Here is an overview of our CSO:
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) is conducting a commercial solutions opening (CSO) authorized by section 879 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (Pub. L. 114-328). Under a CSO, the Air Force may competitively award proposals received in response to a general solicitation, similar to a broad agency announcement (BAA), to acquire innovative commercial items, technologies, and services, based on a review of proposals by scientific, technological, or other subject-matter expert peers within the Air Force. Under this CSO, all items, technologies, and services shall be treated as commercial items.
The Air Force intends to obtain “innovative” solutions or potential new capabilities that fulfill requirements, close capability gaps, or provide potential technology advancements. Solutions may include existing technologies or procedures that are not currently in use by the Air Force that would enhance or streamline Air Force mission capabilities. Based on available funding, the Air Force is targeting solutions priced less than $100,000. However, the Air Force will still evaluate proposed solutions priced greater than $100,000.
“Innovative” is defined as any technology, process or method that is new as of the date of submission of a proposal. It also includes any new application of an existing technology, process, or method.
This CSO contains broadly defined areas of interest and interest in more specific requirements. While these areas of interest are geared toward meeting JB MDL requirements, the Air Force reserves the right to award contracts from this CSO to meet Air Force requirements outside of JB MDL with similar areas of interest and mission requirements.
JB MDL will utilize an open, two-step CSO evaluation process. In phase 1, offerors must submit a white paper and a pitch deck for evaluation. Once the evaluations are complete, all offerors will be notified as to whether they will be invited to pitch their proposal at a Pitch Day event (phase 2).
Offerors that are selected will receive an invitation to make a live pitch to the JB MDL team during a Pitch Day event to be held 10 June 2019 in Newark, NJ. Offerors will pitch their solution to evaluators and will be immediately notified if they were selected for an award.
In order to expedite funds, the Government intends to pay this contract with the Government Purchase Card (GPC); which is just the Government credit card, but this his will require you to have the ability to accept a credit card payment at this event for payment.
Further information on JB MDL Pitch Day will be made available as the event date gets closer.
Here are the areas of interest from our Contingency Response Wing:
JBMDL191-003 TITLE: Contingency Response
TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Logistics, Communications, Business Systems, Engineering
DESCRIPTION: The 621st Contingency Response Wing rapidly deploys Airmen to provide airbase opening, airfield assessments, theater-wide air mobility command and control, contingency load planning, and liaise with, and advise, joint and international partners. The Contingency Response Wing wishes to stay at the cutting edge of these various technologies and is looking to partner with small businesses that may have solutions to Air Force challenges. The areas listed below are high level challenge areas that the Air Force is interested in novel solutions:
Automated warehouse/equipment management systems
Wing communications systems
Virtual reality/augmented reality training programs/systems
Additionally the Contingency Response Wing has a number of specific challenges that require tailored solutions:
Warehouse management solutions to facilitate rapid deployment. Solutions should address inventory management and visibility, storage optimization, and predictive asset life cycle tracking.
Virtual reality/augmented reality training programs to facilitate shortening upgrade/certification training timelines and reduce required travel for training opportunities.
Development of centralized global management system to consolidate access, input and tracking of unit level training/certifications that are currently tracked by multiple legacy systems.
Tools to address communication gaps between Wing’s multiple geographically separated units. Tools should facilitate management of Wing calendar to include meetings, engagements and exercises, and consolidate distribution of information on Wing activities.
The Contingency Response Wing is interested in exploring innovative technology solutions that may not be covered in the list above. This solicitation for ideas is intended to be a call for open ideas and technologies that cover other related areas not currently listed (i.e. the unknown-unknown).
The goal is to give Wing and Squadron Commanders options for their Squadron Innovation Funds. We’re also hoping to expose the evaluation team members, who will come from across the organization, to a wide range of new technologies in their industries.