Army Announces – Intel Apps Virtual Industry Day

Due to COVID-19 the Army offer this event virtually. A virtual event to provide contractors with information regarding the PM IS&A Intel Apps Program objectives, and to answer contractor questions.  The Intel Apps Program is focused on four initial applications (All Source, Intelligence Support to Targeting, Weather Operational Effects, and Information Collection Management), and these Apps will provide leap ahead software capability in support of the Multi-Domain Intelligence (MDI) Framework, Multi-Domain Operations (MDO), and Joint All-Domain Operations (JADO) by enabling intelligence professionals to work through the intelligence cycle with increased speed, precision and accuracy.

Taking Place Tuesday 23-Febuary, 2021 from 0900 to 1700


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Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification – CMMC Moving Forward

Thursday 26-March the CMMC accreditation body made a public post that they have executed a memorandum of understanding with a nonprofit corporation that will server as the accreditation body for its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

Katie Arrington, chief information security officer in DoD’s acquisition office said both parties collaborate virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic and remain on track to implement contractor cybersecurity verification processes with authorized independent third-party assessment organizations.

CMMC will require all defense contractors to hire third-party assessors that have been accredited by the board and that will certify they meet one of the model’s levels of cybersecurity. If a contractor does not receive a CMMC certification, it will not be allowed to bid on defense contracts.

US Army Spectrum Forward Consortium – Other Transaction Agreement (OTA)

The Army Contracting Command – New Jersey (CCNJ) on behalf of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research, and Engineering (USD R&E) is releasing this Solicitation to enter into a Prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with a single Consortium, referred to hereafter as the “Agreement.” The purpose of the Agreement is to establish terms and conditions by and between the Government and the Consortium. The Agreement shall be executed under the authority of 10 U.S.C. 2371(b), which authorizes the Secretary of the Army to carry out prototype projects that are directly relevant to enhancing the mission effectiveness of military personnel and the supporting platforms, systems, components, or materials proposed to be acquired or developed by the Department of Defense, or to improvement of platforms, systems, components, or materials in use by the armed forces. To comply with 10 U.S.C 2371(b), the Government will only award prototype projects that meet the following criteria:

•    At least one nontraditional defense contractor or nonprofit research institution participating to a significant extent; or
•    All significant participants in the transaction, other than the Federal Government, are small business, nonprofit research institution or nontraditional defense contractors; or
•    At least one third of the total cost of the prototype project is to be paid out of funds provided by the parties to the transaction other that the Federal Government; or
•    The senior procurement executive for the agency determines in writing that exceptional circumstances justify the use of a transaction that provides for innovative business arrangements or structures that would not be feasible or appropriate under a contract, or would provide an opportunity to expand the defense supply base in a manner that would not be practical or feasible under a contract.

This Solicitation is a request for proposals for a Consortium whose membership possesses a collective expertise in the following areas to enable enhanced operational capability for systems that transmit and receive in the electromagnetic spectrum environment:

•    Ubiquitous Connectivity
•    Cognitive Spectrum Access & Sharing
•    Cybersecurity
•    Radio Frequency-Free Space Optics Cooperative Systems
•    Autonomous Systems (Ground/Air/Maritime)
•    Internet of Things (Narrow Band/Critical/Massive)
•    Electronic Warfare
•    Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)
•    Software Defined Radios/Networking/Architectures
•    Radar Systems
•    Digital Signal Processing
•    Microelectronics
•    Software Reconfigurability
•    Nanotechnology
•    Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence
•    Autonomy/Robotics
•    Biotechnology
•    Big Data Analytics
•    Edge and Cloud Computing
•    Augmented/Virtual/Mixed Reality
•    Location Detection
•    3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing
•    5th generation (5G) information communications technologies, products, and services

More info on SAM (LINK)

Aberdeen Proving Ground Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry 28-30 April 2020

Team Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) anticipates hosting an Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry (APBI) the week of 28-30 April 2020 at APG, Maryland. This announcement is meant only as a “Save-the-Date,” as the event is subject to change.

LOCATION: Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

REGISTRATION: The 2020 APBI will be unclassified and open to all interested contractors, large and small businesses, and academia, as well as other Government stakeholders.

Source: SAM (LINK)


USSF visions an integrated Satellite Communications enterprise

US Space Force Enterprise SATCOM

February 19, 2020 the United Space Force released a plan to build an “enterprise” architecture of military and private satellites.

The ability to deliver global satellite communications (SATCOM) is unprecedented, and the joint warfighter relies on this capability at all levels and across the range of military operations. SATCOM provides survivable communications for Presidential support and nuclear command and control, and affords national and military leaders a means to maintain strategic situational awareness and convey their intent to the Joint Force Commander (JFC).

In order for the United States to maintain its asymmetric advantage of global space-based communications, the SATCOM enterprise must evolve quickly. We must prepare now to fight SATCOM as a single enterprise through a contested, degraded and operationally-limited (CDO) environment, prevent or withstand loss, and continue to deliver effects to warfighters. United States Space Force (USSF) refers to this operational vision of the future as “Fighting SATCOM.”

The new USSF vision includes emphasis on the speed needed in developing future SATCOM capabilities. The vision states, “We must move faster than our adversaries to ensure warfighters receive the operational benefits of an integrated SATCOM enterprise capable of delivering SATCOM effects in CDO environments.  We must adopt faster acquisition processes and faster command and control constructs to maintain the advantage in any conflict.”

Key Attributes:

  • Rapid, resilient, sustainable and global access to SATCOM
  • Terminal and modem agility
  • Network agility
  • Cyber, link and operational security
  • Data interoperatbility with joint command and control systems

As depicted in the figure the enterprise has multiple segments and aspects that interconnect and must be addressed together.

The Space Force strategy calls for a centralized management of SATCOM acquisitions that currently are done by multiple organizations. SATCOM terminals that will be capable of multi-band and multi-waveform operations, whenever possible to support agile connectivity reducing vulnerability to interference and jamming.

The “United State Space Force Vision for Satellite Communications” can be viewed here. (Link)


Do you know Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)? You better if you are a DoD Contractor.

The Department of Defense drafted a new standard called the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. This standard will replace NIST 800-171 on DoD RFIs and RFPs beginning in mid-2020. The CMMC contains five levels, ranging from basic hygiene to state-of-the-art. Unlike NIST 800-171, the CMMC will not contain a self-attestation component. Every organization that does business with the Department of Defense will be required to undergo an audit by an authorized auditing entity before bidding on a contract or subcontracting to a prime.

31-January, 20201 DoD released CMMC Version 1.0 – Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, which requires any company that does business with the Department of Defense, Primes as well as subcontractors must have “at least a basic level of cybersecurity standards” when they respond to RFI and RFPs.

CMMC framework organizes processes and cybersecurity best practices into a set of cybersecurity standards, frameworks and DoD Stakeholders.  The model framework organizes these processes and practices into a set of domains and maps them across five levels.   Level 1 covers basic cyber hygiene, Level 2 would involve certifying cybersecurity processes as well, to ensure a contractor is effectively documenting, managing, reviewing and optimizing its practices across its entire enterprise. Level 3 requires that an organization establish, maintain and resources a plan demonstrating the management of activities and practice implementation. Level 4 requires that an organizational review and measure practices for effectiveness.  In addition to measuring practices for effectiveness, organizations at this level are able to take corrective action when necessary and inform higher level management of status or issues on a recurring basis.  Level 5 requires a vendor to standardize cybersecurity practices across the organization and focuses on the protection from advanced persistent threats.

What to know:

  • Does this apply to you? If you re a DoD Prime or Subcontractor YES it does.
  • Can I self-certify? NO, CMMC requires an independent audit.
  • What Will CMMC Require? CMMC will require all defense contractors and subcontractors to undergo a third party assessment of their internal cybersecurity technical practices and process maturity against published standards.

Please let us know if you need assistance with preaudit preparation.

Details can be found here:  (LINK)

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Army Post RFI – Project Manager Distributed Common Ground System- Army (PM DCGS-A)

Army Contracting Command – Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG) in support of the Program Executive Office Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (PEO IEW&S), Project Manager Distributed Common Ground System-Army (PM DCGS-A), is conducting market research to identify commercial items to satisfy required United States Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A) capabilities for data management, ingestion, and analytics supporting the mission inside of Afghanistan. The Government invites all business and academic organizations to respond to this RFI notice.

The current capability is provided by a single vendor as a turn-key solution that includes hardware, software, and services.  The incumbent is Palantir USG, Inc.

New Requirements.

The Army is seeking feedback from interested vendors with commercial item solutions that can maintain the current capability (with no gaps or breaks in capability) as described above (Section 2.0), and, support several new requirements, including:

  1. Seamless and automated data synchronization across all aforementioned networks (SIPR, SOFNET-S, JIANT, SOCRATES, & Unclassified) using an accredited, vendor-provided cross-domain solution (CDS). The CDS will need to be accredited/approved to operate on all networks.
  2. Interested vendors must have a scalable and extensible capability and must possess a solution that can handle a five-fold increase in the numbers of concurrent users in both CONUS and in the OCONUS theater that may include users located in both Afghanistan, Kuwait, and other locations throughout the middle-east.
  3. The current capability is predominantly an Intelligence solution.  However, the new capability must also include doctrinally-correct operational and maneuver workflows to achieve operations and intelligence convergence onto a single platform, with a single user interface and an integrated suite of tools.
  4. Last, the capability must be fully integrated and interoperable with the USD (I)-sponsored SMART system provided by Palantir USG, Inc.

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AeroVironment Unveils new Puma 3 UAS

AeroVironment, Inc. announced on 26-March at the AUSA Global Force Symposium the release of a new Puma 3 UAS for Operations in More Challenging Radio Frequency Environments.

“We are in constant communication with our customers to ensure they have the most innovative and advanced small drones to successfully complete their missions.As a result of their feedback, the new Puma 3 includes air vehicle upgrades for operation in even more rugged environments than before, improved ability to support advanced third-party payloads and software applications and reliability in challenging electronic warfare/cyber environments where interference is prevalent,” said David Sharpin, vice president of AeroVironment’s Tactical UAS business.

AeroVironment upgraded the Puma’s airframe to enable robust operation of its i45 EO/IR sensor suite with SIGINT payloads in harsh and demanding environments. In addition, the Puma 3 incorporates AeroVironment’s latest digital data link (DDL) with security upgrades to support operation in more challenging radio frequency (RF) environments, with M1/M2/M5 and M3/M4/M6 frequency bands and with AES-256 encryption.

Sharpin said that, as part of ongoing efforts to stay at the forefront of battery technology, AeroVironment is releasing a new Puma smart battery that is more efficient and includes safety enhancements.AeroVironment also has optimized the portability of Puma from six transport cases to four, with a flyable configuration in a single transport case that features luggage-type handles.All these upgrades are incorporated while maintaining Puma 3’s renowned all-environment capability.

Source:  AeroVironment


INSCOM posts RFI for technology needs

19-March, 2018 U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) posted a request for white papers to address their technology needs and the anticipater 2018 INSCOM Industry Day.

INSCOM executes mission command of operational intelligence and security forces; conducts and synchronizes worldwide multi-discipline and all-source intelligence and security operations; delivers linguist support and intelligence-related advanced skills training, acquisition support, logistics, communications, and other specialized capabilities in support of Army, Joint, and Coalition Commands and the U.S. Intelligence Community

Focus Areas and Requirements:

INSCOM has identified areas for which we are requesting White Papers from Industry on mature COTS solutions relevant to the following Focus Areas and requirements:

0001: OSINT:
a.   Machine translation capability from native language to English for use across social media mediums. Must account for slang and jargon. Must retain content normally understood by native speakers.

  1. Capability to collect, process, analyze and extract features from Full Motion Video (FMV). Must extract, analyze location and entity ID (Person, Place, Logos, Flags, etc.).

0002: Cyber:
a.   Artificial Intelligence capability for end point detection of malicious activity in real time

  1. Cyber intelligence capability that provides identification of malware author, controller, and source of release in real time
  2. Deployable infrastructure and capabilities to provide critical Cyberspace Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C-S&R), Operational Preparation of the Environment (OPE), and effects based Cyber capabilities at Echelons Corps and Below.

0003: Language Translation:

  1. Full spectrum language translation capability (voice to voice, voice to text, text to text, etc.) equal to or better than human ability.

0004: Cross Domain Solutions
a.   Ability to run advanced analytics and machine learning across unified multi-domain data set

  1. Provide a capability to automatically transfer files and documents between multiple classified domains to include SAP.

0005: Collection and Communication:

  1. On board aircraft sensors that are smaller, more modular while increasing on-board/off board LOI3 flexibility.
  2. Capability for smarter airborne sensors that are able to provide a micro to macro field of view while alerting / tipping operators to relevant activity.
  3. Portable discrete tablet size capability, with detachable keyboard, which allows 1-2 man teams to conduct interviews, debriefings and/or interrogations while allowing ease of access to a secure network (UNCLASS and SECRET)  through tunneling in from existing regional communications networks. Standard load of Microsoft products, camera, regional map software download capability, SSD HD, reporting templates and VoIP capable.
  4. Light weight (under 30lbs) small form factor, low profile SATCOM and/or non SATCOM, long-haul, high data, secure communications system for operations in austere environments. Potential solutions for non SATCOM are HF or the capability to securely tunnel through available communications such as WiFi, cellular and landline.
  5. Collection system for Force Protection which uses unclassified, open source signatures to identify and geo-locate WIFI/Bluetooth or next generation of wireless Internet of Things (IOT).
  6. Multiple sensors that can be unattended or soldier/vehicle mounted which records time / location / type of RF energy.

0006: Other

  1. Capability for an EMARSS integrated multi-function display with a COMSEC port capable of loading mapping date. Display should be able to be turned off/on with a simple switch allowing a classified overlay in parallel with FAA/ICOA/Jeppesen mapping. System needs capability to be zeroized after every flight and will be reloaded during pre-flight operations.
  2. COTS capability for Battle Damage Assessment (ingest, query, retrieve and disseminate). Must be able to operate from fixed as well as austere locations. Must be able to ingest USMTF, operate with DCGS-A, with capability for releasibility and auto translation to allies.
  3. Data Science capability that provides the technologies and methodologies necessary to execute data mining, statistical models, predictive analytics, optimization, risk analysis and data visualization.
  4. Capability to pull relevant citation information from message handling databases, such as M3, Palintir, HOTR and possibly Chrome into the endnotes section of Microsoft products.
  5. Capability for an automated identity resolution tool for security vetting managers, which is able to aggregate associated data for one persona, located across disparate law enforcement, open source, and classified holdings.

Submissions are due 31-May, 2018.

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SOCOM to extend SIGINT network with body sensors.

SOCOM put out a request for information  for a body worn SIGINT sensor.  SOCOM is specifically interested in signals intelligence technologies, ideas and solutions which advance Body worn sensors with low Size Weight and Power (SWaP) with a Low profile DF antenna.

The Program Executive Officer for Special Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Exploitation (PEO – SRSE) outline some of the following objectives:

  • Software Defined Radio
  • Survey capability between the frequency range of 3 – 6,000 MHz
  • Provide Wideband automatic signal detection
  • Allow for remote zeroization and sanitation
  • Dedicated SIGINT Communications Architecture
  • LOS Meshed Network / Self-Healing connectivity to support collaborative operations
  • Store a minimum of 100 GB of data storage
  • Encryption for data-at-rest
  • Sensor shall weigh no more than 12 lb with batteries

The software must comply to ICD 503 protection level 3, Integrity Level Of Concern (ILOC) medium, Availability Level of Concern (ALOC) medium or equivalent Office of the Director of National intelligence (ODNI) directives/publications.

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