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59 -- Space Modular Common Crypto (SMCC) Solution

Notice Date
Notice Type
Sources Sought
334220 — Radio and Television Broadcasting and Wireless Communications Equipment Manufacturing
Contracting Office
Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, ESC - Electronic Systems Center, 9 Eglin Street, Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, 01731
ZIP Code
Solicitation Number
Archive Date
Point of Contact
Brandon L. Jernigan, Phone: 2109255129, Javier N. Flores, Phone: 2109255112
E-Mail Address
brandon.jernigan@us.af.mil, javier.flores.5@us.af.mil
(brandon.jernigan@us.af.mil, javier.flores.5@us.af.mil)
Small Business Set-Aside
1. This Request for Information (RFI) is published to obtain information for use by the United States Air Force Electronic Systems Center Cryptologic Systems Division (AF ESC/HNC), Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, for market research and planning purposes only. This RFI is not a Request for Proposal, Invitation for Bid, or an announcement of a solicitation. There is no bid package or solicitation document associated with this announcement. Response to this RFI is strictly voluntary and will not affect any potential offeror's ability to submit an offer if a solicitation is released. The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this RFI or otherwise pay for the information solicited. No entitlement to payment of direct or indirect costs or charges by the Government will arise as a result of preparing submissions in response to this RFI and the Government's use of such information. 2. This RFI addresses a potential effort to develop and demonstrate a modular approach to building NSA Type I cryptographic Aerospace Vehicle Equipment (AVE) products with configurable functionality to quickly address various COMSEC and TRANSEC requirements optimizing size, weight and power (SWaP). Products would allow mixing and matching of modules to provide user-unique cryptographic solutions. The intent is to prevent product- and vendor-unique "stovepiped" cryptographic solutions while enabling modular and configurable approaches to crypto solutions. 3. The Government is specifically interested in learning more about any cryptographic modules implemented as integrated circuits, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASICs), multi-chip modules, or circuit boards that can be built into an End Cryptographic Unit (ECU) or are embedded in an on-orbit host platform to provide cryptographic services and support. The cryptographic modules would be capable of performing TRANSEC and Telemetry, Tracking and Commanding (TT&C) cryptographic functions compatible with cryptographic modernization program initiatives. These modules will be optimized to be integrated into a configurable chassis (e.g. an ECU), and also be capable of being used independently for classified data encryption, decryption, authentication, and TRANSEC. The approach will enable the use of standardized protocols and interfaces relative to integration of the cryptographic modules into a spacecraft communications system or ECU. When integrated into an ECU or space platform, any future AVE modular products will be able to operate in Geostationary Orbit (GEO), Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), and Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO). The prototype design will have NSA certification in mind. 4. The Government is interested in solutions that do not require development of a new hardware technology for a cryptographic engine (e.g., FPGAs or ASICs). The intent is to encourage the building of the cryptographic modules around Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 or better in accordance with the DoD Technology Readiness Assessment Deskbook, http://www.dod.gov/ddre/doc/DoD_TRA_July_2009_Read_Version.pdf. 5. If the work described in paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 were to be competed, would you be interested in competing for this effort? If so, would you be proposing as a Prime Contractor or Subcontractor? Are you a Small Business? If so, what is your small business status, e.g., 8(a), Small Disadvantaged Business, etc? Would you partner with other companies? Is your company owned by a foreign entity? 6. Do you have experience in development, prototyping, test, and/or production of these types of devices that could be used in the concept described in paragraphs 2, 3, and 4? Briefly describe your experience, limiting such description to no more than one page. 7. Based on your experience in your product lines, is the above description in paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 feasible? If not, why? 8. What is your assessment of the maturity of the technology required to accomplish this effort? What challenges do you see in achieving our goals? 9. Responses should be sent via e-mail to brandon.jernigan@us.af.mil and javier.flores.5@us.af.mil no later than close of business on 24 Jun 2011.
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Place of Performance
Address: Cryptologic Systems Division, ESC/HNCS, 130 Norton Street, San Antonio, Texas, 78226, United States
Zip Code: 78226
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