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.
AF233-0032

Topic

Design AF DCGS Next Gen Enterprise IT systems using 5G Technology for Low to Zero Maintenance

Agency

Department of DefenseN/A

Program

Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2023

Summary

The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking proposals for the topic "Design AF DCGS Next Gen Enterprise IT systems using 5G Technology for Low to Zero Maintenance" as part of the SBIR 23.3 BAA. The objective is to develop a conceptual design for AF DCGS Next Generation (DCGS Next Gen) using 5G Technology and an innovative way to sustain enterprise IT systems. The goal is to enable analysts to fuse multi-source intelligence and merge into the newest efforts of ABMS and JADC2 to provide decision advantages at all levels. In Phase I, the deliverables include a report or presentation demonstrating the conceptual design and a path forward for Phase II. The focus is on developing modernized AF DCGS 5G Networks with survivable software mesh topology, prioritized traffic, quality of service (QoS), intelligent routing, flattened converged networks, and computing at the tactical edge using SD-WAN. All means of transport, including commercial 5G cellular/satcom/WIFI, will be utilized for maximum resilience while maintaining data security at all classifications. Phase II involves developing and demonstrating a proof-of-concept prototype system based on the preliminary design from Phase I. The emphasis remains on modernizing AF DCGS 5G Networks and managing a new generation of connected devices, wireless networks, and edge computing to ensure the highest standards of mission continuity. In Phase III, the goal is to mature the prototype developed in Phase II by delivering phased incremental improvements until it becomes fully operational. The focus remains on AF DCGS 5G Networks, including survivable software mesh topology, prioritized traffic, QoS, intelligent routing, flattened converged networks, and computing at the tactical edge using SD-WAN. All means of transport, including commercial 5G cellular/satcom/WIFI, will be utilized for maximum resilience while maintaining data security at all classifications. The project duration and funding specifics are not provided in the document. For more information and to submit proposals, interested parties can visit the DoD SBIR 23.3 BAA topic link: link.

Description

OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Trusted AI and Autonomy;Integrated Network System-of-Systems;Advanced Computing and Software;Integrated Sensing and Cyber;Microelectronics

OBJECTIVE: Design AF DCGS Next Gen Enterprise IT systems using 5G Technology for Low to Zero Maintenance

DESCRIPTION: The DCGS Next Generation (DCGS Next Gen) delivers a new advantage to the Air Force and its Airmen. Due to the transition from COIN/C-VEO to Great Power Competition, the previous DCGS model no longer offers sufficient capability to produce the needed intelligence and outcomes to counter evolving adversary threats. DCGS Next Gen answers that by enabling analysts to fuse multi-source intelligence and merge into the newest efforts of ABMS and JADC2 to provide decision advantages at all levels. AF DCGS PMO is looking at a breakthrough in 5G Technology and an innovative way to sustain enterprise IT systems beyond existing DOD acquisition strategy today.

PHASE I: Develop a conceptual design for AF DCGS Next Generation (DCGS Next Gen) using 5G Technology and an innovative way to sustain enterprise IT systems. Deliverables include a report or presentation demonstrating the conceptual design and a path forward for Phase II. Develop Modernize AF DCGS 5G Networks to include survivable software mesh topology, prioritized traffic, quality of service (QoS), intelligent routing, flattened converged networks and computing at the tactical edge using SD-WAN. All means of transport, to include commercial 5G cellular/satcom/WIFI will be utilized for maximum resilience while maintaining the security of the data at all classifications. Manage and maintain a new generation of connected devices, wireless networks, and edge computing to ensure the highest standards of mission continuity

PHASE II: Develop and demonstrate a proof-of-concept prototype system based on the preliminary design from Phase 1. Demonstarte proof of concept , Modernize AF DCGS 5G Networks to include survivable software mesh topology, prioritized traffic, quality of service (QoS), intelligent routing, flattened converged networks and computing at the tactical edge using SD-WAN. All means of transport, to include commercial 5G cellular/satcom/WIFI will be utilized for maximum resilience while maintaining the security of the data at all classifications. Manage and maintain a new generation of connected devices, wireless networks, and edge computing to ensure the highest standards of mission continuity.

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: The path for transition is to mature the prototype developed in Phase 2 by delivering phased incremental improvement until fully operational. Delivering phased incremental improvement until fully operational AF DCGS 5G Networks to include survivable software mesh topology, prioritized traffic, quality of service (QoS), intelligent routing, flattened converged networks and computing at the tactical edge using SD-WAN. All means of transport, to include commercial 5G cellular/satcom/WIFI will be utilized for maximum resilience while maintaining the security of the data at all classifications. Manage and maintain a new generation of connected devices, wireless networks, and edge computing to ensure the highest standards of mission continuity

REFERENCES:

  1. https://othjournal.com/2020/09/26/dcgs-next-generation-accelerating-change-to-deliver-decision-advantage/
  2. https://www.cto.mil/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/DOD-5G-Strategy-Implementation-Plan.pdf
  3. https://www.cto.mil/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/DoD_5G_Strategy_May_2020.pdf

KEYWORDS: 5G; ABMS; JADC2