DISA Call for White Papers

Overview

Technologies, and technology-based companies, advance so rapidly that the Department of Defense is finding it difficult to contractually engage, collaborate, and do business with high-tech companies. The traditional procurement process is too slow and based on regulations rather than negotiations. The Government's cost-based pricing system is cumbersome and expensive requiring unique accounting and auditing systems. The Government's standard approach to intellectual property can be overreaching and inflexible. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is responding to this by exercising its authority under 10 U.S.C. 2371b, Other Transaction Agreements for Prototypes. DISA will periodically post Requests for White Papers inviting companies leading innovation to submit their solutions to the Agency's capability gaps, problem statements, or areas of interest.


Next Generation Windows Data-at-Rest – Secret (NextGen WINDAR-S)

Due Date: September 21, 2022, 0800 CDT

Project Number: DISA-OTA-23-9-WINDAR

Amendment Four (0004) is issued to extend the White Paper Due date from September 19, 2022 to September 21, 2022, 0800 CDT. See highlights in purple.

Amendment Three (0003) is issued to respond to vendor questions and provide a vendors list to assist with teaming/partnering/subcontracting. See attached Q&A/vendor spreadsheet. The following RWP Section have been amended: 2.2 Minimum Acceptability, 2.3.2 Patent Owner(s) Statement, 3.4.1 Technical. All changes highlighted in light blue.

Amendment Two (0002) is issued to respond to a question received by vendor.

Amendment One (0001) is issued to respond to questions received by vendors. The following RWP Sections have been amended: 1.2 Statement of Need, 3.4.1 Technical, 3.4.4 Schedule page, and 5.3 Analytical and Laboratory Studies. All changes highlighted in green.

PURPOSE

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate through the DISA Procurement Services Directorate (PSD) is seeking White Papers from our industry partners to fulfill the prototyping need of a Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) designed mobile device that can secure remote access to SIPRNET, address the administrative and user experience challenges of the current WINDAR-S offering, and the updated Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) Mobile Access Capability Package (MACP) 2.5 release by the NSA on August 4, 2022.

While WINDAR-S is not new to the DoD, years of operation as a DISA offering has provided an opportunity to collect feedback and metrics, resulting in defined challenges that require innovation and technological advancements of the legacy offering. The MACP 2.5 release also introduces new risks and challenges in redesigning and architecting of legacy capabilities, which are best mitigated and solved through prototype development.

Next Generation Windows Data-at-Rest – Secret (NextGen WINDAR-S) Request for White Papers – Amendment 0004 [PDF]

Next Generation Windows Data-at-Rest – Secret (NextGen WINDAR-S) Request for White Papers – Amendment 0003 [PDF]

Next Generation Windows Data-at-Rest – Secret (NextGen WINDAR-S) Request for White Papers – Amendment 0002 [PDF]

Next Generation Windows Data-at-Rest – Secret (NextGen WINDAR-S) Request for White Papers – Amendment 0001 [PDF]

Next Generation Windows Data-at-Rest – Secret (NextGen WINDAR-S) Request for White Papers [PDF]



Quantum Resistant Cryptography Public Key Infrastructure

Due Date: 16 September 2022, 9 AM CST

Project Number: DISA-OTA-22-9-QRC

Amendment 0004 is issued to provide responses to vendor questions. See attached Question and Answer document. All other terms and conditions of the RWP remain the same.

Amendment Three (0003) is issued to provide responses to vendor questions, modify language in the RWP, and extend the due date/response time for the RWP. The revised response time is now September 23, 2022, at 9:00 am CST. All changes to the RWP are highlighted in yellow.

Amendment Two (0002) is issued to provide responses to vendor questions and correct the Project Number in the header. The correction is highlighted in yellow.

Amendment One (0001) is for the following purpose:

  1. Provide additional information in Section 3.4.1, "Technical".
  2. All changes are highlighted in yellow.
  3. All other terms and conditions of the RWP remain unchanged.

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Emerging Technology (EM) Directorate through the DISA Procurement Services Directorate (PSD) is seeking White Papers from our industry partners on a proposed solution for quantum resistant cryptography public key infrastructure.

PURPOSE

Due to growing concerns related to quantum computers, DISA has begun to investigate quantum-resistant or quantum-safe cryptography algorithms. The goal of this research is to evaluate and test cryptographic algorithms that would secure DoD Information Technology (IT) systems against attacks from both quantum and classical computers. This prototype effort will utilize candidate algorithms that have been identified by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) and have been selected for standardization, with potential to add additional algorithms within the prototype period of performance, (See https://csrc.nist.gov/News/2022/pqc-candidates-to-be-standardized-and-round-4).

These algorithms will inform NIST's research on the PQC project as well as allow the DoD to test how to best integrate these algorithms throughout the DoD enterprise.

This request for White Paper (RWP) is being issued to conduct research, development, and testing activities associated with Quantum Resistant Cryptography or Post Quantum Cryptography algorithms.

Quantum Resistant Cryptography Public Key Infrastructure Request for White Papers – Amendment 0004 [PDF]

Quantum Resistant Cryptography Public Key Infrastructure Request for White Papers Q&A – Amendment 0004 [PDF]

Quantum Resistant Cryptography Public Key Infrastructure Request for White Papers – Amendment 0003 [PDF]

Quantum Resistant Cryptography Public Key Infrastructure Request for White Papers Q&A – Amendment 0003 [PDF]

Quantum Resistant Cryptography Public Key Infrastructure Request for White Papers – Amendment 0002 [PDF]

Quantum Resistant Cryptography Public Key Infrastructure Request for White Papers Q&A – Amendment 0002 [PDF]

Quantum Resistant Cryptography Public Key Infrastructure Request for White Papers – Amendment 0001 [PDF]

Quantum Resistant Cryptography Public Key Infrastructure Request for White Papers [PDF]



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The Defense Information Systems Agency, known as the Defense Communications Agency until 1991, is a United States Department of Defense combat support agency composed of military, federal civilians, and contractors. DISA's mission is to conduct DODIN operations for the joint warfighter to enable lethality across all warfighting domains in defense of our Nation. DISA is the trusted provider to connect and protect the warfighter in cyberspace. Visit https://www.disa.mil to learn more.

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