The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) has issued a draft Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for various Research and Development related requirements.

Topics of interest to the CBRNE community include:

Chemical Sampler for COTS Systems

Design and develop a small, low-cost or disposable sampler, containment vessel, and/or adapter to be used in sampling of broad spectrum chemical residues on operational surfaces

Combination Unit Respirator Automatic Detection and Switching Mechanism

Develop an integrated lightweight inhalation hazard detection system capable of signaling a Combination Unit Respirator (CUR) switching-mechanism to change operating modes of a CUR between filtered air and supplied air.

Wearable Chemical Sensing Platform

Develop a low-cost, detect-to-warn detector for immediate protective actions. It must rapidly distinguish and alert on aerosol and vapor chemical hazard, Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) hazards, or enriched or deficient oxygen levels from background.

Interactive Chemical Exposure and Trauma Mannequin

Develop a ruggedized, low maintenance mannequin for practical medical skills training related to traumatic injuries and chemical exposure.

Confined Space Self Contained Breathing Apparatus

Develop a low-profile tactical SCBA to allow for working in confined spaces, tunnels, and similar access denied environments while providing high quality breathing air.

High Sensitivity Explosive Trace Detector

Develop an explosive trace detector with a limit of detection less than ten picograms for military and common homemade explosives. The system must also have enhanced selectively to maintain a false alarms rate of less than two percent.

HME Trace Detector with a Non-Radioactive Ionization Source

Develop an analytically sound, handheld explosives detector that utilizes a non-radioactive ionization source to detect particulate inorganic HME threats (< 1 µg) with a 90% detection rate and no greater than a 5% false alarm rate, while retaining the ability to detect particulate commercial and military threats at trace levels. The system must be capable of detecting nitrates and chlorates; perchlorates and permanganates are desirable.

Bomb Suit Heads Up Display

Develop a heads up display (HUD) capability for the bomb suit helmet. The HUD must have the ability to be turned on and off on command (e.g., manually or by voice command), display information about the bomb suit (battery life, fan speed, etc.) as well as air consumption.

Multi-Fit Inflatable Bomb Suit Helmet Liner

Design, develop and fabricate a Multi-fit Helmet Liner System based on the following details: The Multi-fit Helmet Liner system shall have the ability to be quickly installed within the EOD helmet, and be adjustable, allowing an operator to optimize fit of the EOD helmet in a deployed setting, with minimal support equipment.

X-Ray Imaging System

Develop a 3D X-ray imaging system to interrogate suspected improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and identify critical component locations prior to disruption of the IED. The system shall be one-man portable and able to be deployed robotically. The 3D X-ray capability should provide true 3D images with detail comparable or superior to current 2D systems.

ECM Coverage Verification Device

Develop a personal ECM Verification system that will be worn by EOD personnel during counter-IED missions. The verification module must work with existing EOD ECM systems.

Pyrotechnic Treatment Mobile Unit

Develop an EPA approved mobile treatment/destruction system for pyrotechnic materials in bulk quantities. Substances produced as a result of treatment or destruction of pyrotechnics should be inert and should not present environmental or health hazards, either during the operation or after completion.

Forensic Acquisition Tool for Cloud-Based Data

Design and develop a forensically validated software tool and related procedures that collect and store digital data, information, and evidence in cloud-based containers and services. The collected information must be stored in a format compatible with existing digital forensics image formats and contain the information collection metadata consistent with digital forensics case documentation best practices.

Wireless Health Monitor

Develop the ability to remotely monitor the health status of incident responders. Sensors shall be designed for emplacement without removing clothing and capture the responder’s heart rate and temperature. Sensors shall operate for four to six hours without operator intervention, and shall be reusable. Lifetime requirements for sensors are directly proportional to costs.

Vehicle Intrusion Detection

Develop a vehicle intrusion detection system that can be rapidly and repeatedly installed with no resulting vehicle damage. Target vehicles include SUVs and box trucks. Couriers moving controlled materials between government facilities and mission personnel typically travel independently. This places the courier and the controlled materials at high risk of being targeted. Currently the only status communications come directly from the courier, leaving command center personnel unaware if the courier has been captured or injured and/or the controlled materials compromised.

Air Employable Micro Weather Sensor System (AEMWSS)

Special Operations Forces (SOF) have an urgent need for an Air Employable Micro Weather Sensor System (AEMWSS) that automatically collects environmental data while simultaneously transmitting data to the Iridium constellation, overhead aircraft, and ground-based forces. This capability allows operators and command and control (C2) elements to receive sensed weather elements and formulate aviation reports automatically in deep battlespace or denied areas.

Surveillance Detection Training Support Package

Analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate an instructor-led surveillance detection training support package for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and critical infrastructure owners and operators domestically and abroad.

Further details are available via Solicitation Number: 16-Q-XXXX (Draft BAA). The deadline for the official BAA, when released, is March 18, 2016.

Vehicle Mounted Radiation Detection Systems

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Superfund Hazardous Substance R&D

Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training