Commerce Business Daily, September 20, 1999 PSA-2435 A -- TARGET EFFECTS ASSESSMENT 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Contracting Officer: Steve Young, phone 505.846.4624, fax 505.853.3398, email address: email@example.com. 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: Thomas.Bailey@plk.af.mil. 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 http://farsite.hill.af.mil, 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 http://extra.afrl.af.mil/policy-guides.htm, 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 http://www.ccr.dlis.dla.mil. WEB: Visit this URL for the latest information about this, http://www.eps.gov/cgi-bin/WebObjects/EPS?ACode=S&ProjID=PRDA99DE03&LocI D=1122. E-MAIL: Shannon Mullinax, SHANNON.MULLINAX@PLK.AF.MIL. Posted 09/16/99 (D-SN381209).