185 Discoverer Blvd

Los Angeles AFB

El Segundo, CA 90245-4695

SUBJECT: Executive Summary, Request for Proposal (RFP) F04701-98-R-0006,

Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) Low Component - Program

Definition (PD) Effort


1. Thank you for your interest in the SBIRS Low Component Program Definition effort. We invite you to submit a proposal in response to the attached RFP. We believe the open dialog and constructive feedback during the preparation process have helped us develop a high quality solicitation that accurately reflects government requirements in a clear and concise fashion.

2. The SBIRS Low Component Program Definition (PD) effort will result in an initial system design which can be used to develop, manufacture, deliver, operate, and sustain the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) component of the SBIRS System-of-Systems (SoS) architecture. This design must satisfy, as a minimum, the SBIRS Operational Requirements Document (ORD) requirements as allocated to the Low Component in the SBIRS Requirements Allocation Document (RAD). The design must also reflect PD cost/military utility trade study recommendations (i.e., Cost as an Independent Variable (CAIV) trades). Successful accomplishment of the SBIRS Low PD objectives will support a Milestone II decision to enter Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD). In support of a Milestone II decision, provisions will be structured and added to the PD contract for a rolling downselect to a single contractor team for the EMD phase.

3. The Government intends to award up to two contracts using the evaluation criteria specified in Section M of the RFP. Contract award(s) is anticipated by November 1998, followed by a 24 month period of performance. Contract awards will be made to those offerors whose proposals, based on an integrated assessment of the Source Selection Authority, are considered the best value to the Government.

4. This acquisition is based upon the new FAR Part 15 changes (FAC 97-02, 10 Oct 97) and AFFARS Interim AA procedures (reference Air Force Contracting Policy Memo 98-C-02, 8 Jan 98, and 98-C-10, 10 Jul 98), which are reflected in the RFP instruction to offerors and source selection plan. Although RFP builds have been posted incrementally on the SBIRS World Wide Web page, offerors are strongly encouraged to review the final attached RFP carefully, as it may have changed from build versions previously posted.

5. SMC has established an Ombudsman to receive and address concerns from offerors when an offeror prefers not to use the established channels for its concerns during the proposal development phase for this acquisition. The Ombudsman will communicate offeror issues, disagreements, and recommendations on this acquisition to the proper channels. The role of the Ombudsman is not to diminish the authority of the System Program Director or the Procuring Contracting Officer, but to fairly represent the offeror’s concern on a non-attribution basis. The Ombudsman will maintain strict confidentiality as to the source of concern when requested by the offeror. The Ombudsman will not participate in the evaluation of proposals or the source selection decision process. Offerors are invited to contact Mr. Leslie L. Bordelon, the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Ombudsman, at (310) 363-3818.

6. Concurrent with the issuance of this RFP, I will advise government agencies that the SBIRS Low Component Program Definition source selection is in progress. Recipients of this RFP are advised that any communication with government personnel and agencies regarding this source selection is prohibited prior to contract award, unless approved by the PCO.

7. Proposals are due between 0900-1500 Pacific Daylight Savings Time, 2 September 1998 to:

Ms. Linda S. Barnard

Fort MacArthur

Building 410, ESSF

San Pedro, CA 90731

8. Offerors should contact Ms. Linda S. Barnard, SBIRS Low Procuring Contracting Officer, at (310) 336-6689.





Program Director

Space Based Infrared Systems