Special Operations Forces Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction OTA

SOF CWMD OTA ConsortiumThe U.S. Army has released a competitive solicitation to establish an agreement with a single new or established consortium to develop and mature technologies which support Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD).

The consortium for this OTA should have the full breadth, depth, ability, and expertise to support high-level technologies as they relate to CWMD in the following domains: Counter-Proliferation Technologies and Capabilities; Defensive Operations; Hazard Mitigation; Threat Protection; Experimentation and Innovation; and Emerging Technologies.

In conjunction with government advisors, the consortium will perform prototype projects from development and execution of the Materiel Development Decision (MDD) through the Materiel Solution Analysis (MSA) Phase, Technical Maturation/Risk Reduction (TMRR) Phase, Engineering and Manufacturing Phase (EMD) as well as the award of potential follow-on Production and Deployment contracts and instruments (including both Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) and Full Rate Production (FRP)).

Possible requirements include development or enhancement of:

  • Hand-held, rapid biological detection and identification capability for special operating forces in support of sensitive site exploitation (SSE) missions and for identification during offensive and direct action missions.
  • Safe, robust, sample collection capability for use by special operating forces, technical support working groups and crisis response forces operating in support of SSE missions.
  • Sensor systems that can perform non-intrusive detection and identification of chemical warfare agents and other threat materials.
  • Procedures and methods to work more closely with civil support teams and all components of the armed forces to equip them with capabilities to protect against WMD threats.
  • Medical countermeasures to vaccinate and protect the Warfighter from potential exposures to WMD threats.
  • System or system of systems that can be used to neutralize and dispose of bulk WMD threats.
  • Capability for protecting the interior of critical airlift assets from cross-contamination by chemical and biological contaminated personnel and equipment under transport.
  • Safe, suitable and effective self-contained breathing apparatus that supports special operating forces specific requirements for the execution of CWMD missions.
  • Integrated set of detection, identification, situational awareness, and decision support capabilities that have the ability to support a Commander’s decision-making process in real-time.
  • Capability that allows the utilization of global defense laboratories to compress the time between the discovery, detection, or encounter of a WMD threat to a decision for combating and addressing the threat.
  • New or innovative approaches to advance engineering development. Related areas of interest include autonomy, analytics, decision-support capabilities, biotechnology, early warning, and material science.

Further details are available via Solicitation Number: W15QKN-17-R-0AV2. The response deadline is Sep 04, 2017 11:59 pm Eastern.

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