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MEMORANDUM FOR POTENTIAL DIA CONTRACTORS

SUBJECT: DIA/MSIC 2022 Request for Information (RFI) to be used for potential
technical capabilities to support the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Missile and
Space Intelligence Center (MSIC).

1. INTRODUCTION

The Virginia Contracting Activity (VACA) is requesting broad rather than in-depth
procurement-specific information on specific topics of interest to DIA/MSIC. It is the
intent to obtain information pertaining to the state of the industry for providing technical
capabilities in support of: Weapon Test Challenges; Software/Firmware Advanced
Reverse Engineering Tools; Digital Modernization; Advanced Sensor Exploitation, and
Next Generation RF Exploitation for the mission of DIA/MSIC.

2. PURPOSE

This document serves as the Request for Information (RFI) to the VACA contractor
community pursuant to FAR 15.201(e) “Exchange with industry before receipt of
proposals”. This RFI is specifically targeted to Small Businesses but all vendors are
invited to participate. Responses to the RFI will be assessed to identify sources that are
considered best qualified to potentially meet future requirements. Best qualified sources
will be invited to participate in Phase 2 One-on-One Oral Presentation activities later
detailed in this announcement. Best qualified are those sources which technical
capabilities, methods, and/or techniques applicable to the mission, goals, and objectives
of the VACA and meet the selection criteria below.

3. BACKGROUND

MSIC is a DoD center of excellence that focuses on analysis and assessment of foreign air
and missile defense systems, ballistic missiles, anti-tank guided missiles, anti-satellite
missile systems, and directed energy weapons. Through the use of scientific and technical
methods the organization evaluates intelligence data to determine the characteristics,
performance, operations, and vulnerabilities of foreign weapons systems to develop
intelligence assessments that provide strategic and tactical advantages to U.S. and allied
forces in all current and future conflicts.

4. SCHEDULE

Phase 1 (Two-Page Technical White Paper):
Participants are required to submit a two-page technical white paper detailing their
innovative use of a technical solution, method, or technique and how it can be applied to
the problem statement to be considered for Phase 2 Oral Presentation,. The white paper
must follow the template entitled “White Paper Template DIA-MSIC Industry Day 2022”
and focus on describing details of the proposed technical capability, method, technique or
demonstration, including how it is innovative/unique and how it could substantially
increase the scientific state of the art, technical merits, integration strategy, and potential
impacts and benefits to the DIA/MSIC problem statement or statements.

Phase 2 (Oral Proposal/Technical Brief):
Upon evaluation of the Phase 1 technical white paper, the Government will select/invite
the vendors that meet the evaluation criteria to participate in Phase 2, which is an Oral
Presentation/Technical Brief. In Phase 2, companies are invited to describe and further
discuss their proposed technical capability, method or technique in person (following
CDC and DOD Covid-19 guidelines). Briefings must be submitted in advance by 5
August 2022 by 1600 CST to ~dia_msic_industry_day@dodiis.mil. Late submissions
will not be considered.

Each participant, will conduct a live closed-door presentation of their proposed technical
capability, method or technique to the DIA/MSIC Subject Matter Expert (SME) panel.
Technical Briefs will be limited to twenty (20) minutes in length (firm) followed by a
twenty (20) minute Question and Answer (Q&A) session with the panel of evaluators and
SMEs. The Forty (40) minute timeline will be strictly enforced.

Date
6 May 2022
6 May 2022
6 June 2022 1600
7 June-8 July 2022

5 August 2022

17-18 August 2022

Activity
RFI Released on SAM.gov
Phase 1: Technical White Paper Submission Period Open

Phase 1: Technical White Paper Submission Period Closed

Phase 1 Technical White Paper Evalution Period. Vendors notified of
selection and invited to submit oral presentation/technical brief for
Phase 2.

Phase 2: Oral Presentations/Technical Briefs submitted by vendors
Phase 2: Oral Presentation/Technical Brief to SME's
DIA Missile and Space Intelligence Center, 4545 Fowler Road,
Redstone Arsenal, AL

5. INFORMATION DESIRED

The Government is conducting market research to gain a better understanding of recent
industry developments to support potential contracts in the following areas:

WEAPON TESTING
High fidelity missile threat (and supporting equipment) models require collection and
exploitation of all signals pertaining to operations testing of the system. How do we
reliably, repeatably, and accurately collect and exploit all signals.

SOFTWARE/FIRMWARE ADVANCED REVERSE ENGINEERING TOOLS
Modern weapons systems incorporate sophisticated electronics with kilobytes of software
code and multiple complex programmable devices that pre-process signals used in the
code. How do we reliable, repeatably, and accurately collect and exploit software, circuit
boards, and complex programmable devices?

DIGITAL MODERNIZATION
Weapon technical ntelligence requires S&TI data, data analytics to include AI/ML, threat
system and integrated system-of-systems modeling and simulation across multiple
environments and classifications. How do we modernize our digital engineering (data
and M&S) intelligence to ensure consistency across products, on-time impact, and
accuracy?

ADVANCED SENSOR EXPLOITATION
Reliable electro-optical Imaging Infrared (IIR) technology in smaller form factors is
becoming more available for weapon developers. Missile Guidance, Navigation, and
Control (GNC) systems are more and more sophisticated. How do we reliably,
repeatably, and accurately exploit IIR seekers and missile GNC systems?

NEXT GENERATION RF EXPLOITATION
Modern weapons systems use multifaceted radar systems with phased arrays, complex
digital signals, increased detection range, target acquisition, and tracking capabilities, and
anti-jamming potential. How do we reliably, repeatably, and accurately exploit RF
radar/sensor capabilities and vulnerabilities across multiple frequencies and
configuarations.

It is requested that interested and qualified sources respond with a two-page White Paper
using the provided MSIC White Paper format.

6. ANTICIPATED ACQUISITION MILESTONES

Should the Government decide to pursue a contract(s), it will be subject to the availability
funding.

7. SUBMITTAL INSTRUCTIONS

a. All White Papers in response to this RFI are to be received no later than 6 June

2022 at 1600CST. To aid the Government review, submissions are limited to no
more than two pages. Coversheet provided in the format does not count against two
page limit. Pages shall be single-spaced. A page is defined as each face of a 8-1/2 x

11 inch sheet. Type size shall be a 11-point proportional font. Briefings and/or
briefing charts in lieu of written responses are not desired. Respondents should
provide their responses in either hardcopy or softcopy form. Pages shall be printed
on one side only. Do not email classified information. It is in the interest of
each vendor to confirm response was received before the submission period
closes. If you do not receive a confirmation it is likely we did not receive your
response. Any responses submitted after the submission period closes will not
be reviewed.

b. White papers will only be evaluated on the basis of what appears on one side of

each sheet of paper. Pages exceeding the page limitations set forth will not be read
or evaluated.

c. This notice is for information and planning purpose only and does not commit the

Government to any contractual agreement. This is not a request for proposal. The
Government does not intend to award a contract based on responses under this
announcement nor otherwise pay for preparing any information sent for the
Government use. Any proprietary information should be so marked.

d. Email UNCLASSIFIED responses to ~dia_msic_industry_day@dodiis.mil .

8. PHASE 2 ORAL PRESENTATION SELECTION CRITERIA

The Government will review White Papers using the below selection criteria and the top
vendors that meet the selection criteria will be invited to participate in Phase 2 Oral
Presentations/discussions. Vendors not selected for Phase 2 are encouraged to monitor
Needipedia for other opportunities within DIA.

SOLUTION ARTICULATION: Is the solution or capability clearly and succinctly
articulated? Has the solution or capability been shown to be relevant to one of MSIC’s
problem areas?

TECHNICAL APPROACH: Is the technical approach to the problem reasonable and
built on sound scientific and engineering principles as applied to MSIC problem sets?
Describe similar problem set that the capabilities are being used to satisfy and describe
the similarities of these use cases to the MSIC problem sets. Describe complexity of
problem, timeliness of analysis, confidence of results and any other technical metric to
assess applicability of approach.

Enabling technologies/Logistics: Description of external reliance (including
technologies, infrastructure, and software) required to use capability, method, or
technique. Stand alone system, communications needs, open source code libraries,
minimum training, operating system for software, footprint, power requirements,
environmental conditioning, etc. Specifically address open vs closed (stand alone)
system requirements.

Perceived Benefits: Explicitly describe the expected benefits of proposed technical
capability, method, or techntique to the MSIC problem sets. Address efficiency
improv