Capability Assessment Event (CAE)
24-25 September 2019
Submissions Closed 16 August 2019 11:59 PM EST
SOFWERX, in concert with the USSOCOM PEO-C4 Military Information Support Operations (MISO), is interested in mission payloads that comply to the Expeditionary Organic Tactical Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (AISR) Capability Set (EOTACS)’s systems, which are small group 1 unmanned aerial vehicle systems.
Purpose: The purpose of the event is to determine those types of payload systems that are available and/or can be readily available to provide increased flexibility of the full range of MISO capabilities to target audiences in denied or hostile environments with minimal risk. Payload areas of interest include 1) Loud speaker, 2) Internet of Things (IoT) Receiver and 3) systems capable of broadcasting (AM, FM, SMS Text, UHF/VHF/TV etc.), 4) Leaflet delivery and 5) Camera/FMV capabilities.
Why You Should Participate: USSOCOM seeks to enter into non-FAR based agreements with industry partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by USSOCOM MISO subject matter experts. As such, this event is considered competitive in the same manner as a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO), and solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit. This serves dually as notification of the intent to research the feasibility of an agreement under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b and/or Section 2371b(f), and as notice of pre-solicitation activities IAW FAR 5.204.
CLOSED: Phase I: 24 July 2019 – SOFWERX will conduct a Capability Collaboration Event (CCE) focused on MISO EOTAC’s UAS payloads in the five areas of interest outlined above. During this event, Warfighters will interact and inform Industry, Academic and Laboratory partners to further communicate operational needs and/or desirements. Participation in the event is not mandatory, however, it is designed to provide insights to ensure potential offerors understand the problem set(s) and increase the likelihood of matching technologies with Warfighter needs. If you do not wish to participate in the Capability Collaboration Event, you are free to submit your technology for review for the Capability Assessment Event (CAE). The CCE will be conducted at SOFWERX in Tampa, Florida. RSVP to attend the CCE NLT 17 July 2019.
CLOSED: Phase II: 30 July 2019 – Submissions to the Capability Assessment Event (CAE) open. 16 August is the deadline for submissions to be received for review. Submissions will be reviewed by USSOCOM MISO SME’s and evaluated for their potential to satisfy the Warfighter’s needs discussed during the 24 July event. To submit your technology and be considered for Phase III attendance, please follow the submission instruction near the bottom of this webpage after 30 July. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation on or about 06 September 2019.
Phase III: 24 – 25 September 2019 – During the CAE, invited participants will be allotted a one-on-one session with the USSOCOM MISO evaluation panel to pitch, demonstrate and/or discuss their solutions. The forum will include a Q&A portion, and discussions may continue outside of the event. Solution brief evaluation criteria will be outlined in the event invitation. If the USSOCOM evaluation panel favorably evaluates a solution brief, negotiations for Phase IV may immediately begin. Selectees will also be afforded the opportunity to showcase their capabilities in an open, expositional forum for other Government partners that may be interested in their capability.
Phase IV: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:
– Other Transaction Agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371 or 2371b* (prototyping/production follow-on)
– Procurement contract for experimental purposes 10 U. S. Code, Section 2373
– Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code, Section 3715)
– Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section 3710a)
*An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.
How You Can Participate
Industry, Academia and National Labs Submissions Closed
- 5 Use Cases and Problem Statements: Click Here to Review (As of 30 July)
- PEO-C4 MISO Brief from CCE: Click Here to Download
- White Paper Template: Click Here to Download
Each entry is judged uniquely and, subsequently, requires a separate form per Problem Statement relevant to your proposed capability
NOTE: Government Stakeholders will begin reviewing all submissions after 16 August. Invitations and consolations for Capability Assessment Event attendance will be sent via email o/a 06 September.
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For event related questions, please contact Tania Steele, [email protected]