CSEL NGSR Industry Day Jan22 Announcement NGSR.pdf


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CSEL NGSR Virtual Industry Day: Next Generation Survival Radio

The Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) Joint Program Office (JPO) will host a virtual Industry
Day 18-19 January 2022. The two-day event will support market research for a Government-
owned Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) solution (18 Jan), and a Next Generation Survival Radio that
utilizes Government-owned BLOS (19 Jan). This Industry Day will address the scope of the effort;
utilization of Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) for two-way Short Burst Data; and potential
acquisition strategies.

The CSEL Next Generation solution seeks innovative and modernized solutions to meet all Key
Performance Parameters (KPP) found in the Operational Requirements Document (ORD) (29 Feb
2000). The program office will assess interest in potential vendors for downselect opportunities
and partnering of traditional and non-traditional developers to develop and field a hand-held,
software-defined, communication device. Note, the hand-held device will integrate into a BLOS
Short Burst Data solution.

The JPO will pursue an HHR replacement with improved battery life, COMSEC options, reduced
Size Weight and Power (SWaP), auto-activation, increased automation, and positioning locating.
The overarching goal is to improve ease of training, reduce human error, and increase ease of
use, making the replacement intuitive for the modern warfighter. The CSEL Next Generation
solution should maximize the user experience in training, maintenance, security, and
configuration management. The device should utilize human systems integration (HSI) and
human factors engineering methods. HSI and human factors should exploit the user's intuitive
muscle memory through smart-like device applications, minimize form, fit factors that impact
user agility, decrease human error inputs, and enhance ease of use. Vendors should be able to
provide system(s) for testing Next Generation Survival Radios (NGSRs). Software simulation and
hardware testing should be utilized to account for a BLOS solution that has not been defined
other than using MUOS as a data transport mechanism.

The CSEL Next Generation solution effort will not rely on the existing legacy CSEL infrastructure.
Terminal Area Communication (TAC) and Terminal Area Guidance (TAG) are required unless a
viable alternative is presented, demonstrating capability with no hardware modification to the
current CSAR aircraft/fleet. The CSEL hand-held solutions must maintain Government
configuration control.

The CSEL JPO seeks cost, schedule, and performance data points to inform key decision making.
The program office will not provide defense agency support until the CSEL Next Generation
solutions are adequately funded. Limited resourcing will challenge respondents to modernize,
evolve, and replace legacy capabilities in a timely manner to achieve National and Defense
strategic objectives. All cost, schedule, and performance inputs should capture Engineering,
Manufacturing & Development; Production & Deployment; and Operations & Support phases.
The hand-held development effort should target an affordable and effective solution over the
lifecycle, while adhering to guidelines in previous RFIs.


All CSEL Next Generation solutions will meet MIL-STD-188, and the KPPs found in the CSEL ORD.
Access to the ORD will require DD Form 2345, Militarily Critical Technical Data Agreement. Please
return certified DD Form 2345 to:

Ryan Kashanipour,
Wendy Farley,

Industry Day Event Details

Industry day check-in begins at 0730MT for registered personnel. Opening remarks and program
review will begin at 0830 MT for those parties who have submitted and received confirmation of
their registration form. Companies or personnel who have not received registration
confirmation prior to the start time will not be permitted to attend.

The general audience session and one-on-one discussions will be at the unclassified level. One-
on-one sessions may be requested by interested potential prime contractor offerors only.

Not attending one or both Industry Days does not preclude participation in any potential
Request for Proposal (RFP). Small Businesses are encouraged to attend. A small business
presence will help the CSEL JPO determine possible competition levels and establish a basis for
developing potential subcontract planning goals. If your company can meet some but not all of
the requirements stated in the Operational Requirements Document, please provide a response
detailing the requirements you are capable of meeting. Your response will allow an assessment
of possible and practicable future acquisition strategies

This Industry Day Notice is issued solely for information and planning purposes and all
information provided is subject to change. It does not constitute a solicitation (Request for
Proposal or Request for Quotations) or a promise to issue a solicitation in the future. This
Industry Day Notice does not commit the USAF to contract for any supply or service,
whatsoever. The USAF is not seeking proposals, at this time. Responders are advised that the
USAF will not pay for any information or administrative costs incurred in response to this
Industry Day Notice. The Government will not assume liability for costs incurred by any attendee
for travel expenses or marketing efforts. All costs associated with responding to this Industry
Day Notice will be solely at the responding party's expense.

Interested participants must complete and submit the Industry Day Registration Form via email
to PK no later than 1600 MT, 11 January 2022. Exceptions will not be made for late registration.
The program office will confirm your registrations via email, along with link to Virtual Industry
Day, agenda, and one-on-one meeting times; registration confirmation will be emailed no later
than 13 January 2022.

Proposed Agenda (All times Mountain Time)
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

0730 0815 Registration
0830 1030 Opening Remarks, Program Office Presentations
1030 1130 Break
1130 1230 Discussion
1245 1545 One-on-One sessions (20 min sessions)