30 December 1999
AMSTA-LC-CLD Solicitation DAAE07-00-R-M032
This Executive Summary for the Brigade Combat Team (BCT) effort provides an overview of the specific acquisition and the program.
The US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) will be soliciting offerors for the capability to equip a Brigade Combat Team. A draft solicitation (enclosed) is provided for comment. You are encouraged to suggest alternatives to the Government’s approach and to question the need for any of the identified requirements, if you view them as excessive or if the cost necessary to achieve them is prohibitive. You are reminded that any suggested changes should consider the total cost of ownership and not reduce "instant contract costs" at the expense of life cycle costs. The draft solicitation is based on the requirement, as it is known at this time. TACOM anticipates additional definition to be provided in the next 30 days and will post changes/additions/deletions/clarifications to the Brigade Combat Team solicitation web site (www.tacom.army.mil/acqcen/majorsys/brigade/brigade.htm)
as they develop. Some areas of the draft solicitation are as yet incomplete. As additional information on the requirement becomes available prior to release of the formal RFP, it also may be posted to the TACOM/BCT web site. We have not included the Operational Requirements Document (ORD) or Organizational & Operational Concept (O&O) because they are not yet approved. It is expected that there will be changes to the draft ORD and draft O&O prior to their final approval and inclusion in the formal Request For Proposals (RFP). We have included insights into both of these requirements documents in this draft RFP. Also, details were presented at the Brigade Industry Day (described below) that took place on 1 December 1999.
You are encouraged to provide comments on ANY or ALL areas of the draft solicitation, including contract type, multiple awards/single awards, the requirements, and schedule. Your comments will be considered during our preparation of the formal RFP. It is imperative that any questions or comments regarding the draft RFP be provided as quickly as possible in order to facilitate any needed changes to the solicitation. Comments to the draft solicitation are due by 31JAN00, but you are encouraged to submit comments as soon or as often as you have them ready. Your comments to the draft solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the instructions for White Papers in the BCT’s web site.
The following schedule of events provides you with timeframes necessary to meet the anticipated contract award date of 30JUN00 and First Unit Equipped (FUE) date of 31MAR01.
31DEC99 Release of Draft Solicitation
31JAN00 Final Receipt of White Paper comments
29FEB00 Release of formal Request For Proposals
07MAR00 Pre-Proposal Conference
28APR00 Receipt of Proposals
01MAY00 Bid Sample receipt
03MAY00 Offerors provide oral presentation/overview of their proposal
08MAY00 Discussions with Offerors
01JUN00 Request for Final Proposal Revisions (FPR, previously known as BAFO)
09JUN00 Receipt of FPRs
27JUN00 Source Selection Authority decision, Program Milestone Approval, Congressional Notification
30JUN00 Contract Award
In order to achieve this schedule, proposals in response to the formal RFP must be complete and fully supported. Proposals will be required in both electronic and paper formats. Offerors are encouraged to submit simulation data in response to the formal RFP as soon as they have it, rather than holding it for submission with their proposal by the required proposal due date. Further details on Simulation Data, Pre-Proposal Conference, Bid Samples and Offeror’s Oral Presentation/Overview will be provided incrementally through release to the BCT’s web site and will be included in the formal RFP.
There is a high probability this effort will be resourced in the FY01 President’s Budget and via FY00/01 Reprogramming even though no program line currently exists. This acquisition is subject to Congressional new start approval.
The evaluation characteristics for award have not been fully developed; however, a strawman concept of proposal requirements and evaluation criteria are included in this draft as Sections L and M, respectively. Your comments and suggestions are encouraged. The relative order of importance for evaluation characteristics has not yet been determined.
The BCT Program
In October 1999, the Army leadership announced a vision of the future. The vision includes a Brigade structure and organization which is crucial to the Army’s strategic responsiveness goals of deploying, from the CONUS base to global theater of operation, one (1) Brigade within 96 hours, one (1) Division within 120 hours and five (5) Divisions within thirty (30) days. As a part of this approach, the US Army Materiel Command (AMC) has encouraged early and continuous dialog with all desiring to participate in this effort to transform the Army. Beginning in October, TACOM sought to educate industry on this coming program when it hosted a briefing on the O&O Plan given by the Commanding General of the US Army Armor Center and School. Subsequently, discussions were conducted with various industry officials at the November meeting of the Industrial Committee of Tank and Automotive Producers. In December, a full day was devoted to informing and sharing concepts at a focused Advance Planning Briefing for Industry (APBI)/Brigade Industry Day chaired by the Commanding General of AMC. Every means is being pursued to educate, inform, and engage in deliberate discourse with any and all potential offerors in an attempt to leave no stone unturned in arriving at solutions to the requirements envisioned by this new war-fighting concept for the Brigade Combat Team.
As part of the market survey for this action, the Army hosted the previously mentioned APBI on 1 December 1999; detailing the known desired capabilities of this brigade organization and associated systems. The CBD announcement for the APBI also identified the Army’s desire for input (White Papers, due 31JAN00) from interested parties regarding the potential approaches for modernization of the brigade. The White Papers seek comments on the following: Acquisition strategy, Schedule, Program requirements, Contractual incentives, System-of-systems integration, Production capability, Product assurance, Manpower and Personnel Integration (MANPRINT), Logistics concepts/supportability, C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) connectivity, Training, Embedded diagnostics, Technical insertion, Teaming, and Opportunities for private/public partnering. The notice regarding the APBI, White Papers, and the briefing charts from the APBI are available on the BCT web site described above. Also, a chart depicting the near to mid-term program strategy is posted at the BCT web site.
Additionally, as a part of the market survey for this action, potential interested parties were invited to participate in a platform performance demonstration (PPD) of systems and equipment at Fort Knox, Kentucky in January 2000. This demonstration is being conducted under the auspices of the Mounted Maneuver Battlespace Battle Lab. The purpose of the activity at Fort Knox is to assist the Army in refinement of the organizational and operational concept and operational requirements document. It is not part of the Army acquisition procurement action. The results of the analysis from the PPD, input from White Papers, the analysis of alternatives, and other-organization input will be used to develop the final systems’ requirements.
Initially, one brigade will be equipped with systems that will be "borrowed or leased" from within the U.S Government or other inter-governmental arrangements. This first Initial Brigade is scheduled to be established and deployable by 1 October 2000. The purpose of the specific BCT acquisition described in this Draft RFP is to acquire the follow-on (Interim Forces) Capability through the BCT effort, including replacement of the "borrowed or leased" equipment utilized for the first Initial Brigade.
The Objective of the BCT effort is to obtain the best value solution for development, production, fielding, and support of a full spectrum force of safe, reliable, supportable and effective systems organized in accordance with the Brigade Combat Team organizational and operational concept. Attributes of the Brigade Combat Team organizational and operational concept were presented at the above mentioned APBI and are included in the briefing charts found at the BCT web site.
The capability required for the BCT program may include the availability of a family (or families) of Medium Armored Vehicle (MAV) systems to equip the new brigade organization. It is anticipated that the solution to meeting the Program Objective may include the acquisition of: off-the shelf equipment, non-developmental items, traditional development, systems’ integrator (multiple ground combat vehicle & sustainment solutions), systems’ integrator (vehicle and non-vehicle solutions; complete brigade support), a mix of the aforementioned staggered over time and across variants, or other solutions.
Basic and Optional Requirements
The basic requirement for the BCT acquisition centers on the capability for a minimum of five (5) brigades. The replacement of the "borrowed or leased" equipment utilized for the first Initial Brigade is included in the basic quantity for five (5) brigades. Offers will be solicited requesting pricing for the capability broken out into prices for: 1) Family of Vehicles, 2) Data, 3) Logistics/Sustainment, 4) Brigade Support. It is anticipated that the Family of Vehicles, Data and Logistics/Sustainment will be solicited on a Firm-Fixed-Price basis while Brigade Support will be solicited on a Cost-Plus basis. The Basic requirement will be for a Family of Vehicles and Data for five (5) brigades. Options, or other contractual methods for purchasing additional quantities of supplies or services, will be included for: a) Family of Vehicles to support an additional ten (10) brigades, b) Data to support an additional ten (10) brigades, c) Logistics/Sustainment to support up to fifteen (15) brigades, d) Brigade Support to support up to fifteen (15) brigades. The manner in which the government may purchase these additional requirements must be flexible and independent of each other requirement.
Offerors will be required to identify the applicability/non-applicability (and proposal pricing) of any Federal Retailers Excise Tax (FRET) associated with the items offered in their proposals.
The First Unit Equipped (FUE) Objective for this effort is
31MAR01. The second unit equipped is required for 30SEP01. The capability for additional brigades, if purchased under the final contractual arrangement, will be required at a rate of one (1) brigade every six months.
The Family of Vehicles required for the BCT per brigade are listed below with a range of models estimated for each brigade. To maximize commonality, the number of configurations will be minimized, and the various functions to be performed will be tailored to that small number of configurations. Combat Functions within the BCT force will be:
VARIANTS SYSTEMS PER VARIANTS
(1) Infantry/General Purpose Carrier (ICV) 130-180
(2) Mobile Gun System (MGS) 30-42
(3) Reconnaissance Vehicle 54-73
(4) Antitank Guided Missile 10-14
(5) Command and Control/TOC 40-56
(6) Mortar Carrier 30-42
(7) Self-Propelled Howitzer 15-21
(8) Engineer Vehicle (EV) 17-23
(9) Striker/Fire Support Team 11-15
(10) NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle 3-5
(11) Medical Evacuation/ Medical 35-48
(12) Recovery Vehicle 5-8
TOTAL SYSTEMS PER BRIGADE 380-527
Type of Contract/Contractor Incentives
The Government's objective is to have a contract structure that allows reasonable and effective incentives so that firms can provide: on-time deliveries, a full family of vehicles that meet operational and readiness capabilities, technical insertion capability, logistics efficiencies, and cost efficiencies. Special Provision H.1 requests comments from industry on: contract structure, duration, pricing arrangement/Cost as an Independent Variable (CAIV), terms and conditions, and flexibility.
Statement of Objective (SOO): (Section C)
A SOO is included as Section C in this solicitation. It lists the five (5) must-have technical performance objectives and other areas for consideration in preparation of proposals in response to the formal RFP. These objectives, along with the desired performance objective’s list in Attachment 1, will be used in development of the Statement of Work proposed by the offerors.
Offerors will submit a sample of their baseline variant of choice for evaluation in accordance with the schedule detailed above. The government will provide via bailment to offerors the minimum required GFE to assure total system evaluation.
Statement of Work (SOW)
The offerors will be required to submit a Statement of Work (SOW) for this effort. The SOW will cover all requirements of the solicitation to include the SOO and performance objectives at Attachment 1. As part of the formal RFP, a basic SOW will be provided for offerors to use, modify, and incorporate into their proposed SOW.
Performance Objectives (DRFP Attachment 1)
Included, as Attachment 1 to this solicitation, are both the required Key Performance Parameters (KPPs) and the desired performance objectives for the Family of Vehicles. Many of the requirements have both Threshold (T) and Objective (O) levels of performance. Offerors will be required to identify which requirements they currently meet or can meet by the MAR01 FUE date and which requirements they will be able to meet in the future and when. Parties are reminded that all performance objectives are preliminary.
Logistics Sustainment, Brigade Support and Training
Maintaining and sustaining war-fighting capability is paramount for the Family of Vehicles and throughout the Brigade structure. Interested parties are encouraged to propose innovative solutions to reduce the burden on the limited organic capability. Primary emphasis should be to propose a level of Contractor Logistics Support to maintain and sustain a minimum 90% Equipment Serviceability (ES) for the Family of Vehicles to perform their intended missions. A minimum 90% ES must be maintained and sustained for systems and on board or integrated mission equipment regardless of source. Heavy reliance is placed on: mission critical spares on board, Battle Damage Assessment And Repair (BDAR) kits, interoperability of mission critical items between systems, maximize forward removal and replacement of mission critical components, strategically configured sustainment support packages and serial number tracking of mission critical components to allow for immediate removal and replacement of suspect items to preclude mission interruption.
Interested parties are also encouraged to propose a level of Contractor Support to sustain all other elements of Brigade Combat Support and Combat Service Support more efficient and effective than establishing organic capability and provided in parallel with primary sustainment.
For the Family of Vehicles, all forms of new equipment training are required. This will include: operator and maintenance training at the TRADOC institutional proponent schools for Individual, Collective and Leader Development. Peculiar features of the Family of Vehicles must be integrated into existing Close Combat Tactical Trainers (CCTT), desktop trainers, BATS-type gunnery devices and Tactical Engagement Simulations (TES) with minimum development or modification. Introduction of new aids or devices should be minimized.
For deployment, new equipment and unit sustainment training must be provided with a Training Support Package tailored for all echelons of operation and maintenance.
It is the intent of the Government to continually look at and incorporate technology enhancements, as they become available through the life of this contract. The contractor will be responsible for integration of any such enhancements. The contractor will work with the Government and other contractors in the early stages of development to raise integration issues. The list of proposed technology insertions will be found at the BCT web site when completed.
The Contractor shall have and maintain a Quality system that conforms to the ISO 9000 series or an equivalent Commercial or Contractor system.
In order to meet the FUE date of MAR01 it will be necessary for offerors to propose systems that have undergone previous testing both at the component and system level. If a system is proposed which has not been through Government testing it will be required to pass both a Developmental Test (DT) and Operational Test (OT). Any system that is making changes to a previously tested item may be required to undergo a limited user test prior to any fielding of the equipment. Offerors will identify the minimum essential testing needed to achieve Materiel Release IAW AR 700-142 with their proposal.
It is the Government’s intent to solicit ideas and comments on a cost effective warranty program. Offerors shall propose a warranty program that reflects their corporate responsibility for providing a quality product and how they intend to administer the program.
In an effort to most effectively accomplish the contract, the Government will include a provision incorporating the concept of "partnering" with the contractor. Partnering is a process used to reduce adversarial attitudes, improve trust and communication, and build inter-organizational teamwork with the primary purpose of improving contract performance. This cooperative relationship will strive to draw on the strengths of each organization in an effort to achieve a quality product, at the prices offered and on schedule. This effort will be bilateral in make-up and participation will be totally voluntary. The Government will extend an invitation to enter into the partnering process upon award of the contract. More information on Partnering can be obtained by reviewing the AMC Model Partnering Process Guide, "Partnering For Success", which can be located on the AMC Home Page (http://www.amc.army.mil/amc/command_counsel/partnering.html).
This draft solicitation is for information and planning purposes only, THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT SOLICITING PROPOSALS IN RESPONSE TO THIS DRAFT. In accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.215-3, the Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this draft solicitation or to otherwise pay for the information solicited except as an allowable cost under other contracts as provided in subsection 31.205-18, Bid and Proposal Costs, of the FAR. You are not required to submit comments in response to this draft solicitation. Firms wishing to be included on the Bidder’s Mailing List (BML) for this action must register on the TACOM/BCT web site. Once registered, you will receive notice when additional information is posted to the web site and when the formal RFP is issued, unless you request otherwise to the undersigned.
You are requested to submit your comments about the draft solicitation by 31 January 2000 in accordance with the White Papers instruction set forth at the TACOM/BCT web site described above. Or if you prefer to submit your comments anonymously, send them to our command ombudsperson. Our ombudsperson will raise your questions or concerns with the appropriate personnel, without revealing your identity. The deadline for submitting comments to the ombudsperson is 31 January 2000. If you decide to submit comments through this channel, make sure you identify the draft solicitation and the undersigned in your correspondence. The name of our ombudsperson is Ms. LaRuth Sheperd who may be called at (810) 574-6597. You may address comments in writing to her at e-mail: email@example.com.
For information regarding this action, please contact the undersigned at Phone (810) 574-5899 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Micheal D. McHugh
US Army TACOM