Engineering and Technical Services for Navy Reentry Bodies (RB) Vulnerability and Performance

Type of document: Contract Notice
Country: United States

Engineering and Technical Services for Navy Reentry Bodies (RB) Vulnerability and Performance

Department of the Navy

Official Address:
Strategic Systems Programs
1250 10th Street , SE, Suite 3600
Washington, DC DC 20374-5127

Zip Code:

Audrey M. Hogg, Contract Specialist, Phone 2024338424, Email – CRIS D BEVERIDGE, Contracting Officer, Phone 202-433-8420, Fax 202-433-5394, Email


Date Posted:


Contract Description:
This notice is NOT a Request for Proposal (RFP). No solicitation exists at this time. The Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) seeks a Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF) type contract for Engineering and Technical Services. The applicable NAICS code for this requirement is 541330.

PURPOSE OF NOTICE: The Sources Sought is being used as a Market Research tool to determine potential sources prior to determining the method of acquisition and issuance of a possible RFP. The Government is not obligated and will not pay for any information received from potential sources as a result of this notice. We are only requesting capability statements from potential contractors at this time.

Responders should indicate which portions of their response are proprietary and should mark them accordingly. Failure to provide a response does not preclude participation in any possible future competitive RFP for which a business is eligible to participate in, if any is issued. It is the responsibility of the interested businesses to monitor the FEDBIZOPS website for additional information pertaining to any potential acquisition and provide security clearances, if necessary, to perform the statement of work (SOW).

REQUIREMENT: The Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) is seeking responsible sources for engineering and technical services with an emphasis on Navy Reentry Bodies (RB) Vulnerability and Performance, Systems Analysis and Effectiveness, Nuclear Weapons Surety and System Safety, Radiological Health and Radiation Control, future Navy Program development, and be familiar with ARTICLE VI of the Polaris Sales Agreement (PSA) . Potential sources must have the ability to, or have a thorough understanding of the following:

• Hostile environments, natural space environments, fratricide environments, and intrinsic radiation environments relevant to Navy RBs and their applicability to vulnerability and performance. Hostile environments include, but are not limited to: nuclear weapons, electromagnetic radiation, kinetic energy weapons, and directed energy weapons. Natural space environments include, but are not limited to: cosmic radiation, trapped protons and electrons, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections.

• Navy RB’s vulnerability and performance concerns including accuracy perturbations resulting from exposure to hostile environments, natural space environments, and/or fratricide environments.

• Vulnerability and effectiveness of Navy RBs and RB components in the following environments: Mechanical, electrical, and/or electromagnetic effects.

• Conduct hostile and fratricide radiation transport calculations for Navy reentry systems.

• Calculate personnel dose rate in both the existing Ohio Class submarine and the planned Columbia class submarine.

• Conduct performance and vulnerability assessments for normal, abnormal and hostile environments in support of a new Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) Development Program for Navy RBs

• Calculate electromagnetic attenuation, signal degradation, or radio frequency signal blackout brought on by reentry plasma sheathing.

• Conduct independent assessments of hypersonic reentry plasma sheathing and subsequent effects on electromagnetic signal transmission

• Conduct ground based hostile blast analysis using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models

• Assist SSP with intrinsic radiation (INRAD) studies at both SSP facilities and on board SSBN’s, and radioactive waste characterization, storage and disposal.

• Analyze biological effects of radiation from plutonium, tritium and uranium including emitter effects.

• Analyze the effects of postulated radiological events.

• Analyze results of site contamination surveys to ensure a safe working environment to include gamma and neutron test/surveys.

• Write, evaluate, monitor, review, and update all Navy related documentation such as Special Weapons Ordnance Publications (SWOPs), Directives, Instructions, Ordnance Documents (ODs), etc.

• Conduct independent assessments of the transporting, processing, handling and maintenance procedures and the monitoring techniques (air and surface) that apply to hazardous materials (radioactive and mixed waste) and gamma and neutron personnel exposure.

• Produce and/or coordinate requirements documents including Military Characteristics (MCs), Stockpile-to-Target Sequences (STSs), and Technical Objectives and Guidelines (TOGs). Provide input regarding the DOD Nuclear Weapon System Surety Program Key Elements as detailed in DODM 3150.02: DOD Nuclear Weapon System Surety Standards, DOD Nuclear Weapon System Surety Policy, DOD Nuclear Weapon Safety Design Criteria, Positive Measures, Safety Rules, and Technical Procedures.

• Conduct evaluations of deployed and advanced/future system options including ballistic and non-ballistic, strategic and tactical, nuclear and conventional reentry systems. These evaluations shall include but not be limited to assessments of the survivability, military utility and effectiveness, and dynamics of these systems and concepts in normal, abnormal and hostile environments against the full spectrum of targets.

• Evaluate and support all facets of Nuclear Weapons Surety. Nuclear Weapons Surety is defined as policies, procedures, controls and actions that encompass safety, security and control measures, which ensure there will be no nuclear weapons accidents, incidents, unauthorized detonation, or degradation of weapons effectiveness during its stockpile-to-target sequence.

• Advise SSP on the impact of DOD, NNSA, NRC, Code of Federal Regulations, DON, state, and local radiological regulations affecting Navy’s nuclear weapons.

• Conduct independent reviews/assessments and evaluate both conventional and nuclear weapon system safety policies, directives, standards and proposed changes pertinent to conventional/nuclear weapon system surety/safety for SSP HQ Staff, field activities (e.g. NOTU, SWFLANT, SWFPAC, SWS Ashore, SPF), SSBNs (including US Columbia class SSBN and UK Dreadnaught SSBN), and SSGNs, including, as directed, activities associated with the United Kingdom TRIDENT program.

• Conduct independent reviews of SSP Alterations (SPALTs), Change Requests or other modifications, new developments, lightning protection and grounding systems, electrostatic discharge (ESD), SSP Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) efforts, Operational Safety Reviews (OSR), Special Safety Study (SSS), and Independent Assessments of system safety policies and practices, in accordance with DODI and DODM 3150.02, SSP 5100.6, SSPINST 5100.2 (series) and other SSPINST, Ordnance Document (OD), SECNAV/OPNAV directives or other UK TRIDENT guidance.

• Provide expert advice regarding the analysis and interpretation of overarching statutes, policy, directives, regulations, instructions, etc. as they specifically apply to SSP’s classification & declassification management efforts based on knowledge of organizational stakeholders and past, current, & planned future states of the programs.

• Provide expert classification determination support based on knowledge of security classification guides that relate to all aspects of the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) Weapon System.

• Calculate the responses of US components in the UK TRIDENT Reentry Body to Stockpile- to-Target-Sequence (STS) level hostile environments, consider both single and multiple exposures in their calculations

• Perform fratricide evaluations for the UK TRIDENT Reentry Body that will identify potential differences in the stay-out regions caused by UK unique constraints, and assist the UK in understanding and/or adopting the current US common fratricide methodology.

• Conduct evaluations of the aerodynamic performance of the UK TRIDENT Reentry Body using data from U.S. Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO) flight test, Follow-on Commander Evaluation Test (FCET) flights, and other experimental flight test for these evaluations

• Conduct evaluations of the effectiveness of the UK TRIDENT Reentry Body.

• Provide electronic file transmission support between the UK, the US Navy and DOE/NNSA information system repositories and databases.

• Advise SSP on the proficiency of the operations at UK TRIDENT facilities. This activity will include participation in inspections and evaluations, preparation of associated supporting reference materials, evaluation of UK proposals, and participation in compatibility assessments or slow run-through activities.

All listed items above requiring analysis or evaluations must be independent of design and production agents.

The integration of these items listed above is critical to their successful accomplishment; therefore this is considered a single requirement that cannot be satisfied by severable tasks.

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: The current proposed Period of Performance is estimated to be one base year plus four (4) option years.

RESPONSE DEADLINE: Interested sources shall submit a capability package by COB June 14, 2019 (15 pages or less) containing:
1) company name and address, including addresses complying with Place of Performance requirements listed below,

2) company point of contact, email address, phone number,

3) specifics addressing the work listed above including a current list of analytical capabilities, accessible test facilities, and show relevant applications within the past 10 years.

Facilities and US citizen Personnel must have Secret Clearance up to Top Secret//Restricted Data//Critical Nuclear Weapons Design Information//Formerly Restricted Data//Foreign Government Information – United Kingdom//Atomic//Principle Atomic, and be International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) compliant. In addition, prospective sources should be able to receive, generate, modify, and store classified documentation.

Electronic responses are acceptable if prepared in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) or Microsoft compatible (DOCX) formats. Email electronic responses to Audrey Hogg (email: with “Sources Sought” in the subject line of the email.

Contracting Office Address:
Strategic Systems Programs
1250 10th Street, SE, Suite 3600
Washington, DC 20374-5127 United States

Primary Point of Contact:
Audrey Hogg, CFCM Contract Specialist Phone: 202-433-8424

Place of Performance:
The following sites are considered the minimal requirement given the volume of work that will take place at each of these sites. This list is not the only sites, but these are the minimal that must be available and certified (ESN) capable of preforming the required tasks at the required classification levels.

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