2017 Strike Challenge – Domestic Capabilities and Specialized Response Equipment Demonstration
For 2017, Strike Challenge affords U.S. industry the opportunity to present current and evolving domestic capability (DOMOPS) and specialized response equipment/systems. The event encompasses tactile interactive demonstration of equipment specifically designed for emergency response, survivability, security, search and rescue and ‘special’ operations. Strike Challenge traditionally focuses on compact (man-pack and/or light mobility), efficient and advanced support systems/equipage developed by industry to provide a force multiplier to the light responder/specialized unit or government agency conducting high consequence critical success missions.
Strike Challenge 2017 provides opportunity for participants to assess products from various U.S. suppliers in a series of scenarios and/or tactile interaction focusing on US government response.
Equipage involving response and recovery during Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Radiological (CBRN), manmade and natural disaster events will be on-hand. Participants will have the capability to participate with demonstration on products that will allow the detection, identification, decontamination and protection while operating in a contaminated environment. Use of high mobility platforms (ground and water) will provide the participants with various methods to transport personnel into the scene, extraction of first responders and victims in austere environment over through both land and maritime environments.
Command, control and sustainment is essential during the response and recovery phases of disaster events. Participants will be able to view and assess traditional and non-traditional equipage unique to responders within a common operating picture such as minimized infrastructure. Aspects include remote power generation/restoration, critical communications, SAR and Security team extended sustainment, human survival condition and other related capabilities to enhance and multiply first response.
The innovative tactical systems to be on hand during Strike Challenge share common utility with Special Operations components. These shared applications allow for parallel evaluation of the equipage from the unique perspective of the Specialized Operator.
In order to maximize collection of scientific and technical information (STI) on the systems undergoing evaluation and help with transitioning knowledge on the systems into the DoD and other agencies, the DTIC Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) will be supporting the 2017 Strike Challenge Mobility Demo. Event organizers and DSIAC representatives will be onsite to capture user feedback of demonstrated functionality through After Action Reports (AAR). This information is the onus behind participating industry elements to evolve, develop and eventually propose new and/or emerging warfighter capabilities. NOTE: There is no implied or expected government acquisition at Strike Challenge.
Minimum Salient Requirements/Characteristics of Strike Challenge Demonstration:
All products to be available under the auspices of Strike Challenge shall fundamentally demonstrate the salient, physical, functional, or other characteristics desired as a future or current capability set forth by experienced end-users. The resultant after action may eventually be relied upon to generate or meet the future essential needs of the mobilized warfighter and/or government agent.
Period of Performance:
Period of performance for this dynamic demonstration shall be from August 15-17, 2017. Vendors will be required onsite for setup August 14, 2017. Attendee travel dates will be August 14 and 18, 2017.
During event, all vendors are freely encouraged to conduct demonstrations at their assigned MOUT location. Each vendor will be scheduled (program) to conduct a demonstration for the benefit of all attendees at a set-aside location on MOUT main event area.
Special Considerations and Amenities:
- First responders and ambulance will be available or onsite during 3-day demonstration
- Limited shuttle transportation will be available for demonstration site-to-site movement
- Billeting is available on Camp Rilea.
2. Direct Interactive Participant Activity
As a part of Strike Challenge, attendees may choose to operate tactical land vehicles, watercraft, mounted weapons and specialized DOMOPS/SAR equipment. Operations will involve traversing difficult terrain and obstacles; temporarily occupy, enter and egress through abandoned MOUT buildings that may be in a variety of physical conditions; handle sensitive electronic devices; enter, exit, ride and use military support vehicles; navigate a semi-autonomous vehicle and other unique advanced equipment. Instruction will be provided and specialists will be on-hand to monitor/assist all activity. Attendees that opt to do so must sign mandatory event waiver and freely and voluntarily assume any and all risk of injury that such activities potentially involve.
DSIAC is soliciting personnel with DOMOPS, Expeditionary Forces, First Responder, Special Operations Forces and/or technology RDT&E experience and expertise to assist in the assessment of demonstrated products. If you would like to be considered, when registering please select "Assessor" in the "Participation" drop-down list. You will then be asked to provide additional information related to your practical experience.
NOTE: The sponsors recognize that assessors are providing support on a "voluntary" basis. As such, assessor activities will be accomplished during normal event hours. Although a "Hotwash" opportunity will be provided at the end of each day to review assessment forms, this is not mandatory. Assessment forms can be turned in to an IAC representative and reviewed at any time during the day.
This is an all-weather demonstration. Exercises may be conducted in inclement weather; however, covered/protected areas are limited. Therefore, plan accordingly and bring a poncho or other appropriate clothing.
Registration will include continental breakfast and lunch for each day as well as an on-post social dinner on Wednesday and Thursday.