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DHS Wants Information on Alternative PNT Technologies in Degraded GPS Environment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection is issued a sources sought notice for alternative technologies for position, navigation and timing (PNT) in a degraded GPS environment. The department says it expects to analyze a broad range of alternatives to identify the most appropriate set of backup or complementary PNT methods for various critical users. The maturity of alternatives may range from concept to prototype to commercially available products. Sol. No. HSHQDC-18-RFI-00015. Respond by March 14. Contact: Pavithra Tumbapura, contract specialist,, 202-447-0094.

DoD Rapid Reaction Office Plans Tech Demo for Urban and Subterranean Challenges

The Defense Department’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office Thunderstorm Technology Demonstration Program has issued a Request for Information to solicit technologies for inclusion in future capability demonstration and experimentation events focused on emerging challenges presented by dense urban and subterranean events. The intent is to accelerate the delivery of innovative capabilities to the warfighter by demonstrating and experimenting with the capability in an operationally relevant environment. The demonstrations are planned for July and August in the New York City area, or another metropolitan area within the eastern U.S. The office is interested in standoff CBRNE detection capabilities, adversary search in tunnels and buildings, multi-domain communications, position, navigation and timing in GPS-denied environments, real-time mapping of tunnels, buildings and street-level environments, vehicle inspection systems, persona protective equipment, gunshot detection and identification, multi-spectral imaging for behind walls and doors, and more. Sol. No. RRTO-18-2-RTI-01. Respond by April 4. Contact: RRTO Thunderstorm,

State Department Seeks Biometric Collection Units for Guatemala

The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs has issued a Request for Information as part of market research for a solicitation for 50 mobile biometric data collection units for use in Guatemala. The units would be used by various Guatemalan government agencies to collect biometric information of people passing through the country’s borders.  Sol. No. 191NLE18N002. Respond by March 1. Contact: Manuel Mendoza, contract specialist,, 202-736-9139.

New DHS CWMD Office Plans Industry Outreach Event

The Department of Homeland Security’s new Office of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) will hold an industry outreach day on Monday, March 26, in Washington, D.C. at the National Association of Home Builders center. The office will host identical morning and afternoon events to provide industry, academia and government partners who have worked with the previous Domestic Nuclear Detection Office or the Office of Health Affairs, some insights into their transition into the new CWMD Office. Acting Assistant Secretary James McDonnell will explain the mission of the new office and provide his vision for transforming the previous organizations to meet the challenges and realize the opportunities of this new office. Respond by March 14. For more information and to register: 

Navy Issues RFP for Heavy Icebreaker Design and Construction

The Navy, in collaboration with the Coast Guard, has issued a Request for Proposal for advance planning and engineering efforts with options for the detail design and construction of up to three heavy polar icebreaker cutters. The Coast Guard expects the lead ship to cost well under $1 billion. Bollinger Shipyards, General Dynamics [GD], Huntington Ingalls Industries [HII], Fincantieri and VT Halter Marine have all performed design studies on a heavy icebreaker for the Coast Guard. Sol. No. N00024-18-R-2210. Respond by May 11. Contact: James Platner, contracting officer,

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