PROTECT Industry Day Q&As.pdf


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Jan. 15, 2020, 2:14 p.m.



PROTECT Industry Day Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is the government’s estimate for the value of the contract? Currently projected at $2-3M per year over 5 years. 2. Will this contract be a Small Business Set-aside? No decision has been made yet, however, it is the government’s intent to make this decision as soon as possible following additional market research and a sources sought synopsis. 3. Will other NAICS codes be considered? The government is evaluating other NAICS codes and will decide as part of the market research process. 4. Why is the focus of the lab for services rather than R&D? The work will not contain many future research initiatives; rather the lab is intended to explore and validate existing and future Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) threats. The objective is to test in a repeatable, regimented environment with full documentation, at times testing for score. 5. Will other organizations be allowed to test in the lab? We will consider allowing other services/organizations to test, assuming the work is relevant to the mission of the lab and the schedule permits. 6. How many engineers and technicians do you envision running the lab? The government’s interest is in the quality of technical PNT work performed in the lab and less on the number of engineers/technicians filling seats. Security personnel should have extensive experience in all classification levels to include Special Access Programs. The IT personnel should be qualified for SSO/SSR & ISSO. 7. How will Organization Conflicts of Interest (OCI) be handled? The government recognizes that OCI will be a concern. We are working through options but expect, at a minimum, Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) will be required for all major players entering the lab to test equipment. The government will comply with the requirements of FAR Subpart 9.5 and AFFARS Subpart 5309.5. 8. Can you explain a typical scenario and the work to be accomplished in the lab? A typical test may consist of a performance assessment of an Air Force aircraft or weapon’s navigation suite in a future NAVWAR threat scenario. For such a test, necessary tasks might include:  Implementing a simulated “truth” signal, using a GNSS simulator, that defines a path through a NAVWAR environment for the GPS receiver or Embedded GPS/INS (EGI) under test  Providing simulated inertial inputs to an EGI to drive a response from an EGI’s blended solution  Building the test scenario by incorporating a variety of NAVWAR threat signals into the simulation  Interfacing the unit under test to the Lab’s FANG wavefront simulator  Integrating an Anti-Jam (AJ) Antenna Electronics (AE) with the unit under test and with the FANG  Implementing an antenna model and/or an aircraft body masking model with FANG, in order to simulate antenna performance and body masking effects  Integrating a mission computer test bench downstream from the navigation unit under test  Executing the test and any necessary extensions or deviations, collecting data from the unit under test, generating plots, and writing test reports  Using test results to build models of platforms or Nav subsystems to then be used in GIANT or other, similar Modeling & Simulation (M&S) programs Also, see references to previous published work at the 2018 and 2019 Institute of Navigation (ION) Joint Navigation Conferences (JNC). These citations can be used to illustrate for the PROTECT performer the kind of work that the contractor would be expected to do.  J. Neu, M. Gerberich, C. Ward, M. Haker, J. Ayinde, T. Burroughs, A. Ghazal, and P. Geraci. “Characterizing the PNT Assurance of USAF Aircraft Avionics.” Proc Joint Navigation Conf, Long Beach, CA, Jul 2018.  J. Neu, E. Swihart, M. Gerberich, M. Haker, C. Ward, J. Ritz, P. Geraci, and A. Gambardella. “Characterizing the Resilience of Flight Systems in a NAVWAR Environment.” Proc Joint Navigation Conf, Long Beach, CA, Jul 2019. 9. Will this work overlap with AFRL, the 746th Test Squadron, or other facilities? Requirements development (for platforms and LRUs), capability planning, predictive Modeling and Simulation (M&S), and NAVWAR risk assessments will all be core functions of the PROTECT lab. Some lab functions and facilities may be like activities elsewhere 10. How can I receive the PROTECT Industry Day presentation slides or a classified one-on-one meeting with AFLCMC/EZAC and AFLCMC Contracting? Request either or both from Joy Williams and Jenna Schieltz at and 11. Why wasn’t a staffing plan presented at the PROTECT Industry Day? The Government is pursuing acquisition of a service-based capability, not staffing. If a PROTECT RFP is released, offerors will be encouraged to propose innovative solutions for providing to the Government best value service capabilities to meet the PROTECT requirement. 12. Is the Government concerned about PROTECT contractor OCI issues? The Government is considering the use of specific contract clauses to limit the risk of OCI, including any OCI that could emerge post-award. The Government is committed to ensuring that the assessments and findings from the NWL are unbiased and do not result from any contractor exerting undue influence. The Government is committed to ensuring that DoD PNT subsystem equipment manufacturers will not object to sharing proprietary information with the PROTECT contractor at any time during the PROTECT contract period of performance. The Government is also concerned about awarding the PROTECT contract to any company that has an interest in the outcome of the results of assessments of one PNT subsystem or component versus another or in receiving purchase recommendations from a company that has an interest in the purchase of one test instrument versus another. The government will comply with the requirements of FAR Subpart 9.5 and AFFARS Subpart 5309.5. 13. Would the notional PROTECT contract be for R&D? No, the PROTECT opportunity would be for contracting a service in accordance with (IAW) AFI 63-138. Rigorous, operationally relevant assessments of the performance of PNT subsystems would be characterized in the NWL. EZA is interested in meeting specific, well-defined test objectives through the regimented execution of defined test procedures which use defined test processes and are well-documented to ensure test repeatability. This rigor is partially required to meet USAF verification, validation, and accreditation requirements IAW AFI 16-1001 and other instructions. AFRL continually offers a variety of PNT R&D contracting opportunities for companies interested in PNT R&D for the USAF. 14. Are any other CLINs being considered beyond those presented at the PROTECT Industry Day? Yes. An additional CLIN is being considered so the PROTECT contractor could provide surge support to PNT T&E. This would obviously trigger the need for additional NWL security and IT support. An additional separate CLIN is being considered for equipment and/or supply purchases. An additional separate CLIN is also being considered for travel support. 15. If surge support is required, is it possible that the NWL would need to be open outside of normal Government duty hours? Yes, though no more information is available currently. As stated in FAQ above, an additional CLIN is being considered and if included, the specified hours will be included in the PWS. 16. Will there be a key personnel requirement on this contract? That decision hasn’t yet been made. The Government is strongly considering use of key personnel requirements, especially to meet security and IT personnel qualification requirements imposed by the DoD, by the USAF, and by AFLCMC/EN-EZ Security. 17. Is the AFLCMC/EZA NAVWAR Lab (NWL) taking on work that is done today by other organizations or in other facilities? No, this is a new requirement. The NWL is envisioned to serve AFLCMC in requirements definition, capabilities planning, and both NAVWAR survivability assessment and PNT subsystem NAVWAR compliance IAW DoDI 4650.08. 18. Is there an incumbent contractor performing work to meet the PROTECT requirement today? No, this is a new requirement. The NWL hasn’t yet been constructed. NWL Initial Operational Capability (IOC) is projected to be May 2021. 19. If the NWL isn’t constructed yet, would the PROTECT contractor be responsible for managing secure vault or SCIF construction or the compliance of construction with security policy? No, the PROTECT contractor would not be responsible for any NWL security aspects until the facility is built, accredited, and NWL IOC has been reached. 20. Is the Government committed to the use of NAICS code 541380? No, other NAICS codes are being considered. A strong candidate code under consideration is 541330. 21. What systems would be tested in the NWL? At least PNT subsystems used onboard USAF aircraft, in USAF ground vehicles, or at fixed site locations managed by the USAF. The NWL may be equipped with other avionics subsystems which use PNT information as well, such as Control Display Units. The lab will be equipped before IOC to provide appropriate power sources for avionics subsystems. 22. Will the NWL be used to support meeting requirements of Government organizations external to AFLCMC/EZA? This is a strong possibility, but it would be on a non-interference basis and would be prioritized to ensure AFLCMC requirements are met first and foremost. 23. What is FANG? The Fieldable Antenna Wavefront Simulator (AWFS) Next Generation. FANG is manufactured by Northrop Grumman under contract with AFRL/RYWN. FANG interfaces with the Spirent GSS9790 to perform hardware-in-the-loop anti-jam antenna simulations. The Government has data rights to FANG. Two are being purchased by AFLCMC/EZAC for use in the NWL. 24. Will AFLCMC/EN-EZ Government employees use the NWL? Definitely. The PROTECT COR will be present regularly in the NWL to use the facility an… Show All