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A -- Next Generation Jammer Analysis of Alternatives

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541712 — Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)
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Department of the Navy, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Pax River, Building 441, 21983 Bundy Road Unit 7, Patuxent River, Maryland, 20670, United States
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Ryan M Mullins,, Phone: 301-757-8941
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This notice constitutes a Request for Information (RFI). THERE IS NO REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS PLANNED IN CONNECTION WITH THIS RFI. 1. The Naval Air Systems Command’s Air Warfare Analysis Branch (AIR-4.10), acting at the direction of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Air Warfare Director (N88), is seeking technical and program-related information useful for the execution of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) Analysis of Alternatives (AoA). Details regarding the content of information sought are provided herein. Sources interested in responding to this RFI are encouraged to participate in an Information Day meeting, the details of which are provided below. Subsequent to the date of formal response submission, respondents to this RFI may be asked to provide a briefing of their response to the AoA Integrated Program Team (IPT). The period of time in which this briefing will occur is February 17th – 20th 2009. The briefing will not exceed 2 hours in duration. The location of the briefing will be in the Washington DC area. The AoA IPT and subordinate AoA Working IPTs may submit questions to RFI respondents and conduct follow-up discussions in order to seek clarification of submitted information or gain additional input. In order to gain information most useful to the AoA, the Navy will provide Government Furnished Information (GFI) concerning NGJ technical and program-related information. This GFI is identified in Section 3. In order to receive GFI, interested sources must submit a request via email to the RFI Technical Point of Contact (TPOC), identified in Section 9. All sources requesting classified GFI must possess Defense Security Service approvals for personnel and facility handling and processing of classified information up to and including the SECRET/NO FOREIGN classification level. All responses provided must be classified no higher than SECRET/NO FOREIGN. In order to be useful to the AoA IPT, responses to this RFI are required to be received no later than 4:00pm Eastern time on the response date provided above. The mailing addresses, unclassified and classified, for the RFI response recipient are provided in Section 10. Each response must identify the RFI reference number. No contract or funded tasking will be awarded from this announcement. Information herein is based on the best information available at the time of publication, is subject to revision, and is not binding upon the Government. The Government WILL NOT PAY for any information received in response to this RFI nor will the Government compensate respondents for any cost incurred in developing information for, participating in meetings with or engaging in discussions with the Government. 2. Information Day Meeting: An Information Day to assist interested sources in the development of RFI responses will be held on January 27th 2009 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) Lexington Park Field Office, located at 46579 Expedition Park Drive, Suite 300 Lexington Park, MD 20653 (Expedition IV Building). The meeting will begin at 9:00 am Eastern Time and complete no later than 3:00pm. Due to space constraints, vendors are limited to 3 individuals per team. Portions of the Information Day will be conducted at the SECRET classification level. Personnel attending these portions of the meeting must possess and provide verification of the appropriate security clearance. The Administrative Point of Contact (POC) for this meeting is Mr. Chris Powers, 240-228-1507. The Security POC for the meeting is Ms. Carol Bates, voice: 240-228-4093, fax #: (301) 737-4927, Carol.Bates@jhuapl.edu. Please pass security clearances electronically using JPAS SMO Code 08YX84, and send an email to Ms. Bates with attendee roster information (names, organization name & address, email addresses and phone numbers). Only personnel with verified clearances will be permitted to participate in the classified sessions. 3. Government Furnished Information (GFI): GFI will be provided upon request through the RFI TPOC identified in Section 9. Available GFI is identified below. Sources requesting classified GFI will be required to submit CAGE codes for security verification and authorization purposes through the RFI TPOC. Sources will also be required to provide a classified mailing address for their facility and their Facility Security Officer’s name, phone number and email address. Title Date NGJ AoA Directives Extracts Document22 Dec 08 (UNCLASSIFIED) NGJ Functional Solutions Analysis Final Report30 Nov 07 (SECRET) NGJ System Capabilities Document, Version 1.0 02 Sep 08 (SECRET) NGJ Quality Function Deployment (QFD) Final Report 31 Jul 08 (SECRET) Next Generation Airborne Electronic Attack, EA-18G Air06 Jul 07 Vehicle Integration Report, Boeing Document #STL2007A0070 (UNCLASSIFIED) Technical Description Document Template,08 Dec 08 Level I and Level II (UNCLASSIFIED) 4. Background: The NGJ system is intended to replace the capability currently enabled by the ALQ-99 jamming pods, providing a significant enhancement to the EA-18G’s EA capabilities at a reduced operations and sustainment cost. First identified in the 2002 AEA System of Systems (SoS) AoA, there is a compelling need, founded in both capability and sustainability to move beyond the ALQ-99. This need was recently re-validated in the Joint AEA (JAEA) Study, conducted by the Office of Secretary of Defense Program, Analysis and Evaluation [OSD (PA&E)]. A subsequent Program Decision Memorandum in December 2007 provided funding to initiate the Technology Development phase of an NGJ program. On October 15th 2008, the AEA/EA-6B Program Manager, PEO-T/PMA-234, posted a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for NGJ Trade Studies, awards for which are anticipated early in 2009. These 6-month studies will analyze NGJ mission needs, explore trades related to system effectiveness and architectures, develop a system technical baseline, and define corresponding program planning documentation. In November 2007, the Office of Naval Research initiated the Next Generation AEA (NGAEA) Future Naval Capabilities Enabling Capability project. This 5-year project will pursue high-risk, high-payoff component technology development capable of transition to future NGJ sub-systems. Phase 0 of the NGAEA project explored NGJ system concepts and identified critical technology needs. The remaining four years of the NGAEA project will develop component technologies capable of integrating into NGJ sub-system designs and providing improved performance and/or reduced cost, size, weight and prime power consumption. 5. AoA Guidance: Information below provides a summary of key information contained within the approved AoA Guidance. More complete AoA Guidance will be provided in the NGJ AoA Directives Extracts Document (See GFI). In accordance with Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff instructions; the USN completed a NGJ Functional Solutions Analysis (FSA) to illustrate how the NGJ system can provide a solution to current and projected EA-18G/ALQ-99 program of record gaps in war fighting capability. The FSA concluded that no non-materiel solutions to the acknowledged EA-18G/ALQ-99 gaps exist. The materiel solutions explored in the FSA show the NGJ system provides increased war fighting capabilities over the ALQ-99 on the EA-18G. The FSA cost estimates for NGJ found the potential program to be an Acquisition Category (ACAT) ID level program. An AoA is required to determine courses of action to correct current and projected gaps in ALQ-99 capability and supportability. The scope of the NGJ AoA will include analysis of the ALQ-99 TJS baseline and potential NGJ candidates to be initially integrated onto the EA-18G and potentially the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. When employed against a target set that includes conventional and irregular warfare radar and communications systems, NGJ-equipped aircraft are expected to have the same, or better, level of airborne electronic attack capability as an EA-6B ICAP3 aircraft, operating the ALQ-99 and ALQ-218 systems. NGJ should provide improved Reliability, Maintainability and Availability (RMA) over that of the ALQ-99. All NGJ alternatives will be assessed as candidates for use by the EA-18G and F-35. There are three alternative categories for the NGJ AoA. They are as follows: Alternative Category 1: Incremental modernization of the current ALQ-99 TJS sub-system, starting with the oldest and/or most critical bands (such as Bands 4 and 5/6). Alternative Category 2: Fielding of a new jamming system that draws on technology at technology readiness level (TRL) 5 or 6. Concepts within this alternative should incorporate commercial off-the-shelf technology as feasible. Alternative Category 3: Exploration of the costs and benefits of a new jamming system based on a lower initial TRL. Concepts within this alternative should initially address the core component requirement currently filled by the ALQ-99. However, it should use technologies that could be adapted for future jamming systems that address all AEA system of systems mission areas 6. RFI Response Input to AoA: The Navy requests from interested sources information for system concepts that fit within the AoA Alternatives Categories described in Section 5. One or more concepts may be submitted for each alternative or sources can limit information to only one concept for one alternative. For each concept, technical and program-related information is desired that addresses each of the following areas: a.Identification of the AoA Alternative Category which the concept addresses b.The platform or platforms (EA-18G, F-35A/B/C, both platforms) to which the concept applies c.Concepts of operations, expressed through DoD Architectural Framework Operational Views, depicting use of NGJ-equipped platforms, within the AEA System of Systems, for Suppression of Enemy Air Defense and Irregular Warfare missions d.A description for the concept that illustrates its major sub-systems, estimated size, weight and prime power demands, and its installation on the platform(s). Information explaining how the concept addresses needs for modular and open architecture is desired. e.The technical aspects of the platform integration for the system concept, including its interfaces with other systems (weapons systems, controls/displays, etc) on the platform and any projected platform modifications. Interfaces with and required modifications to existing AEA receivers, ES/ESM receivers & Radar systems should be described, as should impacts to platform performance (e.g. range, ceiling, on-station time, signature). If the concept involves the use and integration of new hardware/software with a portion of the ALQ-99 (e.g. Low Band Pod containing Low Band Transmitters and Universal Exciter Upgrade), a description of such and identification of associated issues is desired. f.An assessment of the performance of the concept compared to the NGJ System Capabilities Document and the QFD Final Report (see GFI). This assessment should include information concerning RMA improvements over the current ALQ-99. Specific information is desired concerning the concepts functioning within the AEA SoS and its attributes or functions relating to EW Battle Management. g.An assessment of interoperability considerations for the concept (including own-ship, friendly forces, civilian systems, quality of service, and battle management) and the architecture implications. h.Identification and discussion of the component and sub-system technologies required to develop the concept, their current TRL, the time lines required to achieve TRL 7 (based on program initiation in 2010), any NGJ-specific technology maturation required, and the ability and degree of difficulty to integrate component technologies into sub-systems and sub-systems into a system. i.A description of any assumed product support strategy, including maintenance concepts and associated integrated logistics support elements, such as support equipment, spares/provisioning, training/trainers, manpower & facilities, and technical data. j.A rough-order-of magnitude cost estimate of the major program phases to develop and field the concept program, possibly including Technology Development, Engineering and Manufacturing Development, Production and Deployment up to Initial Operational Capability (IOC), and full rate production required to meet Full Operational Capability (FOC). IOC is defined as the successful testing and fielding of a sufficient number of NGJ systems and all required logistics support elements in order to meeting initial training requirements and deploy a single 5-aircraft EA-18G squadron. FOC is defined as the fielding of a sufficient number of NGJ systems and all required logistics support elements, including spares, to outfit all ten Navy EA-18G squadrons, plus the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS). If possible, provide a high level work breakdown structure against which the major cost elements of the program would be allocated. In addition, cost estimates for integrated logistics support elements and other life cycle cost elements are desired. k.An assessment of the ability to develop and field the concept system in a manner that achieves IOC in late 2018 and identification of alternative schedules required or recommended. In addition to this assessment, provide an estimated schedule of major events and milestones for the concept. l.An assessment of technical, schedule and cost risks envisioned for the concept and recommendations for mitigation of risks assessed as moderate or high. m.Identification of any opportunities to capitalize on other military and commercial investments/programs in order to improve capability or reduce costs, schedule and risks. If possible, please cite names of any programs cited and describe a vision for capitalizing on the stated opportunity. Describe any opportunities for which an NGJ concept could fulfill a capability gap outside of the AEA war fighting area. n.Completed Level I and II Technical Description Documents (Templates provided as GFI). There are no page limits for information that may be submitted. The Government desires submitted responses to be formatted in a manner that organizes information to follow paragraphs a) through n) immediately above and be submitted with a table of contents. The information should be submitted with a cover letter, on letterhead, that identifies the name and address of the source and a primary and secondary POC (including name, phone number and email address). Use of Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Project) and Adobe products is required. The Government requests two paper copies and two electronic copies of all submitted information. 7. Proprietary/Limited Distribution Information Markings: It is incumbent upon sources providing responses to this RFI to identify all data contained within that is proprietary and/or has limited distribution requirements. 8. General Information: The cost of preparation of a response to this RFI and any costs related to RFI briefings, meetings, and answering Government-posed questions are not considered allowable direct charges to any other contract or tasking. Receipt of RFI inputs will be acknowledged. RFI responses will not be returned. Interested sources are advised that the employees of commercial firms under contract to the Government will serve as technical reviewers of information provided in response to this RFI. By submission of a response, a source gives the Government permission to release proprietary information to employees of those organizations listed below Employees of these organizations that participate in the NGJ AoA are required to sign and submit Non-Disclosure Agreements. •Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel MD •MANTECH, Lexington Park MD •Dynamics Analytics and Test (DA&T), Arlington VA •Systems Planning and Analysis (SPA), Alexandria VA •ARES Government Services, Arlington VA •L-3 Services Inc. of Lexington Park MD •Ball Consulting, Lexington Park MD •MacAuley Brown, Dayton OH Beyond the above commercial firms, the Government will not release any marked Proprietary information, received in response to this RFI, to any firm, agency, or individual outside the Government. 9. RFI Technical POC (TPOC): Name: Mr. Tom Dalheim Title: NGJ AoA Technical IPT Leader Phone: 812-854-4886 Email: thomas.dalheim@navy.mil 10. RFI Response Mailing UNCLASSIFIED Responses Commander NAVSURFWARCENDIV Airborne Electronic Attack Division Code WXS, Building 3330C 300 Highway 361 Crane, IN 47522-5000 Attention: Mr. T. Dalheim CLASSIFIED Responses Outer Envelope: Commander NAVSURFWARCENDIV Attention: Security Manager 300 Highway 361 Crane, IN 47522-5001 Inner Envelope Commander NAVSURFWARCENDIV Airborne Electronic Attack Division Code WXS, Building 3330C 300 Highway 361 Crane, IN 47522-5001 Attention: Mr. T. Dalheim
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