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NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD - SOLE SOURCE PROCUREMENT
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Live, Virtual, Constructive - Integrating Architecture (LVC-IA) and Infrastructure provides protocols, standards, and interfaces to create the interoperability of currently dissimilar Training Aids, Devices, Simulations, and Simulators (TADSS) supporting Live, Virtual, Constructive-Gaming (LVC-G) training environments so that they can simultaneously stimulate Mission Command Systems (MCS). The program is structured to be developed and fielded using an incremental version release approach. Version 1.0 facilitates the interoperability between TADSS with MCS Core Systems: Live Environment - Home Station Instrumentation Training System (HITS); Virtual Environment - Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT), Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT); and Constructive Environment - Joint Land Component Constructive Training Capability Entity Resolution Model (JLCCTC ERF). Version 2.0 will incorporate additional systems, capabilities and emerging technologies including: SIPRNET connection; Bi-Directional MC Cross Domain Solution (CDS) rule sets; Distributed operations; Increased entity counts; Games for Training; and Dismounted Soldier Training System (DSTS).
PEO STRI Contract W900KK-09-D-0532, Delivery Order 0002, was competitively awarded to develop and field LVC-IA Versions 1.0 and 2.0. Version 1 Government Acceptance Testing (GAT) and First User Assessment (FUA) were completed at Ft Hood, TX during the 3rd quarter FY12. Upon completion of these verification and validation activities fielding of the version 1.0 capability to the Army commenced in the 4th quarter FY12. In addition, The program concurrently initiated the development of the Version 2.0 capability as planned. Ft. Hood received the first LVC-IA fielding in FY12, followed subsequently by four additional sites (Ft. Bliss, Ft. Campbell, Ft. Drum, and Camp Casey, Korea) that were fielded in FY13 and four more that were fielded in FY14 (Ft. Stewart, Ft. Riley, Ft. Carson, and Schofield Barracks). Version 2.0 is currently under development; however, recently identified funding decrements in Government Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) will severely impact and delay completion of Version 2.0 capability. Effectively, these funding reductions result in stretching the development schedule through September of 2016 at which point Version 2.0 capability will be made available for use on a new competitive award for Version 3 (V3). This change has required the acquisition strategy to be adjusted as described below.
The Program Office intends to award a one-year bridge contract to Cole Engineering Services, Incorporated (CESI) on a sole source basis to minimize cost, schedule, and technical risks. The bridge contract will allow for the following:
(1) Completion of the development of LVC-IA Version 2 based on the requirements provided by the LVC-IA Requirements Oversight Board (ROB) to include Government Acceptance Testing (GAT) and a First Use Assessment (FUA);
(2) Ship and provide training for the Germany system; Field and provide training to the three (3) remaining sites in accordance with the Basis of Issue Plan (BoIP) approved by the Training General Officer Steering Committee (TGOSC); and
(3) Provide Post Deployment Software Support (PDSS) for fielded systems under contract W900KK-09-D-0532, Delivery Order 0002, for an additional year, while the Government works to bridge the FY15 efforts until FY16 funding becomes available.
Future versions of LVC-IA (i.e. V3), to include PDSS, beyond FY16 will take place under a competitive environment. The Bridge contract will complete V2 development and fielding of the remaining sites. This will better position the program for an easy transition to V3 development and PDSS/tech refresh, which will allow for a more competitive environment.
A new order under the PEO STRI Omnibus Contract II (STOC II) contract W900KK-09-D-0532 will be issued to CESI. Execution of the order is projected for the second quarter of FY15. CESI can successfully perform this effort, as “award to any other source would likely result in substantial duplication of cost to the Government that is not expected to be recovered through competition” for this one-year bridge effort. This order will be issued on a sole source basis in accordance FAR 16.505(b)(2)(i)(C), “Logical follow-on” because it is in the interest of economy and efficiency for this limited effort.
ESTIMATED ACQUISITION DOLLAR VALUE: Approximately $5M
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Twelve (12) months.
NOTICE: This notice is being provided to verify that no other sources can meet this requirement given the technical data outlined above. Interested sources shall submit their capabilities statement (no more than5 pages) by 9:00 am local time on the closing date of this notice to the POCs listed below (04 Sept 14). Responses shall provide a description of the source’s ability to meet the requirement without substantial duplication of cost.
DISCLAIMER: This notice does not constitute an Invitation for Bids (IFB) or a Request for Proposal (RFP) and is not a commitment by the U.S. Government to procure subject products. No funds are available to pay for preparation of responses to this notification. The Government will use the information received by the closing date of this notice to determine whether other sources are available and capable to satisfy this requirement.
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