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Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) Opportunities

The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) – formerly the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) – is an interagency organization created, charged, and funded to address security requirements that cross-cut across federal government agency purviews. 

CTTSO will soon issue its FY12 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) to call for industry inputs on about 45 requirements that may result in contracts for rapid system development totaling some $40 million.  This BAA – which will be accessible at www.bids.cttso.gov on or about 11 February 2011 -- will outline CTTSO needs.  Industry will be asked to respond with Quad Chart proposals within 30 days.  Companies whose Quad Charts are of interest to CTTO will be asked to submit White Papers and, if further CTTSO interest is generated, full proposals.

While the final tweaks to the BAA are currently being made, CTTSO, in an Industry Day today (25 January) identified focus areas including the following:

R2655 Enhanced Collapsible-Wing Micro Tactical Unmanned Aerial System

Develop a single-man portable and operable Enhanced Collapsible-Wing Micro Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (ECMTUAS) with a secure Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) digital data-link and software-based C2 capable of hand-launch and internal transport in a man-portable canister.  The ECMTAUS shall have an endurance of 60 (threshold), 180 (objective) minutes in the operational configuration that has the greatest power draw.  The ECMTAUS shall have a minimum dash speed of 55 knots.  The ECMTAUS airframe shall not exceed four (threshold), two (objective) pounds in weight; the transportation canister shall not exceed seven (threshold), five (objective) inches in diameter and 35 (threshold), 30 (objective) inches in length.  The ECMTUAS shall be able to launch within 30 (threshold), 10 (objective) seconds of removal from its canister.

The ECMTUAS shall be able to operate with all of the following payloads (one at a time): gimbaled EL analog camera; fixed (threshold) gimbaled (objective) IR camera; and fixed and gimbaled 10 (objective), 7 (threshold) megapixel digital camera.  All payloads shall be field replaceable in less than four (threshold) two (objective) minutes without special tooling. 

The Full Motion Video (FMV) from all of these payloads shall be compressed with the H.264 codec and transmitted via the ECMTUAS MANET datalink (threshold) with a selectable frame rate in frames per second (objective). 

The ECMTUAS MANET datalink shall have a five (threshold), ten (objective) kilometer connection range with sufficient bandwidth to perform all flight operations and view the payload FMV at 20 frames per second.  The ECMTUAS MANET digital datalink shall have a minimum of Suite B, AE 256 SHA2 512 encryption and serve as both the C2 and payload datalink.  The ECMTUAS MANET datalink shall mesh with other MANET digital data-link ground, air, and maritime nodes when set to the same frequency/channel and encryption key. 

At a minimum, the ECMTUAS shall be able to perform the following operations autonomously: operator-selected target tracking, waypoint following, got to target area and loiter/orbit, airspeed and altitude control with manual heading control, return to home/launch area, takeoff (after hand launch), landing.  All autonomous controls shall release to manual operator control within five (threshold) two (objective) seconds of receiving a manual override command.

The ECMTUAS shall be ruggedized for austere environments; an external VGA port; daylight- readable (threshold), touch-control (objective) screen; ruggedized controller joystick; have two (threshold), four (objective) gigabytes of random access memory; internal (threshold), solid state (objective) hard disk drive with 120 (objective), 240 gigabytes of storage space. 


R2689 Mobile Surveillance Platform Generation

Develop a Mobile Surveillance Platform that captures video, audio, and position information from moving and stationary locations and securely transmits that information over low-bandwidth, high-jitter networks such as the cellular network to a Command Center. 

While the current mobile surveillance system has been quite successful, the Government is now looking to upgrade the system technology.  The Government currently possesses a mobile surveillance system that simultaneously captures, records, encrypts, and streams multi-channel video and audio with associated GPS position information and other metadata.  Video, audio, and metadata is acquired using a low footprint, custom-designed encoder that performs all capturing, recording, encryption, and streaming functionalities into one case.  The encoder captures high-quality video and audio over the cellular network to a single head-end server located in a Command Center.  This head-end server then makes all video, audio, GPS positioning, and other metadata available to the end user on a Local Area Network (LAN) through a proprietary desktop application.

All aspects of the Mobile Surveillance Platform shall be entirely open and documented for the Government, including hardware/firmware design, internal software interfaces, and Application Programming Interface (API). 

Two different encoder designs shall be provided.  One encoder shall measure no greater than twelve-and-a-half inches length by eight-and-half inches width by five inches height, shall take in four channels of video, each at 30 frames per second, and be designed for fast-moving vehicular environments.  This encoder design shall incorporate a vehicular docking station for quick insertion and removal of the encoder.  The second encoder shall measure no greater than seven-and-a-half inches length, by five-and-a-half inches width, by three inches height, shall take in two channels of video, each at 30 FPS, and be designed for man-portable or fixed site operations. 

Video, audio, and position information shall be captured by multiple individual small-footprint, highly-robust, encoders designed to fit securely in a vehicle docking station, an environmentally-protected enclosed rooftop unit, or a backpack.  Each encoder shall encode the video using a stable version of x264 dated no earlier than November 2010.  Each encoder shall record high-quality video and audio to disk.  Each encoder shall simultaneously stream medium quality, secure, encrypted real-time x264-encoded video, audio, and GPS position information over a celluar-optimized network protocol to a single head-end server, located in the Mobile Command Center.  Each encoder’s hardware shall be optimized for x364.  The encoder shall not use USB connections or signaling to interconnect its video, audio, GPS, internal storage, Ethernet, and optional internet cell modem components and shall use a high-bandwidth databus instead.  Each encoder shall automatically failover between AGPS and GPS. 

The head-end server, which shall measure no greater than a 4RU rackmounted server, shall allow the H.264 video, audio, and position information, as well as status and control for all encoders, to be available through a secure, documented standard, license-free API.  Video and audio coming from the head-end server shall be compatible with Wowza Streaming Server and Flash 10 or greater.  The head-end server shall also provide the capability to point selected encoders to a different head-end server. 


R2646 Unattended IR/SWIR Imaging Ground Sensors 

Develop advanced unattended ground sensors (UGS) for U.S. military theatre operations that monitor remote trails around Fixed Bases and Forward Operating Bases to provide early warning of approaching attacks from enemy ground forces out to six kilometers.  Operations required buried UGS on or near remote trails that lead to friendly force locations to detect approaching enemies in enough time to formulate a counter attack.

The UGS shall be small (no larger than six inches high, and four inches in diameter) austere sensors that can be buried and/or hidden.  The UGS shall be capable of day and night operations in all-weather conditions using an infrared and/or short-wave IR camera.  The USG shall provide early-warning and automatic alerting capabilities.  The USG shall operate with a non-line of sight range out to six kilometers via a satellite communications link.  The USG shall have a 30-day battery life.


R2654 Handheld Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition Reconnaissance System – Develop a Handheld Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition Reconnaissance System (HISTARS) with a primary ISR module and a secondary laser designation module and secondary automated optical device detection (AODD) module.  Currently, there is no device that integrates in a modular arrangement that provides target geo-location, laser designation, multi-spectral thermal, AODD capability.  All primary and secondary modules of the HISTARS will operate on any power source from 8-48 volts.  The HISTARS shall weigh no more than a total of ten (threshold), eight pounds (objective).  The primary ISR module shall have no less than the following components:

  • cooled multi-spectral thermal camera capable of detecting the laser designation spot;
  • high definition color day camera;
  • selective availability/anti-spoofing module GPS receiver;
  • north-finding digital magnetic compass (threshold) / fiber optic gyro (objective);
  • laser range finder and laser pointer.

The primary ISR module will weigh no more than six (threshold), five (objective) pounds with internal batteries.  The primary ISR module will continuously operate for no less than three (threshold), five (objective) hours with internal batteries and the batteries shall be hot-swappable.  The laser designation module shall have no less than 30mJ of energy per pulse and pulse repetition in accordance with NATO STANAG 3733. 

The laser designation module shall operate both as a stand-alone module and when mechanically and electrically coupled with the primary ISR module.  The laser designation module will weigh no more than one pound.  The AODD module shall automatically scan a minimum of a 40 degree horizontal and five degree vertical field of regard.  The AODD module shall scan the minimum field of regard in no more than three seconds and visually display the detected optical devices in the viewing screen of the primary ISR module.  The AODD module shall weigh no more than three (threshold), two (objective) pounds.  The AODD module shall operate both as a stand-alone module and when mechanically and electrically coupled with the primary ISR module.  All functions and operations shall be capable of being controlled via a secure, wireless IP-based mobile ad hoc network. 


R2681 RQ-11B SUAS Training Package

Design and develop a standardized training package to augment current RQ-11B small UAS training.  The offeror shall conduct a Training Needs Analysis to determine the training needs, audience, job tasks, and environment to determine training content and most suitable presentation format.  Based on the results of the analyses, the offeror shall design and develop the training program and instructional materials needed to successfully implement the training program.  All training materials shall integrate and build upon current RQ-11B SUAS training requirements and joint standards

The training package shall consist of the following components:

  • Training Support Package for use by operators and trainees when undergoing initial or sustainment training.  The TSP shall include, at minimum, interactive presentations, instructor notes, instructional techniques, supporting material, videos, references, student handouts, student assessments, and other training media deemed necessary. 
  • Executive level aids for use by commanders of the RQ-11B SUAS describing the capabilities, limitations, coordination requirements, and tactics, techniques, and procedures of RQ-11B employment.
  • Field Guides and training aides for use by RQ-11B trainees in the field.

The offeror shall have subject matter expertise in small UAS operations and instructional systems design for the military or partner with someone who does.  The offeror can expect simulation training to be available for curriculum inclusion in FY12.  Existing instructor-led and live flight practical application training will be available for analysis.  Training package shall not be solely based on existing training, and additional analysis shall be conducted, and additional materials (including but not limited to photos and videos) shall be developed.  Available training materials shall be provided as GFI as part of any contract award.