DISA Archived Call for White Papers

Global Position System (GPS) Based Clutter Loss Measurement (BCLM)

Due Date (EXTENDED): Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm CST

Project Number: DISA-OTA-20-R-BCLM

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate through the DISA Procurement Services Directorate (PSD) is seeking the development of prototype systems, software, and processes that can be used to operationally measure clutter loss using Global Position System (GPS) signals across multiple satellite constellations.

Section 1. OVERVIEW/DESCRIPTION

1.1 PURPOSE

This Request for White Paper (RWP) is being issued to conduct research, development, and testing activities associated with GPS Based Clutter Loss Measurement (BCLM) activities. This request meets the statutory requirements of Other Transaction Authority (OTA) (10 U.S.C. 10 U.S.C. §2371b) for the development of a GPS BCLM prototype.

The Department of Defense (DoD), Military Services and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO), each developed transition plans to support the migration of DoD systems leaving the 1755-1780 megahertz (MHz) band and to facilitate increasingly less restrictive spectrum sharing arrangements for early entry of commercial Advanced Wireless Services-3 (AWS-3) systems in support of the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) rule making for AWS-3.

The DISA Transition Plan, which is managed by the DSO, includes six initiatives, one of which is the DISA 5, 1755-1780 MHz Spectrum Sharing Test and Demonstration (SST&D) Program. SST&D includes the authority to investigate improvements related to AWS-3 spectrum sharing between DoD and industry. The primary objectives of the DISA 5 SST&D Program are to:

  1. Facilitate Expedited and Expanded Entry (FEEE) of commercial deployments into the 1755-1780 MHz band.
  2. Identify, Assess, Test/demonstrate, and Operationalize (IATO) coexistence assessments, interference mitigation, and other spectrum sharing enablers that support increased sharing between Long Term Evolution (LTE) and incumbent DoD systems.

In order to achieve its objectives, the SST&D Program currently focuses on three broad technical areas for improvements in evaluating AWS-3 spectrum sharing, one of which is propagation modeling between early-entry LTE systems and DoD receivers.

Propagation modeling supports early entry of commercial users into the AWS-3 band by analyzing the aggregate interference level to DoD assets. DSO has developed and continues to refine the Early Entry Portal Analysis Capability (EEPAC), which computes the aggregate interference to DoD assets due to LTE User Equipment (UE) emissions in proposed LTE network deployments (that operate in the 1755 – 1780 MHz band). An important factor impacting the aggregate interference level at DoD receivers is the clutter loss on the paths between the UEs and the DoD receivers. As a result, considerable effort is being expended to develop and improve “clutter models” that can be used within EEPAC, and other Service-specific aggregate interference tools (AITs) to predict clutter loss.

Under DISA 5, DSO conducted initial market research in the form of an initial study, which was completed in March of 2017. Specifically, the initial study evaluated the feasibility of using GPS signals to measure clutter loss in various environments. However, while the initial study provided valuable information, in order to meet emerging needs of the DoD, the Government needs to take the next step in the form of prototype OTA. The initial study effort clearly shows significant potential to further pursue this technique for characterizing clutter loss for 1755-1780 MHz band systems because of the following:

  • Standard GPS receivers can make power measurements down to thresholds near -130 decibels per milliwatt (dBm) with accuracies to tenths of a decibels (dB) and
  • Clutter loss measurements from this effort demonstrate the need to obtain GPS signals below this threshold (clutter environment dependent).

This GPS Based Clutter Loss Measurement Prototype effort will transition the effort from a study and take it much further, by developing prototype systems, software, and processes that can be used to operationally measure clutter loss using GPS signals across multiple satellite constellations.

GPS BCLM Request for White Papers (RWP) Final [PDF]
GPS BCLM Request for White Papers Amendment One [PDF]
GPS BCLM Posting [PDF]
GPS BCLM Request for White Papers Amendment 0002 [PDF]
GPS BCLM Request for White Papers Amendment 0003 [PDF]
GPS BCLM Request for White Papers Amendment 0004 [PDF]
GPS BCLM Request for White Papers Q & A II [PDF]


Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) that incorporates Spectrum Access Systems (SAS) and Environmental Sensing Capabilities (ESC)

Due Date (EXTENDED): 07 July 2020 at 8:00am EST

Project Number: DISA-OTA-20-R-TardyS3

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI)

Since 2012, the Department of Defense (DOD), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) have been engineering a solution for commercial wireless to share 3550-3650 MHz band without needing modifications to the federal spectrum-dependent systems already operating in that band. These efforts have resulted in the Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) that incorporates Spectrum Access Systems (SAS) and Environmental Sensing Capabilities (ESC).

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO) plays a critical role in managing this spectrum transition for the DOD. Specifically, DISA DSO will implement dynamic spectrum sharing systems that enable DOD spectrum usage scheduling inside the target band and that enable automated interference prevention, detection, and resolution in the target band. The provided capabilities will enable DOD to maintain the sharing structure and continue support to enduring DOD mission requirements.

THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) NOTICE ONLY. THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP). NO SOLICITATION IS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

1. OVERVIEW/PURPOSE/DESCRIPTION OF PROCUREMENT:

DISA DSO is planning the procurement of tools/systems/capabilities, which will assist and enhance the dynamic spectrum sharing environment fielded for CBRS. DISA DSO seeks industry feedback on the projected acquisition approach.

The Government desires an Agile and DevSecOps approach to deliver an initial, minimum viable product (MVP) for the spectrum scheduling system within six months of award and delivering a second MVP for the interference prevention, detection, and resolution capability within nine months of award. Improvement, productization, and operational implementation of these capabilities through the year 2025 are planned. DISA DSO expects the performing vendor(s) to play a critical role interacting with key stakeholders including DOD operators, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and CBRS users within the target band.

Download RFI [PDF]
RFI Amendment 0001 19 Jun 2020 [PDF]
RFI Amendment 0002 1 Jul 2020 [PDF]
RFI Amendment 0002 Questions and Answers 1 Jul 2020 [PDF]
RFI Amendment 0003 6 Jul 2020 [PDF]
RFI Amendment 0003 Questions and Answers 6 Jul 2020 [PDF]
RFI Amendment 0004 Questions and Answers 5 Aug 2020 [PDF]
“Ask Me Anything” Event Q&As 5 Aug 2020 [PDF]
RFI Amendment 0005 13 Aug 2020 [PDF]
RFI Amendment 0005 13 Questions and Answers 13 Aug 2020 [PDF]
RFI Amendment 0006 Questions and Answers 21 Sep 2020 [PDF]
RFI Amendment 0006 21 Sep 2020 [PDF]



Enterprise Data Optimization Tool (EDOT) Prototype

Due Date: May 25, 2020 by 9:00 AM CST

Project Number: DISA-OTA-20-R-EDOT

Section 1. OVERVIEW/DESCRIPTION

1.1 PURPOSE

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as supported by DOD CIO and USSPACECOM has an ongoing need for a next generation "Data Controller" capability to enable reliable data communications over legacy Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) Satellite Communications (SATCOM), Integrated Waveform (IW), Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), Line of Sight (LOS), High Frequency (HF), and Extremely High Frequency (EHF) to facilitate dissemination of critical Situational Awareness (SA) and Command and Control (C2) information.

As the increasing scarcity of UHF Follow-On (UFO) satellite resources obliges DoD to transition to more heavily utilize the IW and the emerging MUOS in place of dedicated UHF SATCOM, DISA is moving to a next generation data controller solution. To develop a new enterprise-level data controller capability that would provide greater access to the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) and expanded Network Management capabilities, DISA representatives have proposed the Enterprise Data Optimization Tool (EDOT). This request for White Paper (RWP) is being issued to conduct research, development, and testing activities associated with Enterprise Data Optimization Tool (EDOT).

Final EDOT Request for White Papers [PDF]
EDOT OTA Request for White Papers Amend 0001 [DOCX]
EDOT Questions and Answers [XLSX]


Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM)

Due Date (EXTENDED): 14 November, 2019 @ 12:00pm EST

Project Number: DISA-OTA-20-R-ICAM

Section 1. OVERVIEW/DESCRIPTION

1.1 PURPOSE

This request for White Paper (RWP) is being issued to conduct research, development, and testing activities associated with Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) activities. This request meets the statutory requirements of Other Transaction Authority (OTA) (10 U.S.C. §2371) for the development and deployment of a DoD Enterprise Identity Service that will create a single user record, consolidating all pertinent data associated with the individual under one account, and automatically deleting such accounts when they are no longer required. The objective will be to establish a federated identity service for DISA, its mission partners, non-CAC holders (such as authorized guests and visitors), and non-person entities that mitigates current inefficiencies, facilitates strong authentication to current state-of-the-art cloud services, provide authorization services with role-base access, and enables audit of users and resources; using non-traditional defense contractor solutions per 10 USC §2302(9), which defines a non-traditional defense contractor as "an entity that is not currently performing and has not performed, for at least one year preceding the solicitation of sources by the DoD for the procurement or transaction, any contract or subcontract for the DoD that is subject to full coverage under the cost accounting standards prescribed pursuant to 41 USC §1502 and the regulations implementing such section."

The project involves technology that exists in the marketplace, but not in the breadth, scope, and bandwidth that would be capable of integrating the entire DoD Enterprise and all of its unique systems and requirements, and ensuring their seamless integration and interoperability in the manner and at the level that this mission-critical federated identity effort requires. In the latter regard, it is very much a prototype.

ICAM capabilities will enhance the security and integrity of DoD information systems that serve and protect warfighters and the military and civilian personnel who support them. ICAM does so proactively rather than reactively, by restricting unauthorized access to systems and information across organizational boundaries, reducing the opportunity for infiltration and violation of DoD enterprise integrity, mitigating inefficiencies and known cyber threats, and maximizing the effectiveness of the ICAM community. Some examples of inefficiencies to be mitigated are the paper DD2875 access request process, ineffective account lifecycle management, lack of visibility into which users have access to what systems, and lack of flexibility to leverage authenticators beyond public key infrastructure (PKI)-based solutions.

Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Request for White Papers [PDF]
Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Request for White Papers Amendment 002 [PDF]
Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Request for White Papers Amendment 002 Q&A [PDF]
Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Request for White Papers Amendment 003 [PDF]
Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Request for White Papers Amendment 004 [PDF]
Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Request for White Papers Amendment 004 Q&A Clarification [PDF]
Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Request for White Papers Amendment 005 [PDF]
Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Request for White Papers Amendment 005 Q&A Clarification [PDF]

Mobility Enablement Prototype

Due Date: August 12, 2019 by 9:00 AM CST

Project Number: DISA-OTA-19-R-MEO

Section 1. Request for White Papers

1.1 PURPOSE

This request for White Paper (RWP) is being issued to seek vendors capable of fulfilling the technical objectives outlined below related to Mobility Enablement in order to conduct research, development, and testing activities to stand up an environment capable of supporting the development of secure mobile applications (apps) and streamline the security approval process to properly vet the apps for use on Department of Defense (DoD) mobile devices.

1.2 Statement of Need

DISA has made progress over the past few years, delivering a secure solution for mobile communications, DoD Mobility Unclassified Capability (DMUC) and DoD Mobility Classified Capability. To improve device utility, DISA requires a capability to efficiently develop and sustain secure mobile applications. In March 2018, DISA SD3 set out to enhance the mobile end users' experience, explore ways to maximize utilization, and lower the barrier for agile mobile application development by mirroring the commercial experience. An industry survey confirmed that the utility of mobile devices stems from accessibility of native applications. DoD mobile users should have the same tools and services to which they are accustomed on their desktop/laptop computer securely available on the mobile device. The MEO is planning to utilize Other Transaction Authority (OTA) to engage industry and prototype an agile solution. The goal is to stand up an environment capable of supporting the development of secure mobile applications (apps) and streamline the security approval process to properly vet the apps for use on DoD mobile devices.

The DoD does not currently have a means to efficiently build approved applications for a DoD mobile environment with security requirements incorporated into the development process. DISA requires a capability similar to what exists in industry to adopt mature processes for mobile application development and sustainment. There is an immediate need to mirror industry's agile approach while simultaneously including the required DoD security elements into that process. The project's objective is to prototype a web-based software development environment for creating secure mobile applications suitable for the DMUC capability and streamline the security approval process to properly vet the apps for use on DMUC devices. The development environment will be accessible from anywhere and by any qualified and authorized mobile applications developer. The prototype will minimally include an environment for iPhone Operating System (iOS) and Android applications development and include an automated means for ensuring compliance with the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) criteria, the DoD Security Requirements Guide (SRG), the DoD Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs), and any other approved security measures. The prototype will also include tools for continuous integration, code repository, issue tracking, source control, and documentation.

Download the Mobility Enablement Prototype Request for White Papers [PDF]
Download the Mobility Enablement Prototype Request for White Papers Amendment 0001 [PDF] Download the Mobility Enablement Prototype Request for White Papers Amendment 0002 [PDF] Download the Mobility Enablement Prototype Request Q&A Responses [PDF]

Quantum-Resistance Cryptography Prototype

Due Date: June 14, 2019 by 9:00 AM CST

Project Number: DISA-OTA19-R-Quantum

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate through the DISA Procurement Services Directorate (PSD) is seeking information from Industry to evaluate the use of quantum-safe algorithms and cryptographic solutions that can defend Department of Defense (DoD) Information Technology (IT) infrastructure from malicious cyber activities.

SECTION 1 OVERVIEW/DESCRIPTION

1.1 PURPOSE

One of the immediate concerns facing DoD has to do with public key cryptography data encryption and authentication. Theoretically, adversaries could utilize quantum computers to attack the cryptographic algorithms that are widely used for secure online transactions and communications. Certain algorithms currently utilized across the DoD on various systems are vulnerable to attacks from large-scale quantum computers. The exact time of the arrival of the quantum-computing era is unknown; however, DoD must begin now to prepare its information security systems to be able to resist attacks from large-scale quantum computers.

This request for White Paper (RWP) is being issued to conduct research, development, and testing activities associated with evaluating Quantum-Resistant algorithms, and cryptographic solutions that can be used to enable quantum-encrypted information transfer using symmetric encryption.

1.2 STATEMENT OF NEED

Arrival of the quantum-computing era is inevitable, though its timing is unknown. DoD must begin now to prepare its information security systems to protect against quantum computing attacks. One of the immediate concerns facing DoD has to do with Public key cryptography data encryption.

Due to growing concerns related to quantum computers-machines, DISA has begun to investigate quantum-resistant or quantum-safe cryptography algorithms and solutions. The goal of this prototype Other Transaction Authority (OTA) is to research, evaluate, test, and deliver a prototype utilizing cryptographic algorithms and solutions that would secure DoD IT systems against both quantum and classical computers.

The Quantum-Resistant Cryptography prototype will support the following:

  • Future improvements, technical feasibility, and optional challenges associated with implementing new algorithms and solutions on the current DoD PKI/PKE components, technology, and processes;
  • Time to generate Public Key, Ciphertext, and Signature Size (i.e., key size) locally on DoD devices;
  • The hardware and software efficiency of the public key (encryption, encapsulation, and signature verification) and private key (decryption, decapsulation, and signing) operations dealing with traffic volume;
  • Decryption/decapsulation failures associated with application utilization and identify interactive protocols that establish key failures;
  • Analysis of bandwidth requirements and the ability of solutions to support systems operating in constrained environments.
  • Migration options to enable a smooth transition to new algorithms and archetectures.
  • Performance test results to contribute to the national discussion and build a case to recommend an algorithms and possible solutions to use as the industry standard.

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