OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Renewable Energy Generation and Storage; Sustainment; Trusted AI and Autonomy
OBJECTIVE: DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY OPEN TOPIC - DON is seeking proposals for enhancing existing prototypes or concepts to improve operations in contested environments for extended periods of time through heightened tensions and conflict by significantly reducing or eliminating the need for replenishment or sustainment.
DESCRIPTION: A contested logistics environment means an environment in which armed forces engage in conflict with an adversary that presents challenges in all domains and directly targets logistics operations, facilities, and activities in the United States, abroad, or in transit from one location to the other. State and non-state actors employ space, cyberspace, and electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) capabilities, as well as information operations, against friendly naval forces. Adversaries may use these capabilities in attempts to deny, degrade, and exploit our use of our historic command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) strengths. Resilient logistics connects the foundry to the Fleet, is enabled by secure communications and information technology, and includes all activities and technologies needed to refuel, rearm, resupply, repair, and revive distributed naval forces down to the last tactical mile.
The Department of the Navy requests proposals for existing technology demonstration platforms, prototypes, and commercial products to assess their relevance to Naval missions through operational experimentation. Proposers should have an existing solution, either hardware and/or software, which can be evaluated through military utility assessments with end users.
The areas of interest for the Marine Corps are improved fuel efficiency and/or methods to utilize fossil fuel alternatives, such as hydrogen, for: Marine Corps Tactical Vehicles, Mobile Power Systems, Batteries, and energy storage systems for human portable devices such as radios. Examples of current Marine Corps systems are provided in the references.
Proposal for this topic shall address one or more of the following:
PHASE I: Phase I feasibility will describe the existing proposed technology, existing DON system(s) to improve, modifications required, anticipated improvements to existing capabilities, impacts to current logistics if any (i.e., transportation, storage, maintenance, safety, etc.) and transition approach to the DON system. Results of Phase I Base will be detailed in a final technical report (Final Report). The Results of Phase I Option (if exercised) will further refine the final technical report.
Phase I deliverables include:
- Kick-Off Briefing, due 15 days from start of Base award
- Final Report, due 120 days from start of Base award
- Initial Phase II Proposal, due 120 days from start of Base award
- Report of Inventions and subcontractors, due 120 days from start of Base award
Phase I Option (if exercised) deliverables include:
- Kick-Off Briefing, due 15 days from start of Option award
- Final Report, due 180 days from start of Option award
- Updated Report of Inventions and subcontractors, due 180 days from start of Option
PHASE II: All Phase I awardees may submit an Initial Phase II proposal for evaluation and selection. The evaluation criteria for Phase II is the same as Phase I (as stated in this BAA). The Phase I Final Report and Initial Phase II Proposal will be used to evaluate the small business concern’s potential to adapt commercial products to fill a capability gap, improve performance, or modernize an existing capability for DON and transition the technology to Phase III. Details on the due date, content, and submission requirements of the Initial Phase II Proposal will be provided by the awarding SYSCOM either in the Phase I contract or by subsequent notification.
Develop and deliver a functional prototype(s) which can be tested, evaluated through a military utility assessments with end users, and/or certified (as appropriate), develop transition plan including production and fielding approach (including updated logistics and safety consideration) and further commercialization (non-DoD).
PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Improve the technology per the Phase II guidance and transition to a fielding activity. Dual-Use applications may include commercially available trucks, generators, batteries, and energy storage systems.
- Marine Corps Portfolios, Logistics Combat Element Systems, Light Tactical Vehicles: https://www.marcorsyscom.marines.mil/Portfolios/Logistics-Combat-Element-Systems/Light-Tactical-Vehicles/
- Marine Corps Portfolios, Logistics Combat Element Systems, Medium and Heavy Tactical Vehicles: https://www.marcorsyscom.marines.mil/LCES/Medium-Heavy-Tactical-Vehicles/
- Marine Corps Portfolios, Logistics Combat Element Systems, Mobile Power: https://www.marcorsyscom.marines.mil/Portfolios/Logistics-Combat-Element-Systems/Engineer-Systems/Power-Team/Mobile-Power/
- Marine Corps Portfolios, Logistics Combat Element Systems, Advanced Power Systems: https://www.marcorsyscom.marines.mil/Portfolios/Logistics-Combat-Element-Systems/Engineer-Systems/Power-Team/Advanced-Power-Systems/
KEYWORDS: Contested Logistics Environment; Marine Corps Tactical Vehicles; Mobile Power Systems; Batteries; Energy Storage Systems; Fuel Efficiency; Fossil Fuel Alternatives