Request for Information FA8620-13-R-3012
USAF Imaging & Targeting Support (I&TS)
CONTRACTING OFFICE ADDRESS: Department of the Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Special Operations Forces (SOF) Directorate (AFLCMC/WI), ISR Sensors and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Division (AFLCMC/WIN) Contracting Offices 2640 Loop Road West, Rm 215, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7106, United States
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI): USAF Imaging & Targeting Support (I&TS)
Synopsis: AFLCMC/WIN manages the USAF Imaging & Targeting Support (I&TS) program supporting the Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Capabilities Working Group (GCWG). The GCWG manages and plans Air Force airborne GEOINT Capabilities Research, Development Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) investments. One of the key resources of the GCWG is the I&TS portfolio. The I&TS program identifies and provides limited funding to develop and demonstrate promising next-generation Air Force airborne GEOINT capabilities. A key focus of I&TS is on the airborne sensor phenomenologies which include Electro/Optical (EO), Infrared (IR), Spectral-Multispectral (MSI)/Hyperspectral (HSI), Ground Surveillance Radar (GSR), Full Motion Video (FMV) and Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR).
Purpose: In support of the I&TS program, AFLCMC/WIN is conducting market research across industry, academia and service/Government programs. The intent is to identify promising candidate programs/technology efforts with projected capabilities that may improve current and future Air Force airborne GEOINT sensors and end-to-end-functionality. Market research will help identify what research has been accomplished in the field of GEOINT, as well as technologies that currently exist or could be modified to fill a need. Although FY13 and FY14 funding is uncertain, I&TS managers are seeking 1 - 3 year projects that require funding of less than $1.5 million per year with Technology Readiness Level (TRL) between 4 and 6. AFLCMC/WIN seeks white papers and quad charts by 01 March 2013. All correspondence submitted will be protected and controlled as proprietary. After reviewing the submitted white papers, the Government may request technical exchanges and/or site surveys of respondents' facilities. This market research will potentially shape Air Force efforts in the FY15-24 timeframe. The Government anticipates the information received will be used to plan and program the required efforts to support airborne GEOINT objectives. I&TS candidates will be presented to the GCWG in the fall of 2013 for consideration.
The submitted white papers should identify potential candidate programs and technology efforts related to the development and demonstration of GEOINT sensors, associated on-board data algorithms and components supporting a functional end-to-end GEOINT architecture. Components may include: electronics, gimbals, cryogenics, diffraction gratings, focusing lenses, focal plan arrays, readout integrated circuits, atmospheric and temperature correction algorithms/techniques, airborne processing, interference filters, spectrometer, high resolution imagery subsystems, etc. Components do not need to be part of an existing sensor system; research and development of these components may be ongoing independent of a full system. However, the focus of I&TS is on airborne (or on-board) GEOINT capabilities.
Background: Candidate I&TS technologies may include persistent and/or wide area surveillance capabilities, on-board processing (vice ground processing) for multiple airborne platforms and sensor products to aid in rapid targeting (geolocation models, sensor-based exploitation tools, sensor networking capabilities). AFLC....