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Weapons Pitch Day - Digital Engineering

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TECH FOCUS AREAS: Cybersecurity; Network Command, Control and Communications; Autonomy; Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning TECHNOLOGY AREAS: Ground Sea; Sensors; Electronics; Materials; Information Systems; Air Platform; Battlespace The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the proposed tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with section 5.4.c.(8) of the Announcement and within the AF Component-specific instructions. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws. Please direct questions to the Air Force SBIR/STTR Help Desk: usaf.team@afsbirsttr.us OBJECTIVE: The Armament Directorate is investigating concepts to employ emerging technologies faster. Implementation of digital engineering across the weapons enterprise will grow and accelerate the transition of advanced technologies. We seek digital solutions to utilize Weapons Open System Architecture (WOSA) at its maximum extent. Use of the Systems Modeling Language (SysML) is a critical enabler of WOSA and the catalyst for modular weapons. Process and network modeling ensure an early understanding of tactical, operational and strategic weapons system implications. The Directorate seeks the use of the Advanced Framework for Simulation, Integration and Modeling (AFSIM) tool for all integrated flight simulations, lethality validity models, autonomy implementations and collaborative weapons system effects. DESCRIPTION: The Armament Directorate is looking for the following technology concepts; -Network Collaborative Autonomous (NCA) UCI-based Cameo SysML Message Set Definition. Create standard SysML defined set of UCA messages. Coordinate with AFRL Golden Horde, Industry, tactical networking SMEs within AFLCMC/HN. -Long Range Kill Chain (LRKC) UCI-based Cameo SysML Message Set Definition. Create standard SysML defined set of LRKC messages. Coordinate with Industry, tactical networking SMEs within AFLCMC/HN, and SECAF OEI working group. -WOSA ICD Autonomy Domain Study. Assess and ascertain whether a new Autonomy Domain is needed within WOSA ICD. Create new WOSA ICD Autonomy Domain if needed and coordinate with key AFRL WOSA ICD SMEs, AFLCMC/EBZ WOSA ICD SMEs, and Industry as needed to define and evolve WOSA ICD standard. -NCA Networking Model. Create Cameo SysML defined model for use as a System of Systems (SoS) data network model, with associated NCA message sets, delivery latencies, error budget (e.g. bias and random jitter). Coordinate with AFRL WOSA ICD SMEs to ensure seamless integration with WOSA ICD and or to assess whether new WOSA ICD message sets are required for a new Autonomy Domain. Coordinate with AFLCMC/EBZ led working group of AFRL WOSA ICD SMEs, AFLCMC/EBZ WOSA ICD SMEs, and Industry partners on model definition. Execute a plan to produced multiple model iterations with review, discuss, coordinate, and improvement cycles within period of performance. The intent is a deliverable model with maturity that will serve as the foundational model for future AFRL, USAF weapons development, and USN weapons development programs. Will be provided to USAF M&S SMEs for their use. -LRKC Networking Model. Create Cameo SysML defined model for use as a System of Systems (SoS) data network model, with associated LRKC message sets, delivery latencies, error budget (e.g. bias and random jitter). Coordinate with AFRL WOSA ICD SMEs to ensure seamless integration with WOSA ICD and/or to assess whether new WOSA ICD message sets are required for the LRKC. Coordinate with AFLCMC/EBZ led working group of AFRL WOSA ICD SMEs, AFLCMC/EBZ WOSA ICD SMEs, and Industry partners on model definition. Execute a plan to produced multiple model iterations with review, discuss, coordinate, and improvement cycles within period of performance. The intent is a deliverable model with maturity that will serve as the foundational model for future AFRL, USAF weapons development, and USN weapons development programs. Will be provided to USAF M&S SMEs for their use. -Secure Point to Point Wireless Toolset. Define and create wireless point to point high bandwidth communications toolset for use with flight line reprogramming of future Common Weapons Launcher and Common Reprogramming ICD. Architecture and design should support wireless transmission and reprogramming of SECRET-level data which conforms to cybersecurity and security standards and requirements. The intent is to make maximum use of existing portable computing devices with embedded or configurable hardware to wirelessly communicate with a device able to be integrated within launchers and storage containers. The device for use within launchers and storage containers should have a defined set of Application Programming Interface (API) standards with full Government Purpose Data Rights which can be made available to USG and Industry partners for further integration and use. -Secure Wireless Communications System on a Chip (SoC). Design and prototype a secure wireless SoC device for use with weapons reprogramming. System must be able to be use for flight line reprogramming operations, must be able to be integrated within the Common Weapons Launcher and weapons containers, and must be able to withstand repeated exposure to flight operations across the approved aircraft operating limits. Interfaces and Application Programming Interface (API) for system will be Government Purpose Data Rights for use with USG and Industry. Prototype system should be available for demonstration and presentation of use, benefits, and associated risks. -Non-Traditional Cybersecurity Data Protection. Explore and assess potential for non-traditional methods to encrypt and protect highly sensitive data within weapon systems. Present alternatives and designs to protect data with and without hardware involvement. Present potential approaches for definition of non-traditional hardware techniques (such as customized data protection ASICs) to protect data within weapons systems. Address scope of design, capabilities, integration, test, fielding, and support of potential alternatives and approaches, to include risk assessments of deployment. -Post Launch Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Weapons. Assess use of Ai in non-traditional use within air-launched weapon systems. Design and present methodology for defining key variables needed for AI learning, the approach for using high-fidelity M&S simulations, the categorization and separation of dissimilar and similar target sets to be used for AI learning, the number of M&S runs needed for AI learning, and describe the general approach needed to invoke AI experiments within known weapon M&S and software architectures. The outcome should be a methodology to define the process to define and mature AI within post-launch weapon software. -Assessment of Aerial Targets WOSA ICD and OMS Requirements. Provide assessment of aerial targets unique system functionality and hardware, with contractual language to achieve WOSA ICD compliance within avionics systems, and OMS compliance within overall aircraft system. Define and present approach to USG for abstraction of internal avionics WOSA ICD communications, abstraction of software from hardware for internal avionics systems, and the standard for integration of avionics systems Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) within aircraft. -System on a Chip (SOC) with Secure Processor. Design a System on a Chip (SOC) with secure processor. SoC design must allow for commercial off the shelf quad ARM processor as well as a replaceable secure processor. Intent is a prototype system with 100% digital twin available for software development and system evaluation. -M&S Smart Input File Creation Tool. Create a Cameo SysML tool to create and manage M&S input files. Allow the user to create a master set of scenarios, filter scenarios by scenario conditions (e.g. launch range and altitude, target type, range to target, etc.) and save different sets of scenarios (e.g. all scenarios for a given specific target, all scenarios with launch conditions above 20Kft, etc.). Allow the user to define first, second, and third order M&S variables to be used to create input files for sets of scenarios. Allow the user to define unique M&S session input files which define M&S variables and their distributions. During each session, allow user to select any combination of first, second, and third order variables to create input files. Allow the user to define default values for variables and vary key variables for a set of Monte Carlo runs (to prepare for sets of sensitivity analysis runs or a set of runs to support a launch readiness review for a specific scenario and launch conditions). Allow selectable user option to run a user-defined number of Monte Carlo runs for a single scenario or for a set of selectable scenarios from the master set of all scenarios; scenario selections should be able to be filtered by types of scenarios (e.g. target type, altitude, launch modes, aircraft, etc.). Allow user the option to create input files based on random draw for selected first, second, and third order variables, so that variables across the entire factor space are a random draw according to each variable’s specified distribution (e.g. this will result in each scenario having a unique set of input variables according to the user’s criteria). Allow user to define distributions and or default values for all M&S variables to be used during random draws, such as Gaussian and linear distributions, or custom distributions based on operational realism (e.g. 5% chance of launch from 1-20Kft, 90% change of launch from 20Kft to 40Kft evenly distributed, 5% chance of launch from 40-50Kft). Allow user to save different sets of scenarios and different sets of input variable conditions. Allow user the ability to run an automated verification of sets of input files per their specified generation criteria to confirm that the input files were generated correctly (in accordance with specified criteria). Allow user to link a set of user selected scenarios and their input conditions to their data sets, data analysis files, and summary reports for completeness, clarity, and reference. PHASE I: This topic is intended for technology proven ready to move directly into a Phase II. Therefore, a Phase I award is not required. The offeror is required to provide detail and documentation in the Direct to Phase II proposal which demonstrates accomplishment of a “Phase I like” effort, including a feasibility study. This includes determining, insofar as possible, the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of ideas appearing to have commercial potential. It must have validated the product-market fit between the proposed solution and a potential AF stakeholder. The offeror should have defined a clear, immediately actionable plan with the proposed solution and the AF customer. The feasibility study should have Identified the prime potential AF end user(s) for the non-Defense commercial offering to solve the AF need, i.e., how it has been modified; -Described integration cost and feasibility with current mission-specific products; and -Described if/how the demonstration can be used by other DoDor Governmental customers. PHASE II: Under the Phase II effort, the offeror shall sufficiently develop the technical approach, product, or process in order to conduct a small number of advanced manufacturing and/or sustainment relevant demonstrations. Identification of manufacturing/production issues and or business model modifications required to further improve product or process relevance to improved sustainment costs, availability, or safety, should be documented. Air Force sustainment stakeholder engagement is paramount to successful validation of the technical approach. PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Phase III efforts will focus on transitioning the developed technology to a working commercial or warfighter solution. REFERENCES: 1. www.airforceweapons.com KEYWORDS: WOSA; Digital Engineering; SoS; WDL; NCA; LRKC; UCI; SysML; AI; network; model; ML
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