Navy asking industry for communications and surveillance technologies that extend from seabed to space

Aug. 6, 2020
Seabed to Space seeks reliable communications and surveillance systems in contested environments that can evolve to handle growing enemy threats.

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Navy information warfare experts will reach out to industry this fall for enabling technologies to help deployed warfighters maintain reliable communications, surveillance, and security, while countering ever-increasing threats.

Officials of the Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific in San Diego issued a presolicitation on Tuesday (N66001-20-R-3412) for the Development, Technical, Management, and Engineering Services for ISR Systems & Information Operations from Seabed to Space project.

The Seabed to Space project seeks not only to help the Navy maintain reliable communications and surveillance capabilities in contested environments, but also to accommodate technological advancements to handle growing enemy threats.

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The Navy will award several contracts to companies, which will develop algorithms; provide data processing hardware and software; handle maintenance and repair; provide engineering services in support of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems; and provide cyber security.

ISR systems may involve automated radio communications; satellite terminals; and space, air, land, and water systems. ISR activities also may involve chemical, nuclear, biological, and radiological (CNBR) technologies related to unmanned systems.

Contract activities will happen throughout the world aboard Navy and Coast Guard ships in port or at sea. Contracts will have three-year ordering periods with a two-year option period.

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Security classifications will vary from unclassified to top secret and incidental sensitive compartmented information. Navy officials say the final solicitation for the project will be released no earlier than 30 Aug. 2020.

The upcoming solicitation will be available only electronically via NAVWAR E-Commerce website at

Email questions or concerns to the Navy's Jorge Rosario at [email protected]. More information is online at

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