Special Mission Processor

Capability Assessment Event

26-27 June 2019 


On 26-27 June, SOFWERX, in concert with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Program Executive Office Fixed Wing (PEO-FW) is conducting a Capability Assessment Event (CAE) to identify current and near future state Special Mission Processors (SMP) for consideration and potential use by the AC/MC-130J programs.

The SMP is the AC/MC-130J central processing component for integration of Special Operation Forces (SOF) unique, tactical mission systems onto the aircraft. PEO-FW is looking for near production ready, open architecture solutions that provide capability improvements to potentially replace the current SMPs.  There is the potential to replace the current 2-each SMPs on up to 94 AC/MC-130J aircraft plus spares. This Sources Sought Synopsis 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.

Desired SMP Technical Attributes
PEO-FW will be evaluating submittals and presentations on their potential to replace the legacy SMP. Potential offerors should consider the following desired technical attributes:

• Must be a Modular Open Systems Architecture; specific compliance with the Open Mission Systems standard, Open VPX standard, and a delivery of an open architecture approach for custom pins identified in the Open VPX standard; involvement with and potential future compliance with the Sensor Open Systems Architecture standard;
• Conform, to the maximum extent possible, to the legacy SMP form and fit, based on technical criteria outlines listed herein. Includes, but not limited to: size, weight and power; wiring and connectors (inputs and outputs), as provided;
• Understanding of system performance and reliability in SOF AC/MC-130 operational environments;
• Must provide the capability to support safety critical information in a segregated real-time operating system;
• Must provide proposed available system processing capacity (Graphics Processor & Central Processor) for RTOS and Open Compute environments;
• Must provide an any-video-anywhere capability across a minimum of 16 independent displays;
• Must use commercial-off-the-shelf processors to the maximum extent practical;
• Must provide a modular external storage solution for a minimum of 1TB of data;
• Must provide Red/Black Separation through a Cross-domain solution certifiable up to TS/SCI;
• Provide a concept plan for cybersecurity, anti-tamper, and system declassification (back-up information);
• Company must be able to accept, store, processes, and handle classified information (back-up information);
• Company must disclose any data right assertions (back-up information).

Phase III Additional SMP Attributes: Due to user requirements, an aggressive timeline is highly desired and will be a heavily-weighted factor during the event. During Phase III, additional attributes under evaluation will include, but are not limited to:

• Proposed solution must be capable of being conducted within an 8-month period of performance
• Candidate systems shall be a minimum of Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 with a plan to TRL 7. Systems with a TRL 7 are highly desired;
• Candidates shall be at a Manufacturing Readiness Level 7 at entrance, and present a plan to achieve MRL 8 at the end of the period;
• If required, candidates shall perform Non-Recurring Engineering and conduct a review of the final design;
• The operational prototype shall be integrated into a government systems integration lab (SIL) for initial performance evaluation. SIL integration and demonstration will be conducted in a 1-week period.

CAE Event Timeline
This is a multi-phased event as outlined below:

Phase I: White Papers and Quad Charts. As the first step of this effort, potential offerors must submit a Quad Chart, and up to a 3-page whitepaper no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, 24 May 2019.  Submissions should include any proposed use of IR&D funding for this effort and/or proposed cost-sharing arrangements. Cost-sharing arrangements are highly desired by the Government and will be given extensive consideration in both Phase I and Phase II evaluations. Offerors should also include any and all teaming arrangements and key partners proposed for this effort. Significant use of Non-Traditional Defense Contractors, Small Businesses, and/or Non-Profit Research Institutions is highly desired and will be weighted considerably during evaluation.  PEO-FW will review the submissions and invite selected offerors to attend the Phase II event.  Based on the number and technical maturity of the submissions received, the Government also reserves the right to release a Request for Proposal (RFP) IAW FAR Part 15.203 to compliment and advance the follow-on Phase II event.

Phase II: Capability Assessment Event (CAE). During the event, invited participants will be allotted a one-on-one session with the USSOCOM PEO-FW evaluation panel.  Offerors should be prepared to discuss 1) their technical approach, 2) the notional schedule to perform an operational prototype demonstration, 2) notional production timeline, 3) the cost estimate to perform any non-recurring engineering, produce an operational prototype, and perform a hardware-in-the-loop demonstration systems integration lab (SIL) or flight demonstrations.  The session will include a Q&A portion, and discussions may continue outside of the event. Phase II evaluation criteria will be outlined in the initial event invitation to the selected offerors. If the USSOCOM evaluation panel favorably evaluates a solution brief, negotiations for Phase III may begin within as little as two weeks.

Phase IIIa: Operational Prototype Negotiations. Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories:

• Other Transaction Agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371b and/or 2371b(f)* (prototyping/production follow-on)  *An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b/(f) 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.
• Procurement contract for experimental purposes 10 U. S. Code, Section 2373
• FAR-based procurement contract under FAR part 15

Phase IIIb: Flight Demonstration. If airworthiness and information assurance documentation is acceptable, then an operational prototype flight demonstration will be performed during the 8th month of Phase III.  This is highly desired for OP maturity evaluation.

Phase IV: Follow-on Production (FAR based or OTA). The follow-on production award(s) is planned to be an Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) based contract with Firm Fixed Price Delivery Orders up to ten years, or a fixed amount OTA up to ten years. Entrance criteria for consideration for this Phase includes:

• Completion of operational prototype demonstration; out-brief of test results against system requirements; manufacturing plan; and delivery of cyber, anti-tamper, and system declassification plans;
• Delivery of design artifacts (drawings, architecture, interface control documents, software list, bill of material), subject to disclosed data right exertions;
• Schedule to complete any remaining qualification or certification requirements;
• Manufacturing Plan, schedule, and delivery rates.


How Can You Get Involved?




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For event questions, please contact: [email protected] or 813-693-5599 ext. 107.

All questions concerning technical or contractual, please contact Maj Kevin McClure: [email protected] and Laura Fuller: [email protected]