DoD SBIR 23.3 BAA

Active
No
Status
Closed
Release Date
August 23rd, 2023
Open Date
September 20th, 2023
Due Date(s)
October 18th, 2023
Close Date
October 18th, 2023
Topic No.
AF233-0035

Topic

Readiness Spares Package (RSP) Optimization

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2023

Summary

The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking proposals for the topic of "Readiness Spares Package (RSP) Optimization" as part of the SBIR program. The Air Force branch is specifically interested in this topic. The objective is to develop a software solution that optimizes the packing time of RSP deployment, considering maintenance and load planning actions. The goal is to reduce the current 14-day packing time to 3 days and maximize space utilization when building packages for deployment. The solution should be agile, incorporate activity tracking for pack-out operations, and provide detailed data for each pallet and ISU needed for packout. The project will have a Phase I and Phase II, with Phase I focusing on developing a concept and Phase II developing a prototype. The Phase III effort will involve transitioning the technology to full-scale production and commercialization, with dual-use applications for military and commercial logistics operations. The expected TRL at Phase III entry will be 8 or 9. The transition plan will involve working closely with government and commercial partners to ensure seamless integration into existing systems and workflows.

Description

OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Trusted AI and Autonomy;Advanced Computing and Software;Human-Machine Interfaces

The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws.

OBJECTIVE: Develop a software solution for optimizing the packing time of Readiness Spares Packages (RSP) deployment, with maintenance and load planning actions considered. The solution should be agile and incorporate activity tracking for pack-out operations, and should provide detailed level 4 data for each pallet and ISU needed for packout, based on input of NSNs and UTC data from HQ. One goal is to reduce the current 14-day packing time to 3 days from notification. Another goal is to maximize the space needed to be utilized when building packages for deployment

DESCRIPTION: Readiness Spares Packages (RSP) are pre-positioned spares that enable quick response to a crisis or contingency. The RSPs are typically stored in a containerized system, which can be rapidly deployed to a forward location. However, the current process for packing and deploying RSPs is time-consuming and involves manual processes that are prone to error. This topic seeks to develop a software solution that can optimize the packing time of ISU-90s and 463L pallets for deployment, with maintenance and load planning actions considered. The solution should be agile and incorporate activity tracking for pack-out operations, and should provide detailed level 4 data for each pallet and ISU needed for packout. Proposed solutions should include a software solution that can efficiently and accurately manage the packing process of ISU-90s and 463L pallets for deployment. The solution should be capable of taking NSNs (along with their packing dimensions and weight) and UTC data from HQ and generating a detailed plan for each pallet and ISU needed for packout. The solution should also be agile and incorporate activity tracking for pack-out operations, to ensure that the process is efficient and effective. Maintenance and load planning actions should be considered, to ensure that the spares are properly stored and transported, and that maintenance actions are scheduled and completed as needed.

PHASE I: Phase I is used for determining the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the proposed technology. The Phase I Period of Performance objectives for the RSP Optimization for Efficient Deployment SBIR topic are to develop a concept for a software solution for optimizing the packing time and space of ISU-90s, 463Ls, and custom tire racks for deployment. The concept should include a detailed description of the proposed software solution, including its features and functionality, and a plan for testing and validating the solution. The Phase I objectives also include developing use cases and establishing operating parameters for the proposed software solution. The use cases will be used to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the solution in various deployment scenarios. The operating parameters will define the inputs, outputs, and conditions under which the software solution will operate, ensuring that it meets the needs and expectations of users. In addition, the Phase I objectives include developing a plan for testing and validating the software solution. This plan should include a detailed description of the testing methodology, including the types of tests to be performed and the metrics used to evaluate the performance of the software solution. The plan should also include a timeline for testing and validating the solution, as well as a description of the resources required to complete the testing and validation process. Phase I deliverables should include a report summarizing the proposed approach and a plan for testing and validating the software solution. The report should provide a detailed description of the proposed software solution, including its features and functionality. It should also include a description of the use cases and operating parameters established during the feasibility analysis. Finally, the report should describe the testing and validation plan, including the methodology, timeline, and required resources. In summary, the Phase I Period of Performance objectives for the RSP Optimization for Efficient Deployment SBIR topic are to develop a concept for a software solution for optimizing the packing time and space of ISU-90s, 463Ls, and custom tire racks for deployment. The objectives include developing use cases and establishing operating parameters for the software solution, as well as a plan for testing and validating the solution. The Phase I deliverables should include a report summarizing the proposed approach and a plan for testing and validating the software solution.

PHASE II: Phase II is used to further develop the first phase, in which awards shall be made on the scientific, technical, and commercial merit of the Phase II proposal. Phase II is the principal research and development effort and is expected to produce a well-defined deliverable prototype. The Phase II Period of Performance objectives for the RSP Optimization for Efficient Deployment SBIR topic are to develop a prototype software solution for optimizing the packing time and maximum utilization of space for RSP deployment, and demonstrate its ability to accurately manage the packing process for deployment. The Phase II objectives also include developing prototyping expectations, including operating parameters, testing requirements, and success criteria. The operating parameters will define the inputs, outputs, and conditions under which the software solution will operate, ensuring that it meets the needs and expectations of users. The testing requirements will include a plan for testing the prototype in a realistic environment, such as a military logistics operation, to validate its effectiveness and efficiency. The success criteria will define the metrics used to evaluate the performance of the prototype and determine its readiness for deployment. The Phase II objectives also include developing a plan for testing and validating the prototype in a realistic environment. This plan should include a detailed description of the testing methodology, including the types of tests to be performed and the metrics used to evaluate the performance of the prototype. The plan should also include a timeline for testing and validating the prototype, as well as a description of the resources required to complete the testing and validation process. The Phase II deliverables should include a well-defined deliverable prototype of the software solution for optimizing the packing time and maximum utilization of space for RSP deployment, and a plan for testing and validating the prototype in a realistic environment. The prototype should be capable of taking National Stock Number (NSN) packing data and weights, as well as Universal Time Code (UTC) data from HQ and generating a detailed plan for each pallet and ISU needed for packout, and should incorporate maintenance and load planning needs. The solution should also be agile and incorporate activity tracking for pack-out operations. In summary, the Phase II Period of Performance objectives for the RSP Optimization for Efficient Deployment SBIR topic are to develop a prototype software solution for optimizing the packing time and maximum utilization of space for RSP deployment, and demonstrate its ability to accurately manage the packing process for deployment. The objectives include developing prototyping expectations, including operating parameters, testing requirements, and success criteria, as well as a plan for testing and validating the prototype in a realistic environment. The Phase II deliverables should include a well-defined deliverable prototype and a plan for testing and validating the prototype in a realistic environment.

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Per OSD, Phase III is accomplished when the Department of Defense (DoD) and/or commercial applications of SBIR/STTR-funded R&D are developed (using non-SBIR/STTR funds). The expected Phase III effort for the RSP Optimization for Efficient Deployment SBIR topic is to transition the technology from development to full-scale production and commercialization. The developed technology has dual-use applications for both military and commercial logistics operations. Military applications include RSP deployment and other supply chain management operations, as well as maintenance and load planning actions. The technology can help the military optimize its logistics operations, reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Commercial applications include supply chain management and logistics operations for industries such as transportation, manufacturing, and distribution. The technology can help commercial organizations optimize their logistics operations, reducing costs and increasing efficiency. The expected TRL at Phase III entry will be TRL 8 or 9, with a well-defined and validated software solution ready for commercialization. The technology will have been tested and validated in realistic environments, and any necessary modifications or customizations will have been made to ensure that it is compatible with existing systems and workflows. Additional information regarding transition planning includes identifying known government approvals required for deployment and any additional opportunities for deployment of the optimization solution within the government and commercial sectors. The integration plan will involve working closely with government and commercial partners to ensure that the optimization solution is integrated seamlessly into their existing systems and workflows. To facilitate the transition from Phase II to Phase III, a transition plan will be developed that outlines the steps necessary to ensure that the optimization solution is deployed and used effectively by government and commercial partners. The plan will include a timeline for deployment, a plan for identifying potential partners and customers, and a plan for marketing and selling the solution. The plan will also include a detailed description of the integration plan and any necessary modifications or customizations needed to make the solution compatible with existing systems. Overall, the expected Phase III effort for the RSP Optimization for Efficient Deployment SBIR topic is to transition the technology from development to full-scale production and commercialization, with dual-use applications for both military and commercial logistics operations. The expected TRL at Phase III entry will be TRL 8 or 9, and the transition planning will involve working closely with government and commercial partners to ensure seamless integration into existing systems and workflows.

REFERENCES:

  1. DAFI 23-101;
  2. AFMAN 24-604

KEYWORDS: Readiness Spares Packages (RSP); optimization; packing time; maintenance; load planning; software solution; activity tracking; NSNs; UTC data; level 4 data; pallets; ISUs.; space.