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Information Innovation Office (I2O) Office Wide

Other Defense Agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Published July 15, 2014  -  Deadline July 15, 2015
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals of interest to the Information Innovation Office (I2O). I2O explores game-changing technologies in the fields of information science and technology to anticipate and create rapid shifts in the complex national security landscape. Conflict can occur in traditional domains such as land, sea, air, and space, and in emerging domains such as cyber and other types of irregular warfare. I2O's research portfolio is focused on anticipating new modes of warfare in these emerging areas and developing the concepts and tools necessary to provide a decisive information advantage for the U.S. and its allies. As much of the world-wide economy has moved into cyberspace, protecting and assuring information flows over these networks has become a priority. Most networks today rely on the successive discovery of vulnerabilities and deployment of patches to maintain security. Even after patching, new vulnerabilities are often introduced in successive releases, and may even be introduced by the patches themselves. The I2O defensive cyber portfolio is largely focused on changing this paradigm through a variety of methods such as heterogeneity, formal methods proofs, secure code generation, and automation. Exploration of offensive methods is essential to expand and inform defensive work. The I2O portfolio covers a broad space, investigating enterprise networks, secure communications, industrial systems, and purpose-built military systems. I2O is also pursuing information technologies to change the way we perceive and interact with our surroundings. Exponential improvements in computing power, network bandwidth and storage density combine with ever more pervasive sensing and measurement technologies to provide new and powerful ways to gain insight into the world. Essentially all human activities that can be measured, from mercantile to military, are being quantitatively re-examined in the context of this new, "big data", capability. Early demonstrations have produced remarkable insights into human activities and enabled quantitative decision making. I2O's investment portfolio begins at the fundamental science level with programs investigating varied topics from the mathematical properties of graphs, to online correlation for societal unrest. The portfolio also addresses fundamental computational issues such as novel algorithm design, natural language processing, and architectures for efficient processing of streamed data. Closer to the customer, I2O works with the national security community on operational data to ensure continuous transition of tools as programs make progress. I2O is interested in submissions related to the general areas discussed above and to the following specific areas: • secure cloud computing systems • software code with mathematically provable security properties • automated cyber security systems • preserving security on untrustworthy computational infrastructure • insider threat detection and response • maintaining security and mission effectiveness of systems after attack, including detection, cleanup, and reconstitution • computational tools and scalable algorithms • advanced user interfaces • pre-processing technology for data sets, including those that are corrupted, incomplete, or disaggregated • processing and computational approaches (including, but not limited to, novel algorithm design, natural language processing, and architecture systems) for data sets that may be multimodal, realtime-streamed, or on a scale for which storage is infeasible • algorithm development for analysis of dynamic, unlinked and scripted content • tools to draw inferences, deduce relationships, make correlations or detect anomalies working solely from data sets that are weak proxies for the underlying quantities of interest • fusion of data from varied modalities ranging from traditional overhead sensing to open source data • automated language translation and understanding • fundamental science and mathematics supporting data analytics including: o mathematical properties of graphs o online correlation for societal unrest o virtual and blended worlds o machine-to-machine internet-of-things • tools to assist emerging technologies in: o virtuality and immersivity o ubiquitous sensing o persuasion and cognitive hacking o social multimedia o hypercomputing • environment modeling and reconstruction • crowd-sourced approaches to data processing • modeling of human activity and proclivities • analytics of economic systems • technologies for scalable education and training • electronic warfare and cyber systems • biometrics and provenance • online information validation and evidence collection • resilient command and control systems, including secure information exchange • assured information access • privacy science and systems • semantic analysis • programming languages I2O seeks unconventional approaches that are outside the mainstream, challenge accepted assumptions, and have the potential to radically change established practice. Proposed research should investigate innovative approaches that enable revolutionary advances in science, devices, or systems. Specifically excluded is research that primarily results in evolutionary improvements to the existing state of the art. See attached "I2O OFFICE WIDE DARPA-BAA-14-39" PDF for further details.

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.

DARPA-BAA-15-15: Transparent Computing (TC)

Other Defense Agencies, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency | Published December 5, 2014  -  Deadline February 10, 2015
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DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of understanding complex distributed computing environments towards exposing and stopping advanced cyber adversaries (also referred to as Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs). The Transparent Computing (TC) program aims to make currently opaque computing systems transparent by providing high-fidelity visibility into component interactions during system operation across all layers of software abstraction, while imposing minimal performance overhead. See attached PDF, "DARPA-BAA-15-15 TC" for further details.

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.

Accelerating the Development of Small Unit Decision Making (ADSUDM)

Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research | Published January 8, 2015  -  Deadline March 31, 2015
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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving white papers and full proposals for developing technology in Small Unit Decision Making (SUDM) training systems for the US Marine Corps (USMC). Accelerating Development of Small Unit Decision Making (ADSUDM) has been approved as a new research opportunity under the Capable Manpower Pillar (CMP) Future Naval Capability (FNC). ADSUDM will deliver new or improved capabilities in the following three 3) areas: - SUDM learning management, - Situated, tailored, and automated simulation-based training and assessment, and - Relevant tactical simulation training environments. These capabilities may work independently and shall be able to interoperate as described below. Background: While military science on decision-making has matured over the past twenty years, few research efforts have focused on accelerating infantry decision-making at the small unit level. The Marine Corps defines "small unit" as company-level equivalents and below. ADSUDM will focus on dismounted infantry squad personnel and operations and leverage the work done by Ross, K. G., Phillips, J. K., Rivera, I. D., Brown, T. F., Smith, K. M., & Hale, K. S. (2012), Marine Corps maneuver squad leader mastery model. The assessment of SUDM skills are largely subjective, with few Training and Readiness (T&R) standards devoted towards higher order SUDM skills -- e.g. tactical thinking. The majority of SUDM training is accomplished using traditional instructional methods -- e.g., classroom or field based training with instructors. Some additional training occurs outside of the classroom using fielded simulation-based training capabilities, but these are limited and manpower intensive. Moreover, when simulation-based training methods are used they are too often not situated to reflect the relevant operating environment and the specific needs of the Marine in training. To address these challenges and develop capabilities that can accelerate decision-making training for Marine Corps infantry personnel, research proposals for the following three (3) scientific and technologies areas are sought: - Decision Making-Learning Management System (DM-LMS) - DM-LMS will be based on mastery models (e.g., Novice to Expert), associated measures of effectiveness (MOEs) and measures of performance (MOPs). It will be capable of tracking and planning Marine SUDM skills development and characterizing SUDM readiness. - Simulation Tailored Training and Assessment (ST2A) -- ST2A will augment current Marine simulation-based training (e.g., Virtual Battlespace -- VBS) with appropriate automated best practices in instructional strategies (e.g., adjusting timing, sequence, skill level, pedagogy) based on mastery model requirements and dynamically assessed Marine proficiency. - Digital Integrated Representation of Tactical Environment (DIRTE) -- DIRTE will provide tools for rapidly modeling, editing and adding contextual elements (e.g., buildings and content in various states) to geographic terrain data bases for simulation-based training systems. Objectives: This call for science and technology white papers and proposals focuses on the three technical areas described above -- DM-LMS, ST2A, and DIRTE. The objective of the technical work is to deliver knowledge products, software, and possibly hardware that can enhance SUDM training systems and processes for USMC company-level equivalents and below. Proposals may address one, or more, technical areas and should discuss how capability effectiveness will be demonstrated and measured. ADSUDM development efforts should incrementally address functional and technical requirements, growing capability in each area over time. ADSUDM capabilities shall achieve Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Six (6) before being deemed suitable for transition. ADSUDM's DM-LMS, ST2A and DIRTE shall use for the exchange of information open public standards, DoD mandated standards (e.g., Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) xAPI) and / or open, formally documented, interfaces as most appropriate. The government shall seek license free Government Purpose Rights on all developed software and models and unlimited data rights on related open model specifications and associated artifacts. Finally, the government will conduct an independent evaluation of all final products (i.e., using performers not involved in the proposed research). DECISION MAKING LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Marine Corps Training Information Management System (MCTIMS) is a USMC source for Training and Readiness data, and the target acquisition program for DM-LMS. There are no Training and Readiness decision-making modules associated with MCTIMS. DM-LMS will provide a set of SUDM-specific, mastery model-based, MCTIMS software modules that support Training and Readiness planning and assessment. The following DM-LMS science and technology solutions are sought: - SUDM mastery model that is an open, documented, machine-readable, knowledge base suitable for enabling ADSUDM functional and automation objectives, - Definitions for Marine SUDM Training and Readiness standards and measures of effectiveness (MOEs) and measures of performance (MOPs), - Validated SUDM assessment measures, - Generation of tailored, simulation-based training curriculum and instructional products for individual Marines and small units that link to SUDM assessment measures, -Knowledge repository and information services module, providing open management, analytics, visualization, and communications services for ADSUDM-related data, and - An ability to define and link Training and Readiness criteria to a mastery model. SIMULATION TAILORED TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT ST2A software must reduce overall instructor time and effort required to identify, prepare, conduct, evaluate and report SUDM simulation-based training. Virtual Battlespace (VBS) is a target simulation-based training system for ST2A technology. The final delivery shall be VBS3 compatible. Ideally, ST2A will also work with other simulation based training platforms. The following ST2A SUDM science and technology solutions are sought: - Automatically parse and adaptively execute and assess Marine performance based on scenario tasking passed from DM-LMS, - Generate and execute locally created simulation-based training, - Automate pedagogy using SUDM instructional best practices in the areas of situated tutoring techniques, biometric measurement techniques, adaptations to generate scenarios that fit student needs, and algorithms to assess the effectiveness of ongoing simulation-based training, - Automate non-invasive, unobtrusive, and near real-time training interventions that enhance SUDM skills assessment, - Simplify creation of enhanced situated and tailored scenario terrain and cultural features and import of DIRTE generated terrain data bases, - Generate after action reports (AAR) for trainer/instructor reviews and reporting to DM-LMS, and - Delivery of a SUDM Instructional Best Practices Guide (SIBPG) covering training effectiveness evaluation. DIGITAL INTEGRATED REPRESENTATION OF TACTICAL ENVIRONMENT Today, Marines rely on government agencies or contractors to build their VBS Terrain Data Bases (TDB). A product from Bohemia, Visitor 4, is available for building terrain, but it is difficult for novices to use. DIRTE functional capabilities shall provide novice modelers with time saving, rapid and automated methods for: - Terrain modeling and editing, using unclassified geospatial data, and - Combining and embellishing natural and cultural features to support tailored and situated SUDM simulation based training scenario requirements. The user should be able to "sketch" to add, remove or modify cultural and terrain features. Ideally, when sketching the software applies smart constraints to ensure reasonable results are rapidly achieved even by a novice user. A detailed Instructor/User Guide shall be delivered with the DIRTE software.

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.

FY16 Communications and Networks Discovery and Invention

Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research | Published March 9, 2015  -  Deadline June 30, 2015
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White papers are required prior to submitting full proposals. Communications technology that can provide seamless, robust connectivity is at the foundation of the Sea Power 21 Vision "... to have the right information, at the right place, at the right time ..." The performance of Command and Control (C2) systems and decision making at all levels of command depends critically on reliable, interoperable, survivable, secure, and timely communications and networking. The current evolution of naval warfighting from a platform-centric to a network-centric paradigm depends on successfully meeting the implied need for significantly enhanced communications and networking capabilities of C2, sensor and weapon systems. These systems are deployed on a variety of platforms and users, both manned and unmanned, operating under challenging battlefield conditions (lack of infrastructure, mobility, spectrum, interference, multipath, atmospherics, size/weight/power constraint, etc.) in different environments (space, terrestrial and undersea). The goal of the Communications and Networking Program within the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Code 311 is to overcome these challenges by developing measurable advances in technology that can directly enable and enhance end-to-end connectivity and quality-of-service for mission-critical information exchange among such widely dispersed naval, joint, and coalition forces. Proposals for potential FY16 Exploratory Development/Applied Research (Budget Activity 2) projects are sought under the following focus areas. Highly innovative ideas in other general communications and networking areas that are not within the designated focus areas below, but nonetheless are important to the Navy/Marine Corps, as determined under the synopsis section above may also be considered: 1. Nanosat optical and RF communications: Novel architectures, techniques and technologies specially focused on the hard problems 2. Interference-aligned digital chaos for scalable spectrally-efficient LPI/LPD networking 3. Dynamic scheduling, routing and topology control to efficiently and reliably deliver critical/high priority data to multiple nodes over directional tactical wireless network 4. Innovative techniques for data forwarding and bridging networks with different routing mechanisms, protocols (e.g., IP and non-IP) and QoS parametrics. 5. Software-defined wireless networking architectures/protocols, and exploratory paradigms for control (centralized/distributed), network state sensing (link state, latency, etc.), and resource utilization.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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"

Local Guard Services - U.S. Mission United Arab Emirates

Department of State, Office of Acquisitions | Published April 20, 2015
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ALL INTERESTED OFFERORS WILL NEED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN A RESTRICTED ACCESS REQUEST IN ORDER TO BE GRANTED ACCESS TO THIS REQUIREMENT The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has a requirement for a qualified Contractor to provide Local Guard Services at the U.S. Mission in the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai). The Government 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 the early May 2015 timeframe. The approximate acquisition schedule is as follows: The synopsis will be posted for approximately fifteen (15) days. No paper copies will be mailed. Once the solicitation is posted on FedBizOpps, the offerors will have approximately forty (40) days to submit proposals. All dates are subject to change and any change will be posted on this site. A site visit at the U.S. Mission facilities will be scheduled and detailed in the solicitation. Site visit information will be included in L.1 of the solicitation. Offerors are responsible for entry visa, all travel arrangements, local transportation, and accommodations. 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 Stephanie Gardner at GardnerSL@state.gov. PHONE CALLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Offerors shall have an active registration on the System for Award Management at https://www.SAM.gov. Offerors shall ensure that the point of contact (POC) on the Restricted Access Request form provides his/her full name, including first, middle (if applicable), and last name. The POC's full name shall be identical to the full name in the FBO.gov database. The Offeror must also ensure that the submitting POC's full name, including first, middle (if applicable), and last name, are identical in SAM.gov as the names appear in FBO.gov. 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 best technically acceptable proposal with the lowest evaluated price.

BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT PLATFORM

Department of State, Office of Acquisitions | Published April 22, 2015  -  Deadline April 23, 2015
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The U.S. Department of State (DOS) contemplates award of a HUBZone set-aside, fixed price, Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) type contract to a qualified U.S. firm. This BPA will satisfy an anticipated Business Process Management (BPM) platform that manages business processes of A Bureau customers throughout the Department. The anticipated period of performance is one year with four one-year option periods (to be exercised at the sole discretion of the Government) and the maximum ceiling amount on this IDIQ contract is expected to be approximately $6.9 million dollars. The NAICS code for these services is 541511. The Bureau of Administration currently provides these services using two software packages (Visual eForms and Metastorm). This procurement will replace those two software packages, not with duplicate software from other vendors, but with a Business Process Software platform - a paradigm shift for the Department in terms of data management. The replacement will be a cost-effective, enterprise level BPM platform that provides the current tools' functionality, runs on the internal unclassified network and Internet, and is architected with modern industry standards. The A Bureau requires an Unlimited/Enterprise Software License Agreement (U/ELA) for a commercial off the shelf BPM platform, plus installation and acceptance support, training, documentation, help desk technical support, and specified services as described herein. This product will streamline, improve, and automate the Department's business processes leveraging IT investments while improving security, archiving and compliance. I. Offeror Minumum Mandatory Requirements Under the Unlimited/Enterprise Software License Agreement, installation and deployment of the BPM platform and products developed within should cover an unlimited number of environments to support development, QA, and production as it currently exists and evolves over the period of performance. The Unlimited/Enterprise Software License Agreement terms and conditions should include an unlimited number of end users (e.g., domestic and overseas DoS employees, domestic and overseas DoS contractors, subcontractors and consultants engaged with DoS enterprise BPM implementation, members of the public world-wide, operation, administration and maintenance, etc.). Offeror must deliver: • Products o BPM Platform - All software components of the product o Licenses - Unlimited Enterprise License (UEL) as described herein o Documentation - Install Guides, User Guides, Administrative Guides • Services o Installation and Acceptance Support - base year only  Development Environment  Unclassified Internal Environment (OpenNet) o Training and Documentation - base year only  Training for 10-12 designers/developers - Base year only  Documentation o Help Desk Support - All years  For designers, developers and administrators; not end users. Help Desk availability 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday. o Annual Maintenance - All years  New versions, patches, and software problems. II. Anticipated Acquisition Schedule DOS plans to post the complete Request for Proposal to www.fbo.gov within (5) days of this notice; no paper copies will be mailed. Once the solicitation is posted, offerors will have approximately fifteen (15) days to submit a proposal for the BPA contract award. Offerors shall certify that their proposals remain valid for a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) days after submission. Work will begin within one month after award. Offerors must be fully experienced with the subject BPM Platform and the services requested and able to pass a moderate risk public trust (MRPT) determination by Diplomaic Security. On-site personnel must be able to obtain DoS badges and offerors must have at least a valid Secret Clearance. Vendor questionnairres and demonstrations will be required during the evaluation process. A Question and Answer (Q &A) period will start on the day the RFP is posted to www.fbo.gov. Thereafter, interested parties may submit questions via email to brownholmescd@state.gov. The government will post answers to questions received via www.fbo.gov. Offerors are solely responsible for any and all expenses resulting from this announcement (i.e. travel, lodging, per diem, proposal costs and other miscellaneous expenses, etc.) and are responsible for confirming all dates specified in this synopsis by immediately checking the solicitation when posted on www.fbo.gov to see if there are any changes.

Air Combat Training System (ACTS)

Department of the Air Force, Air Combat Command | Published June 12, 2015  -  Deadline July 2, 2015
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Pre-Solicitation Notice Operation, Maintenance and Mission Support of Air Combat Training System (ACTS) The Air Combat Command Acquisition Management and Integration Center (ACC AMIC), Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, hereby publicizes its intention to solicit for non-personal services to provide operation, maintenance and repair services to Air Combat Training System (ACTS) and to support the ACTS mission at Seymour Johnson AFB, Langley AFB, Eglin AFB, Ellsworth AFB, Shaw AFB, Mountain Home AFB, Tyndall AFB, Barksdale AFB, Dyess AFB, Nellis AFB as well as USAFE funded sites at Lakenheath, Spangdahlem, and Aviano ABs. The ACTS is a computer-based data communication and tracking network comprised of data and voice communication circuits, computer hardware, computer software, electronic circuitry, and electromechanical devices. The ACTS mission is to provide an integrated realistic training environment in support of on-site and off-site aircrew/ground support crew training. An extension of the ACTS mission is support of continued development, testing, and implementation of ACTS systems and ancillary equipment. This acquisition is restricted to 8(a) competition. The period of performance will consist of a one-month transistion for CONUS and three-month transition for OCONUS, six-month base contract period for CONUS and OCONUS, and four one-year option periods. A single Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract will result from the solicitation using Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) source selection procedures. The anticipated issue date for the Request for Proposal (RFP) is on or about 17 July 2015, with the anticipated date for receipt of proposals on or about 14 August 2015. The anticipated award date is on or about 1 March 2016. The Government plans to use the Internet and e-mail as the primary means of disseminating and exchanging information. Hard copies of documentation will not be made available. Solicitation, amendments and other miscellaneous documents will be posted to the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website at http://www.fbo.gov. It is the responsibility of each offeror to review the website for notice of amendments, updates or changes to current information. Contact with government personnel, other than the ACC AMIC Contract Manager and/or Contracting Officer listed below, by a potential offeror or their employees' regarding this project is strictly prohibited. In order to be eligible for award, registration under the correct North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database is required. To register, go to http://www.ccr.gov. The applicable NAICS code for this solicitation is 541330, Engineering Services exception for Military and Aerospace Equipment and Military Weapons, and the small business size standard is $38.5 million. All documents associated with this projected requirement will be made available only on the Electronic Posting System, FedBizzOpps website at http://www.fbo.gov. The Government plans to use the Internet and email as the primary means of disseminating and exchanging information. Points of Contacts for this requirement: Ms. Courtney Fluellen, Senior Contract Manager and Ms. Sharon Potter, Contracting Officer. Both POCs can be reached by email at ACCAMIC.PKC.ACTSRecompete@us.af.mil Draft Solicitation and Draft Performance Work Statement (PWS) are attached to this notice. Preposal Conference, Site Visit, and One on One information is also attached to this notice.

Notice of Intent to Modify an Existing IDIQ contract to increase the Maximum Value

Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research | Published June 17, 2015  -  Deadline July 1, 2015
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Description: NOTICE OF INTENT TO MODIFY AN EXISTING IDIQ CONTRACT TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM VALUE The Office of Naval Research (ONR) intends to increase the maximum value of contract N00014-11-D-0327 awarded to Oceaneering International Inc. under the authority of FAR 6.302-1(a)(2)(iii), Only One Responsible Source and No Other Supplies or Services will Satisfy Agency Requirements, from $18,000,000.00 by $1,700,000.00 to $19,700,000.00 on or about 1 July 2015. The period of performance will remain unchanged from the original IDIQ contract. The prospective contractor shall perform additional model testing and analysis and under a pending Task Order, shall: conduct the demonstration of the full-scale, proof-of-concept Advanced Mooring System technology demonstrator in a relevant dynamic motion environment identified in the statement of work of the IDIQ contract. The pending Task Order includes the following: Install the system, instrumentation, and apparatus on the demo platforms and operate and maintain the system, instrumentation, and test apparatus for the duration of the testing; analyze demonstration data collected and provide a final report; demobilize the system to include preservation of the system and its readiness for future demonstrations/exercises; incorporate lessons learned into the system Operation and Maintenance Manuals; and prepare structural load data and coordinate with ABS for their review and approval to use AMS on an actual Joint High Speed Vessel. ONR intends to increase the maximum value under this task order contract on a sole source basis because Oceaneering International Inc. is the only firm capable of performing this effort due to their extensive experience, knowledge, and understanding of the system stemming from their development efforts over the past four years under predecessor Task Orders 0001 through 0004. They are uniquely qualified to understand the limitation of the current system and to provide recommendations/models for design improvements based on their research. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for this requirement is 541712 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. Contracting Office Address: Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research (ONR), Code - ONR BD252, 875 North Randolph Street, Arlington, VA 22203-1995.

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.

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.

Turkey - Istanbul Smarter City Initiative Technical Assistance

United States Trade and Development Agency, USTDA | Published July 30, 2015  -  Deadline September 14, 2015
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Proposal Submission Place: Hakki Tok Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediye Baskanligi Kasim Sokak Merter, Gungoren, Istanbul Phone: [90] (212) 449-4520 Fax: [90] (212) 449-4526 Email: hakki.tok@ibb.gov.tr Istanbul Smarter City Initiative TA (USTDA Activity No. 2015-21008A) The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a Technical Assistance (TA) that will help improve city operations, enhance crisis and disaster management, and provide efficient and reliable public services for the citizens of Istanbul. The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) is the administrative organization of Istanbul, responsible for the general management of the city. Its area of responsibility encompasses the entire provincial territory, which spans a total area of 5,343 km² with an estimated population of 14.2 million. The IBB maintains Istanbul's critical infrastructure, including emergency management services, energy and environmental resources, information and technology interfaces, and municipal transportation. Under the IBB umbrella, there are 53,000 employees, twenty-eight municipal enterprises, and two public utility corporations. IBB has implemented several "Smart" projects, such as the implementation of intelligent transportation systems and interactive construction management. IBB seeks to further their Smart City investments and enlist USTDA technical support to assist in developing a Big Data Initiative, which would aggregate data from all municipal domains to provide a comprehensive solution for IT management of the municipality, but also improve their capabilities in disaster management and citizen engagement services. The TA will assess the existing infrastructure and provide technical specifications and implementation plans for the following project areas: 1) Definition of Big Data Infrastructure Requirements: IBB seeks to integrate the data that currently exists in a number of unconnected systems and databases to improve municipal planning. The TA Contractor would provide an implementation plan for a Big Data initiative that would require the implementation of communications, technology and applications infrastructure necessary to support a cloud based environment capable of aggregating data from across the municipality into a central depository. 2) Geographic Information System (GIS) Geospatial Analytics: IBB seeks to better utilize existing and planned GIS technology to reduce costs, improve city services, and support disaster and crisis awareness, management and mitigation. The TA would include an assessment of existing GIS uses and develop recommendations for additional capabilities, with a focus on utilizing GIS to improve citizen services. 3) Browse, Search and Discovery Portal System: IBB seeks to develop an online portal to provide government and citizen access to the comprehensive data stored in the planned cloud based environment. The TA Contractor would review the existing online browse, search and discovery capabilities and develop requirements for procuring sophisticated infrastructure and applications. 4) Disaster Management: IBB seeks to implement data collection and analysis tools that would enable first responders to efficiently communicate and respond to crisis situations that may arise in Istanbul. The TA would assess current disaster management practices that exist for the Municipality of Istanbul and provide recommendations for new capabilities. 5) Citizen 360: Due to increased citizen engagement, IBB seeks to develop improved systems for understanding citizen needs and, in turn, developing additional citizen IT services. The TA would develop a recommendation for a Citizen 360 Initiative to enhance citizen digital interaction with municipal services. The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $673,055 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background definitional mission report are available from USTDA, at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901. To request the RFP in PDF format, please go to: https://www.ustda.gov/businessopps/rfpform.asp Requests for a mailed hardcopy version of the RFP may also be faxed to the IRC, USTDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include your firm's name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want USTDA to use an overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want to send a courier to USTDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to USTDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, USTDA cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or mail room before calling USTDA. Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this USTDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under USTDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the USTDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the USTDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the USTDA grant amount. Details of USTDA's nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP. Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English and Turkish directly to the Grantee by 4:00 p.m. / 16:00 local time, September 14, 2015 at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

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)"