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NAVWAR Open Topic for Holistic Common Operational Picture (COP): PMW 150


OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Advanced Computing and Software; Trusted AI and Autonomy


OBJECTIVE: DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY OPEN TOPIC - The resultant capability will provide a DEVSECOPS environment to mature efforts that feed the Maritime Tactical Command and Control production. It will also provide an AI tool that will sift data and identify potential Global Positioning System (GPS) threats in near real-time.


DESCRIPTION: The Department of Navy is seeking proposals to improve the quality and speed of decision making for operational and tactical commanders through advanced technology. These technologies may include, but not limited to, solutions that support force maneuver, effects and data synchronization, and course of action (COA) decision making.  Specifically, PEO C4I (PMW 150) requires a resultant capability that will provide a DEVSECOPS environment to mature efforts that feed the Maritime Tactical Command and Control (MTC2) production process.


The benefit to the warfighter is to enable rapid COA response options to continuously assess and hold at risk dynamic maritime threats.


Work produced in Phase II may become classified. The prospective contractor(s) must be U.S. owned and operated with no foreign influence as defined by DoD 5220.22-M, National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual, unless acceptable mitigating procedures have been implemented and approved by the Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency (DCSA). The selected contractor must be able to acquire and maintain an appropriate security-level facility and Personnel Security Clearances to perform on advanced phases of this project as set forth by DCSA and NAVWAR to gain access to classified information about the national defense of the United States and its allies. This will be an inherent requirement. The selected company will be required to safeguard classified material IAW DoD 5220.22-M during the advanced phases of this contract.


PHASE I: The DON is planning to issue multiple Phase I awards for this topic but reserves the right to issue no awards. Each Phase I proposal must include a Base and Option period of performance. The Phase I Base must have a period of performance of four (4) months at a cost not to exceed $75,000. The Phase I Option must have a period of performance of six (6) months at a cost not to exceed $100,000.


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 will be detailed in a final technical report (Final 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


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.


The scope of the Phase II effort will be specific to each project but is generally expected to develop a functional prototype to demonstrate the capability, develop transition plan including production and fielding approach (including updated logistics and safety consideration) and further commercialization (non-DoD).


Deliverables include all software, scripts, architecture models, system/software design artifacts, user and transition assessment documentation, and fleet experimentation (FLEX) reports.


It is highly likely that the work, prototyping, test, simulation, and validation may become classified in Phase II (see Description for details). However, the proposal for Phase II will be UNCLASSIFIED.


PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Field capability and logistics support.



  1. SBIR@Connect Spotlight: Meet NAVWAR’s Program Offices. Information on PEO C4I and Space Systems. Better understand the needs of the government, specifically NAVWAR
  2. Official U.S. Navy Web site for Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR)


KEYWORDS: Maritime; Tactical; Command; Control; Positioning; Navigation; Timing

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