DIUx Commercial Solutions Openings
The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUX) launched a new tool last year to connect small businesses with opportunities to offer the military solutions to challenges. We’re going to post those challenges here to keep the TandemNSI community alerted to these opportunities because they rotate fast.
UPDATED: 10 a.m. EST April 13, 2017
How it works
Called the Commercial Solutions Opening, the rapid contracting process starts with DIUx posting a military challenge on DIUx’s website. The challenges can vary across a wide range of technology challenges such as 3D printing micro drones or solving cyber vulnerabilities.
Interested companies then submit a solution brief on ways to use their technology to solve the challenge directly to the website. Certain companies will be invited to pitch their solutions to DIUx partners “using the same pitch deck and short concept papers they use to pitch their venture capital firms or their private sector customers,” said former Defense Secretary Ash Carter. It’s a merit based competition open to any startup or commercial firm.
“From there, things can move very, very quickly,” the former defense secretary said.
Once a solution is identified, “DIUx can then negotiate and execute fast, flexible, and collaborative awards with the goal to issue funding within 60 days of a first meeting with the company,” Carter said.
DIUx posted its first set of opportunities since the administration transition on Feb. 13. At the end of 2016, the innovation cell also posted a how-to guide to help other agencies adopt the process. You can find it here.
NEW: Kinetic Drone Defense
The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking a system capable of finding and defeating adversarial Group 1 & 2 UAS, utilizing an open, extensible associated control system that can exchange targeting data with a variety of other DoD systems. The system will support a layered approach of various detection, track, identification and alternative defeat systems. The system must be a prototype with planned initial field capability and requisite testing within 8 months. The system will consist of several components, and DIUx encourages respondents to submit ideas for any or all of the components of the system.
Key Performance Criteria:
Kinetic Drone Defense:
- The system must be small enough (nominally < 20 lbs / < 42”) to support both mobile and fixed site launch platforms
- The system must be able to complete successful intercept against maneuvering target up to 2,500’ AGL & 150 kts. Optimally, the system can engage multiple threats up to 3,500’ AGL & 250 kts
- The system must achieve at least 85% neutralization success on adversarial drones against a single target up to 55 lbs at relevant ranges. Optimally, the system can defend against multiple threat drones weighing up to 65 lbs each with greater than 95% neutralization success
- Communications should support secure, continuous link to drone for updated target cues and control through a common standard, open, fire control software (Counter Rocket, Artillery & Mortar [CRAM] — provided), to include mid-flight termination
- User interface should be intuitive, and enable minimally-trained personnel to operate system safely and effectively
- System autonomy is encouraged, but must include human in the loop
Detection & Navigation System:
- Launch and navigation should feed from layered systems through CRAM, to include remote launch
- Should ingest tracks from other external systems via common data formats to include geotemporal data and metadata from tracks
Submissions accepted from 1000 PT March 30, 2017 to 1200 PT April 19, 2017
EXPIRED: Multi Drone Defeat System
DIUx seeks a Counter Unmanned Aerial System (CUAS) to detect and intercept drones using omni and directional transmitting antennas. In order to be effective in combat environments, the system must counter five or more drones simultaneously in the 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency ranges, as well as the 420-480 MHz range in order to provide protection from aircraft utilizing Ultra High Frequency (UHF) long range extenders. The system, including its antenna power, must be portable, weighing under 25 pounds. Operating temperature must be between -40 and 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Default detection range needs to be 0.5 miles with at least a 0.4 mile intercept range. Power options should include 120-220V AC, 12V DC external power or battery, 12V socket, BA5590 connector or an internal rechargeable battery with at least one hour of life. The system must automatically generate, catalogue and provide notifications for system status, to include power, interference, and fault condition. System must feature an intuitive UI, and maintain a log of detection and interception events for follow-on analysis. System must be deliverable within 60 days of contract award.
- Submissions accepted from 0800 PT March 22, 2017 to 1600 PT March 29, 2017
EXPIRED: Agile Systems Development Environment
Seeking the prototyping of a robust and scalable software development environment to enable the modernization of Department of Defense (DoD) command and control systems in a cloud infrastructure. Environment must include a scalable software development and production platform to enable continuous integration, continuous delivery, and operation of new applications, as well as the containerization, rehosting, and refactoring of existing DoD applications. Additionally, ideal solutions will consist of an ecosystem of software and platforms to rapidly deploy advanced commercial capabilities, to include, but not limited to, workflow, geospatial services, data analytics and visualization, and data management. Prototype will be deployed to a government cloud and/or an on premise cloud infrastructure, and the effectiveness of the solutions will be demonstrated though the migration and modernization of a collection of current DoD applications. Solutions must be commercially viable and ready to support the application migration within 30 days of award.
- Submissions accepted from 10:30am PT March 10, 2017 to 4:00pm PT March 20, 2017
EXPIRED: Quantitative Augmentation of Enterprise-level Decision Processes
DIUx is seeking a partner or partners that possess a set of validated enterprise-level machine learning software products to quantitatively augment a decision process. The partner(s) should be able to prepare (clean, normalize, error mitigate, etc.) at least six structured and unstructured enterprise-level data sets. The partner(s) should be able to apply their products to these data sets and demonstrate predictive analytics and portfolio optimization at a minimum. Partner(s) should provide a user-friendly interface to leverage these capabilities into a pertinent decision process. The partner(s) must demonstrate: the validity and maturity of their methodologies and algorithms respectively during program evaluation; prove commercial viability within 30 days of contract award; and be able to demonstrate the application of its tools and techniques within 60 days of contract award. The initial prototype must be completed within 6 months of contract award. DIUx encourages teaming in the event that your company cannot satisfy each component of the solicitation. Please include proposed teaming arrangements in your solution brief and whether they are prospective or defined.
- Submissions accepted from 10:00am PT March 14, 2017 to 12:00pm PT March 21, 2017
EXPIRED: Acoustic Counter-UAS System
The Department of Defense seeks a solution capable of acoustically detecting, classifying, and/or localizing small unmanned aerial systems (groups 1 and 2). Solutions should have the ability to detect and identify a drone within 300m of the sensor. Must be able to operate in noisy environments; use acoustic signature of unmanned aerial systems to identify as common commercial systems and/or components; survive common field weather conditions; alert and notify operator of drone presence; and prove, within 60 days, the ability to integrate with a command and control system via software APIs over a common network. Company must prove technical viability of their approach during a field test within 90 days.
- Submissions accepted from 1600 PT, 13 Feb 2017 to 1600 PT 21 Feb 2017
EXPIRED: Passive, Optical Counter-UAS Detection System
The Department of Defense seeks an optical sensor able to passively detect, identify, classify, and track multiple Unmanned Aerial Systems during day, night, and all-weather operations. The sensor should generate high resolution, real-time three-dimensional volumetric representation of target objects and track a target’s motion in three-dimensions at distances greater than one kilometer. Additionally, the sensor should be able to easily integrate with other solutions as well as command and control systems, require minimal power, both computationally and mechanically/electronically, and be deployable on a mobile platform. This solicitation is limited to U.S. companies and requires a practical demonstration.
- Submissions accepted from 1500 PT, 14 Feb 2017 to 1600 PT 21 Feb 2017
EXPIRED: On-Demand Prototype Design, Development and Fabrication
Provide digital design, development and rapid fabrication services in support of advanced prototype creation and bridge-to-production low volume manufacturing. Manufacturing processes should be highly automated and capable of producing high-quality end-use parts or full prototype solutions, and be optimized for low-volume and on-demand production. Techniques should include, but not be limited to, advanced injection molding, CNC machining and 3D printing services using a variety of materials such as engineering plastics, metal, wood, rubber, fabrics and silicone. In addition to manufacturing, solutions should include design, concept validation and engineering for mechanical and electrical components. Integration should include system assembly, design optimization, environmental and functional testing, certification support, and production techniques. Vendor must be International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliant and registered with the Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). Initial manufacturing samples or proofs should be ready for inspection in 3-5 weeks from submission of design files.
- Submissions accepted from 7 p.m. EST Oct. 31, 2016 to 7 p.m. EST Nov. 9, 2016
EXPIRED: Command, Control, and Situational Awareness
Web-based software platform supporting defense contributions to the US Government’s shaping and influence efforts. Must provide defense users the ability to visualize relevant activities and operational metrics, collaboratively plan and approve defense activities, and monitor/manage subsequent execution. Platform must be capable of processing and displaying relevant US government and publicly available information on accredited networks at various classification levels in order to support decision making. Platform must support various analytics and visualizations suitable for operations centers, individual workstations, and tablets/smart phones. Platform must provide a “plug and play” architecture so that individual data sources and/or analytics can be added or replaced based on cost, performance, and other factors.
Key performance criteria include:
• A functional prototype or higher level of maturity, with demonstrated real-world use
• A demonstrated ability to deploy to multiple networks
• Support for federated deployments / communications between deployed instances
• Fine-grained user access controls, with support for PKI certificates
• Ability to store, process, and display organizational plans, objectives, and activities
• Ability to store, process, and display news, social media, and broadcast television content
• Semantic-reasoning capabilities that leverage access to organizational knowledge (plans, objectives, activities, etc.) to identify additional information of interest to system users.
- Submissions accepted from 4:00 p.m. EST November 2, 2016 to 4 p.m. EST Nov. 23, 2016
EXPIRED: Cyber Incident Response Toolkit
Software solutions for a cyber incident response tool kit that offer the following capabilities: discovery, identification, containment, eradication, recovery, information sharing, and capturing lessons learned. Software will be looked at independently as well as within the context of the other coordinating tools. Any training necessary to operate tools should be included in submission for consideration.
- Submissions accepted from 6:30 p.m. EST Aug. 16, 2016 to 7 p.m. EST Sept. 21, 2016