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Hello. First time dealing with CTTSO/BIDS. Just to be clear, if our capability does not meet all of the Threshold KPPs (at a minimum) and all of the "shall" mandates, we should not submit a potential solution to the a BAA technology development requirement. Is that a correct interpretation for responses?
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Please provide your best effort and the Government will evaluate accordingly.
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Is there a maximum contact award value; will lower bids on comparable proposals have priority?
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There is no maximum contract award value but there are budget constraints and cost is evaluated as an independent factor.
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Is there any restrictions on the margins for the one-page addendum?
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There are no restrictions on the margins for the Phase 1 one-page addendum on the BAA.
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What, if any, constraints would be placed on a “partner international subcontractor” on the currently open CTTSO BAA might be?
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There are no limitations on the BAA unless explicitly stated in the requirements.
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When submitting the total cost and period of performance, do you want us to include the option if we have one?
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Yes
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For the addendum, the BAA instruction package states, "All pages shall be 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Use Times New Roman font size 10 point or greater. Single spacing is preferred for the addendum" however, on the 2020 Industry Day brief it states the following below. Which one is correct? Thank you. Addendum Content: • Up to 1 (single sided) Pages, 8.5 x 11 • 10pt+ font, double spaced, 1” margins • Detail technical data • Include the document identifier in header
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Thanks for the question and bringing this to our attention. Published BAA requirements supersede ALL previous information. "All pages shall be 8 ½ by 11 inches. Use Times New Roman font size 10 point or greater. Single spacing is preferred for the addendum. If more than two pages (i.e., the Quad Chart plus the addendum) are submitted, only the first two pages will be evaluated."
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How do we generate the Document ID?
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The Document ID is described in Section 3.1.4 of the BAA document. Similar information is available on page 2 of the Submitter Quickcard. Both are available for download on the homepage of the BIDS website.
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We are interested in submitting to BAA 20S3098; however, our eligibility office told us that we were not eligible to submit because the BAA didn't specify that FFRDCs are allowed to participate. Can you give me written confirmation that FFRDCs are able to participate in this BAA so that we can submit?
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FFRDCs are allowed to participate.
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We interpreted the language related to eligibility to mean that only the 3 FFRDCs listed in the BAA (C3I Laboratory, Lincoln Laboratory, or Software Engineering Institute) are eligible for this opportunity; therefore if we would like to apply, we would need to partner with one of these 3 FFRDCs. Is this correct?
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Per BAA 2.1.1: 2.1.1. Federally Funded Research and Development Centers. Only DoD-Sponsored Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) that function primarily as research laboratories (C3I Laboratory operated by the Institute for Defense Analysis, Lincoln Laboratory operated by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Software Engineering Institute operated by Carnegie Mellon) may respond to this BAA announcement. For further information reference DFARS 235.017-1. If FFRDC is a DOD-Sponsored FFRDC – they can apply. Prime would have to be DoD Sponsored FFRDC. This does not apply to subs.
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Are proposal considered "submitted" when you can see it in the "Previously Uploaded Proposals" section? I didn't see a submit proposal button or receive an acknowledgment after submitting the proposal. Thank you.
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Yes, a proposal is considered submitted if it is showing under 'Previously Uploaded Proposals
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The BAA suggests that “all submissions shall identify the anticipated end user and/or endorsing organization”. Is that a strict requirement or could we describe a more general end user/organization for our proposed solution?
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Providing an anticipated end user sponsor is not required. However, it is helpful to understand how your proposed solution fits in and is relevant to end users' missions or supports their concepts of operation.
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I am preparing a bid for R4441 Identification of Polygraph Countermeasures and have the following questions: 1. Reference: “The U.S. Government shall provide countermeasure and non-countermeasure cases and associated data for use in this project.” Question: Please provide a description and/or samples of the data to be provided by the Government for “cases and associated data.” 2. Reference: “Process converted ASCII format (standard format) for up to ten physiological parameters.” Question: Will the Government be proving the converted ASCII formatted physiological parameters? 3. Reference “Ability to protect access to the algorithms from outside of the United States Government.” Question: Will there be a security level assigned to algorithms developed under this effort or is this protection something different? 4. Reference: “Identify the specific atypical physiologies detected…” Question: Is this requirement implying that the AI techniques used must be in the sub-group of “Explainable AI? This would not allow the use of techniques such as Deep Neural Networks. 5. Reference: Awards. Question: Do you anticipate single or multiple awards?
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1. The government will be providing the actual signal data from individual polygraph tests that are acquired from the polygraph sensors: the blood pressure cuff, the breathing sensor, and the electrodermal device. Information about the questions asked and when they were asked in reference to the signals will be provided. Additionally, there will be information provided about if countermeasures were used, what type, and when they were used during the test. This will include no countermeasures being used or things such as holding breath or tightening the arms. 2. It is unclear what is meant by “proving the converted ASCII formatted physiological parameters.” If this means will the government provide the physiological parameters, the answer is yes. The contractor will have to create the capability to process these parameters and up to ten total. The government may not specify all ten parameters but the system will have to have the capability to process ten. 3. No, a security level is not planned to be assigned to the algorithms at this time. The protection has to be general software security. 4. No, the requirement is not implying the AI techniques used must be in the sub-group of “Explainable AI.” 5. A single award will be made.
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Under R4444, the expectation is that the technology or system will be insertable into the NCCA AIS. Can you describe the AIS, including its hardware components, form factor, portability, and any AI? What kinds of harsh environments is is designed to withstand?Does it use an avatar and if so, how automated is it? What questions are embedded in it?
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Under R4444, the expectation is that the technology or system will be insertable into the NCCA AIS. Correct, however, the requirement is focused on the development of the sensors and their ability to acquire the data and signals that conventional polygraph instruments presently collect while being minimal or non-contract. The software must be insertable into the four types of polygraph instruments listed in the BAA and into National Instrument’s LabVIEW software. Software that can do that should meet the part of the requirement related to insertability. Can you describe the AIS, including its hardware components, form factor, portability, and any AI? AIS which operates with National Instrument’s LabVIEW software and its Application Programming Interface will be provided by the Government. It has a visible and thermal cameras and microphones and a computer processing unit which contains the software and stores the signals and associated data. Everything is housed in one metal container type assembly. It collects audio and video signals from the subject while being questioned. It records and processes signals during screening type interviews to determine credibility and the need for further questioning. It can be moved by two or three persons with the use of a handcart and a van or pick-up truck. The developer will not have to develop or change any hardware. The system does have AI which processes and analyzes the audio and video for credibility and the need to conduct further questioning. What kinds of harsh environments is it designed to withstand? It is designed to operate in any harsh environment that US forces may have to interview subjects such as a tent or primitive building that may be dusty, dirty, and lack heat or air conditioning. The minimal or non-contact sensors will have to be fully functional in this type of setting. The AIS hardware will not have to be made more rugged than it already is. Does it use an avatar and if so, how automated is it? Yes, and it is completely automated. What questions are embedded in it? Standard and routine types of questions that are used for screening in terrorism and law enforcement missions are embedded in it.
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R4444 The previous answer was very helpful. It appears that the AIS already includes many of the hardware components that we would propose. What are the gaps in the current AIS that need to be filled? How important are the research scenarios for collecting data?
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There are no real gaps in the AIS that need to be filled. The important gap in this requirement is to develop minimal contact and preferable no-contact sensors that will attach to the body of persons that are being interviewed via polygraph examinations. The sensors must reduce and eliminate any discomfort felt by subjects during polygraph tests. The sensors must acquire and then transmit the data and signals that the presently used traditional polygraph sensors can obtain. Preferably, the signals and data will be transmitted wirelessly. The signals obtained by the no-contact or minimal contact sensors must be compatible with the AIS and it software but more important they have to be compatible with the standard polygraph equipment listed in the requirement write-up. No hardware has to be developed nor is any desired for the AIS. The research scenarios are important for testing the sensors to ensure they work in rugged environments and for real life type cases and missions of law enforcement and the intelligence community. The scenarios must test the sensors ability to collect the data accurately and transmit it with full integrity to the polygraph units and AIS.
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With regards to the requirement, All software fully functional and insertable into the four commercially available polygraph instruments: Axciton Systems, Lafayette Instrument, Limestone Technologies, and Stoelting. Can you please define what “insertable” means? In as much as these instruments are proprietary commercial products, enforcing or verifying insertability is difficult. Does this simply mean that our non-contact data acquisition solution (e.g. sensors and software) must be capable of replacing the existing data acquisition solutions of the four polygraph instruments? In other words, is this requirement met if our data acquisition solution is able to capture data and then through our API’s allow that data to be accessible in real-time and/or in an exportable form for use by the four polygraph instruments?
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The software must be able to function on or with the commercial products mentioned in the requirement. The software must allow the signals and data from the sensors to be transmitted to the hardware and then the software on the equipment in some manner must be able to provide the same type of output that these traditional polygraph machines create. This includes the four types of polygraph instruments listed as well as the NCCA Automated Interview System which will be provided to the selected vendor. A key component is the real-time capability as the software must synchronize with all physiological signals for analytical and display purposes.
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1. Can more information or a specification for the specific architecture/application be provided? 2. Please define the three letter acronym used throughout R4455. 3. Is the requested device a transmitter or transceiver? Access to a specification may answer this question. 4. Is a notional ConOp or use case available? As written, the waveform’s data rate requirement is in contention with the size goal. A better understanding of the use case will enable a more constructive response. 5. What is expected quantity of devices and boards to be delivered? 6. Please clarify Key Performance Parameter 2.1. Is this a device or a bare board? 7. What is expected battery life of the device?
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1. No, unfortunately. No additional information can be provided to the vendors about the architecture or the application. Vendors will have to have prior knowledge of the architecture. If the vendor is not already familiar with the architecture the End-user will not Read them on for this project. 2. We will not be able to define the 3 letter acronym due to the sensitive nature of the program. Again, the vendor will have to have prior knowledge and be properly Read On already. 3. The requested device is a Bi-directional tag. 4. A notional ConOp could be provided as a classified document. However, the vendor will need to already be Read On to the appropriate program. The End-user will not Read On vendors for this project. 5. The expected quantity of devices is 10. The expected quantity of bare boards is 20. 6. The KPP is for both devices and bare boards. 7. The expected battery life shall be no less than 6 months but between 6-12 months Threshold (T) and more than 12 months Objective (O).
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1. What actual fractional bandwidth is required for the transmit and receive designs? 2. Is it acceptable to have separate designs to cover subsets of the overall specified band, or is a single design required which covers the entire band, either with or without tuning?
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1. What actual fractional bandwidth is required for the antenna? 2. Section 7 mentions currently available systems; can an example of this be provided?
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Question 1: The system should have capability to point the antenna for any frequency from 300-380MHz. Question 2: An example of a self-pointing system that is a magnitude of order too large, is the commercial product, iNetVu 1.2m fly-away antenna.
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1. Regarding Section 1.4, are there particular systems that this must work with?
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The solicitation topic states, "payload transmitter capable of Mesh Network (MANET) IP data communications". There are several very low SWaP SDRs that we design detection and classification algorithms for and can cover up to 6 GHz of spectrum. But enabling them to transmit at high enough power over such large frequency ranges works against the low SWaP design goal. So, can you please expand over the MANET requirement in this context.
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The MANET is for an unspecified MANET network because the focus is on the RF/DF capability and antenna arrays portion of the requirement, which is a harder problem to solve. The MANET is only used to disseminate information off of the platform. The SWaP is a hard requirement due to the SWaP of the sUAS. It cannot be more than 4.4 lbs. It is understood that the power and antenna setup is going to cause an issue which is what makes this a very hard requirement and not only a procurement and integration problem. In the requirement we have broken it up, somewhat. So that if solutions to the requirement can be found in smaller pieces of the entire spectrum that is amenable. 9.1. Sensor(s) RF/DF/geo-location of threat spectrum range shall provide frequency and classification of signals 30 MHz–30 GHz (T) as the priority. 9.2. The radio signal classifications are as follows: HF (3 MHz–30 MHz), VHF (30 MHz–90 MHz), and UHF tactical (90 MHz–400 MHz), commercial cellular and Wi-Fi communications (800 MHz–2000 MHz). 9.3. The microwave signal classifications are as follows: threat air search and targeting radars associated with mobile missile sites through 12 GHz and threat ground surveillance radars through SHF (30 GHz).
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My Question: R4463 lists a requirement for an Electronic Warfare Reprogrammable Library (EWRL). Will the government provide the format and any other technical requirements of the EWRL?
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Electronic Warfare Re-programmable Library (EWRL) will be provided as GFE by the End-user. Also, additional guidance can be found in OPNAV 3430.23C. OPNAV 3430.23C lays out the who and where to contact for format requirements.
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1. What type of satellite/UAV image (2D, 3D, point-cloud data) is available for the developer? 2. Is ESRI 123 feed data to CASA or receive data from CASA? 3. What is meant by increasing the volume of collected data? Can you give an example? 4. Do you have an example of typical survey form that will be used?
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1. GFE/GFI is not guaranteed for this project. Proposals will be evaluated on the vendor's ability to train a machine learning algorithm (which means procuring your own data), and populating ESRI 123 surveys from satellite/UAV overhead imagery. 2. CASA is meant to populate ESRI 123 surveys, not the inverse. 3. Your solution must enhance the analyst, allowing him to process through more imagery than he could otherwise do manually, in order to support the production of ESRI 123 surveys as an end-product. By "increased accuracy and volume" it is meant that surveys must accurately reflect the reality on the ground and that the analyst be able to process more information in less time. 4. Tutorials on ESRI 123 surveys are available through a cursory internet search.
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1. If CASA reside in the cloud, what is the prefer cloud service model and length of service. 2. How would the ML system be trained? 3. Who would extend the ML system with new training data over time?
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1. CASA may reside in Gov Cloud in your proposed CONOPS, but the BAA does not specify this as a requirement. 2. The machine learning algorithms would be trained on data provided by the vendor. GFE/GFI is not guaranteed for this project. 3. Your proposals for a ML system will be evaluated on criteria like this. You may suggest a static methodology that must be manually updated by data-scientists every month. You may suggest a dynamic methodology that automatically updates models without human support. That is entirely up to you.
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Can this be an OTA funding?
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No this is a Broad Agency Announcement not an OTA.
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A requirement specified within R4469 is that "The integrated software solution must allow the user to increase both the accuracy of collected data and the volume of collected data through an efficient user interface that optimizes workflow..." Will you provide the current accuracy and volume of data that the tool must surpass?
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The tool must surpass manual data entry of a human analyst. This is fundamentally a tool to augment the analyst and increase his productivity.
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This topic requires incorporating Risk Management Framework. Will DIA be the Authorizing Official (AO) for this RMF Package?
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CTTSO has its own Authorizing Official for this RMF Package. DIA will not be the AO.
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Requirement clarifications: Bullet 3: Does current MFF-JM Training use existing any simulators? Bullet 4: Will video feed or direct line of sight to student satisfy requirement for displaying student movement? Bullet 7: What is meant by changes to key terrain features? Bullet 8: What format will the Government furnished terrain information be in? At what point in the mission should the simulation begin? Is there a requirement for ground operation, takeoff, and climb out procedures?
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Bullet 3: Does current MFF-JM Training use existing any simulators? No, no simulators available at the supported facilities. Bullet 4: Will video feed or direct line of sight to student satisfy requirement for displaying student movement? Both requirements are recommended: Video feed allows the primary instructor to view and control the evaluation scenario (via laptop or tablet). Direct line of sight allows the JM Student to view other jumper’s actions in the aircraft. Bullet 7: What is meant by changes to key terrain features? Changes in key terrain features refers to the changes in terrain view as the plane travels. Elevation features, roads, bridges, water, rail road tracks, trees (tree line) depending on the DZ selected. Must be able to see these features during flight as they are initially identified/selected as key terrain features from a pictorial/ground map. Bullet 8: What format will the Government furnished terrain information be in? Government furnished terrain information will be provided in several types that may be suitable, Unity, VBS, VRSG, and CDB.
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1. In addition to the MFF-JM student wearing a helmet and oxygen mask, what other parachutist equipment will the MFF-JM Student be required to wear during the various MFF-JM training scenarios? a. Will MFF-JM Students be required to wear Helmet/Mask only or will they be expected to don a full wall-locker equipment load? b. What type of helmet is required? i. If it is an OpsCore Helmet System, which version of OpsCore helmet ii. Will the GFE helmet be configured with the night vision google mount? 2. What portion(s) of the jump evolution, as listed in the Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Student Checklist, will be required for inclusion in the MFF-JM Simulator Scenarios? o For example out of the 15 steps listed in the Backwards Time Planning Schedule—on pg. 4—what will need to be included in the various scenarios? For example; ? From “Receipt of Mission through Time On Target (TOT), i.e. last parachutist exiting the aircraft” (all 15 steps, plus Actions In The Air) ? From “JMPI of Personnel & Equipment to Time On Target (TOT), i.e. last parachutist exiting the aircraft” (last 9 steps, plus Actions In The Air) ? From “Pilot/MFF-JM brief and invitation to board to Time On Target (TOT), i.e. last parachutist exiting the aircraft” (last 8 steps, plus Actions In The Air) ? From “Load Time/Wheel Up to Time On Target (TOT), i.e. last parachutist exiting the aircraft” (last 6 steps, plus Actions In The Air) ? Or some other anticipated MFF-JM Training experience start point and end point? 3. The current requirement is for the simulator to be “portable.” a. What level of portability is required? i. Man portable ii. Team portable iii. Trailer mounted/Vehicle portable? b. What are the dimensions of the anticipated smallest “different sized rooms in various locations” where the simulator will be set up?
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1. ...what other parachutist equipment will the MFF-JM Student be required to wear during the various MFF-JM training scenarios? Gloves, eye protection, altimeter, a MFF parachute system, all of which should be GFE. a. Will MFF-JM Students be required to wear Helmet/Mask only or will they be expected to don a full wall-locker equipment load? MFF-JM Students will be required to don a full combat equipment load. b. What type of helmet is required? i. If it is an OpsCore Helmet System, which version of OpsCore helmet ii. Will the GFE helmet be configured with the night vision google mount? MFF-JM Students will wear the Ops-Core family helmet which is the authorized jump helmet for student airborne operations. GFE helmet will have the NVG mount. 2. What portion(s) of the jump evolution will be required for inclusion in the MFF-JM Simulator Scenarios? The MFF-JM Simulator Scenario begins either at take-off or during an already in-flight aircraft about ten minutes out from the target with the command of “Don Helmets”. The MFF-JM Simulator Scenario finishes with either the command “GO” when the last jumper exits the aircraft or “Abort” when the jumpers sit back down and secure seatbelts. All steps are outlined in ATP 3-18.11, Chapter 6. Aircraft Procedure Signals and Jump Commands. In addition, Techniques of Spotting and Aircraft Emergencies will be included in the scenarios. 3. The current requirement is for the simulator to be “portable.” a. What level of portability is required? i. Man portable Pelican case configuration (4 containers/cases) ii. Team portable N/A Man portable configuration used iii. Trailer mounted/Vehicle portable? Trailer mounted/vehicle portable with deployable a version. b. What are the dimensions of the anticipated smallest “different sized rooms in various locations” where the simulator will be set up? As close in size as possible to the aircraft fuselage ramp/door area to familiarize the MFF-JM with the space limitations.
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1. What is the anticipated scenario flight duration and range (in hours/minutes and in simulated travel distance)? 2. Are there any specific power requirements or limitations? 3. GFE Questions: a. What version of the oxygen mask will be provided as GFE? b. What type if GFI GIS data will be provided? i. What file types will be provided/made available? ii. Will images be color or not color? iii. What level of Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED) will be provided (a.k.a. accuracy level)? iv. How large are the GFI GIS data files? v. What is the anticipated geographic coverage area per GFI GIS data file? c. Will the Government make aircraft configuration drawings or 3D models of the aircraft interiors, ramps, and doors associated with all MFF-JM actions/procedures? i. For modeling purposes, will 2D drawings or 3D drawings and aircraft configuration files be provided as GFI? d. Will our team be allowed access to all five physical aircraft and be allowed to make/take various measurements, via various means?
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1. What is the anticipated scenario flight duration and range (in hours/minutes and in simulated travel distance)? The anticipated scenario flight duration is 10 minutes, but should have options for a 6 minutes version. 2. Are there any specific power requirements or limitations? The power requirements is 110V CONUS and adaptable for OCONUS locations. 3. GFE Questions: a. What version of the oxygen mask will be provided as GFE? Parachutist Oxygen Mask (POM) NSN 1670-01-572-2151 b. What type if GFI GIS data will be provided? Imagery, Elevation, Vector, Culture Features, Vertical Obstruction. i. What file types will be provided/made available? All data provided will be in standard NGA or OGC formats ii. Will images be color or not color? All natural colors of the sky/terrain/water, etc.. iii. What level of Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED) will be provided (a.k.a. accuracy level)? DTED 2 for base, .5 meter DEM for DZ. iv. How large are the GFI GIS data files? Depends on the size of the database, anywhere from a couple hundred megabytes to several hundred gigabytes v. What is the anticipated geographic coverage area per GFI GIS data file? User dictates the coverage area. Govt owned capability which will generate terrain modeling data covering entire scenarios. Current data bank modeling exists and will be provided. c. Will the Government make aircraft configuration drawings or 3D models of the aircraft interiors, ramps, and doors associated with all MFF-JM actions/procedures? Aircraft drawing schematics will be provide which depicts measurements of the JM work areas requested. No new 3D models or AC replica components will be built i. For modeling purposes, will 2D drawings or 3D drawings and aircraft configuration files be provided as GFI? We have reached out to our Program Executive Office for Fixed Wing and requested this information. Additional justification from J3-TR will be provided to the Program Manager . Will our team be allowed access to all five physical aircraft and be allowed to make/take various measurements, via various means? Yes this option was provided/recommended when we met with vendors on Industry Day earlier this year.
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How many control families of Risk Management Framework (RMF) this system needs to meet? Can you share what they are?
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The anticipated control families are AC, AT, AU, CA, CM, CP, IA, IR, MA, MP, PE, PL, PM, PS, RA, SA, SC, and SI. Impact level is anticipated to be minimal. In addition, vendor will need to determine which controls will be inherited, such as PE, CP, AT, etc. Please refer to NIST Special Publication 800-53 for additional details.
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Thank you for the answers to our list of questions. We would greatly appreciate a little bit of clarification on four of the answers provided. Original Question – “In addition to the MFF-JM student wearing a helmet and oxygen mask, what other parachutist equipment will the MFF-JM Student be required to wear during the various MFF-JM training scenarios?” GOVERNMENT/BIDShelp Answer – “Gloves, eye protection, altimeter, a MFF parachute system, all of which should be GFE.” Clarification Questions: • Will MFF-JM Students be allowed to substitute their “eye protection” for a set of Virtual Reality (VR) Googles?” • Will MFF-JM Students be allowed to substitute military issued gloves with VR Hand-Tracking Gloves? • Will MFF-JM Students be allowed to wear a VR motion tracking harness/inertial measurement unit (IMU) puck harness on top of their standard equipment listed in previous answers (specifically, the MFF parachute system)? Original Question – “3. The current requirement is for the simulator to be “portable.” a. What level of portability is required? i. Man portable Pelican case configuration (4 containers/cases) ii. Team portable N/A Man portable configuration used iii. Trailer mounted/Vehicle portable?“ GOVERNMENT/BIDShelp Answer – “Trailer mounted/vehicle portable with deployable a version.” Clarification Questions: • Is there a maximum weight limit for simulator system or each module within the system? • Is there a min/max set up and configuration time?
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Original Question – “In addition to the MFF-JM student wearing a helmet and oxygen mask, what other parachutist equipment will the MFF-JM Student be required to wear during the various MFF-JM training scenarios?” GOVERNMENT/BIDShelp Answer – “Gloves, eye protection, altimeter, a MFF parachute system, all of which should be GFE.” Clarification Questions: • Will MFF-JM Students be allowed to substitute their “eye protection” for a set of Virtual Reality (VR) Googles?” ANSWER: Yes, eye protection can be substituted by a set of VR Googles, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the Oxygen mask. • Will MFF-JM Students be allowed to substitute military issued gloves with VR Hand-Tracking Gloves? ANSWER: Yes, as long as the gloves don’t interfere with parachutes handles and/or hand signals. • Will MFF-JM Students be allowed to wear a VR motion tracking harness/inertial measurement unit (IMU) puck harness on top of their standard equipment listed in previous answers (specifically, the MFF parachute system)? ANSWER: Yes, as long as it is “un-tethered” and is attached to the “back” of the students gear and the harness does not interfere with parachutes handles and hand signals. Original Question – “3. The current requirement is for the simulator to be “portable.” a. What level of portability is required? i. Man portable Pelican case configuration (4 containers/cases) ii. Team portable N/A Man portable configuration used iii. Trailer mounted/Vehicle portable?“ GOVERNMENT/BIDShelp Answer – “Trailer mounted/vehicle portable with deployable a version.” Clarification Questions: • Is there a maximum weight limit for simulator system or each module within the system? ANSWER: When using the pelican case configuration (4 cases ideally) each case should weigh no more than one hundred pounds allowing for a two man carry. Vehicle portable meaning, the 4 pelican cases should fit easily into a van or large SUV for transport. • Is there a min/max set up and configuration time? ANSWER: The minimum set up time should be 6 hours (ready to start training/evaluating students) which includes full set up and testing of equipment. The maximum set up time should be no more than 8-10 hours which includes full set up and testing of equipment, the “day prior” to training/evaluation startup. Configuration/transition between MFF-JM Students scenarios no more than 5 minutes.
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Original Question – “1. What is the anticipated scenario flight duration and range (in hours/minutes and in simulated travel distance)?” GOVERNMENT/BIDShelp Answer – “The anticipated scenario flight duration is 10 minutes, but should have options for a 6 minutes version. “ Clarification Questions: • What, specific variable will dictate the selection of a 6 or 10 minute version? • What should and should not be included in the shorter version? Original Question – “c. Will the Government make aircraft configuration drawings or 3D models of the aircraft interiors, ramps, and doors associated with all MFF-JM actions/procedures?” GOVERNMENT/BIDShelp Answer – “Aircraft drawing schematics will be provide which depicts measurements of the JM work areas requested. No new 3D models or AC replica components will be built” Clarification Questions: • Will the aircraft drawing schematics include specific locations and dimensions of the various locations within each individual aircraft where the MFF-JM Student will or could possibly come into physical contact (grapping, holding onto, leaning against, kneeling on, and/or plugging items into) for each of the five aircraft?
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Original Question – “1. What is the anticipated scenario flight duration and range (in hours/minutes and in simulated travel distance)?” GOVERNMENT/BIDShelp Answer – “The anticipated scenario flight duration is 10 minutes, but should have options for a 6 minutes version. “ Clarification Questions: • What, specific variable will dictate the selection of a 6 or 10 minute version? ANSWER: The only different between the 6 and 10 minute version is the flight time to the target, the aircraft race track is shorter. The instructor selects the version based on time available. • What should and should not be included in the shorter version? ANSWER: MFF-JM Students must be able to conduct all steps regardless if a 6 or 10 minutes option. Original Question – “c. Will the Government make aircraft configuration drawings or 3D models of the aircraft interiors, ramps, and doors associated with all MFF-JM actions/procedures?” GOVERNMENT/BIDShelp Answer – “Aircraft drawing schematics will be provide which depicts measurements of the JM work areas requested. No new 3D models or AC replica components will be built” Clarification Questions: • Will the aircraft drawing schematics include specific locations and dimensions of the various locations within each individual aircraft where the MFF-JM Student will or could possibly come into physical contact (grapping, holding onto, leaning against, kneeling on, and/or plugging items into) for each of the five aircraft? ANSWER: Government MFF SMEs will meet with the vendor on site to go over the “actual aircraft configurations” inside. This will allow for detailed interaction, verbal descriptions, and hands on (look see touch) what is actually required by the student MFF JM.
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Hello, Thank you for the answers but one of our big questions was not addressed. I apologize if I did not make it clear, but would it be possible to answer it now? The last part of the post: “At what point in the mission should the simulation begin? Is there a requirement for ground operation, takeoff, and climb out procedures?"
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QUESTION: At what point in the mission should the simulation begin? ANSWER: The simulation begins when the Military Freefall Jump Master (MFF JM) Student gives the command “DON HELMETS/FASTEN SEATBELTS.” This is done in the aircraft, normally on the ground or during aircraft racetracks, but the doors are closed during this process. The terrain simulation begins when the doors open and the MFF JM Student begins spotting normally during the 3-minute slowdown. MFF JM Student will be looking out of the ramp or door for specific terrain features. QUESTION: Is there a requirement for ground operation, takeoff, and climb out procedures? ANSWER: The only ground operation is the command “DON HELMETS/FASTEN SEATBELTS." After takeoff to 1,000 ft AGL actions in the aircraft can be rehearsed with the doors closed. There are emergency procedures which require specific JM actions depending on the aircraft altitude. Simulated flight time to altitude not required. Climb out procedures, as understood in the civilian free fall community, are not used by the military.
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How many control families this system needs to meet? Can you share what they are?
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The eye protection shall provide protection against at a minimum red (620 nm–750 nm) and green (495 nm–570 nm) lasers. There is an objective to protect against blue (450 nm–495 nm) and violet (380 nm – 450 nm) lasers as well. While providing the laser protection the eyewear shall allow at least 40% of the visible light through to the operator. No optical density is being required, but an achievable optical density shall be declared in the submission.
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Hello! We wanted to submit a proposal to the topic above. However, we had a couple questions first: 1. Is it allowed/ preferred to enter into this proposal with a commercial partner? We know that small business partnerships are encouraged, but what about partnerships with larger commercial businesses? 2. Would you entertain a proposal from single performers/ small business partnerships that contain only a subset of the requirements, but address the problem in a unique way? Thank you so much! Julianna Burgarello
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1. BAA is an Open & Fair Competition. Industry is welcome to submit individually or as partners. Your Call. 2. All Industry offerings to the BAA will be reviewed and considered based on responses to fulfil specified requirements. Unique approaches to fulfill specified requirements are welcomed.
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Requirement #4 states: "The system shall allow for continuous hours of observation while providing 30 targeting solutions within that time (T). The system shall allow for eight continuous hours of observation while providing 60 targeting solutions within that time (O)." The Threshold requirement appears to be missing a value before "continuous hours". Please advise on the threshold value for this requirement.
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Response: 2 (two) hours Requirement #4: "The system shall allow for 2 (two) continuous hours of observation while providing 30 targeting solutions within that time.
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Requirement #5 states the TLE requirement is "at ranges of 1000 meters or more", while requirement #6 adds "under the modeled conditions outlined in Tables 2 and 3". Table 2 references a Day requirement of 1500m and a Night requirement of 500m. Is it correct to interpret this that the TLE requirements apply to ranges of 1000m or more, while the 1500m and 500m requirements refer to imager performance (Requirement #8)?
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Response: No, that is not a proper interpretation. The threshold ranges are 1500 day and 500 night. That includes both PID and accurate target location. Therefore the system must provide enough clarity of ‘picture’ to ID a man-sized target and distinguish between -for example- a shovel and an AK rifle in the subjects hand and provide accurate coordinates to the same.
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We request clarification on Requirement #8, which utilizes the term “differentiate” in the requirement. “The system shall allow the user to differentiate between a rifle and a two-handed object.” a. In this context does “differentiate” mean recognize or identify? b. Please confirm target size (we assume 0.25m), probability of Recognition (or ID) and viewing Aspect.
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Response: a. In this context it means differentiate, as per the dictionary definition of the term. It would be closer to identify however that would not be the correct term if we are strictly going by acquisition definitions. The idea is we can identify there is something in the hands of a person. The problem operationally is we cannot differentiate what it is consistently. Hence the clarifying phrase “a rifle and a two-handed object”. b. Target size is a person, ID is required as stated in the document, and aspect I believe is straight on… e.g., facing the user.
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1. Table 1 mentions that "Sky Obstructed – The sky is fully obstructed from the device’s position.". Please clarify what "fully obstructed" is. 2. Will a proposed system that provides a slightly higher TLE of > 6.5m in Scenario 1-5, but meets the TLE objective (and exceeds it in several cases) for Scenarios 6-16, be considered for award? 3. Is there an existing system in mind in which this topic was written to procure or improve?
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Response: 1. Sky is fully obstructed, cannot use celestial cameras. 2. All Industry Offerings will be reviewed and considered. 3. This is a developmental effort, BAA fair and open competition.
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4. Does the system developed for this topic attempt to replace an existing system used by the end customer, or create a new capability for the end customer?
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Response: Creates a new and advanced capability for mobile forces
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Good morning, We are finalizing a quad chart for submission to the R4500 Optic Mounted Recon Camera Device (OMRCD) requirement on BAA 20S3060, and had a question about the requirement for training that would help us provide the most accurate ROM possible. I apologize for the last minute question about this requirement, but would greatly appreciate any clarification you could provide. Questions: 1.Are there certain locations where the training would take place? (east coast, west coast, both) 2.Is there a certain number of training iterations that are planned? (both base contract and options) 3.How many students/trainees are planned for each (base contract/options)? 4.Are venues, weapons, and ammunition to be provided by USG or the contractor? 5.Are there specific caliber requirements for use of the OMRCD, or as many as possible?...since recoil may be a factor on very large caliber weapons. Again, thank you very much for your time. Any assistance with these questions would be greatly appreciated.
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1. Training will take place primarily at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Fort Lewis, WA, Fort Carson, CO, Eglin AFB, FL, Camp LeJeune, NC, Fort Campbell, KY, Little Creek NAB, VA, Quantico, VA, Fort Bliss, TX are other possible training locations. 2. Two training iterations for Base Contract. Based on the successful performance of the first 10 prototypes and training, up to ten additional training iterations, if/as Contracts Options are exercised. 3. Ten to forty trainees are anticipated for each training iteration. 4. Venues, weapons, and ammunition will be provided by USG. 5. Primarily small arms weapons and ammunition will be used (5.56mm & 7.62mm) in training.
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1. Specifications 1 and 4 use the phrase “multi-modal”. We have assumed that this means dissimilar communication channels, such as two different radio modules. Can you clarify? 2. Specification 2 requires “compatibility” with DoD “standard and non-standard… demolition stocks”. Is the intent that this device performs the actual detonation (physical ignition of blast cap or otherwise), or is this device to interface with an existing system that performs this function?
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1. Multi-modal means dissimilar communication channels; two (2) independent radio modules sending on two (2) different channels independently powered. 2. The device will attach to, and perform the physical ignition of, a blast cap (example: M7 cap). The intent is for the receiver to be expendable once detonation is initiated, and easily replaced for follow-on demolitions.
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Dear CTTSO/TSWG TPOC: We have a few questions in regard to topic: R4503 Aftermarket Camera Retrofit Kit for Robots. Our questions are: 1.Do you have specific platforms you want to have considered in the proposal? 1.If not, can you provide the top 3-5 platforms that are being used? If you have how many of each there are being used by SLTT Bomb Squads that would help us decide which ones to propose. 2.Are there identified cameras that are preferred for integration? 1.If not, can you tell us what camerals SLTT Bomb Squads are asking to have integrated into their robotic platforms? 3.Can you identify which stock communications and operator control units require integration. 1.If not, can you tell us what stock communications and operator control units SLTTs are requesting be integrated. 4.Is there a POC on the National Bomb Squad Commanders Advisory Board that would be best to speak with about this requirement?
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1. There are no specific platforms under consideration for this proposal. 2. Without polling the bomb squad community, we are not able to provide a list of the top 3-5 platforms in use, as these change over time. 3. There are no "preferred" cameras that have been identified. 4. There are no specific cameras, as squads desire flexibility, that State and Locals are asking to have integrated. 5. Communication systems and operator control units vary by robot platform, and even by version of the same robot, so there is no "stock" capability. 6. No specific communications system or operator control units have been requested. 7. CTTSO does not give out information regarding requirements generators.
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Good Morning! I was hoping you could help clarify a few things for the topic area that are group is planning to submit to. 1. In 5.3, the call describes the arms of the technology ”being able to exert a combined lift force of 100 pounds”). Is this talking about the arms being able to lift 100 pounds or be able to exert 100 pounds force? 2. This call also describes a “12 month base contract period of performance”. Does this mean that the deliverable is due in 12 months, or does it depend on which phase we are in? Is there a review period every 12 months? 3. My project leads asked me to find clarification on the grip force of 90 lbs and the torque of 10 lbs. Are these units correct? Are the units supposed to be inches/lbs? Also where in the workspace is that 100 lb forces? Can it be directed anywhere? Please reach out to me if that didn’t make sense! Thank you so much!
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1. The lift force was intended to indicate that together, the arms could lift a 100 pound object. 2. The desired period of performance (PoP) for this development effort, in total, is 12 months. While some efforts undertaken by the IDD/EC subgroup exceed this timeline, PoPs over 18 months rarely receive favorable consideration. 3. The terms are to be used as stated. Grip force represents the force that the fingers of the robot hand can apply directly on a part when grasping, and torque to the force applied when the robot hand twists an object around an axis, as in twisting a lid when opening a jar. With respect to the follow-on questions "...where in the workspace is that 100 lb forces?," and "Can it be directed anywhere?," I'm not sure what is being asked. The vendor needs to clarify what information is being sought by these questions.
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On topic 5.3, our PIs were asking what platform do they you intend this to go, if any?
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No platform has been selected.