AF CyberWorx is a problem solving organization focused on human centered
design that builds rapid prototypes to improve the user experience.
is located at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado
USAFA is designated as a federal laboratory, with the
unique position to establish various partnerships and agreements with
academia and industry, and is chartered with solving the AF’s mission
problems by engaging users, industry, and academia in human centered
design processes that result in solutions for the war fighter.
interest in capturing the most creative and advanced technologies where
the department can make use of defense specific projects and dual-use
technologies to further its technological gain. In realizing the
potential to leverage superiority in innovative technologies,
CyberWorx endeavors to create valued partnerships by aligning itself
with partners that assist in technology transfer/transition by spin-off
technologies and guiding small business economic development with the
primary goal of broadening the defense industrial base.
Solutions Opening (CSO) is a competitive solicitation seeking proposals
for innovative, commercial technologies and services that accelerate
attainment of critical defense capabilities. This CSO may result in the
award of prototype projects, which include not only
commercially-available technologies fueled by commercial or strategic
investment, but also concept demonstrations, pilots, and agile
development activities that can incrementally improve commercial
technologies, existing government-owned capabilities, or concepts for
2.1 This CSO issued in accordance with DFARS Class Deviation
2018-O0016 – Defense Commercial Solutions Opening Pilot Program, is a
competitive solicitation of proposals focused on technologies to meet AF
CyberWorx’s mission. AF CyberWorx is soliciting solution briefs in
response to Areas of Interest (AoI) which will be posted as calls to
this CSO. Nontraditional defense contractors and small businesses are
encourage to submit solution briefs or proposals under this CSO.
2.2 "Innovative" means any technology, process, or method, including
research and development that is new as of the date of submission of a
proposal, or any application that is new as of the date of submission of
a proposal of a technology, process, or method existing as of such
2.3 “Nontraditional Defense Contractors” is defined in 10 U.S.C. §
2302(9) as an entity that is not currently performing and has not
performed, for at least the one-year period 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 U.S.C. § 1502 and
the regulations implementing such section. This includes all small
business concerns under the criteria and size standards in 13 C.F.R. §
3. CSO APPROACH AND OVERVIEW
3.1 This CSO seeks innovative, commercial approaches to meet various
technology objectives of AF CyberWorx. All items, technologies, and
services acquired using a CSO will be treated as commercial items. The
Government encourages proposals that span a wide spectrum of possible
technical and business solutions in response to the specific AoI in
attachment 8 or posted as separate calls. The Government reserves the
right to award any combination of proposals which offer the best overall
value to the Government, and to oversee any and all processes and
approaches once initiated. Awards as a result of this announcement will
be in the form of FAR Part 12 commercial contracts. The AF also reserves
the right to award Other Transactions (OT) for Prototype.
3.2 OT for Prototype: Upon favorable review and available funds, the
government may choose to award an OT for Prototype as deemed appropriate
for the transaction. The Agreements Officer will negotiate directly
with the offeror on the terms and conditions of the OT, including
payments, and will execute the OT on behalf of the government. Upon
successful completion of a prototype project under an OT for Prototype
agreement, the government and offeror may negotiate a follow-on
production contract or agreement without further competition as
authorized under 10 U.S.C. § 2371b(f) . Any concept/technology/solution
successfully proven through an OT for Prototype can be transitioned to
production. Any resultant OT for Prototype awarded under this CSO will
include language providing for the potential award of a follow-on
production contract or agreement.
3.3 Awards resulting from this CSO will be made based on the
evaluation results of a two or three phased proposal process described
in Section 5. The Government reserves the right to fund all, some, one,
or none of the proposals submitted; may elect to fund only part of a
submitted proposal; and may incrementally fund any or all awards under
this CSO. All awards are subject to the availability of funds.
3.4 All coordination and communication between offerors and the
Government will be conducted using the Beta.SAM website
https://beta.sam.gov/ (formally Federal Business Opportunities) and the
points of contact associated with this CSO, as specified in Section 4.
4. GENERAL INFORMATION
4.1 POINT OF CONTACTS. Questions regarding the
administrative content of this CSO must be addressed to the Contracting
Office below. Questions regarding the technical content of this CSO must
be addressed to the Technical Point of Contact (POC) below.
Contracting Office POC:
Ms. Erica Wilson
Contracting/Agreements Officer, 10 CONS/PKC
DSN: 333-8048, Commercial: 719- 333-8048
Michael M. Helgeson, Lt Col, USAF
Deputy Director, Air Force CyberWorx
DSN: 333-3399, Commercial: 719- 333-3399
Ms. Jayleen Guttromson-Johnson
Acquisition Program Manager
DSN: 333-3399, Commercial: 719-333-3399
4.2 CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. Offerors are encouraged to submit unclassified documents.
For proposed efforts under which classified data will be accessed or
generated, add the following information: Classified level at which
offeror is cleared, contractor address for forwarding classified
material (name, address, zip code), cognizant security office (name,
address, zip code), and offeror’s security officer’s name and telephone
5. SUBMISSION INFORMATION
5.1 SUBMISSION OVERVIEW. Phase I submissions shall include
both the Quad Chart and Solutions Brief prepared in accordance with the
formats in Attachments 1 and 2 respectively. Phase I submissions can
only be submitted as a result of a call. Calls will be posted to request
solutions briefs for specific AoIs. Each call may contain specific
requirements and pertinent information (such as submittal requirements
or evaluation criteria) related to the call. Solution briefs submitted
that are not in response to a call will not be evaluated. Offerors
should monitor Beta.SAM (https://beta.sam.gov/) for specific calls or
amendments to this CSO.
5.2 TWO OR THREE-PHASED SUBMISSION. This CSO will be conducted in two OR three phases as follows:
5.2.1 Phase I. Interested offerors must submit Quad Charts
and Solution Briefs in accordance with instructions provided in this
CSO. Phase I submissions will be evaluated against criteria as described
in Attachment 7 of this CSO.
18.104.22.168 All Quad Charts should include the information indicated on the sample template in Attachment 1.
22.214.171.124 The Solution Brief narrative expands on the Quad Chart
presentation. Instructions for format and content are located in
126.96.36.199 Solution Briefs and quad chart submissions shall be sent to
10CONS.PK.CyberWorx@us.af.mil for review. All solution briefs must be
5.2.2 Notification of Selection. All offerors providing
Phase I submissions will be contacted by the Government, either with an
email letter informing them that the effort proposed is not of interest
to the Government at this time or with a request for either a pitch
session OR request for proposal by a specific date.
5.2.3 Phase II. Phase II proposals will only be accepted
from offerors who upon review of Phase I submissions, are invited by the
Contracting Officer to a pitch session. In addition to the pitch, the
government, at its discretion, may request an additional written
submission to further supplement the information provided in the Phase I
Please note: The government reserves the right to forgo Phase II and go directly to Phase III.
5.2.4 Phase III. Phase III proposals will only be accepted
from offerors who upon review of either Phase I or Phase II submission,
are invited by the Contracting Officer to submit a full proposal. In
order to be considered for award under Phase III, offerors must be
registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at www.sam.gov, be
considered responsible within the meaning of FAR Part 9.1, Responsible
Prospective Contractors, have a satisfactory performance record, and
otherwise be eligible for award based on federal law and regulation.
188.8.131.52 Proposal Submission. Upon notification for a
proposal by the Contracting Officer, offerors will have 30 calendar days
to prepare and submit a proposal in accordance with the format and
instructions in Attachments 4-6. Each proposal shall include a Statement
of Work (SOW) and detailed pricing. All pages shall be numbered.
184.108.40.206 Proposal Review, Evaluation and Selection Process.
Each proposal will be evaluated by the Government and the proposal must
stand on its own technical merit. Proposals will be evaluated in
accordance with the evaluation criteria and process specified in
Attachment 7. In accordance with the DoD Pilot Program, the primary
basis for selecting proposals for acceptance shall be technical,
importance to agency programs, and funds availability. In order to
provide the desired evaluation, qualified Government personnel will
conduct reviews and (if necessary) convene panels of experts in the
Any questions regarding this announcement shall be routed through the
Contracting Office email address listed above. All questions shall be
submitted in writing by email.