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Engaging the Manufacturing Industrial Base in Support of DLA’s Critical Supply Chains


TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Materials, Nuclear, Weapons, Air Platform

OBJECTIVE: Build Small Business Manufacturer (SBM) base qualified and ready to improve DLA product availability, provide competition for reduced lead time and cost, and address lifecycle performance issues. Through participation in DLA SBIR, SBMs will have an opportunity to collaborate with DLA Weapons System Program Managers (WSPMs) and our customer Engineering Support Activities (ESAs) to develop innovative solutions to DLA’s most critical supply chain requirements.The intent of the topic is to develop SBMs who will economically produce NSNs with historically low demand utilizing innovative technologies resulting in reduced lead time and cost with enhanced life cycle performance.In the end, the SBM benefits from the experience by qualifying as a source of supply as well as from the business relationships and experience to further expand their product lines and readiness to fulfill DLA procurement requirements.

DESCRIPTION: Competitive applicants will have reviewed the parts list provided on DLA Small Business Innovation Program (SBIP) site, (Reference 4) as well as the technical data in the cFolders of DLA DiBBs, (Reference 3).Proposals can evolve in one of four ways depending on the availability of technical data and NSNs for reverse engineering as follows.Information on competitive status, RPPOB, and tech data availability will be provided on the website, Reference 4: a. Fully Competitive (1G) NSNs where a full technical data package is available in cFolders.The SBM proposal should reflect timeline, statement of work and costs associated with the manufacturing and qualification of a representative article.b. Other than 1G NSNs where a full Technical Data Package (TDP) is available in cFolders.The SBM proposal should reflect timeline, statement of work, and costs associated with producing a Source Approval Request (SAR).The scope and procedures associated with development of a SAR package are provided in Reference 1.c. Repair Parts Purchase or Borrow (RPPOB) is for other than 1G NSNs where partial or no technical data is available in cFolders.NSNs can be procured or borrowed through this program for the purposes of reverse engineering.The instructions for RPPOB can be found on the websites, Reference 5.The SBM proposal should reflect timeline, statement of work and costs associated with the procuring the part and reverse engineering of the NSN.Depending on complexity, producing both the TDP and SAR package may be included in Phase I.d. Reverse Engineering (RE) without RPPOB is when the NSN will be provided as Government Furnished Material (GFM) if available from the ESA or one of our Service customers.In this case, contact the TPOC to discuss the availability of the NSN prior to starting the proposal.The SBM proposal should reflect timeline, statement of work and costs associated with the reverse engineering of the NSN and depending on complexity producing a TDP and SAR package in Phase I.Specific parts may require minor deviations in the process dependent on the Engineering Support Activity (ESA) preferences and requirements.Those deviations will be addressed post award.Participating small businesses must have an organic manufacturing capability and 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 “SBIR202A”.If the data is incomplete, or not available, the effort will require reverse engineering.

PHASE I: The goal of phase I is for the SBM to qualify as a source of supply for DLA NSNs to improve DLA product availability, provide competition for reduced lead time and cost, and address lifecycle performance issues.In this phase, manufacturers will request TDP/SAR approval from the applicable Engineering Support Activity (ESA), if required, for the NSNs.At the Post Award Conference, the awardee will have the opportunity to collaborate with program, weapon system, and/or engineering experts on the technical execution and statement of work provided in their proposal.There are exceptions for more complex parts and the proposal should provide the rationale.ITAR: The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services.Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 5.4.c.(8) of the Announcement.JOINT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM (JCP):Applicants will be required to obtain JCP Certification in order to view technical data.The lead time to complete JCP certification may be significant.Do this first if you do not already have a JCP certificate.MULTIPLE NATIONAL STOCK NUMBERS (NSNs) PER PROPOSAL: Applicant may submit multiple NSNs on an individual proposal.However, do not combine multiple parts on the same proposal from multiple weapon systems.The information on NSNs and corresponding weapons system can be found DLA Small Business Innovation Program (SBIP) site link, Reference 4.PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: The phase one period of performance is not to exceed 9 months.However, the project schedule should plan to complete the TDP and SAR in the first six months.The last three months needs to be reserved for lead time for TDP and SAR approval and or representative article manufacturing and qualification.PRE-RELEASE COMMUNICATION: During the pre-release period (6 May 2020 – 3 June 2020) it is highly recommended that applicants communicate with the Technical Points of Contacts (TPOCs) provided in this topic.Best method of scheduling the dialogue is via e-mail.PROJECT COST: Not to eceed $100k without TPOC Approval.Discuss during Pre-Release periodTABA: TABA in not authorized for this topic.

PHASE II: Phase II – 24 Months $1.6MThe Phase II proposal is optional for the Phase I awardee.Phase II selections are based on Phase I performance, SBM innovation and engineering capability and the availability of appropriate requirements.Typically t goal of Phase II is to expand the number of NSNs and/or to build capability to expand capacity to better fulfill DLA requirements.....

PHASE III: 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 future DLA procurement actions.Phase III for this project is defined by relevant procurement awards.COMMERCIALIZATION: The SBM will pursue commercialization of the various technologies and processes developed in prior phases through participation in future DLA procurement actions on items identified but not limited to this BAA.

KEYWORDS: Nuclear Enterprise Support (NESO), Source Approval, Reverse Engineering


1. DLA Aviation SAR Package instructions.DLA Small Business Resources: JCP Certification: Access the web address for DIBBS at , then select the “Tech Data” Tab and Log into c-Folders.This requires an additional password.Filter for solicitation “SBIR202A”4. DLA Small Business Innovation Programs web site: DLA Aviation Repair Parts Purchase or Borrow (RPPOB) Program:

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