Summary:
On behalf of the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) in partnership with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) and the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) in support of the Assured DevSecOps of Autonomous Systems (ADAS) program, the Tradewind OTA is seeking information across the commercial and academic communities regarding autonomy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Test & Evaluation (T&E) tools that can be applied across the life cycle.

Context:
TRMC’s mission is to invest in Test and Evaluation (T&E) technologies, capabilities, and infrastructure to address current needs of the T&E community and future needs aligned to DoD’s modernization goals, which includes autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI). TRMC funds autonomy & AI T&E technology projects through the Assured DevSecOps of Autonomous Systems (ADAS) portfolio pathfinder. ADAS is seeking innovative approaches for test & evaluation that can be applied in part of and throughout the life cycle of weapons programs, including scalability of T&E tools across the DoD enterprise.
This visionary approach enables the ability to adapt in ever-changing circumstances and threat landscapes. In order to accomplish this transformation, the need to digitize everything becomes a foundational strategic pillar. The application of this transformation is holistic and complete, addressing the entire weapon systems life cycle in all domains, across all Services. The ability to exchange and share digital knowledge products in both a human readable and machine consumable configurations will expedite workflow processes and inform decision making with comprehensive and holistic insights.

Dates:
Responses to this RFI should be submitted starting November 01 and no later than December 06, 2021.

Scope:
For the purposes of this RFI, autonomy is defined as the freedom to select a course of action to achieve a higher authority’s objective in a given environment. Autonomy can include AI/ML, or other forms of software-based decision making, such as expert systems, state machines, etc. In addition, AI/ML can also be applied to non-decision making warfighting capabilities, such as AI-enabled decision aides for human decision makers. This RFI is seeking information regarding Test and Evaluation tools, technologies, and capabilities supporting both Autonomy and AI/ML across the life cycle within systems in all operational domains and missions.
Information requested applies to both states of technological readiness regarding Autonomy and AI T&E Tools:

  1. Currently available AAI T&E products
  2. Topics for AAI T&E research / product development

Submission of responses:
Respondents should send responses electronically by filling out the form that follows this RFI notice and by uploading their white paper or presentation. All requested information is to be submitted on or before December 06, 2021 at 17:59 EST.
Interested parties must use the Vulcan platform to register and subsequently submit their responses. Participation requires that you register in the Vulcan platform here:
https://vulcan-sof.com/login/ng2/submission?collectionUuid=856fbba7-d176-4752-b0e7-9c1cd2f6e250

Responses MUST also be submitted utilizing the referenced PowerPoint template (“TRMC ADAS – AAI T&E Tool RFI Template.pptx”) in the document list and use this naming convention:
“TW-22-0004_TRMC RFI_Vendor”.