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


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


Build Small Business Manufacturer (SBM) base to address obsolecence and develop a qualified source of supply 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.


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

a. Fully Competitive (AMC/AMSC-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 (AMC/AMSC-1G) NSNs where a full Technical Data Package (TDP) is available in cFolders. These items may also require a qualification of a Representative Article. The SBM proposal should reflect timeline, statement of work, and costs associated with producing a Source Approval Request (SAR) and (if applicable) qualification of a Represetative Article. Contact the TPOC if necessary. The scope and procedures associated with development of a SAR package are provided in Reference 1.

c. Repair Parts Purchase or Borrow (RPPOB) may be an option for other than 1G NSNs where partial or no technical data is available in cFolders. NSNs, if available, may 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 "SBIR203C". If the data is incomplete, or not available, the effort will require reverse engineering.


  • Phase I: NTE 18 Months $250K- Base NTE $100K base 6 Months, - Option 1 NTE $100K 6 Months, - Option 2 NTE $50K base 6 Months
  • PHASE II: Phase II - NTE 24 Months $1.6M - Base 18 months, $1M Option 6 Months NTE $.6M


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. All Phase I Proposals should demonstrate an understanding of the NSN(s) and the general challenges involved in their manufacture. Proposals that fail to demonstrate knowledge of the part will be rejected.


The 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 the goal of Phase II is to expand the number of NSNs and/or to build capability to expand capacity to better fulfill DLA requirements.


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:

2. JCP Certification:

3. 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 "SBIR203C"

4. DLA Small Business Innovation Programs web site:

5. DLA Aviation Repair Parts Purchase or Borrow (RPPOB) Program:

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