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A -- DoD Counter Narco-Terrorism Programs and Operations Support

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541710 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
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US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Deputy Commander, ATTN SMDC-CM-AP, P.O. Box 1500, Huntsville, AL 35807-3801
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The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC), in support of the Department of Defense (DoD) Counter Narco-Terrorism Program Office (CNTPO), desires to contract for the necessary goods and services required to support DoD, other Federal a gencies and partner nations engaged in counter drug and counter narco-terrorism operations throughout the world. The Government intends to award no more than five (5) multiple award, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts with firm-fixed price, labor rates and cost reimbursable contract line items (CLINs) for materials and other direct costs. The purpose of this synopsis is to gain knowledge of potential qualified sources and their size classification (HUBZone, 8(a), small, small disadvantaged, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, woman-owned, or large business) relative to North Amer ican Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code 541710, Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (size standard of 1,000 employees). PROSPECTIVE OFFERORS MUST HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO PERFORM ALL AREAS OF THE SCOPE OF WORK (SOW). Contracted effort requires that all contractor employees possess at a minimum a Security Clearance Classification of Secret, with some requirements for both Top Secret and Top Secret-Special Compartmentalized Information (TS-SCI). Some contracted effort m ay require secret storage. This acquisition will not be open to participation by foreign firms at the prime contractor level. The proposed acquisition will include a conflict of interest solicitation provision and contract clause as set forth in Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpa rt 9.5. As noted above the Government intends to award no more than five (5) contracts, but at this time it is unclear of the extent of anticipated small and small disadvantaged business participation, thus the responsible contracting officer has not decided upon the specific number and/or types of set-aside awards to targets during the development of this acquisition strategy. Small businesses may team together (or even affiliate) and be eligible for award of a set-aside contract, PROVIDING THAT EACH TEAM MEMBER MEETS THE NAICS CODE SMALL BUSINESS SIZE STANDARD. A small business team prime must demonstrate the ability to perform at least 51% of the effort. However, a small business team may subcontract to large businesses for up to 49% of the effort. The Government does not intend to limit either the number or types of teaming arrangements (created by the affiliation of small businesses to form a prime) or subcontract arrangements entered into by the potential offerors (i.e., any given contractor could propose as a prime contractor as well as participate as a subcontractor on one or more other proposing teams). In accordance with applicable federal acquisition regulation guidance, companies normally form a contractor team arrangement before submitting an offer. However, subject to when the arrangement occurs in the acquisition process and responsible contracting officer approval, if needed, vendors may enter into an arrangement later in the acquisition process, to include after contract award. This sources sought is to conduct market research and receive capability papers from interested businesses/teams. RESPONSE REQUIREMENTS: Capability papers should include the following information: size of company (i.e., 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB, SB, SDVOSB, Veteran, all others), number of employees, relevant past performance on same/similar work and your company/team capability to do this type of work. Documentation and technical expertise must be presented in sufficient detail for the Government to determin e that your company/team possesses the necessary functional area expertise and experience to compete for this acquisition. Interested firms should submit via e-mail and attach the capability statement (Microsoft Word format) within 21 days after the date of this anno uncement to Mr. Joseph Cloft at joseph.cloft@smdc.army.mil (title email: CNTPO and Technical Operations Support). Capability papers should not exceed ten (10) 8 1/2 x 11 pages excluding cover page and index, font size not smaller than Times New Roman 10. No pictures, charts or graphs shall be included except on the cover page or index page. All questions can be directed in writing to Mr. Cloft at joseph.cloft@smdc.army.mil (title email: CNTPO Questions). If a solicitation is issued it will be announced at a later date, and all interested parties must respond to that solicitation announcement separately from the responses to this announcement. The submission of this information is for planning purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government to procure any items and USASMDC does not intend to award on the basis of this re quest for information or otherwise pay for the information solicited. Capability papers should address that the contractor or contractor team has the demonstrated ability to perform the entire task. CNTPO is the technology program office working directly for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Narcoterrorism (DASD-CN). As noted above, CNTPOs mission includes providing technology support to DoD, other Federa l agencies and partner nations engaged in counter drug and counter narco-terrorism operations. This is accomplished by working within the DoD and interagency environment to determine common mission requirements. CNTPO leverages industry, academia, and go vernment laboratories to develop and deliver prototype and limited production systems. Using a systems engineering approach, technologies are tested for compatibility in the operational environment and integrated into operational processes. Training and s ustainment are also included with the systems. Protocols to deploy these technologies have been developed and multiple systems are in use with operational forces in the U.S. and partner nations. Selected technologies are also in use with law enforcement organizations. For further information, a public website is available at www.cntpo.com. The resulting contract effort to be performed under this requirement will provide the necessary goods and services to support the CNTPO mission, to include counter drug and counter-narcoterrorism activities undertaken by the U.S. Government, coalition part ners, and host nations. Specifically, the summarized requirements discussed below outline the CNTPO required contractor support in the following areas: Technology Development and Application Support; Training; Operations and Logistics Support; and Profes sional and Executive Support. Further, the results from this synopsis will be used to assist in reviewing the requirements for Contractor-provided equipment and services to research, develop, upgrade, install, fabricate, test, deploy, operate, train, main tain, and support new and existing federal Government platforms, systems, subsystems, items, and host-nation support initiatives. For this synopsis, the following definitions apply: a. Platform: A combination of hardware, software/firmware, structures and personnel that provides a dedicated function serving a Government requirement. To this extent, platforms include, but are not limited to, aircraft, wheeled vehicles, watercraft, s pacecraft, electronics equipment, shelters, ground support equipment, support structures and the soldier. b. System: A combination of hardware and software/firmware that performs a dedicated function serving a Government requirement. c. Subsystem: Electronic/mechanical/structural hardware, associated components/parts and/or software/firmware that performs an essential function in support of one or more systems. d. Item: A distinct, serviceable and/or replaceable element, part, component, assembly/subassembly, or tool, that performs a critical function within a subsystem, system or platform. The anticipated goods and services that may be required in support of CNTPOs mission requirements include, but are not limited to, the following. 1. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) Perform studies, analyses and experimentation in both laboratory and non-laboratory environments. R&D may address any life cycle phase. Evaluate unproven technology applications and identify potential risks. This may also include prototype development a nd limited deployment of technologies to provide a real world testing environment. Document results and submit as required. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, development of electronic tracking devices, ana lytical software, airborne sensors, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) modifications, inspection systems, unattended ground sensors, foliage penetrating radar, persistent surveillance, and fast boat detection. 2. TECHNOLOGY INSERTION, SYSTEMS INTEGRATION AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING Integrate new equipment technologies into existing system architectures. Apply a systems engineering approach to ensure that mission objectives and system criteria requirements are fulfilled. Emphasis shall be on the demonstration of clear and definable improvements in the performance, logistics supportability, reliability and maintainability of the item. Employ the latest technology in consonance with economic considerations. Technology solutions and designs shall take into consideration the constraint s and limitations of the receiving region, Combatant Commander (COCOM) area of responsibility (AOR), or requiring activity/customer. If applicable, design concepts shall include provisions for continuous technological improvement to maximize opportunities for product improvement available from emerging technological advances in the commercial market place. Commercial products and proce sses shall be utilized wherever possible. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, IT networks, sensors and communications integration, information fusion center and automated radar and camera integration and cont rols. 3. INSTALLATION Install hardware and software/firmware. Installation may involve fabrication of mounts, brackets and/or installation kits. Assist the U.S. Government in identifying all equipment and utilities required for installation at the installation site, including Government Furnished Equipment/Material. Ensure that the required equipment, utilities, and resources are available at the installation site. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, installation of thermal imag ing and infrared cameras (FLIR) on aircraft, installation of sensing equipment at a port of entry, installation of computers and software at an operational command center. 4. HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE FABRICATION Manufacture, acquire, develop and assemble hardware and software. Whenever practical, available Government equipment, supplies, facilities, and resources shall be incorporated. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, writing a software program to detect data anomaly, building a roll on pallet with signal intelligence (SIGINT) system for C-130, upgrading graphical user interface (GUI) interface for radar display and modifying the pod to accept radar. 5. TEST AND EVALUATION Define and develop test programs, plans, and procedures, conduct testing, and evaluate and document results. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, hardware and software component testing, subsystem and system l evel development testing, system compatibility testing, acceptance testing, functional testing, integration testing, full qualification testing, field-testing and evaluation, environmental tests and stress screening, electromagnetic interference testing, e lectromagnetic compatibility testing and TEMPEST, flight-t esting, air-worthiness testing and safety testing. Conduct testing in total or support Government test personnel. Ensure that all hardware, software, test equipment, instrumentation, supplies, facilities, and personnel are available and in place to conduct or support each scheduled test. Create, review and evaluate Test Evaluation Master Plans, test plans, test procedures and test results. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, gamma and x-ray systems, drug sniffing devices, airborne sensors, co mmunication networks, tracking devices, systems developed under an R&D effort, non-lethal systems and night vision systems. 6. CERTIFICATION Obtain commercial and/or military certifications/authorizations for new or modified parts, subsystems, platforms, designs, equipment or installations in accordance with applicable Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and DoD standards. Representational e xamples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, FAA and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certification for aircraft tracking beacon, refurbished helicopter flight certification in Afghanistan, FAA certification of modification to ai rcraft, release certification for night vision goggles, frequency authorization for radar testing and flight clearance for C-130 SIGINT pallet. 7. PRODUCT DATA Review, develop and/or submit Product Data. Product data may define one or more configuration items, associated manufacturing processes and associated test procedures. Various types of product data, including engineering drawings, specifications, softwar e configuration documentation, interface control documentation, quality assurance provisions, and/or commercial item descriptions may be required. Product data may include, but is not limited to, complete design disclosure, form, fit and function requirem ents, performance specifications or a combination thereof. Apply computer-aided design (CAD), manufacturing (CAM) and engineering (CAE) methods/systems to support concurrent design integration with manufacturing and logistics considerations. All CAD, CAM and CAE systems shall be compatible with resident Governmen t architectures. Work may include, but is not limited to, software source code, equipment drawings and rights to reproduce and aircraft technical standard order (TSO) documentation for FLIR. 8. CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT Manage the baseline configuration of the platforms, systems, subsystems and items acquired under this contract. Support includes, but is not limited to, collection, review, tracking and archiving of configuration control documents, development of automate d databases to track hierarchical components, maintenance of product data, support to configuration control boards and performance of functional configuration audits and physical configuration audits. Representational mission requirements include, but are not limited to, asset tracking of all counter narcotics (CN) equipment arriving in Afghanistan, aircraft maintenance logs and software configuration control. 9. OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR Operate, repair and maintain platforms, systems, subsystems, facilities and/or items. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, operating surveillance aircraft in Colombia, maintaining and operating tethered Aerost ats with radars and maintaining and operating surface search radar in Puerto Rico. 10. STUDIES AND ANALYSES (OTHER THAN R&D) Perform studies and analyses. Such studies/analyses may include, but not are limited to, logistics/supportability, engineering, financial, operational, and documenting such results. Representational s mission requirements include, but are not limited to, work process studies for CNTPO, operational assessments of partner nation CN forces and technology application studies for Joint Interagency Task Force  West (JIATF-W). 11. INCIDENTAL CONSTRUCTION Perform minor alterations or minor construction of real property located inside or outside the United States, its possessions, or Puerto Rico. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, an hanger for surveillance ai rcraft in Colombia, surveillance towers on border of Pakistan, a helicopter pad in Afghanistan to support airlift, barracks for training center in Afghanistan, firing range for training in Afghanistan, and a training support structure for Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) at Quantico, VA. 12. PAINTING, COATING, SEALING AND PRESERVATION Paint, coat, protect, seal and preserve items, subsystems, systems and/or platforms. 13. PUBLICATIONS Create, review and/or develop and submit white papers, technical reports, studies, and logistics support publications. Publications may include, but are not limited to, integrated logistics support plans (ILSPs), technical orders (TOs), technical manuals (TMs), interactive NAVAIRS, NAVSEAS, work specifications, lubrication orders, interactive electronic technical manuals, repair parts and special tools lists (RPSTLS) etc. 14. LOGISTICS SUPPORT ANALYSES Perform or assist in the performance of logistics support analyses. 15. LOGISTICS SUPPORT AND EQUIPMENT Contactor provided equipment and supplies in support of the CNT mission, which may include, but is not limited to, ground support equipment for aircraft. 16. PRESERVATION, PACKING AND MARKING Ensure the preservation, packing and marking of shipments in accordance with applicable commercial standards. 17. TRAINING Identify training requirements and obtain or develop training programs for platforms, systems, subsystems or critical items. Develop training manuals and other training documentation or training aids. Electronic training applications such as video teleco nferencing and computer-based training shall be employed to enhance the effectiveness of training materials and courses when cost-effective. Conduct training for Government personnel or foreign national personnel to ensure proper operation, repair, mainte nance, storage, and testing of platforms, systems, subsystems or items. Furnish personnel to perform such training. Provide operational, medical, and other types of field training for Government personnel or foreign national personnel in support of CNT m issions and objectives. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, security force training for border police in Afghanistan, air crew training for Colombia surveillance aircraft, tactics training for Counter Narcoti cs Police Afghanistan (CNPA), geographic information system (GIS) training for analyst in Colombia, and image analyst training for U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). 18. CONVEYANCE PURCHASE, REFURBISHMENT, LEASING, OPERATION, AND SUPPORT (AIRCRAFT, VEHICLES, VESSELS) Conveyances are defined as manned and unmanned aircraft, vehicles, and vessels. Provide conveyances, conveyance support, and operators to support CNTPO and CNTPO related missions worldwide. Such support includes, but is not limited to, contractor owned/contractor operated (CO/CO) conveyances, rented or leased conveyances, purchased c onveyances, maintenance and support services, qualified conveyance operators and support/perform disaster relief operations on minimal notice. For refurbishment, conveyances may be purchased or provided as government furnished equipment (GFE) to the contractor. GFE will be specifically identified. Provide all related material, services, facilities, and equipment required for refurbishment, maintenance, inspection, training, and operation of the conveyances unless specifically identified as being provided by the government as GFE or government furnis hed material (GFM). Provide the associated training required for operators. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, CO/CO surveillance airc raft in Colombia, patrol boats to U.S. State Department for maritime patrol in Uzbekistan, helicopters for airlift in Afghanistan, refurbishment of helicopters for Afghanistan, refurbishment of patrol boats in Pakistan, complete rebuild of DC-3 for CN supp ort to Colombia, and provide armored vehicles for security forces training in Afghanistan. 19. SECURITY SERVICES Provide security and related services in support of CNTPO and CNTPO related missions to include, but not limited to, Intelligence, medical, logistics, canine services, surveillance, counter -surveillance, aerial over watch, security advisory etc. Services may be incidental to other activities (i.e. training programs, construction etc.) or the primary purpose of the task order (i.e. Security assessments, advisors, interdiction assistance, protective services.) Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, training of CN forces in Afghanistan, tactical medical training, security site assessment Afghanistan and occasional protective services for CN activities in Afghanistan. 20. WEAPONS The contractor may be required to be armed during the performance of tasks under this contract. Individuals carrying weapons shall be properly trained and certified to standards established by the applicable combatant commander. 21. PUBLIC POLICY, INFORMATION, AND EDUCATION SUPPORT TO PARTNER NATIONS Provide partner nations with the capabilities to develop strategies and communicate public policies focused on countering the effects of illicit narcotics and narco-terrorism. Assist partner nations in educating the public on the successes of counter nar cotics activities and encouraging alternate livelihoods that are not dependent on narcotics trafficking. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, strategic counter narcoterrorism (CNT) policy support to senior government officials in Afghanistan and Colombia. 22. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) AND COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT Provide IT and communications network development and deployment that support the establishment of CNT capabilities world wide. Such support includes, but is not limited to, computer, equipment and networks to support decision making and information trans fer, geographical information systems, mapping information, data connectivity and communications networks for transmission of data in remote or undeveloped areas, and information analysis tools and systems. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limited to, GIS system for CN operations in Colombia, network analysis for SOUTHCOM, analytical tools to support operations planning, equipment and networking for information operations control center in Afghanistan and purchase of commercial satellite time for communications. 23. MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT PURCHASE The contractor shall purchase equipment and material in support of CN operations worldwide. The contractor shall arrange for and provide shipping of items to final destination. Representational examples of mission requirements include, but are not limite d to, military apparel, including boots for CNPA Afghanistan, small arms such as 9mm pistols and ammunition, computers and printers for Colombia, government-off-the-shelf (GOTS) remote sensors for trail monitoring in Colombia, global positioning system (GP S) units for CN forces in Afghanistan and fuel for helicopters. Point of Contact: E-mail your questions to U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Deputy Commander, at joseph.cloft@smdc.army.mil.
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Address: US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Deputy Commander ATTN SMDC-CM-AP, P.O. Box 1500 Huntsville AL
Zip Code: 35807-3801
Country: US
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