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Innovative Technology to Automatically Build/Update Required Acquisition Milestone Documentation

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OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Trusted AI and Autonomy; Advanced Computing and Software OBJECTIVE: This is a Department of the Air Force (DAF) Special Topic in partnership with AFLCMC/WLZ. This topic is seeking technologies for transition into the United States Air Force. Primary objectives of this topic include exploring innovative technologies applicable to both defense and non-defense markets, scaling capability, and growing the industrial base for defense. This topic is intended to reach companies capable of completing a feasibility study and prototype-validated concepts under accelerated Phase I and II schedules. This topic is aimed at applied research and development efforts rather than “front-end”; or basic R/R&D. The end state of this project would be a web-hosted/cloud database that provides users automated consolidation of program deliverables to meet DoDD 5000.01 directives for reports/plans that support milestone requirements (entrance/exit approvals) DoDD 5000.1 series provides the framework for acquiring systems. This framework includes a series of technical reviews including but not limited to System Requirements Review (SRR), System Design Review (SDR), Software Specification Review (SSR), Preliminary Design Review (PDR), and Critical Design Review (CDR) among others. Historically, documents such as MIL-STD-1521, Technical Reviews and Audits for Systems, Equipment, and Computer Software, or the United States Air Force Weapon Systems Soft and applicable required domains. This database should be cloud-deployed on relevant networks meeting DoDD cyber requirements. System will use contractor approved systems for this effort that can to be transferred to DoD/USAF standards upon completion for USG demonstration and use . This capability will provide real time dissemination of technical information supporting an acquisitions strategy plan by organizing, building and validating DoDD 5000.1 directives for milestone entrance and exit objectives. Updates will generate notification to assigned POC’s and identify changes made and require linkage to updated documentation. DESCRIPTION: The USAF acquisition process is heavy on regulatory requirements and documentation from a variety of technical expertise, functional areas, outside organizations and higher levels of leadership. AF programs have critical/technical reports and plans that have to be developed, approved and executed to produce, sustain and dispose of all acquisition assets. These regulatory documents/plans ingest numerous amount of data from a multitude of reports delivered in divergent formats and requirements. The USAF is looking for a digital system that can disseminate, organize and provide connection of data required from contractually deliveries to build reports, executed milestone activates and provide health assessment for entire programs. Additionally, this effort is to provide linkage between the reports/plans to enhance accuracy, timeliness and real-time updates to provide a true living document. Lastly, this effort should provide linkage between functional area reports/plans to minimize risk by maximizing accuracy of data from functional areas being reviewed to maintain an executable program. PHASE I: This topic is Direct-to-Phase II for technology that is proven to be ready to meet the objectives within Phase II. As such, Phase I awards will not be made for this topic. Successful proposals will have documented detailed enough to demonstrate ability to meet objective within Phase II. The applicant is required to provide detail and documentation in the Direct to Phase II; effort, including a feasibility study, similar sample articles and customer feedback. This will include determining value and feasibility of functionality appearing to have both governmental commercial utility. It will be validated to meet the objective in Phase II between the proposed solution and a potential needs of Air Force and/or DoD stakeholder. The applicant should be able to present a feasible plan, utilizing known resources to meet and execute predetermined reports/plans as a sampling of the potential impact to meet the customer and end-users needs. The feasibility study should have; 1. Clearly identified the potential reports/plans of the adapted solution for meeting the Air Force and/or DoD need(s). 2. Described the conduit to integrating with 5000.1 milestone required documentation, to include how the applicant plans to accomplish development, regulatory processes, and integrate with other relevant systems and/or processes to build reports/plan to meet user needs. 3. Described if and how the solution can be used by other DoD or Governmental customers. PHASE II: Determine the possibility of a digital/technical approach and feasibility of ideas thought to have potential to process build/link required Milestone Acquisition reports/plans. Moreover, validate the probability to propose a solution to the USAF military/non-military stakeholders. This viability study should 1. Identify all stakeholders and required documentation to build identified reports/plans to meet Milestone entrance requirements. 2. Provide linkage to governing requirement, quick access linkage to documentation, organize in predetermined format and provide notification of missing/conflicting documentation missing data. 3. Store and update reports/plans as required to include notification of new or rescinded information supporting reports/plans. 4. Describe if and how the solution can be used by other DoD or Governmental customers.5. Reduce time required to build, validate, maintain and coordinate approvals. Example; Pulling data from contractual deliveries documentation to build a single report/plan for a Life Cycle Sustainment Plan that meets entrance/exit criteria as spelled out in DoDD 5000.1. Example Commercial application; System could be used to submit required documents that meet DoD formatting to minimize reformatting while meeting DODD 5000.1 required objectives. PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Continue RDT&E to develop, install, integrate, demonstrate, and/or test and evaluate the prototype system(s) determined to be the most feasible solution during the Phase I feasibility study. These activities should focus specifically on; 1. Evaluating the adapted solution against the objectives and measurable key results defined in the Phase I feasibility study. 2. Describing in detail how the solution differs from the non-defense commercial offering to solve the Air Force or Space Force need and how it can be modified for scale. 3. The solution's clear transition path including consideration of all affected stakeholders' inputs. This would include, but not be limited to, end users, engineering, sustainment, contracting, finance, legal, and cyber security. 4. Providing specific details about the solution's integration with other current and future solutions. 5. Explaining the solution's sustainability, i.e., supportability. 6. Identifying other DoD or Governmental customers interested in the solution. REFERENCES: 1. 1. LCSP Template; https;//www.dau.edu/tools/Lists/DAUTools/Attachments/12/LCSP%20Plan%20Outline%20Version%202.0%20-%2019%20Jan%202017.pdf; 2. ACQUISITION STRATEGY; Template; https;//ac.cto.mil/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/PDUSD-Approved-TDS_AS_Outline-04-20-2011.pdf; 3. Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management; https;//www.dau.edu/tools/Lists/DAUTools/Attachments/140/RIO-Guide-January2017.pdf; 4. DoDD 5000.01; https;//www.esd.whs.mil/Directives/issuances/dodd KEYWORDS: Acquisition; Milestone; Automation; Digital; Artificial Intelligence
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