Request for Solutions: Air Defense Artillery Long-Term Evolution Orientation Device

Request for Solutions: Air Defense Artillery Long-Term Evolution Orientation Device


1. Purpose

This Request for Solutions is issued to identify a unique solution for an Air Defense
Artillery Long-Term Evolution Orientation Device. 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

The U.S. Army desires a Long-Term Evolution (LTE)-based device to provide real-time
orientation and positioning status to support air defense simulated engagements during
live force-on-force training exercises.

Currently, Army Combat Training Centers (CTC) use laser based systems to replicate
direct fire engagements. Laser based systems have limitations when targets do not
have the ability to utilize Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES)
detectors, such as United States Airforce (USAF) aircraft, Army aviation helicopters or
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) platforms. Many of the Air Defense Artillery (ADA)
engagements (such as missiles) can be stimulated if both the target location and a
reasonable weapon orientation at the time of engagement is known. Two CTCs (the
National Training Center (NTC) and Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC)) have or
soon will have an LTE-based instrumentation network

2.1.2 Attachment 2, Instrumentation System (IS) – Tactical Engagement Simulation
Systems (TESS) Interface Standard, PRF-PT-00552, Revision G. This document
describes the interface between the CTC-IS and instrumentation. Paragraph 3 covers
initialization. Paragraph 4 has TESS (or LTE Orientation Device) to the IS interface.
Paragraph 5 has the IS to TESS (LTE Orientation Device) interface, which may not be
needed depending on the design of the LTE Orientation Device.

2.2. Vendors interested in responding to this Request for Solutions must be members
of the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX).

3.0 Technical Objectives:

3.1 This effort will demonstrate the integration of commercial devices and/or
components into the CTC Instrumentation system using the LTE communications

3.2 This project is anticipated to have three phases. Phase One will focus on the
initial selection of hardware, general design, definition of the message flow between the
device and the CTC-IS and definition of cyber security issues and mitigation. Phase
One will end in an Initial Design Review. Assuming the government and vendor(s) determines that the project has an acceptable
risk level, the project will enter Phase Two. In Phase Two, the vendor will demonstrate a
breadboard solution and demonstrate passing position location and orientation to the
CTC-IS – to include cybersecurity controls across the National Training Center LTE
network. Phase Two will end with a Final Design Review, where a mutual decision
between the Government and the vendor(s) will be made regarding proceeding to
Phase Three. In Phase Three, the vendor(s) will build five prototype units, which will be placed in a
mock Stinger. After vendor testing, the mock Stingers will be deployed to the NTC for
controlled tests against Army Aviation, USAF aircraft and UAS platforms.

3.3. Please see Attachment 1, ADA LTE Orientation Device Technical Supplement for
additional information.

4.0 RFS Responses:

4.1 The Vendor’s proposed solution should describe their approach to delivering a
unique solution for the Air Defense Artillery Long-Term Evolution Orientation Device, as
outlined in Paragraphs 2 and 3 above, with specific emphasis and focus shown in
answering the following critical technology questions:

a. Is the proposed solution a commercial device or an integration of commercial
b. Will positioning accuracy of commercial items support simulated force-on-force
c. Will latency of the commercial LTE network support simulated force-on-force
d. What is the projected size of production units?
e. What is the projected battery life of production units?

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.

4.2 Please ensure any assumptions made are clearly stated in your response.

4.3 Intellectual Property and Rights in Technical Data: All IP and data 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 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. Government purpose rights means the right to
use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose technical data within the
Government without restriction; and release or disclose technical data 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 for United
States government purposes. Your response should clearly outline the appropriate rights in technical data that will be
delivered with your solutions, as well as understanding that the U.S. Army has release
authority on any publications related to this prototype project.

4.4 Anticipated Delivery Schedule: Vendor shall include the anticipated delivery and
demonstration schedule to reflect the phased approach outlined in Paragraph 3. The
vendor’s schedule should also include the following events:

4.4.1 Kick-Off Meeting, within two weeks of award. Kick-Off Meeting will focus on
introduction; initial schedule; identification of key risks.

4.4.2 Initial Design Review. Initial Design Review will provide the initial selection of
hardware, general design, definition of the message flow between the device and the
CTC-IS, as well as the definition of cybersecurity issues and mitigation. At the Initial
Design Review, the government and vendor will review risks and jointly decide whether
to move forward into Phase Two.

4.4.3 Final Design Review. At the Final Design Review, the vendor will provide
breadboard test results, issues, and risks to meet the full device specifications.
Following the Final Design Review, the government and vendor(s) will jointly decide
whether to move forward with Phase Three, continue with Phase Two or end the effort.

4.4.4 Vendor Demonstration. At the vendor’s facility (or other agreed upon location) the
vendor will show the full operation of the mock Stinger.

4.4.5 NTC Demonstration. At this demonstration, the vendor(s) will show the full
operation of the mock Stinger against live air platforms connected to the NTC
Instrumentation System.

4.5 Proposed Pricing and Milestone Payments: Vendors will submit a fixed amount
price for their solution, further divided into milestone payments that are tied to each
phase outlined in Paragraph 3. Your pricing submission shall be submitted in a separate
document with no pricing detail provided in the technical response.

4.6 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

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.

4.7 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.

4.8 All questions related to this RFS should be submitted in writing to
[email protected], with “ADA LTE” used in the subject line. Questions must be
submitted no later than 12:00 PM EST on April 6th, 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.

4.9 Responses will be submitted no later than 12:00 PM EST on April 20th, 2018.
Your response should be submitted electronically to [email protected], with “ADA
LTE” used in the subject line. Any submissions received after this time on this date may
be rejected as late and not considered.

4.10 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. 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.

5.0 Selection Process

5.1 Individual responses will be evaluated with consideration given to the technical
merit of the response and total project risk. The proposed project price, schedule, and
data 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 in Paragraph 4.1 as well as the ability to fulfill the
requirements in Attachment 1, Technical Supplement.

5.2 The Government will evaluate the provided solutions and select a vendor (or
vendors) with the lowest score, as detailed below.

5.2.1 Overall Concept: Is the proposed solution a Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS)
device or an integration of COTS components:

A solution that is a pure COTS device (all but the trigger pull / wiring) will receive
1 Point.

A solution that is mostly a COTS device (switches, battery, and wiring) will
receive 2 points.

A solution that is all COTS components will receive 3 points.

A solution that is mostly COTS components will receive 4 points.

5.2.2 Accuracy: What is the accuracy of the proposed solution support by vendor and
other documentation? Impacts of the eCompass used near large metal object (i.e.
armored vehicles) should be addressed.

A solution that has less than 2 degrees of expected accuracy will receive 1 point.

A solution that has 2 to 3 degrees of accuracy will receive 2 points.

A solution that has more than 3 degrees of accuracy will receive 3 points.

5.2.3 Latency: What is the expected latency (from trigger pull to arrival at the CTC-IS
low side gateway) of the proposed solution supported by vendor and other

A solution that has less than 300 milliseconds of expected latency will receive 1

A solution that has between 300 and 500 milliseconds of expected latency will
receive 2 points.

A solution that has more than 500 milliseconds of expected latency will receive 3

5.2.4 Schedule and Risk: What is the proposed schedule? What risks are identified?
Can the risks be mitigated, if so –how?

A solution that lays out risks and shows schedule to address the risks and
schedule to decide if the risk cannot be mitigated will receive 1 point.

A solution that does not identify risks, provides an unreasonable schedule for the
mitigation of risks will receive 3 points.

5.3 If sufficient validation of the claim is not provided, the Government may award
more points. Assessment of risks is subjective. If the risk is obvious or the schedule
seems overly aggressive, the Government will add points.

5.4 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.

6.0 Additional Information

6.1 The costs of preparing and submitting a response is not considered an allowable
direct charge to any government contract or agreement.

6.2 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).

6.3 Interaction and/or Disclosure with Foreign Country/Foreign National Personnel.
The vendor should comply with foreign disclosure processes IAW AR 380‐10, Foreign
Disclosure and Contacts with Foreign Representatives; DoDD 5230.11, Disclosure of
Classified Military Information to Foreign Governments and International Organizations;
and DoDD 5230.20, Visits and Assignments of Foreign Nationals.

6.4 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]”

6.5 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.”