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C2 Store and Forward


Objective:Improvements to C2 store and forward to accommodate network instability that would otherwise lose network data by existing static C2 and Networking architectures and algorithms. Description: Some Army systems do not retain C2 messages when operators are not within radio connectivity of the sender or their system has been turned off. The system operators need to be able to retrieve messages that were sent while their system was turned off as well as when they log into a new computer on a different platform. Must also provide controls to manage what information is available via this service. Solution provides for continuity of operations due to disconnections from the"network". Implementation must be adaptive to virtually any network architecture. It must support applications and services implemented with all identifiable permutations of current technology and work with any vendor (standards based). Solution may use commercial"cloud"like services but they must be tailored to support network-constrained environments. The solution must also support execution on hardware and software platforms with limited processing and storage capabilities. Phase I: Phase I will be a technical analysis and feasibility study to determine an analytical approach to establishing and defining the basic Command and Control (C2) Store and Forward system approach. The offeror will identify the challenges and technical barriers to a implementing the Command and Control (C2) Store and Forward capability. This study will provide a detailed technical description of the approach, expected value, and any assumptions. It should also include a plan for measuring and demonstrating the value of the proposed approach. Phase II: The scope of the Phase II will be to develop a demonstration of the Command and Control (C2) Store and Forward proposed in Phase I. This demonstration shall show that the proposed Command and Control (C2) Store and Forward design can meet expected performance capabilities in conditions representative of Army tactical operations. An appropriate test case will be defined and can be based on either current tactical network systems or a commercial based mobile system that represent the issues of scale, mobility, wireless propagation and lack of fixed infrastructure appropriately. TRL: (Technology Readiness Level) TRL Explanation Biomedical TRL Explanation TRL 6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment Phase III: During this phase, three or more prototype Command and Control (C2) Store and Forward radios will be completed and delivered along with documentation. The prototypes will be tested and demonstrated to the government to show performance capabilities. In addition documentation that describes the underlying methodologies, approaches, assumptions, capabilities and limitations will be provided. The end-state demonstrated prototypes being researched within this topic will have dual-use value in commercial and government application. Potential commercial market applications for this innovation include Homeland Defense, first-responders, and local and Federal government organizations. The vendor is responsible for marketing its demonstrated Command and Control (C2) Store and Forward capability for further development and maturation for potential Post-Phase II transition and integration opportunities including actual military Programs of Record and any dual-use applications to other government and industry business areas. References:
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