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Data As A Service Assessment Event

Data As A Service

Assessment Event
6-8 June 2022

Submission Deadline: 28 April 2022 11:59 PM ET

 

Purpose
The Cyber Fusion Innovation Center (CFIC), in collaboration with U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) Technical Warfare Center (TWC), will host an Assessment Event (AE) to identify expertise for access to, and distribution of, various data streams to allow analysts to provide actionable insights for data-informed decisions to drive operations.

Desired End State

Desired end state is to better understand current industry capabilities and determine if those solutions are compatible with addressing access to and distribution of multiple data streams.

Background
ARCYBER requires different data feeds from various sources to inform operational decisions and to enrich ARCYBER’s ability to understand and operate within its mission space. Data is core to everything that ARCYBER does across its mission space. The proposed pilot described here is designed to fully explore Data as a Service (DaaS) feeds from Data as a Service solution providers that offer services by volume or subscription that may support one or more ARCYBER missions areas (Operate, Attack, Defend, and Influence).

Use Case
Data-driven decision-making requires timely data acquisition to inform and develop knowledge and actionable insights. Different operations from across ARCYBER’s operational mission areas of Operate, Attack, Defend, and Influence require different insights on different time horizons involving different data types/feeds. As part of the analyst’s request for information (RFI) workflow, he/she should be able to query applicable data feeds with RFI-specific variables. The query response should include either the raw, unenriched data associated with the target feed, or the insight requested, at the analyst’s discretion. The analyst should also have some indication of the staleness in order to determine a confidence interval on any insights derived.

Known Capability Desirements
**Note: Offerors providing only a subset of the below desirements will still be considered.

  1. Access to publicly available information (PAI), social media, adtech, crawl, or other online data that is enriched or unenriched, and geo-locatable when possible, in order to allow the US Army to assess the Information Environment (IE) efficiently and effectively; Pull out narratives, names, and topics; And detect changes in these aspects of the IE.
  2. Candidate solutions provide one or more application programming interfaces (APIs), or other mechanisms callable with analyst-customized fields from an Unclassified Government-provided cloud.
  3. Data should be received in a standardized format (e.g., JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)) and may include enrichments. Full, original JSON is desired, with additive enrichment where available.
  4. Candidate solutions may involve Government cloud compute pulling data from a provided API, or the candidate pushing to a government cloud storage through other means.
  5. Data should be pushed/pulled in batches and should provide date-time-group associated with various feeds. Solutions that provide API access should allow Army users to be able to pull data on demand (e.g., from minutes to hours).
  6. ARCYBER is looking for data across our mission spaces. In general, ARCYBER is interested in the full data payload, as well as any enrichments that may be available. Enrichments could include geo-enrichment, translation, supervised machine learning (ML) classification, etc.

What is an Assessment Event (AE)?
ARCYBER submits specific problems to solve and CFIC utilizes its ecosystem and market research to attract best-of-breed submissions to solve the problem. ARCYBER subsequently reviews and selects participants with the highest value to present and/or demonstrate their capability in a one-on-one session with Government Stakeholders.

 

Why You Should Participate
ARCYBER seeks to enter into non-FAR or FAR-based agreements with Industry, Academic, and National Lab partners whose solutions are favorably evaluated by ARCYBER Subject Matter Experts. As such, these events are considered competitive in the same manner as a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) or Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO), and solutions will be evaluated independently of one another primarily for technical merit. This serves dually as notification of the intent to research the feasibility of an agreement under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b and/or Section 2371b(f), and as notice of pre-solicitation activities IAW FAR 5.204.

Event Timeline

Complete: Phase 1 – 24 March 2022 Collaboration Event: The Cyber Fusion Innovation Center (CFIC), in collaboration with U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) Technical Warfare Center (TWC), is in search of industry expertise for access to, and distribution of, various data streams to allow analysts to provide actionable insights for data-informed decisions to drive operations. If you do not wish to participate in the Collaboration Event, you are free to submit your capability for review for the Assessment Event (AE) after 29 March. RSVP to the CE below, NLT 10 March.

Complete: Phase 2 – 29 March 2022 to 28 April 2022 Submissions Open: Interested respondents who could potentially provide solutions that meet the needs of the Stakeholders are encouraged to submit their solutions per the instructions below NLT 28 April 2022, 11:59 PM ET.

Complete: Phase 3 – 29 April 2022 to 12 May 2022 Down-selects: ARCYBER will down-select those respondents/submissions they feel have the highest potential to satisfy their capability needs. Organizations with favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation to the Assessment Event (Phase 4) o/a 12 May.

Phase 4 – 6 June 2022 to 8 June 2022 Assessment Event (AE): During the AE, invited participants will be allotted a one-on-one session with the Government evaluation panel to pitch, demonstrate, and/or discuss their solutions. The forum will include a Q&A portion and discussions may continue outside of the event to determine who (if anyone) proceeds to Phase 5 follow-on efforts.

Phase 5 – Follow-On: The Government has several acquisition/contract vehicles (i.e., various IDIQ contracts, purchase orders, etc.) to potentially purchase the final system if operationally viable. The Government may elect to purchase all, some, and/or none of the Data As A Service solutions from Phase 4 for further projects. 

 

How You Can Participate

  1. Review the Desired End State, Background, Use Case, & Capability Desiresments (See above)
  2. Review the 24 March CE Transcription: Click Here to Review
  3. Review the Vulcan Submission Instructions: Click Here to Review
  4. Download White Paper Template: Click Here to Download
  5. Submit White Paper via Vulcan: Click Here to Submit (NLT 28 April, 11:59 PM ET)

Questions?
For event-related questions, please contact Justin Gunter, jgunter@cyberfic.org

DISCLAIMERS:

An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b may result in award of a follow-on production in accordance with 10.U.S.C. 2371(f). Upon a determination that the competitively awarded prototype project(s) have been successfully completed, and subject to the availability of funds, the prototype project(s) may result in the award of a follow-on production contract or transaction without the use of competitive procedures.  Such awards may include multiple phases.

Non‐Government advisors may be used in the evaluation of submissions and will have signed Non‐Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) with the Government. The Government understands the information provided in this announcement is presented in confidence and may contain trade secret or commercial or financial information and agrees to protect such information from unauthorized disclosure to the maximum extent permitted and as required by law. An organization’s participation in any part of the selection process under this the announcement indicates concurrence with the aforementioned use of contractor support personnel.