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Future Integrated Training Environment (FITE)

Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research | Published April 27, 2016  -  Deadline September 5, 2016
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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for developing innovative science and technology to enhance training systems for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The program's goal is to create a robust and efficient enterprise capability that allows the integration and interoperability of legacy, current, and future Marine Corps training information technology assets to enhance warfighter capability. Future Integrated Training Environment (FITE) has been approved as a new five year research opportunity under the Capable Manpower Pillar (CMP) Future Naval Capabilities (FNC) program. FITE is specifically focused on developing science and technology prototype capabilities to support the integration of Air and Ground Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) training simulation capabilities. White papers are not required, but encouraged. See the full announcement for deadlines.

Complex Adaptive System Composition And Design Environment (CASCADE)

Other Defense Agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Published May 2, 2016
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Award Notice:  Contract HR0011-16-C-0097 awarded to Siemens Corporation.

A--Enomalies, LLC

Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research | Published February 25, 2016
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IGF::CL::IGF Rapid Synthetic Environment Tool for Virtual Battlespace 2

Tactical Undersea Network Architectures (TUNA) Demonstration

Other Defense Agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Published July 8, 2016  -  Deadline August 24, 2016
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Design, develop and demonstrate an integrated, end-to-end, scaled network prototype to temporarily restore connectivity of an existing tactical data network in a contested environment using small diameter optical fiber and buoy relay nodes.

Tomorrow Now: American Diplomacy in a World of Rapid Change

Department of State, Foreign Service Institute | Published February 11, 2015  -  Deadline March 13, 2015
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The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) at the Department of State seeks a contractor capable of designing, developing, and delivering the pilot iteration of an experiential multi-day training course: Tomorrow Now: American Diplomacy in a World of Rapid Change. FSI is seeking a learning environment in which participants will explore the major political, technological, cultural and environmental trends that are changing today's global environment and are likely to transform the world of the future. The objective of this course is to provide foreign affairs professionals with a framework for thinking about the future of diplomacy over the next 10-15 years so they are prepared to identify key global changes and paradigm shifts, with an emphasis on emerging technologies; analyze the implications of those changes; and create responsive and innovative approaches that seize opportunities and mitigate threats.

Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3)

Other Defense Agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Published August 14, 2015  -  Deadline October 13, 2015
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DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of resilient defenses against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on computer networks. The XD3 program aims to thwart DDoS attacks by dispersing cyber assets (physically and/or logically), disguising the characteristics and behaviors of those assets, and mitigating the attacks (especially low‐volume attacks) that still penetrate the targeted environment. For further details see attached PDF, "DARPA-BAA-15-56 (XD3 BAA)"

Spectrum Collaboration Challenge: Competition Architecture (SC2:CA)

Other Defense Agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Published July 19, 2016  -  Deadline September 2, 2016
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The Spectrum Collaboration Challenge will develop intelligent radio networks which can collaborate to manage and optimize the radio frequency (RF) spectrum in a complex dynamic, changing RF environment. Participating teams will be evaluated in a series of competitive, tournament-style matches. This solicitation addresses technical development for the competitions to: 1) ensure integrity of the scoring process, 2) develop realistic scenarios that define and drive the multi-network matches so as to simulate realistic RF environments, and 3) validate operation of the competition testbed components.

Building Resource Adaptive Sofware Systems (BRASS)

Other Defense Agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Published April 7, 2015  -  Deadline May 22, 2015
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DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the areas of formal methods, program analysis, compiler design, and runtime and virtual machine implementation to realize tools for the construction of long-lived, survivable, and scalable adaptive software systems. The goal of the BRASS program is to realize foundational advances in the design and implementation of survivable, long-lived complex software systems that are robust to changes in the resources (logical or physical) provided by their operational environment. For further details see attached PDF, "DARPA-BAA-15-36 BRASS"

Spectrum Collaboration Challenge: Collaborative Intelligent Radio Networks (SC2:CIRN)

Other Defense Agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Published July 19, 2016  -  Deadline September 2, 2016
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The Spectrum Collaboration Challenge will develop intelligent radio networks which can collaborate to manage and optimize the radio frequency (RF) spectrum in a complex dynamic, changing RF environment which consists of other collaborative radio networks, non-collaborative radio networks (which are incapable of adapting) and other potential interference sources. Successful networks will apply machine learning techniques and be able to optimize total spectrum usage by determining when, where and how to utilize its resources. The networks for all participant teams will be evaluated in a series of competitive, tournament-style events.

Psychology of Interpersonal Persuasion

Department of State, Foreign Service Institute | Published March 18, 2015  -  Deadline April 17, 2015
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For this new course, FSI is seeking to teach the psychology of persuasion in an experiential learning classroom environment. Course content will provide foreign affairs professionals with the ability to assess unstated preferences, inclinations, and points of view and to use insights to advocate, persuade, and convince other individuals. This course is not a negotiations or conflict management course, but rather a course focused on diagnosing the unstated cues of human behavior and interpreting body language and other non-verbal communication to ascertain attitudes and deception. This course is designed to provide KSAs that may be used across cultures, but the focus of the course is not on specific cross-cultural behavior.

Software Licenses and On-site Subject Matter Expert Support for the PRISM Contract Writing System for Versions 7.2 and Beyond

Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research | Published December 19, 2014  -  Deadline January 5, 2015
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The contractor shall have expertise in PRISM 7.1 and 7.2 and will maintain expertise in all future software versions. The contractor shall provide expert on-site advice on configuration decisions, issue resolution, training assistance, process improvement and deployment assistance for PRISM version 7.2. The contractor shall be available on-site at ONR HQ during core hours (0930-1630 EST Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays). The contractor shall provide 65 Buyer license agreements and 10 non-buyer license agreements for PRISM software. In addition, the contractor shall provide continued maintenance and support of the delivered software application and its interfaces to ensure full performance of the system. The contractor shall also update and maintain the software with the underlying acquisition regulations including the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and the DoD FAR supplement (DFARS). The contractor shall support the installation of software updates in the ONR development environment and shall participate in the system testing of the application.

Software Support Desk, Software Upgrades, and Technical Support for LLCOM2 Module, Enhanced E-Mail Notification Module, and Formark Outside Document/Data Upload Module

Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research | Published November 12, 2014  -  Deadline November 27, 2014
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The purpose of this acquisition is to provide continued product maintenance and support for Formark specific products and applications "Outside, CWA and LLCOM". Formark Outside allows organizations that use Livelink for internal collaboration to also engage clients and partners anywhere in the world. The Formark application extracts only the Livelink functions used by a project and creates a "padded cell" web application that makes it easy for external clients and partners to do valid interactions with Livelink while hiding all the capabilities of Livelink that they don't need and shouldn't touch. In addition, ONR/CIO is using Formark's unique LLCOM technology, which puts a high-level Microsoft COM object wrapper around Livelink's standard API. This allows Livelink to be called from any standard Microsoft environment, including applications written in Visual Basic or Visual C++, or from web pages that use ASP or ASP.NET.

Surface Weapon and Tactic Instructor (SWTI) Trade Study

Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research | Published March 12, 2015  -  Deadline March 27, 2015
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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) intends to issue a fixed price award to a single source under the authority of FAR 13.106-1(b)(1), Soliciting from a single source. An award will be made on or about 31 March 2015 to Arorae Corporation (ARORAE). The period of performance will be six (6) months. Arorae Corporation shall provide Surface Weapons and Tactic Instructor (SWTI) Trade Study to identify computer-based simulation capabilities and solutions for training that can be introduced within and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the SWTI Course of Instruction (COI). The performer will conduct a survey of current and emerging enabling technologies within both commercial and U.S. government agencies and engage with Navy training commands to link capabilities to the SWTI training objectives and overall Navy training enterprise. The trade study will provide knowledge of the state-of-the-art in computer-based simulation training technologies that can address the SWTI COI curriculum requirements and fit into DoD computing environment policies. These results will be integrated into ONR's Environment Designed to Undertake Counter Anti-access Area Denial (A2AD) Tactics Training and Experimentation (EDUCAT2E) Capable Manpower Program (CMP). ONR intends to award this requirement as a sole source to ARORAE. Due to ARORAE's extensive historical knowledge and expertise of the above referenced systems, ARORAE is the only company that can provide the required services with sufficient high quality and timeliness. If a company other than ARORAE was selected to perform this work, they would lack the understanding of the fleet tactical and operational requirement in this area of training and required certification which the personnel from ARORAE have obtained. Awarding to an Offeror other than ARORAE would duplicate previous effort, increase cost and lengthen the program schedule for the Federal Government. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this requirement is 611710 with the size standard of 500 employees. This notice of intent is not a request for proposals or quotes; however, all responsible sources may submit a quotation and technical capabilities, which, if received within fifteen calendar days of publication of this notice, shall be considered by ONR. All responses must be submitted to the Government point of contact at the email address shown below. A determination by the Government not to open the requirement to competition based upon the responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government.

Four month contract extension for commercial Information Technology services for the period August 01, 2015 to November 30, 2015 in support of DARPA's Mission Services Office (MSO) Information Technology Directorate (ITD).

Other Defense Agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Published June 23, 2015  -  Deadline July 9, 2015
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This is a sole source synopsis for the acquisition of a four month performance period extension, August 01, 2015 to November 30, 2015, for current Unclassified IT Support and Services (UITSS) contract HR0011-14-C-0008 with Wyle Laboratories, Inc., for commercial Information Technology services in support of DARPA's Mission Services Office (MSO) Information Technology Directorate (ITD). The performance period extension will be in the form of four one-month options, for August, September, October, and November 2015. In accordance with the authority at FAR 6.302-1, "Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements", DARPA intends to negotiate a contract modification for the four month extension. This announcement constitutes the only synopsis for this requirement and is issued for notification purposes only. The current support services are set to expire on July 31, 2015. Having Wyle Laboratories, Inc. continue providing the support services for the four month period is necessary because DARPA ITD requires a team of individuals that is familiar with the current DARPA IT environment and strategic plan in order to provide full-spectrum Information Technology services including network and security architecture, file storage and backup, email and scheduling, server, desktop, laptop and printer provisioning and support, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and Legacy application provisioning and support, software development, Web page development and support, and configuration management for Agency personnel (approximately 1000 customers). On August 13, 2014, DARPA CMO published a Request for Proposal with solicitation number HR0011-14-R-0001 on FedBizOpps for the subsequent acquisition of the commercial Information Technology services. GAO received a bid protest. The contract extension to Wyle Laboratories, Inc. will be necessary during the automatic stay of contract performance that resulted from the filing of the bid protest. Anticipated date of the resolution of the bid protest is September 30, 2015.

Three month contract extension for commercial Information Technology services for the period May 01, 2015 to July 31, 2015 in support of DARPA's Mission Services Office (MSO) Information Technology Directorate (ITD).

Other Defense Agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Published March 11, 2015  -  Deadline March 30, 2015
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This is a sole source synopsis for the acquisition of a three month performance period extension, May 01, 2015 to July 31, 2015, for current Unclassified IT Support and Services (UITSS) contract HR0011-14-C-0008 with Wyle Laboratories, Inc., for commercial Information Technology services in support of DARPA's Mission Services Office (MSO) Information Technology Directorate (ITD). The performance period extension will be in the form of three one-month options, for May, June, and July 2015. In accordance with the authority at FAR 6.302-1, "Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements", DARPA intends to negotiate a contract modification for the three month extension. This announcement constitutes the only synopsis for this requirement and is issued for notification purposes only. The current support services are set to expire on April 30, 2015. Having Wyle Laboratories, Inc. continue providing the support services for the three month period is necessary because DARPA ITD requires a team of individuals that is familiar with the current DARPA IT environment and strategic plan in order to provide full-spectrum Information Technology services including network and security architecture, file storage and backup, email and scheduling, server, desktop, laptop and printer provisioning and support, COTS and Legacy application provisioning and support, software development, Web page development and support, and configuration management for Agency personnel (approximately 1000 customers). On August 13, 2014, DARPA CMO published a Request for Proposal with solicitation number HR0011-14-R-0001 on FedBizOpps for the subsequent acquisition of the commercial Information Technology services. GAO received a bid protest. The contract extension to Wyle Laboratories, Inc. will be necessary during the automatic stay of contract performance that resulted from the filing of the bid protest. Anticipated date of the resolution of the bid protest is June 10, 2015.

Notice of Intent to Sole Source

Department of State, Office of Acquisitions | Published July 21, 2016  -  Deadline July 26, 2016
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The U.S. Department of State, Office of Acquisition Management (AQM) intends to award a firm-fixed price purchase order for the acquisition custom bound area carpeting (with padding) to C.G. Coe & Son, Inc. The proposed purchase order is for supplies or services for which the Government intends to solicit and negotiate with only one source under the authority of FAR 13.106-1(b). This specific product was chosen for its aesthetics and no other product will meet the unique color and style needed. The specific design features meet RDF's stringent representational standards. The specific design features coordinate with the unique architectural details, the environment, and the existing conditions of the Chief of Mission Residence on Managua, Nicaragua. However, anyone wishing to have their representational furniture/accessories considered for future use may contact OBO/OPS/RDF Alice J. Beiro, 703-875-7064 to present their product.

Economics Instruction

Department of State, Foreign Service Institute | Published March 15, 2016  -  Deadline April 15, 2016
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The Economic and Commercial Studies Division trains employees to function effectively in economic positions abroad and in the Department of State and other USG agencies. Economic training programs range from 20 specialized and tradecraft courses to a sixmonth program delivering the equivalent of a strong bachelor's degree in economics along with a heavy dose of applied economics.The specialized courses focus on trade issues and dispute resolution, transportation, intellectual property rights, internet and telecommunications, biotechnology, energy, terrorist financing, sanctions, and corruption. The three tradecraft courses (each with multiple annual offerings) prepare officers for a first reporting assignment in economic and political sections; commercial work supporting U.S. business abroad; and portfolios covering environment, science, technology, and health issues.Successful contractors may join an existing training or program management staff composed of government employees and other contractors.Award of a BPA does not guarantee any work will be awarded. This is not a contract, but rather an agreement.

Representational Floor Coverings

Department of State, Office of Acquisitions | Published November 28, 2017  -  Deadline November 30, 2017
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The U.S. Department of State, Office of Acquisition Management (AQM) intends to award a firm-fixed price purchase order for the acquisition of floor coverings to Julie Dasher Rugs, LLC. The proposed purchase order is for supplies or services for which the Government intends to solicit and negotiate with only one source under the authority of FAR 13.106-1(b). This specific product was chosen for its aesthetics and no other product will meet the unique color and style needed. The specific design features meet OBO's stringent representational standards. The specific design features coordinate with the unique architectural details, the environment, and the existing conditions of the Deputy Chief of Mission's Residence in Sarajevo. However, anyone wishing to have their representational furniture/accessories considered for future use may contact OBO/OPS/RDF - Alice J. Beiro, 703-875-7064, to present their product.

Low Resource Languages for Emergent Incidents (LORELEI)

Other Defense Agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Published June 30, 2015
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DARPA-BAA-15-04 - Low Resource Languages for Emergent Incidents (LORELEI). The United States Government operates globally and frequently encounters low-resource languages for which no automated human language technology capability exists. The goal of the LORELEI Program is to dramatically advance the state of computational linguistics and human language technology to enable rapid, low-cost development of capabilities for low-resource languages. These capabilities will be exercised to provide situational awareness based on information from any language, in support of emergent missions such as humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, peacekeeping, or infectious disease response. The LORELEI Program will consist of three phase. Phase 1 will be 24 months long, while Phases 2 and 3 will be 12 months long each. he United States Government operates globally and frequently encounters low-resource languages for which no automated human language technology capability exists. The goal of the Low Resource Languages for Emergent Incidents (LORELEI) Program is to dramatically advance the state of computational linguistics and human language technology to enable rapid, low-cost development of capabilities for low-resource languages. These capabilities will be exercised to provide situational awareness based on information from any language, in support of emergent missions such as humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, peacekeeping, or infectious disease response. The LORELEI Program will consist of three phase. Phase 1 will be 24 months long, while Phases 2 and 3 will be 12 months long each. The structure of the LORELEI Program will include the following Technical Areas (TAs) of interest: TA1 - Algorithm Research and Development Environment • Addresses the core research challenge of rapidly developing language processing tools for a language without reliance on large corpora or extensive human annotation efforts. TA2 - Run-time Framework Development • Focused on research and development of a task-specific, run-time concept of operations and a prototype that is capable of accepting various data streams, calling language-specific, LDTE-produced Web services built by TA1 performers, and running analysis tools on processed data to aggregate, summarize, and organize processed information. TA3 - Linguistic Resource Creation • Focused on collection, creation, and annotation of linguistic resources supporting the work of TA1 and TA2.

Local Guard Services-U.S. Mission Australia

Department of State, Office of Acquisitions | Published March 19, 2015  -  Deadline April 1, 2015
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Solicitation Number: SAQMMA15R0052 Notice Type: Presolicitation Synopsis: The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has a requirement for a qualified Contractor to provide Local Guard Services at the U.S. Embassy Australia. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Australia requires a secure environment to conduct their mission. The Contractor shall provide the organizational structure, management, and qualified staff at levels adequate to meet or exceed the requirement contained in the Performance Work Statement. The Contractor shall be required to provide services in a manner that prevent loss or injury to U.S. personnel, dependents, property; destruction of assets; to prevent unauthorized access; and deter potential terrorist attacks. Anticipated period of performance is one base year and four one-year options (to be exercised at the sole discretion of the Government). All contracted personnel, regardless of nationality, will be required to pass a background investigation conducted by the Contractor and a separate background investigation conducted by the U.S. Government to certify their suitability for employment under this contract. The Government plans to post the solicitation in early April 2015. No paper copies will be mailed. The approximate acquisition schedule is as follows: The synopsis will be posted for approximately fifteen (15) days. Once the solicitation announcement closes on FedBizOpps, the offerors will have approximately forty-five (45) days to submit proposals. All dates are subject to change. Offerors will be notified. A site visit will be scheduled approximately fourteen (14) days after the solicitation opens, at the U.S. Missions in Australia. A firm date will be announced at the time the solicitation is posted. Offerors are responsible for entry visa, all travel arrangements, local transportation, and accommodations in Australia. Due to space limitations, only two (2) representatives from each firm will be allowed for the site visit. Offerors are requested to provide notice of their interest in the solicitation (i.e., name of representative, name of firm, address) to Shayani Mukherjee at mukherjees1@state.gov. PHONE CALLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. In accordance with 22 U.S.C. § 4864, the Government will give preference to offerors qualifying as U.S. persons or U.S. Joint Venture Persons. The contract will be awarded to the technically acceptable proposal with the lowest evaluated price.