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POSITIONING, NAVIGATION AND TIMING


Maryland, United States
Government : Military
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05Nov2019 update: ******** name and the scope in Section III.

26June2019 ************* Specialist changed from to Audrey M ************

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities *********** Command (CCDC), Control, ********** Combat Systems, ************* and Reconnaissance (C5ISR)
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005


Broad Agency Announcement
W56KGU-18-R-PN22


POSITIONING, NAVIGATION AND TIMING
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES
POWER AND INTEGRATION (CP&I) DIRECTORATE

November 2017  
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I Introduction
Part II General Information
Part III Scope - Research Interests
Part IV Research Interest Topics
Part V Submission Preparation and Format
Part VI Topic Response Requirements
Part VI I Submissions
Part VIII Full Proposal Evaluation

PART I
INTRODUCTION
This document is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) sponsored by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities *********** Command (CCDC), Control, ********** Combat Systems, ************* and Reconnaissance (C5ISR). This BAA will be valid through 30 November 2022, unless terminated earlier at the government's discretion. This BAA is issued under the provisions of paragraph 6.102(d)(2) and subpart 35.016 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which provides for the competitive selection of research and *********** proposals submitted in response to this announcement. Accordingly, full proposals selected for award are considered to be the result of full and open competition and fully compliant with PL 98-369, titled Competition in ing Act of 1984. Solicitation No. W56KGU-18-R-PN22 will be used for this effort. All awards made in accordance with this BAA will be selected via a two-step process. All offerors must submit white papers as detailed in PART V. After the white papers have been evaluated, only those offerors whose white papers are deemed most beneficial to the Government will be asked to provide a formal full proposal for further evaluation and potential award in accordance with PART VIII.
Prospective offerors should note that this BAA is an expression of interest only and does not commit the Government to make an award or pay proposal or white paper preparation costs generated in response to this announcement. For this solicitation, the costs of response preparation are not considered allowable direct charges to any resultant or any other . No award will be made unless appropriated funds are available.
Proposals will be considered from all organizations interested in conducting scientific research. This includes colleges and universities, non-profit research institutions, commercial firms, small business and small disadvantaged business concerns, historically black colleges and universities, and minority business enterprises and institutions. Other prospective offerors include commercial companies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and Canadian firms participating in the Defense Sharing *********** Program.
All submissions, to include white papers and full proposals, should be directed to Audrey M York-Nicola, Specialist,----, email: ----, or Nina M. Bushnell, ing Officer,----, email: ----. No award will be made unless appropriated funds are available for research and ***********. Prospective offerors are reminded that only a duly warranted ing officer may obligate the Government to an agreement involving the expenditure of Government funds. Questions concerning ual, cost or pricing, or proposal format matters may be directed to Audrey M York-Nicola, Specialist,----, email: ---- or Nina M. Bushnell, ing Officer,----, email: ----.


Technical questions shall be directed to the Specialist and/or ing Officer. Technical questions will then be forwarded to the technical point of contact (TPOC) responsible for specific research areas of interest under PART IV. Prospective offerors are advised that all communication, prior and after white paper/full proposal submission, shall be routed through either Audrey M York-Nicola, Specialist,----, email: ---- or Nina M. Bushnell, ing Officer,----, email: ----. No discussions are to be held with offerors by the technical staff after receipt of white paper/ full proposal submission without permission of the ing Officer.


There will be no formal Request for Proposals (RFP) or any further solicitation documents issued in regard to this BAA. Interested parties should be alert for any BAA amendments or additional areas of research interests that may be published under this BAA on the Army Single Face to Industry webpage, available at ----, or on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) webpage, available at ----.



PART II
GENERAL INFORMATION
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities *********** Command (CCDC), Control, ********** Combat Systems, ************* and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) is soliciting proposals under this BAA for the performance of research, ***********, design, and testing that directly supports advancement of battlefield technologies in the area of Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT). The aim of this BAA is to discover technical approaches to improve and enhance current and future land warrior capabilities, flexibility, and responsiveness in line with CCDC C5ISR's strategic vision for enhancing Warfighter capabilities to operate in a symmetric and unsymmetrical environment.
CCDC C5ISR 's plan is to support multiple and potentially multiphase efforts that pursue the design, ***********, integration, and demonstration of critical and enabling technology and system attributes pertaining to PNT. Proposed efforts will primarily be of service and material with aims at resolving technical barriers as identified under PART IV.
It is anticipated that proposals submitted in response to this BAA would range in scope of effort from study/analysis type work with limited data and hardware/software deliverables to larger efforts for component ***********s, techniques, and demonstrations with breadboard and/or prototype style deliverables. The Government realizes that varying technical/scientific approaches will be employed by potential offerors.
The Government anticipates use of a Cost-Plus-Fixed-Fee (CPFF) type of in connection with this BAA. The Government reserves the right to use a different type of . Offerors may propose alternate types providing that the alternative is supported in the proposal. Use of alternative types, if proposed by the offeror, will be negotiated before award.
To be eligible for award of a , all prospective offerors, with the exception of other governments, including state and local government agencies, must meet certain minimum standards pertaining to financial resources, adequacy of accounting systems, ability to comply with performance schedules, prior record of past performance, integrity, organizational structure, experience, operational controls, technical skills, facilities and equipment. For additional information and guidance concerning qualifications and standards for responsibility of prospective ors, please refer to Part 9 of the FAR.
There are certain post-employment restrictions on former federal officers and employees (Section 207 of Title 18, United States Code). If a prospective offeror believes a potential conflict of interest may exist, the situation must be brought to the attention of the ing Officer before expending time and effort in proposal preparation.


Offerors shall make their proposals valid for at least 180 days. The Government reserves the right to make an award at any time during the life of this BAA. The Government also reserves the right to fund all, some, one, or none of the full proposals received under this BAA.
The Government shall consider or Teaming Arrangements, as set forth in FAR Subpart 9.6, or Defense Research and *********** Pools as set forth in FAR Subpart 9.7.


The Government requires that prospective offerors prepare and submit white papers in accordance with instructions in PART VI, prior to preparing a full proposal. This will assist prospective offerors in avoiding the expense of preparing a full proposal that may not be selected for award under this BAA. Format and submission preparation requirements are further explained under PART V. All white papers and full proposals will be reviewed and responded to regardless of its final disposition. Once again, the Government will not be responsible for any costs associated with the preparation and delivery of submissions. 


PART III
SCOPE - RESEARCH INTERESTS
Program Description(s):
The U.S. Army CCDC C5ISR, CP&I Directorate has the mission of research, design, ***********, initial acquisition, integration, demonstration, and testing of a variety of experimental, inventory, commercial-off-the-shelf and other electronic C5ISR systems for a variety of Army missions.
The goal is to support CCDC C5ISRs Strategic Thrust for PNT by providing technical and operational capabilities that enables the Soldier to continue their operations in hostile RF and GPS denied environments. Proposed technical approaches may apply to operations both before and after the cessation of hostilities. This announcement emphasizes approaches that address the very different challenges presented by urban fighting and dramatically enhance war fighter capabilities, for example, the ability to interact, maneuver, and operate under a time constrained environment. These changes should generally result in lower casualties, lower collateral damage, and the effective use of combat power.
The specific topics of interest revolve around the research and *********** of technologies may provide revolutionary improvements to the entire spectrum of PNT.
In order to achieve the capabilities described above, CP&I Directorate will pursue the design, ***********, integration, and demonstration of critical and enabling technologies and system attributes pertaining to citied areas of interest. Offerors should emphasize radical concepts that may contain high technical risk, but if enabled, would have commensurate high military payoff. The Government is not interested in extensions to existing CCDC C5ISR programs or minor improvements to operational capability. Rather, CCDC C5ISR is seeking innovative concepts that will provide either an entirely new military capability or will enhance existing capability by orders of magnitude (based on demonstrable relevant metrics).
Offerors should be prepared to support the technical feasibility of their concept or idea, and then be prepared to demonstrate and discuss successive phases leading toward technology ***********. Offerors should also be prepared to propose a base effort supporting the technical feasibility of their concept or idea, and to propose pre-priced options or subsequent phases that further lead toward technology ***********.
Modular Open Systems Approaches (MOSA) are a warfighting imperative. Victory in future conflicts will in part be determined by our ability to rapidly adapt systems, integrate new capabilities, and share information from machine to machine. Modular open systems utilize open interfaces to connect well defined modules. The CCDC C5ISR Center has made substantial investments in developing MOSA for C5ISR applications. These efforts have focused on the following:
1.) Software frameworks that support modular reusable software
2.) RF system interfaces enabling third party access/control of sophisticated RF chains
3.) Embedded computing hardware interfaces
4.) Network interfaces for discovery, management, and data dissemination
The results of these MOSA initiatives have resulted in the *********** of C5ISR/EW Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) which is aligned with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Technical Standard. CMOSS leverages open standards such as the Modular Open RF Architecture (MORA), Vehicular Integration for C5ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY), OpenVPX, REDHAWK, Software Communications Architecture (SCA), and Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE). Specifications in active *********** and use can be found at the following locations:
VICTORY (----)
MORA (----)
OpenVPX (----)
REDHAWK (----)
SCA (----)
FACE (----)
SOSA (----)
The proposed technical approach for all topics should be designed in accordance with CMOSS and SOSA whenever possible.


It is envisioned that the effort will have a base period of 12 months and two (2) option periods of 12 months each. Offerors should not propose total efforts exceeding 36 months. 


PART IV
RESEARCH INTEREST


RESEARCH INTEREST TOPIC ONE (1)
Research Interest: Pseudolite Systems


Division: CCDC C5ISR, CP&I Directorate, Positioning, Navigation and Timing Division
Objective: The goal of this effort is to design, develop and demonstrate Global Positioning System (GPS) pseudolite technologies. Projects considered under this solicitation will ultimately provide improved situational awareness and support to mission command and decision enhancing technologies.
Description: CCDC C5ISR is interested in near term solutions for pseudolite systems which support and augment GPS signals that can be degraded or denied by either friendly or hostile electronic transmission or by natural obstacles. Pseudolites provide GPS protection and reliability by broadcasting GPS-like signals using terrestrial or near-terrestrial transmitters. In moderately degraded environments, pseudolites aid acquisition of GPS satellite signals. In severely degraded environments, pseudolites can be used as a source for positioning and timing. Pseudolites rely upon GPS signal reception when available for precise and accurate determination of the pseudolite Position, Velocity, and Timing (PVT) information. The Army is interested in specific technologies that could improve the potential effectiveness of pseudolites, such as the following: (1) command and control software with analysis tools to aid in the positioning of pseudolites; (2) command and control data links compatible with Army mission command systems; (3) Pseudolite compatible anti-jam GPS antennas; (4) shaped beam output antennas; (5) conformal antennas; (6) distributed aperture antennas; (7) anti-tamper technologies; (8) high efficiency, fast-response power amplifiers; (9) celestial navigation devices to provide a backup position source; (10) differential GPS corrections that could be sent over the pseudolites; and (11) alternative technologies for providing precise time to the pseudolites.



RESEARCH INTEREST TOPIC TWO (2)


Research Interest: Vehicle Navigation System (VNS)


Division: CCDC C5ISR, CP&I Directorate, Positioning, Navigation and Timing Division
Objective: The goal of this topic is to develop, design, and demonstrate ground vehicle mounted PNT systems, for the benefit of mission command and decision enhancing technologies for the battlefield.
Description: CCDC C5ISR is interested in a near term solution for non-autonomous and autonomous ground vehicle platforms to include a scalable and upgradeable hardware solution that provides PNT information in GPS challenged and denied environments. The VNS design should be configurable to balance minimization of essential components, and therefore overall cost of the system, commensurate with mission and operational functionality. Considerations for VNS designs should allow upgrading to GPS military code (M-code). The VNS should be packaged such that SWAP-C (size, weight, power, and cost) will be minimized and will include interfaces for encryption keying, user interface or display, and connectors for external power, antenna, and multiple electrical interfaces including Ethernet that can route PNT data. The VNS should be compatible with the network timing protocol (NTP), the precise timing protocol (PTP), and be able to take aiding sensors from the vehicle if available to improve its navigation and timing solution.



RESEARCH INTEREST TOPIC THREE (3)
Research Interest: Inertial Navigation


Division: CCDC C5ISR, CP&I Directorate, Positioning, Navigation and Timing Division
Objective: The goal of this topic area is to identify, develop, demonstrate and advance inertial navigation technology. The technologies sought will be considered to provide improved situational awareness capabilities and support mission command and decision enhancing technologies for the battlefield and its commanders.
Description: Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) are comprised of Inertial Sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes which measure specific forces and angular rates. CCDC C5ISR is interested in ideas for inertial sensors and systems targeted for dismounted soldier and vehicle navigation platforms that allow navigation in GPS denied conditions. This includes novel gyroscope and accelerometer sensor designs utilizing the following (but not limited to): Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), mechanical, optical, and atomic domains that meet the SWaP-C goals for the platforms ...

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