Commerce Business Daily, September 20, 1999 PSA-2435


  This is part one of a two-part notice. 17. A-INTRODUCTION: Air Force
  Research Laboratory (AFRL/PKDP) is interested in receiving white papers
  on the research effort entitled "Target Effects Assessment (TEA)
  described below. POCs: Contracting issues: Detachment 8 AFRL/PKDP,
  Directorate of Contracting, 2251 Maxwell Ave SE, Kirtland AFB NM
  87117-5773; Contract Specialist: Shannon L. Mullinax, phone 505.846.4635,
  fax 505.846.1546, email address:; Contracting
  Officer: Steve Young, phone 505.846.4624, fax 505.853.3398, email
  address: Technical issues: project officer, AFRL/DEPA,
  Attn: Maj. Thomas N. Bailey, 3550 Aberdeen Ave SE, Kirtland AFB NM
  87117-5776, phone 505.846.0848, fax 505.846.4374, email address: White Papers received in response to this
  Program Research and Development Announcement (PRDA) must be received not
  later than 1300 hours Mountain Time 30 days from the CBD posting date of
  the announcement. White Papers should be addressed to Detachment 8
  AFRL/PKDP, Directorate of Contracting, Attn: Shannon L. Mullinax, 2251
  Maxwell Ave SE, Kirtland AFB NM 87117-5773. Faxes will not be accepted.
  This is an unrestricted solicitation. White Papers submitted shall be in
  accordance with this announcement. White Papers received after the
  cutoff date and time specified herein shall be treated in accordance with
  the restrictions of FAR 52.215-1(c)(3); a copy of this provision can be
  found at, or may be obtained from the
  contracting POC. There will be no other solicitation issued in regard to
  this requirement. Offerors should be alert for any PRDA amendments that
  may permit subsequent White Paper submission dates. Offerors should
  request a copy of the AFRL Guide entitled, "PRDA and BAA guide for
  Industry," dated 29 Jun 98. This guide is specifically designed to assist
  offerors in understanding the Program Research and Development
  Announcement/Broad Agency Announcement (PRDA/BAA) proposal process. The
  guide is availableon the Internet at, or copies may be requested
  from the contracting point of contact stated herein. B-REQUIREMENTS: (1)
  BACKGROUND: AFRL requires the capability to accurately assess directed
  energy threat environments, target interactions, and their effects on
  aerospace weapon systems and components. AFRL's effort is to use existing
  codes and supportive databases to assess the vulnerability of aerospace
  systems, their subsystems, and the effects of real and potential directed
  energy weapons on these systems. (2) TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT: The objective
  of the contemplated effort is divided into three technology areas: (i)
  Vulnerability Assessments: Vulnerability assessment involves detailed
  modeling of targets, to include structural and electrical subsystems and
  their components; detailed numerical modeling of weapon system-target
  interactions, including target failure modes and failure criteria (fault
  tree); performing assessments utilizing government furnished assessment
  codes, and determining directed energy requirements to impact aerospace
  systems; database collection and maintenance for target materials to
  include properties unique to directed energy interactions; image analysis
  and assessment to include improvements to image processing codes and
  their use with target models; and compiling the results of the analysis
  into an assessment of the impact of a given weapon system on a specific
  target. Limited software development, improvement, testing, and
  maintenance for AFRL/DEPA generated computer codes, as well as
  countermeasure studies and counter-countermeasure studies are also
  anticipated. The contractor will develop techniques and methods for
  threat/vulnerability assessments and perform assessments. The contractor
  will develop high fidelity system models, enhance directed energy
  material property databases, and improve the existing codes for
  vulnerability assessments and modeling. The contractor will integrate
  results of experiments, databases, environmental models, and existing
  codes to address specific threat environments and responses. In addition,
  it is anticipated that the contractor will be required to perform limited
  software development, improvement, testing, and maintenance for AFRL/DEPA
  generated computer codes. Typical computer codes currently in use for the
  vulnerability process include, but are not limited to, the Satellite
  Modeling Tool (SMT) -- a CAD tool for modeling spacecraft developed by
  AFRL/DEPA and used by a number of industrial firms; the Satellite
  Vulnerability Analysis Code (SATVAC) -- a probabilistic/deterministic
  code developed by AFRL/DEPA to quantify uncertainties in vulnerability
  analyses; the Systems Improved Numerical Differencing Analyzer (SINDA) --
  a general-purpose thermal transport code used throughout the spacecraft
  industry; the Automated Systems Improved Numerical Differencing Analyzer
  (AutoSINDA) -- a preprocessor for the SINDA code that takes output from
  the SMT code and prepares an input stream for the SINDA code; andthe
  Intelligence Data Analysis Systems for Spacecraft (IDASS) -- a
  workstation based tool developed by AFRL/DEPA to be used with data
  sources from a number of sensors and DEPA's developed satellite models to
  provide an integrated assessment of an on-orbit spacecraft. (ii) Optical
  Analysis: The contractor will develop high gain optical system models.
  This includes designing and optimizing optical images, designing and
  optimizing baffling, and designing band-pass filters and anti-reflection
  coatings. Optical designs will involve dioptric, cathoptric, and
  catadioptric systems. Optical components will include refractive glass
  surfaces (lenses, prisms, optical flats), mirrors (deformable and
  steering), aperture-sharing elements, beam splitters, filters, detectors,
  and other common elements. The contractor will perform detailed analysis
  and assessment on the optical models. This will include generating spot
  diagrams, Point Spread Function (PSF) curves, Point Source Transmittance
  (PST) curves, ray fan plots, andscatter/narcissus distributions for
  coherent radiation; failure model development for optical system
  components; propagation of laser beams through the atmosphere to
  satellite altitudes; and integrated effects estimates on low gain and
  high gain optical system components. The contractor will develop "Sure
  Safe" illumination thresholds for the optical systems, and perform
  Predictive Avoidance analyses for proposed laser firing events. "Sure
  Safe" analysis involves developing a family of vulnerability curves for
  satellite optics based on laser wavelength, dwell time, and radiant
  intensity. Typical computer codes currently in use for the optical
  analysis process include but are not limited to, The Advanced Systems
  Analysis Package (ASAP) -- an optical analysis software which allows one
  to perform complicated optical analyses such as unconstrained
  three-dimensional geometrical modeling and polychromatic
  geometrical/physical optics analysis of reflection, transmission,
  diffraction, scattering, polarization, and absorption. The Optical Design
  Program (ZEMAX) -- an optical software package that can model, analyze,
  and assist in the design of optical systems. The Thin Film Calculation
  (TFCALC) -- a thin film design program that can be used to design/analyze
  a variety of coatings such as anti-reflection, filters, beam splitters,
  dichroic mirrors, etc.; and SMT. (iii) Experimental Efforts: The
  contractor will conduct various experiments in directed energy research,
  including experiment design, planning, setup, analysis, and actual
  performance of experiments in new areas of interest. The primary
  responsibilities are in the area of experiment planning and utilization
  of experimental results. However, it is essential that the analysts
  understand how experimental results are obtained and what they can be
  used for and therefore, perform experiments to identify new effects,
  specifically in the areas of High Energy Electrons, X-Rays, and Gamma
  Rays are also expected. (3) DELIVERABLE ITEMS: The following deliverable
  items shall be required on an as needed basis for each individual TO --
  Software, hardware and the following Contract Data Requirements List
  (CDRL): (a) Monthly Expenditures report which list clearly the
  incremental funding and the subtask(s) expenditures. (b) Technical
  reports determined by the project officer/program manager. (c) Test plans
  and test reports if experiments are performed. (d) End of task final
  report. (4) SECURITY REQUIREMENTS: It is expected that work performed
  under any resulting contract will be classified up to the Top Secret
  and/or Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) level. The contractor
  must possess personnel with current TS/SCI clearance and facilities with
  at least Secret clearance to support this level of classification. The
  contractor is not required to maintain facilities with TS/SCI clearance,
  as any TS/SCI work will be performed at AFRL/DEPA's Sensitive
  Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF). (5) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
  AFRL Directed Energy Directorate intends to award Indefinite Delivery
  Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ), Task Order (TO) contract(s) with cost plus
  fixed fee task orders to address these issues. AFRL intends to award a
  minimum of zero contracts, and a maximum of three contracts, subject to
  the acceptability of proposals received. While the Government preference
  is to award one contract for all three technology areas, multiple awards
  may be considered. However, no more than one contract shall be awarded
  for each technology area. The requirements for this effort are set forth
  in the technology areas as stated in the preceding paragraphs. A
  separate SOO will not be published for this effort. A firm must be
  registered in the DoD Central Contractor Registration (CCR) Database to
  be eligible to receive an award. Firms must register on a one-time basis
  and annually confirm accuracy and completeness of registration
  information. The web site for on-line CCR registration is WEB: Visit this URL for the latest
  information about this,
  D=1122. E-MAIL: Shannon Mullinax, SHANNON.MULLINAX@PLK.AF.MIL. Posted
  09/16/99 (D-SN381209).