The General Services Administration (GSA) is conducting market research to determine potential sources technically capable and qualified to provide Test and Evaluation (T&E) tasks in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR)/ Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) related-technologies.
The effort supports a wide-range of federal organizations, including Edgewood Chemical and Biological Command (ECBC), which has an immediate need for support to quickly transition C5ISR and CBRNE sensor technologies from research to practical application for immediate use by conventional DoD and SOF.
These services will enable the Government to bridge the gap between research and practical application so that appropriate devices or technologies can quickly be incorporated into equipment or systems employed by ECBC and other US government entities.
The goal of this program is to revolutionize sensitive site exploitation tasks by introducing a new form of automation. Existing sensitive site assessment/exploitation relies on systems with limited mobility, dexterity, or autonomy. In the case of today’s challenges and conflicts, the military is relying more and more on robotics to perform tasks previously performed by Warfighter’s. This has the advantage of removing the Warfighter from danger while accomplishing the mission.
To further the cause of removing the Warfighter from danger, a new generation of robotic systems is sought that can provide even more function and more accurately project the presence of the human in austere, contested or human denied environments. To this end, a fully capable system with the ability to move across diverse terrain (water, ice, snow, sand, rocks, etc.) with the capability of tele-operation or fully autonomous operation, advanced intuitive interfaces, and the ability to perform exploitation tasks on target is desired.
Further details are available via Solicitation Number: ID08160027. The response deadline is April 08, 2016.