Army releases slides for FY-22/23 advance planning briefing

By Jaspreet Gill / April 6, 2021 at 3:23 PM

The Army prior to an advance planning briefing set for later this month has released information on potential contracting opportunities focusing on fiscal years 2022 to 2023, according to an updated service notice.

The virtual briefing will be held from April 20 to 22 and address contracting opportunities for mission areas that focus on command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR); research and development; test and evaluation; chemical and biological defense; and Aberdeen Proving Ground Garrison.

No advance registration is required for the event, but questions can be submitted until April 12.

"In addition to the traditional contract opportunity briefings and small business highlights, this year's APBI will include breakout and special interest sessions," according to an April 6 Army notice. "These sessions will start on day [one] with a State of APG round table with senior leaders from the APG Centers of Excellence: R&D, test and evaluation, C5ISR, public health sciences and CBRND as well as the APG Garrison."

Breakout sessions during the first two days will also include total asset visibility contractor (CECOM); the project manager for electronic warfare and cyber strategic planning guidance; the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors integration directorate; the position, navigation and timing open integration lab and an overview of xTechSearch.

Day three will include sessions on the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications-Tactical's integrated tactical network capability sets 23 and 25, command post modernization increment 1 and common hardware systems 6.

PowerPoint slides accompanying the March 6 notice outline a path ahead this year for PEO C3T, which include supporting Project Convergence 21 sensor-to-shooter network integration, operational tests with the Integrated Visual Augmentation System and Command Post Computing Environment and a Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) radios production decision.

The organization this month will also conduct a preliminary design review for Capability Set 23, the second integrated tactical network set in a series of two-year sets being fielded until fiscal year 2027.

Anticipated solicitation release dates for several PEO C3T efforts are also included in the PowerPoint slides, including the Combat Net Radio. The single-channel ground and airborne radio system for fire and air defense control will replace the SINCGARS radio and a solicitation release is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of FY-21.

The slides also lay out FY-21 to FY-24 PEO IEW&S contracting opportunities, including for the Common Infrared Countermeasure System, a laser-based system intended to protect aircraft from incoming missiles. The system, which will replace the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures System, was deemed ready by the service for full-rate production in March.

CIRCM consists of A-Kits and B-Kits and a solicitation for the A-Kits is estimated to be released in the third quarter of FY-21, according to the slides. The estimated value of that contract is between $9 million and $19 million.