnerabilities. One of the goals for this “guardian angel” is to enable Marines from within the rifle company to control its sensors and access its sensor information, while simultaneously being able to direct kinetic and non-kinetic effects
Guidance should provide fire and forget systems operable from enclosed space with variable attack profiles to defeat active and passive protection.
- Minimal launch or employment signature with extended loiter time to acquire.
- Adjustable range that can arm and achieve effect at short arming range (e.g. 20M) and capable of achieving effect at variable ranges.
- Minimal launch signature with near immediate launch to impact.
Indirect fire systems that can be employed from concrete or asphalt without preparation of the surface and provide volume of fires to rapidly suppress and destroy are highly desired. At the same time, precise fires that acquire, track, and guide to engage stationary and moving targets are critical.
Weapon system: single system with interchangeable munitions; or multiple munitions compatible with current or programmed weapons inventory; man packable; small vehicle ); Interoperable with current fire control systems ; extended round magazine.
Non – Lethal Effects: Capable of dispersing crowd; capable of incapacitating individuals or personnel within a room; capable of disrupting power, water, traffic control, telecom (WiFi, cell), radio/TV; internet for selected periods in specific or broad areas (one building; one block; 4 by 4 blocks); and capable of delivering messages directly to potential adversary or non-combatant communications devices.
For the purposes of the U5G Fires and Effects submissions, some important definitions are:
- Effect: The physical or behavioral state of a system that results from an action, a set of actions, or another effect. This includes both lethal & non-lethal effects against adversary and/or potential non-combatants.
- Accuracy: The ability to prosecute a target within a given standard of precision.
- Accessibility: The ability of the requesting unit to deploy the requested asset in a tactically relevant timeline.
- Engagement Profile: The characteristics and capabilities of the system from system emplacement, weapon launch, time of flight, and impact.
- Warhead / Fusing: Characteristics or effects of the round (e.g., Blast Frag, Electromagnetic, thermobaric, etc.) and fusing.
Command and Control C2: Reliable and resilient command and control capable of penetrating urban architecture and subterranean features, that enables extended and mutual support of distributed units. Small units operating within an urban environment require a common operating picture (COP) capable of displaying friendly, enemy (indicates criminal, potential enemy, conventional, SOF, militia), and local population; that provides user defined graphics; supports immediate orders and directions; navigation; fire support to a Category I Target Location Error (TLE) standard and logistics support. This COP/C2 architecture must be scalable from team to above company level. Desired COP characteristics include: user defined friendly, enemy, and population location; linkage to urban situational awareness mapping; automated point and click fires, to include weapons employment (range, wind, building composition, friendly location, TLE, etc) and collateral damage estimation algorithms down to the Joint Fires Observer level, and logistics support.
Desired reliable and resilient data and voice communications in the urban environment include: minimal standard is voice, text, position location information, and cross-banding Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) multiple bi-directional sensor streams (up to 100) from urban environments to higher headquarters; capabilities to communicate in urban canyons (external to external); capabilities to communicate from internal structures to other internal structure; and internal (structures, subterranean) to external (outside structure, above ground).
Also desired are multiple communications pathways that are resilient, adaptable and self-healing that provide the ability to autonomously retransmit and relay and that are resistant to jamming, provide security and Electromagnetic (EM) hardening. Communication capabilities that are scalable to provide low and high power and operate in low and / or high bandwidth are also desired.
Precision navigation and timing in GPS degraded/denied environments capable in subterranean, internal to structures, external to structures within urban canyons and dense urban / shanty villages are also desired.
Important aspects of Command and Control C2 capabilities include:
- Voice / Data: Singular or multiply communication pathways that transmit information that facilitate command and control.
- Network Availability: Accessibility and reliability of command and control assets that facilitate command and control.
- Network Survivability: The capacity of the network to provide continuous service in the presence of failures.
- Tactical Decision Aids: A tool which gives help or assistance in rendering a decision.
Maneuver: Employment of forces in the urban area through movement in combination with fires to achieve a position of advantage in respect to the enemy. Movement in urban environments requires the ability to traverse urban canyons, over walls and structures, in subterranean corridors, over buildings, and through structures. The Warfighter needs the ability to clear the interior of structures that are multi-story, from the bottom up, top down, and/or to create entry breaches in the interior and exterior of these structures. A key consideration for mobility in this environment is the ability to carry or manpack the system while moving through the complex terrain — technology applied to the urban fight must enable not restrict or inhibit the individual Marine or Sailors’ maneuver. It should not add to the load carried, rather lighten, improve ease of employment, and streamline the numbers of systems.
Critical to maneuver is the ability to mask friendly signatures or obscure the enemy’s ability to identify friendly signatures visually and acoustically–including the ability to mask movement signatures from dogs, birds or other animals.
Maneuver through the complex urban environment requires breaching walls, rooms or other enclosed spaces. Conducting a breach requires ISR that penetrates a structure or space and can map and identify personnel, booby traps, IEDs, or enemy sensors; precision lethal and non-lethal engagement of enemy observable targets prior to entry; corrupting, obscuring or deceiving defenders; creating an opening through walls or entrances including rebar reinforced concrete and steel doors; ISR to confirm whether the entry will be opposed; an entry force preferably not a Marine first; the ability to clear or incapacitate aggressors in the room; a means to secure the space; and the ability to persistently monitor spaces that have been cleared.
Ideally the small unit is able to attack a structure from the top (of a building) down, bottom (floor level) up; or through a breach. This could involve autonomous systems delivering support, logistics or personnel. Similarly, it could involve scaling the outside of a building or insertion by air. Maneuver underground must be supportable as man-packed by Marine, Sailor, or augmented by tethered or autonomous vehicles. In small confined spaces, systems that can maneuver, climb, or fly where a Marine cannot can add value and save lives. Maneuver underground will include frequent turns and the ability to negotiate obstacles.
Maneuver in all domains will require penetrating networks and communications infrastructure to achieve episodic (<5 min, >5 min) or persistent effect(s). Electronic breaching is essential in the urban environment where influencing and communicating with the population and disrupting the adversary employment is critical. Local capabilities that can be point effective are necessary—this may involve targeting a person, a room, a building, a city block, a tunnel, or a street. The delivery means is not important but the effect must be scalable and if delivered via ground must not impact the mobility of the Marine or Sailor.
While mobility in the urban environment is critical, countering enemy mobility is also important. The ability to rapidly emplace obstacles that are persistent, can be command operated, autonomous, or temporary to canalize or deny an enemy or population the ability to move provides significant value. These can include electronic, explosive, mechanical, lethal and non-lethal systems.
Some important aspects of Urban Maneuver include:
- Move: The ability to traverse urban canyons, over walls and structures, in subterranean corridors, over buildings, and through structures from the bottom up, top down, and to create breaches and openings in structures creating complex mobility dilemmas.
- Sustain: Ability to continue to operate over an extended period of time.
- Navigate: To record, plan & control the position and route of units or equipment.
- Transport: To convey equipment and/or people from one place to another via a vehicle.
- Breach: To create a gap/lane in order to facilitate maneuvers.
- Medical: Screening, classification, treatment & evacuation of casualties.
APPLICATION AND SUBMISSION INFORMATION
Application Content and Format: Participants are encouraged to submit concise, but descriptive, applications for consideration in U5G 2018. Technology/engineering innovations should be technically mature and immediately ready for demonstration in an operationally relevant environment. Technology/engineering innovations should not require science and technology development (Budget Activity 1-3) to advance the state of technology, materials, develop novel sensors, algorithms, etc.
Applications shall include one White paper and one Quad Chart per submission. A prospective participant may submit multiple submissions for consideration. Each submission shall stand on its own.
QUAD CHART: Quad Charts are required to contain the content and format described in the attached “U5G 2018 Quad Chart”, Attachment 1.
WHITE PAPER: White paper submissions shall use the template in Attachment 2, white paper submissions that do not adhere to this format will not be considered. If there are issues with the template or the ability to submit using the template, please send notice of the issue or concern to [email protected] for resolution. The white paper shall include the following sections:
Operational Relevance: Describe how the proposed technology/engineering innovation addresses specific warfighting Capability Concept(s), or elements and/or combinations of Capability Concept(s), discussed above.
Cost: Provide an estimated developmental cost to mature the proposed technology/ engineering innovation to low rate production levels. In addition, provide a not to exceed estimate of a low rate production cost for the technology/engineering innovation. These estimates are not contractually binding but could be used as evaluation criteria to determine suitability for further experimentation.
System and Data Architecture: Describe the systems, interfaces, and the data architecture of the technology/engineering innovation being submitted. Include diagrams, architectural views, or other graphical representations to describe the major systems/sub-systems and interfaces. Submissions are not required to provide end-to-end solutions, but should identify external interfaces that will ultimately be required for the technology/engineering innovation to function in the intended operational environment. Identify the current Intellectual Property rights (open-competitive or closed-proprietary) that apply to each of the major systems/sub-systems and interfaces.
Critical Technical Parameters: Describe the critical technical parameters that characterize the specific contribution of the proposed technology/engineering innovation. Sample technical parameters for each of the Capability Concepts are described above. In tabular format, quantify the performance that has been demonstrated and describe the environment or conditions it has been tested under. Include references to test reports, modeling data or other artifacts that can be made available upon Government request. If test data in a relevant Urban operational environment is not available, which may be the case if, for example, the submission is proposing re-purposing of an existing capability, estimate the technical performance that may be immediately achievable.
Experimentation Plan and Objectives: Describe how you propose to demonstrate the utility of the technology/engineering innovation in an experimentation plan for the Urban 5th Generation Marine ANTX. Describe all phases of the proposed experiment in detail (pre-deployment, deployment, operation, recovery, post-recovery). Describe required lay-down areas, range requirements (support vehicles, integration platforms, etc.), network support (4G LTE, computer processing, etc.). Identify any and all support, handling, or special gear that the Submitter will bring to conduct the experiment. Estimate how many persons are required on-site to conduct the experiment. Identify needed support requirements – power, network, vehicle platforms, personnel, space, equipment or others. Provide a pictorial representation of the experiment with network connectivity diagrams, personnel and vehicle movements,
Dependencies and Special Considerations: Range capabilities and support equipment that the Government expects to be available at the time of the U5G 18 exercise will be provided when an invitation to participate is sent. Identify any and all other government furnished information (i.e. interface specifications, launch and recovery procedures, targetry, etc.) and/or equipment required to support the submission (i.e. unmanned system deployment from 60MM mortar, weapon or target deployment from an MV-22 Osprey, communication link to MH-60, GPS, GSM, Secret or higher facility clearance/storage capabilities). Identify any significant certifications required prior to conducting a planned experiment (i.e. weapons certification, , Laser Safety Review, etc.). For each specific dependency or consideration, identify at least one feasible alternative (i.e. launch from submitter’s test vehicle, test rigs, simulations, static displays) that would mitigate, for example, the uncertainty risk of operational asset availability(ies).
Technology Readiness Levels: Assess the current technology readiness level (TRL) of the major systems/sub-systems described above. For a definition of TRL, see Attachment 3. Describe whether the estimate is based on test data from a developmental (lab-, simulation-based) or operational (test range or other with operational users) assessment. If applicable, project the TRL achievable upon completion of the proposed submission.
Team: Submitters are encouraged to team amongst industry, academia, and government partners. Provide a brief description of the subject matter expertise that each member of the team provides and a brief description of the participating organizations.
Organizational Resources: Estimate the resources the submitting organizations will commit to support the submission.
Following selection, the Government will provide submitters with a summary of range and support equipment that will be allocated to the specific submission for the Urban 5th Generation Marine ANTX. If the Submitters requirement for range support exceeds what has been allocated, the Submitter may acquire additional resources. The Government will work in good faith to identify requested resources and/or propose alternatives that meet the Submitters budgets. An extreme case might be that an MV-22 Osprey is not available, and the costs to acquire a surrogate test asset are not affordable. The Government may then recommend the Submitter participate in U5G 18 exercise with a static display.
File Naming Convention: The file naming convention for the white paper will be display name_org name_wp (i.e. Mustang_Ford_wp). The file naming convention for the quad chart will be display name_org name_quad (i.e. Mustang_Ford_quad). Submissions must be written in English. All acronyms must be spelled out on first use.
Submission Dates and Times: White papers and quad chart submissions shall be submitted to [email protected] no later than 10:00 AM Eastern Time on October 6, 2017. Submissions received after that date will not be considered, and no exceptions will be granted.
Proprietary Information: Submitters are responsible for clearly identifying proprietary information. Submissions containing proprietary information must have the cover page and each page containing such information clearly marked with such a label as “Proprietary” or “Company Proprietary”.
Classified Supplements and Submissions: Submitters are responsible for clearly and appropriately marking classified supplements and/or submissions. Classified submissions must be transmitted per the classification guidance provided by the DoD Information Security Manual (DoDM 5200.1, Volumes 1-4) and the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (DoDM 5220.22-M).
Prior to submission of classified information, please request instructions by contacting [email protected]
International Traffic in Arms Regulations/ Export Administration Regulations: Submitters are responsible for clearly and appropriately marking information that is restricted by the Arms Export Control Act (Title 22, U.S. C. Sec 2751, et seq.) or the Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended, Title 50, U.S. C., App. 2401 et seq.
Submissions containing ITAR/EAR restricted information must have the cover page and each page containing such information clearly marked.
Government Release Authority: The Government shall release submissions, and data contained within (unless expressly restricted by the submission), to: Other Government contractors and subcontractors and their employees tasked with providing technical and operational subject matter expertise to the DON in addition to assisting in handling and processing information and documents in the administration of contracts, such as file room management and close out.
SUBMISSION EVALUATION AND SELECTION INFORMATION
The government will only evaluate submissions that address one or more of the capability areas described above. A panel of qualified government subject matter experts will be convened to conduct a technical and operational assessment each conforming submission. Submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:
Operational Assessment Criteria
* Potential contribution to the specific capability(ies) identified above
* Potential contribution to the overall Marine Corps Operating Concept
* Potential impact to warfighter performance in an urban operational environment
Technical Assessment Criteria
* Potential contribution of the demonstrated/estimated technical parameters to the capability(ies) identified above
* Confidence level that the technology/engineering innovation is sufficiently mature to meet experimentation objectives
* Confidence level that the experimentation plan is sufficiently mature and can be successfully conducted with available resources and assets
* Ability to reduce the costs to man, train, and equip the Expeditionary force
Review and Selection Process
Submissions selected for participation in U5G 18 will be announced by 15 December 2017. The Government reserves the right to accept submissions in their entirety or to select only portions for participation in the U5G 18 exercises.
All costs incurred by the participants, to include submission costs, travel costs, technology experiments, and experimentation associated costs, are the submitter’s responsibility. The Government will provide technical and operational assessment personnel, basic access to approved training areas and ranges to conduct experiments, basic venue infrastructure including event planning/timing, frequency allocation/deconfliction services and generator power. Selected participants must be prepared to be self-sufficient during the execution of their experiments. Participants are advised to bring all tools and equipment necessary to operate their system(s)/sub-system(s). Additional resources will be provided based on availability and resources available to the government at the time of the exercise.
Verbal questions will NOT be accepted. Questions shall NOT contain proprietary or classified information. The Government does not guarantee that questions received after 10:00AM Eastern Time on October 6, 2017 will be answered.
Submissions are not restricted in any way to a particular entity. Small Businesses, HUBZone Small Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Veteran-Owned Small Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, and Women-Owned Small Businesses, are encouraged to participate.
The Government will NOT provide funding to the interested party or Submitter in response to this notice. The Government will not pay for any costs incurred in preparing submissions or for planning, executing, or participating in the exercises associated with this announcement.
This notice is issued solely for information and planning purposes and does not constitute a request for proposals (RFP) or obligation to issue a future RFP. Responses in any form are not offers, and this notice does not commit the government to contract for any supplies or services. Submissions in response to this notice do not imply nor guarantee award of, or for, any potential future acquisition. Similarly, submissions in response to this notice do not imply nor guarantee participation in the exercise. Interested parties are responsible for monitoring the Fed Biz Ops site for additional information pertaining to this notice.
If the submission proposes radiating electromagnetic energy, the submitter must have prior approval to transmit on or across those frequency bands. Prior approval may include compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Title 47, Part 15 or a Special Temporary Authority (STA) from the FCC. The FCC recommends you submit your request at least 30 days prior to the start of the event. If the submission includes Government-owned equipment and you will be operating within a Federal Band, you must have National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) frequency approval. A frequency manager point of contact will be provided to submitters along with the U5G 18 selection notice. However, submitters are advised NOT to wait for U5G 18 selection notice(s) before requesting a STA from the FCC. Your authority to radiate must be emailed directly to [email protected] by 10 February 2018.
Upon selection, submitters will be asked to submit details of their demonstration’s plans and needs. A template for this information will be provided at the time of selection. The submitter shall also provide instructions that describe the safe operation of the system(s)/sub-system(s). Respondents wishing to conduct experiments of a kinetic or energetic nature are responsible for ammunition and/or explosives shipments to include an Interim Hazard Classification (IHC) or Final Hazard Classification (FHC) and coordination for receipt and storage at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. A safety point of contact will be provided to submitters along with the U5G 18 selection notice. The Government may identify other safety related and any other unique approval procedures to the submitting organization as the need becomes evident.
Participation in the exercise will require participants to adhere to the environmental approvals, authorizations, standard operating procedures, and protective measures outlined in existing environmental impact statements and associated permits. An environmental compliance point of contact will be provided to submitters along with the U5G 18 selection notice. The government may identify additional environmental or other unique approval procedures to the submitting organization as the need becomes evident.
Cooperative Research and Development Agreements
Selected non-Federal Government participants will be required to enter into either a Standard Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) or a Limited Purpose (LP) CRADA with the NR&DE. Upon selection, DASN(RDT&E) shall designate the appropriate Naval Laboratory, Warfare Center, or Systems Center to enter into the CRADA with the selected participant. The designated NR&DE entity will have the requisite subject matter expertise to provide engineering, integration, test, and/or transition support for the selected submission, as appropriate. Depending on the type and scope of the submission, DASN(RDT&E) may assign additional Technical Points of Contact (TPOCs) from across the NR&DE for additional support.
A Standard CRADA will be used when there is specified research and development of a collaborative nature that will occur between the selected participant and the NR&DE. The Department of Navy (DON) Standard CRADA template is provided as Appendix C.
A Limited Purpose (LP-CRADA) will be used in situations when only an equipment/material transfer between the selected participant and the NR&DE is required to support the exercise and there is no expectation of specified research and development of a collaborative nature. The DON Standard LP-CRADA template is provided as Appendix D.