Opportunity Announcement:

The Tradewind OTA Enterprise Office (operated by IN3), in conjunction with the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), will host a competitive process with NSWC-Corona who is seeking commercial solutions to solve problems identified in the (https://tradewindai.com/wp-content/uploads/Tradewind-Accelerant-Open-Calls-to-Industry.pdf). Please review the full Call to Industry in its entirety for more information, to include subsequent competitive Phases.

BACKGROUND:

The Navy is pursuing a tactical data network that connects all weapons and sensors across a battlefield with Joint All-Domain Command and Control. However, Naval fleets are perpetually comprised of assets that are inconsistent in both hardware and software, due to the changing landscape of asset manufacturers, operators, contracts, and department policy. Consequently, assets may have different network bandwidths, memory limits, and local data distributions. This presents many challenges for distributed maritime machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), such as denied/silent communications (COMMs), adversarial network intrusion, heterogeneous hardware bandwidth limitations, and non-I.I.D. (heterogeneous) data sources.

***OPERATIONAL GAP: ***

During different mission scenarios, individual assets may have access to tactical data that is not available to the rest of the fleet. This may consist of tactical data from sensors, navigation, system condition assessment, aerial and satellite imaging, and intelligence assets from heterogeneous hardware and assets. In order to perform fleet-wide unified machine learning and artificial intelligence, these heterogeneous data would have to be transferred or transmitted to a centralized location. In many mission scenarios, this would be infeasible due to tactical doctrine, denied communications, or practical bandwidth limitations.

Submission Instructions
Phase 1 under the (https://tradewindai.com/wp-content/uploads/Tradewind-Accelerant-Open-Calls-to-Industry.pdf) is submission of the Vulcan Scout Card in response to the Operational Gap. Please review the full Call to Industry in its entirety for more information, to include subsequent competitive Phases.
Submissions under Phase 1 must be provided in accordance with the above referenced guidance document No Later Than 0900 ET on 15 NOV 2021.

Scout Card Guidance. Solution providers should fill in as much information as possible for the information fields requested when creating a new Scout Card or reviewing an existing Scout Card for submission under this Collection. Having adequate information helps Government reviewers make a quick determination on which solution providers will be invited to subsequent Phases of competition. Please also pay particular attention to address the following:

  • Description Field. Provide an overview of your solution and how the solution addresses the problem/operational gap.
  • Differentiators Field. What sets your product apart from other similar solutions?
  • Other. It is encouraged to not leave any fields blank, but leaving the following fields blank may put a solution provider at risk of not being selected for subsequent Phases: TRL, Product Rights, and Points of Contacts.

Submission Deadline: No later than 0900 ET on 15 NOV 2021.

The submission process will require registration on and use of the Vulcan platform (https://vulcan-sof.com/).

This opportunity is a Tradewind Accelerant project, and as such will adhere to the guidance provided in the “Calls for Industry Solutions” document on this page.

This page will be updated should any additional announcement information become available.