The Crossroads of Special Operations
Vulcan Q1-2021 Updates and Upcoming Deadlines
U.S. Air Force B-21 Training Systems Challenge
The U.S. Air Force completed the first phase of the B-21 training challenge and selected 13 prototypes for a demonstration with end-users and program personnel in Dayton, OH on June 8-10, 2021. The capabilities will be assessed for their potential to enhance cost savings, flight time optimization, and human performance within USAF training cycles. U.S. Air Force will evaluate the integration of the demonstrated capabilities for the B-21 platform and potentially other USAF training systems. Future concepts submitted under the Futures challenge are currently being evaluated.
2020 JSOC Capabilities & Technology Expo
The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) completed its JCTE 2020 process and concluded its virtual engagements in January 2021 with 28 capability developers selected from 218 submissions. The JCTE effort resulted in the initiation and/or execution of Seventeen 17 Collaborative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA). The CRADA efforts to date have produced 13 active Integrated Work Plans (IWP) and one IWP already moved to acquisition.
TRIDENT SPECTRE 2021 EXERCISE
The U.S. Naval Special Warfare Group TEN is conducting the 2021 TRIDENT SPECTRE Exercise in Virginia Beach, VA. 80 capabilities were selected from nearly 300 submitted to take part in the TS21 Exercise. All the participating capabilities are receiving user assessments including technical and functional assessments. Further, capabilities will be reviewed by SOF, DOD, and IC leaders this week with opportunities for additional referrals and potential acquisition.
ARMY CYBER PAI Tools, Analytics, and Visualization Assessment Event
U.S. Army Cyber Fusion Innovation Center (CFIC) completed the demonstration assessment of 18 capabilities selected from 122 submissions. The demonstration assessment was conducted by a multidisciplinary team composed of program, acquisition, technology, and security professionals. ARCYBER uses non-traditional acquisition vehicles such as Other Transaction Authorities (OTA) to mature and transition technologies of interest.
NEW CALLS WITH UPCOMING DEADLINES
NGA Satellite Computed Bathymetry Assessment (SCuBA) RFI
The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is seeking capabilities for the creation of a coastal map (bathymetry) product, merging SCuBA generated coastal depth product with other Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) products such as SAR, multispectral imagery, EO, etc. Areas of interest include:
- Improvements in spatial resolution, bathymetric estimation precision, and depth estimation range
- Use of the SCuBA product to estimate bottom type and surface roughness
- Use of machine learning and neural nets for bathymetry estimation and interim product derivation
- Non-bathymetric maritime products that may derived from ICESat-2.
SUBMIT your capabilities soon in Vulcan before the deadline expires on 14 May 2021.
DHS Laser Protective Eyewear RFI
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), is interested in Laser protective eyewear capabilities. Law enforcement officers can encounter a variety of weapons in the line of duty, and lasers can be especially damaging as they can permanently render an officer blind. It is the intention of DHS to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with selected participants and assess laser protective eyewear capabilities in a real-time.
SUBMIT your capabilities in Vulcan to participate in the Rapid Technical Assessments (RTA) before the deadline expires on 14 May 2021.