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U -- Programmatic, operational, academic, research, analytical, event and technical support services as required to support National Defense University (NDU) or other Government agencies in their efforts.

Notice Date
Notice Type
Sources Sought
541990 — All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Contracting Office
N00174 NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER, MARYLAND 4072 North Jackson Road Suite 132 Indian Head, MD
ZIP Code
Solicitation Number
Response Due
Archive Date
Point of Contact
Omar Roque
E-Mail Address
Small Business Set-Aside
This Sources Sought Notice is for information and planning purposes only and shall not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division (NSWC, IHD). The purpose of this Sources Sought is to seek the availability and capability of qualified small business concerns, including 8(a) small businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB), Woman-owned Small Businesses (WOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Small Businesses, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) and Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) that are interested in and capable of performing the work described herein: The National Defense University (NDU) is the premier center for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) and is under the direction of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. NDU prepares military and civilian leaders from the United States and other countries to address national security challenges through multi-disciplinary educational programs, research, professional exchanges and outreach. NDU is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The purpose of this requirement is to provide programmatic, operational, academic, research, analytical, event and technical support services as required to support NDU or other Government agencies in their efforts to help military and civilian leaders from the United States and other countries evaluate national and international security challenges through multi-disciplinary educational and research programs, professional exchanges, and outreach. Specific tasking includes: 1.Programmatic and Operational Support Provide consulting and technical services to NDU programs and operations. Advise NDU and component leadership on development and implementation of strategies for enabling organizational transformation. Assess the existing NDU organizational strategy and the organization ôs ability to measure performance against that strategy. Employ business process improvement techniques / practices to improve NDU ôs efficiency and effectiveness. Conduct evaluations of organizational performance and develop tracking mechanisms and standard operating procedures. Provide cost, financial, and economic analysis to optimize resource allocation decisions, enhance internal controls and accountability, minimize risk, and maximize performance and long term stability. Enhance human capital management through the design, implementation, and evaluation of systems to ensure the effective use of human talent to implement business strategy and maximize workforce performance. Conduct strategic communications support for NDU ôs outreach program, including stakeholder analysis and the development of initiatives, programs, and products for achieving the communications goals. Provide administrative and logistical support to NDU operations. 2.Academic Support Provide support to NDU ôs academic enterprise, including, but not limited to: curriculum development, curriculum modification, and classroom instruction to assist NDU in its mission to provide selected military officers, interagency civilians, and international students with a common knowledge of national and multinational strategic challenges across multiple threat environments. 3.Research and Analysis Provide support to NDU ôs research programs, including, but not limited to: research and analysis support on topics of historical, current, and future concern to the US national security community, as well as identify topics of potential importance in the future, across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Create and critique analytic products and methodologies. Develop and present oral or written reports, discussion papers, research papers, articles on specific analytic issues, and advanced media /interactive capabilities. Conduct quantitative and statistical analysis. When requested, arrange for the participation of US and international subject matter experts, both in the US and abroad. Conduct and/or evaluate research and analyses. Develop and present formal reports, presentations, and analyses on national security issues as assigned. Prepare summaries and/or transcripts of NDU events, including formal lectures, discussions, workshops, or conference proceedings, that integrate material from multiple sources and perspectives into finished products for outreach and dissemination. Engage in analysis and development of policy alternatives involving the integration of instruments of different tools of power and influence. 4.Event Support Conduct design, facilitation, and support for ongoing and future wargames, conferences, roundtables, seminars, symposia, and workshops. Use a proven methodology to design single or multi-day events on strategic and operational issues of concern to the US national security, such as regional challenges, transnational trends and threats, interagency planning and collaboration, force structure, cyber security, civilian/military interaction and coordination and operational availability. Events may be for educational and training purposes or to support the missions of NDU ôs external stakeholders in the US Government. Arrange for appropriate facilities to accommodate sizes that range up to 500 persons at all levels of classification, from collateral through SCI and special access. Provide modeling, simulation, and visualization tools (including video teleconference (VTC)) as requested to enhance the experience of the participants, experiment with assumptions and variables, and support in depth analysis of critical issues. Some events may be held outside the United States. 5.Technical Support Implement and maintain information technology (IT) transformations and processes to respond to the needs of NDU. Support the fields of IT, Information Assurance (IA), Knowledge Engineering, and Learning Management Systems (LMS). Provide periodic training and education on new threats and vulnerabilities, and on emerging security technologies and solutions. Train on and enable the latest Web 2.0 capabilities and collaboration tools and the improvement of existing enterprise collaboration capabilities, information and records management solutions, and data migration efforts. Integrate content, services, and technology to deliver a customized, adaptable, and effective learning experience in areas such as web-based training and education (WBT) (i.e., network-based solutions found on the Internet and/or intranets) and computer-based training (CBT) by incorporating technology-based strategies such as mobile learning, video, gaming, simulations (e.g., demonstrations, case studies, and scenarios), 3-D modeling, and collaborative tools (e.g., discussion boards, participant polling, shared whiteboard) to motivate learners and enhance the learning experience. 6.Custom Business Application Development and Data Base Support Electronic processing of program information to include web site management (e.g., creation, maintenance, update, and standardization of internal and external websites, project summary collection, analysis, and publishing, meeting registration and execution, and automated access to computing and networking financial and program information). Database management support to include the administration of the financial data and current and prior year project summaries databases, and the database that contains historical data. Evaluate and implement results of advanced technology research to advanced technology business processes, including implementation of results of advanced technology research efforts that might enhance office operations, (e.g. World Wide Web, Harvest (WWW indexing tool) and Digital Library Technology). Provide help desk support in response to requests for assistance, questions, concerns, and problems for software tools. The anticipated level of effort is 59 full time equivalents, including but not limited to a Program Manager, Senior Research Scientist, Senior Research Associate, Research Associate, Senior Management Consultant, and Junior Business Financial Analyst. Contractor clearance levels shall range from unclassified to a current Top Secret (TS) Clearance based on a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within the last 5 years with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) eligibility. In addition, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) clearances may be required. Interested qualified small business organizations should submit a tailored capability statement for this requirement, not to exceed 15 single-sided pages presented in single-space and using a 12-point font size minimum, that clearly details the ability to perform the aspects of the notice described above. Capability statements should also clearly demonstrate the offeror's ability to fully meet the requirements specified above, including the security requirements. If the oferror cannot fully meet the requirements identified in the six sections listed above please identify those that can be successfully met. Capability statements must specify the offeror's business size and type, and demonstrate similar work that has been performed in the past. All proprietary information should be marked as such. Statements should also include an indication of current certified small business status; this indication should be clearly marked on the first page of your capability statement (preferably placed under the eligible small business concerns name and address). Responses will be reviewed only by NSWC, IHD personnel and will be held in a confidential manner. A copy of the capability statement must be received at the address identified in this synopsis no later than close of business on 27 Feb 2012. This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government pay for information solicited. All contractors must have a valid registration in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) www.ccr.gov. In the event a solicitation is issued, NAICS code 541990 with a size standard of $7 million is being considered. The prime vendor must have the capability to perform at least 50% of the total effort. The intention of this announcement is to survey the market for potential offerors. Questions regarding this requirement must be submitted by email and directed to Omar Roque at omar.roque@navy.mil.
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