SOFWERX, in concert with the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) PEO-C4 Military Information Support Operations (MISO), is interested in mission payloads that comply to the Expeditionary Organic Tactical Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Capability Set (EOTACS)’s systems, which are small group 1 unmanned aerial vehicle systems.
Purpose: The purpose of the event is to determine those types of payload systems that are available and/or can be readily available to provide increased flexibility of the full range of MISO capabilities to target audiences in denied or hostile environments with minimal risk. Payload areas of interest include (1) loud speaker, (2) Internet of Things receiver, (3) systems capable of broadcasting (AM, FM, SMS text, UHF/VHF/TV, etc.), (4) leaflet delivery, and (5) camera/full motion video capabilities.
Why You Should Participate: USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-based agreements with industry partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by USSOCOM MISO subject matter experts (SMEs). As such, this event is considered competitive in the same manner as a Broad Agency Announcement or Commercial Solutions Opening. Solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit. This serves dually as notification of the intent to research the feasibility of an agreement under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371b and/or Section 2371b(f), and as notice of pre-solicitation activities in accordance with FAR 5.204.
Phase I: 24 July 2019 – SOFWERX will conduct a Capability Collaboration Event (CCE) focused on MISO EOTAC’s unmanned aircraft system payloads in the five areas of interest previously outlined. During this event, Warfighters will interact and inform industry, academic, and laboratory partners to further communicate operational needs and/or desires. Participation in the event is not mandatory; however, it is designed to provide insights to ensure potential offerers understand the problem set(s) and increase the likelihood of matching technologies with Warfighter needs. If you do not wish to participate in the CCE, you are free to submit your technology for review for the Capability Assessment Event (CAE). The CCE will be conducted at SOFWERX in Tampa, FL. RSVP to attend the CCE no later than (NLT) 17 July 2019.
Phase II: 29 July 2019 – Submissions to the CAE open – 16 August is the deadline for submissions to be received for review. Submissions will be reviewed by USSOCOM MISO SMEs and evaluated for their potential to satisfy the Warfighter’s needs discussed during the July 24 event. To submit your technology and be considered for Phase III attendance, please follow the submission instruction near the bottom of this web page. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation on or about 6 September 2019.
Phase III: 24 – 25 September 2019 – During the CAE, invited participants will be allotted a one-on-one session with the USSOCOM MISO evaluation panel to pitch, demonstrate, and/or discuss their solutions. The forum will include a Q&A portion, and discussions may continue outside of the event. Solution brief evaluation criteria will be outlined in the event invitation. If the USSOCOM evaluation panel favorably evaluates a solution brief, negotiations for Phase IV may immediately begin. Selectees will also be afforded the opportunity to showcase their capabilities in an open, expositional forum for other government partners that may be interested in their capability.
Phase IV: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:
- Other transaction agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371 or 2371b* (prototyping/production follow-on)
- Procurement contract for experimental purposes (10 U.S. Code, Section 2373)
- Business-to-business research and development agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code, Section 3715)
- Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section 3710a)
*An award under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371b may result in further award of a follow-on production agreement, without additional competition, based on successful prototype completion. The government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.
0800-0830: Attendee Check-In (Doors Open at 0800)
0830-0845: SOFWERX Welcome
0845-0900: Stakeholder Welcome Remarks
0900-1200: Payload Area of Interest Round Robin
1330-1430: Focused Area of Interest Discussion
1430-1500: Large Group Q&A
1500-1530: Wrap-Up and Follow-On Event Schedules/Questions
1600: Optional SOFWERX Tour & 101
1925 E 2nd Avenue, Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33605
How You Can Participate
RSVP to participate as a mission payload SME during the 24 July CCE: Click Here to RSVP (NLT 17 July)
Industry, Academia, and Labs
RSVP as a mission payload participant and potential offeror for the 24 July CCE: Click Here to RSVP (NLT 17 July)
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