DHS Issues BAA for Wireless Broadband Technology Demonstrator

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for a Wireless Broadband Technology Demonstration of new technologies and capabilities to address requirements. The department says that much of its tactical communications equipment has surpassed its expected service life and doesn’t provide sufficient coverage, capacity or encryption to meet its needs. It says that while several DHS components have been working to modernize TACCOM infrastructure and equipment, recent developments have prompted a reevaluation of the current modernization approach. Those developments include expanded wireless mission needs, spectrum scarcity, interoperability challenges, operational challenges, and the need for a sustainable cost model. The department is seeking cost efficiencies that allow users to leverage existing and emerging commercial and public safety networks on a subscription basis. Sol. No. BAA12-10. Respond by Sept. 7. Contact: Aaron Ford, contracting officer, [email protected], 202-254-6032.

DTRA Seeks Sources for Integrated Sensor System

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DARPA) has issued a Sources Sought notice for information from potential performers as developer and systems integrator for the further development of the Integrated Sensor System (ISS) to produce and validate an operational, manufacturing prototype, and procurement technical data package. The objective of the notice is to identify technological concepts and performance potentials for ISS that fit the customers’ concepts of operation, which also may be used as the basis for an ISS performance specification. DTRA wants further development and automation of Automatic Target Recognition, a reduction in operator training, and time to process and improve the accuracy of the operator’s decision in detecting weapons of mass destruction processes and activities in near real-time. ISS will provide warfighters with a near-field, unattended ground sensor system for persistent below-ground activity surveillance in order to find and characterize underground facilities, tunnels, processes, events and other subsurface voids suspected of connection with weapons of mass destruction.  Sol. No. CXA129926442. Respond by Aug. 30. Contact: Elizabeth Bauer, contract specialist, [email protected], 703-767-4257.

DHS OHA Seeks Test Help for Chemical Vapor Detectors

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) has issued a Request for Information for the test and evaluation of commercial stationary chemical vapor detectors in support of chemical defense demonstration projects for OHA’s Chemical Defense Program. OHA’s test and evaluation plan and the recommended test setup describe the procedures and methodologies for testing select toxic industrial chemicals, chemical warfare agents, and interferents at various environmental conditions. The primary objective is to test the detector specifications to the test plan and understand its limitations. The Chemical Defense Program is currently focuses on stationary, autonomous chemical point detectors for use in a subway mass transit environment.Sol. No. DHS-TEST-CHWM-FY-2012. Respond by Aug. 17. Contact: Antionette Walker, contract specialist, [email protected], 202-254-6779.

DHS Issues RFI for Screening Human Stowaways in Cargo

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate, on behalf of the Transportation Security Administration, has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for commercial-off-the-shelf technology for screening cargo containers such as unit load devices, cargo cookie sheets, crates and boxes that weigh over 150-pounds and are large enough to conceal a human stowaway. Minimizing costs are important as any systems would be purchased by the private sector. Once a technology is shown to be feasible, TSA will release a solicitation seeking white papers for cargo system qualification. The ultimate goal is to place new systems capable of detecting stowaways onto the Air Cargo Screening Technologies List from which industry can select, purchase and use. Sol. No. HSHQDC-12-R-00096. Respond by Sept. 12. Contact: Mitchell Winans, contract specialist, [email protected], 202-254-6365.

Army EW Program Manager Seeks to ID Sources of Cyber Capabilities

The Army Program Manager for Electronic Warfare seeks to identify potential sources for the procurement of cyber capabilities to meet future strategic and protected needs. More specifically, information is sought on existing technical capabilities to delivery and defend against effects with robust and mature capabilities that exploit, deny or manipulate. Sol. No. W15P7T-12-R-CT05. Contact: Jacquelyn Renae Dunne, [email protected], 443-861-4589.