Solicitation Request: 18th Contracting Squadron, Kadena Air Base, Japan is soliciting White Papers on the effort(s) identified as Area(s) of Interest (AoIs) to this solicitation.
Type of Contract: The Department of the Air Force (DAF) anticipates the award of a Firm-Fixed Price type contract in accordance with FAR Part 12. Offerors are encouraged to review FAR 52.212-4 and 52.212-5 for standard terms and conditions of a FAR Part 12 contract. In addition, the DAF reserves the right to award an Other Transaction (OT) for Prototype Project in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 4022.
This acquisition is Full and Open.
Estimated Program Cost: See respective AoI
Anticipated Number of Awards: The DAF does not have an anticipated number of awards per year for this announcement. However, the DAF reserves the right to award one or more, or no, contracts for all, part, or none of the proposals received.
Classified Information. Offerors are encouraged to submit unclassified White Papers to simplify and expedite reviews and response by the Government. If an Offeror deems that a White Paper must contain classified information, contact the Contracting/Agreements Officer at 18CONS.RAPIDx.Cell@us.af.mil. Classified submissions must be handled, labeled, and stored in accordance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual.
Offerors must possess all required personnel security clearances, facility clearances, and other infrastructure requirements necessary to perform any proposed classified work in accordance with the Contract Security Classification Specification (DD Form 254) without reliance on Government resources.
The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review established innovation as a central line of effort in the national defense strategy of the United States. The decisive military advantage of the United States over its adversaries and peer competitors is steadily eroding. Consequently, under DFARS Subpart 212.70, contracting officers may acquire innovative commercial items, technologies, or services using a competitive procedure called a Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO). Under a CSO, the Department of Defense (DoD) may competitively select proposals received in response to a general solicitation, similar to a broad agency announcement, based on a review of proposals by scientific, technological, or other subject-matter expert peers. Use of a CSO in accordance with DFARS Subpart 212.70 is considered to be a competitive procedure for the purposes of 10 U.S.C. chapter 221 and FAR 6.102. Finally, Contracting Officers shall treat items, technologies, and services acquired using a CSO as commercial items. Contracts or agreements under this authority shall be fixed-price, including fixed-price incentive fee contracts
This CSO is a competitive solicitation posted on a Government Point of Entry (GPE) www.sam.gov continuously open until 2 January 2029. This solicitation will be updated no less frequently than annually. The Government reserves the right to extend this CSO beyond the open until date by amendment if the authority is extended. Under this CSO, the DoD may seek solution briefs, presentations/pitches and/or proposals from traditional and nontraditional business entities. This CSO is intended to seek proposals for innovative, commercial products, commercial technologies and services or adaptations/modifications of existing commercial product technologies and services to enable the seamless integration of manufacturing resources from across the enterprise to meet the DAF needs. These include, but are not limited to, quality of life enhancements, supply chain technology and risk management capabilities, maintenance and manufacturing tools, technology, and capabilities, infrastructure enhancements, flexible production and maintenance capabilities, technologies that lead to modern digital systems, workforce safety and training aids, and operational technology cybersecurity hardware, software, and services that support sustainment modernization to speed up decision making and the ability to deliver the right materiel solution to the warfighter at the speed of relevancy.
This CSO may result in the award of various types of contracts, which may include but are not limited to acquisition of commercially available technologies immediately available, commercially available technologies fueled by commercial or strategic investment, but also concept demonstrations, pilots, and agile development activities that can incrementally improve commercial technologies, existing Government-owned capabilities, or concepts for broad defense applications. The Government intends to award FAR-based contracts under Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Products and Commercial Services, but reserves the right to award additional types of contracts depending on the specific AoI and industrial base responses to the AoI. Furthermore, the Government reserves the right to award OT type agreements as a result of this solicitation.
1/7/2024 - AoI-0001 AMENDMENT 1: Correcting the magnitude of the initial range to $250K-$9.5M with a possible inccrease to $35M at a later date.
1/26/2024- Aol-0001 AMENDMENT 2: Please see the attached Government response to CSO questions. Furthermore, if your company requested the use of drone technology, please fill out the attached Drone Request Form. Finally, attached is a DD Form 2345 that will require review/signature. If you are not working with a foreign entity, please state so on the form before signature and return.