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Broad Agency Announcement for the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO)
This publication constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) in support of the Army Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). The RCO serves to expedite critical capabilities to the field to meet Combatant Commanders’ needs. The Office enables the Army to experiment, evolve, and deliver technologies in real time to address both urgent and emerging threats while supporting acquisition reform efforts. The RCO executes rapid prototyping and initial equipping of capabilities, particularly in the areas of cyber, electronic warfare, survivability and positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), as well as other priority projects that will enable Soldiers to operate and win in contested environments decisively. Beyond closing current capability gaps, the Office also aims to stimulate aggressive, proactive capability development and leverage disruptive technologies to meet Army strategic objectives. Additionally, the RCO leverages innovation by other government agencies and industry partners, as well as Warfighter feedback, to deliver solutions on an accelerated timeline.
Within the Office, there is a dedicated cell called the Emerging Technologies Office (ETO), which engages directly and continuously to align, understand and drive academia, industry, and Science & Technology solutions to near-term and emerging threats with development and demonstration of revolutionary new capabilities. The ETO serves as an ombudsman, collaborating with industry to direct efforts towards specific areas of need. The RCO delivers urgently needed materiel capabilities that mitigate near-term operational risk against rapidly modernizing adversaries until enduring Army programs deliver capability. The Office also addresses strategic gaps, generated by Combatant Commanders, which lack a materiel solution in the next 1-5 years. The RCO executes analysis, prototyping, development, procurement, and production for select high-priority capability solutions. It acts as a change agent, challenging traditional approaches and leveraging Congressional NDAA approaches to acquisition agility.
This BAA is issued under the provisions of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.102(d)(2), which provides for the competitive selection of basic and applied research proposals, and 10 U.S.C. 2358, 10 U.S.C. 2371, and 10 U.S.C. 2371b, which provide the authorities for issuing awards under this announcement for basic and applied research. The definitions of basic and applied research may be found at 32 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 22.105.
Proposals submitted in response to this BAA and selected for award are considered to be the result of full and open competition and in full compliance with the provisions of Public Law 98- 369 sec. 2701, "The Competition in Contracting Act of 1984.” Any award from this BAA must comply with the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulation (EAR).
This BAA is intended for industry and academia submissions and considerations related to advanced research technology development, innovative commercial technologies, development not related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement. However, submissions may be directly relevant to enhancing mission effectiveness of military personnel and the supporting platforms, systems, components, or material proposed to be acquired or developed by the Department of Defense, or improvement of platforms, systems, components, or materials in use by the armed forces. Work funded under this BAA may include applied research and advanced technology development that may or may not be related to the development of a specific system or hardware procurement.
Closing Date: March 23, 2023
Areas of Interest
Focus Areas of Interests and Opportunities
- Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT)
- Electronic Warfare
- Optical Augmentation
- Swarm and Anti-Swarm
- Long Range Fires
- Air & Missile Defense
- Disruptive Technology
Eligible applicants under this BAA include degree-granting universities, nonprofit organizations, or industrial concerns. There is no restriction on the place of performance included in the BAA. Proposals are encouraged from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (as determined by the Secretary of Education to meet requirements of Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. § 1061)) and from Minority Serving Institutions defined as institutions “whose enrollment of a single minority or a combination of minorities…exceeds 50 percent of the total enrollment.” [20 U.S.C. § 1067q and 10 U.S.C. § 2362].
The period of performance, and values, of individual contract awards will range at the Government’s discretion. However in anticipation, but not limited to, three to twelve month period of performance awards, with dollar amounts ranging from $500,000 to $2,000,000 may be expected. The estimated start date of selected projects is subject to date of final award and availability of fiscal year (FY) funds. The award(s) will be made for the full performance period requested. Options may be utilized.