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Reverse Engineering Technical Data Packages for Development of Alternate Sources of Supply for DLA Nuclear Enterprise Support Office (NESO) NSN: 4810-01-269-4808


TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Ground Sea, Materials, Nuclear 

OBJECTIVE: Improve product availability and increase competition through the development of Source Approval Requests (SAR) by small business manufacturers for National Stock Numbers (NSNs) with government provided technical data or through the Reverse Engineering (RE) of a technical data package. If DLA has adequate technical data available, the small business manufacturer will utilize the technical data to develop a SAR package. If the technical data is not available or inadequate, the small business will conduct relevant research and reverse engineering resulting in the development of the technical data package (TDP) as well as a SAR. The intent is that the participating small business manufacturer, once the SAR package is approved by the ESA, will be responsive to future solicitations as well as participate in the development of additional SARs for technically related NSNs. 

DESCRIPTION: The DLA Nuclear Enterprise Support Office (NESO) was established to position the Agency to be fully responsive to the needs of the United States Air Force and U.S. Navy nuclear communities. The sole mission of the office is to synchronize DLA’s enterprise wide support to the nuclear enterprise and engage strategically with DLA customers. Through partnerships with the small business industrial base, DLA will augment existing sources of supply to enhance life-cycle performance, product availability, competitive pricing as well as ensure effective logistics support to the nuclear enterprise. This program is restricted to DLA managed NESO items where sources of supply are scarce and is in use to incentivize small business participation to address specific weapon system requirements as well as provide small manufacturers the opportunity to build a mutually beneficial relationship with DLA. A SAR package is an assembly of information required of a prospective new supplier of a Critical/Weapon System Item (NSN). A SAR package contains all technical data needed to demonstrate that the prospective contractor can competently manufacture the Critical/Weapon System Item to the same level of quality or better than the system prime contractor, major subsystem contractor, or initial Approved Source (OEM). There are SAR Guides with templates and charts that explain the process. The guide, charts, checklists, and templates can be found via the internet at the referenced link 1. Specific parts may require minor deviations in the process dependent on the Engineering Support Activity (ESA) requirements. Those deviations will be addressed post award. Participating small businesses must have a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code and be Joint Certification Program (JCP) certified in order to access technical data if available. Refer to “link 2” below for further information on JCP certification. Additionally, small businesses will need to create a DLA’s Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS) account to view all data and requirements in C Folders. Refer to “links 3 and 4” below for further information on DIBBS and C Folders. All available documents and drawings are located in the C Folder location “SBIR_NESO_NSNS”. If the data is incomplete, or not available, the effort will require reverse engineering. 

PHASE I: The innovation research goals of Phase I are to provide small business manufacturers an opportunity to qualify as an Approved Source for one or more of the NSNs specifically identified in this BAA. In this phase, manufacturers will request SAR approval from the applicable Engineering Support Activity (ESA) and will submit a Gantt chart detailing the steps and timing to complete the TDP and SAR, and to begin Low Rate Production of the NSN(s). In addition, it is encouraged that manufacturers and engineers consider innovation opportunities for the identified component for the potential for cost reduction, extended lifecycle, and improvement of the performance of the component. The culmination of this research will provide the basis for the business case to be included in the final report. The NESO team selected the list of items and associated details to address the needs of the Nuclear Enterprise to sustain critical weapons systems as described below. Proposals may include all or a subset of the NSNs listed below. Multiple proposals may be submitted for this topic providing that the proposals address unique NSNs. Proposal costs should be generated based on the level of effort and not the maximum available dollars to be competitive. NSN: 4810-01-269-4808 Part Name: PISTON,VALVE DLA Supply Chain: Maritime Part Description: PISTON,VALVE P/N: 6105170 Estimated annual order volume and price: 36 per year at $25.98ea Whether or not drawings are available to be uploaded to C-Folders on DIBBS. Yes 

PHASE II: Based on the results achieved in Phase I, DLA NESO will decide whether to continue the effort based on the technical progress, potential for authorization to participate as an Approved Source, and feasibility of the manufacturer’s business case. The goal of Phase II is to obtain authorization to participate as an Approved Source, conduct product qualification, and test as appropriate, and achieve Low Rate Production for the specific NSN in future procurements. If the part identified is already in production as a result of Phase I, the Phase II may be used to create additional manufacturing capacity to meet demand and/or pursue SARs for other DLA managed items. 

PHASE III: PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: At this point, no specific funding is associated with Phase III. Progress made in PHASE I and PHASE II should result in the manufacturer’s qualification as an approved source of supply enabling participation in DLA procurements. COMMERCIALIZATION: The manufacturer will pursue commercialization of the various technologies and processes developed in prior phases through participation in future DLA procurements for items identified with this BAA. 


1: DLA Land & Maritime SAR Package and Reverse Engineering Guidance:

2:  JCP Certification:

3:  Access the web address for DIBBS at

4:  Log into c-Folders. ...query solicitation "SBIR_NESO_NSNS"



Blaine Korreckt 

(614) 692-3590 

Dan Sommer 

(614) 692-5124 

Denise Price 

(571) 767-0111 

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