Army set to request industry proposals for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical

Battle-management experts at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) Acquisition Center at Fort Monmouth, N.J., are looking for contractors to help them develop a tactical version of the Warfighter Information Network — otherwise known as WIN-T.

By John Keller

FORT MONMOUTH, N.J. — Battle-management experts at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) Acquisition Center at Fort Monmouth, N.J., are looking for contractors to help them develop a tactical version of the Warfighter Information Network — otherwise known as WIN-T.

This new system is an evolving integrated command, control, communications, and computer network made up of commercially based advanced information and communications systems, Army officials say.

The WIN-T is an Army telecommunications system for fighting forces from the maneuver battalion to the theater rear boundary. The network is to provide command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities that are mobile, secure, survivable, seamless, and capable of supporting multimedia tactical information systems.

This network is the subject of an Army solicitation to industry, which was to be released on or near Jan. 31, which will ask for industry responses by March 4.

The WIN-T network is to enable all Army commanders to exchange information from wired or wireless telephones, computers (Internet-like capability), or from video terminals. It will enable commanders to communicate via voice, data, and video simultaneously at all levels of security.

In addition, WIN-T is to operate from mobile tactical operations centers using the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) wide-band digital radios, and wireless local area networks. Major components are to include switching, routing, transmission media, network management, information assurance, subscriber services, and user interfaces.

For this job, CECOM officials say they intend to award one or more cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts to include time and material lines for contractor support. After that, Army officials say they will down-select one contractor for a fixed-price contract to build, field, and support the WIN-T system.

CECOM officials are asking contractors to design a WIN-Tactical architecture and document their designs in a system architecture and design document, which they are to prepare and deliver to CECOM.

Army officials are asking for baseline documentation of the contractor's WIN-Tactical system design that includes performance specifications, protection profile, and system employment concept, build and deliver simulation models with OPNET and AweSim! software, and simulations based on operational scenarios specified by the government.

An Operational Requirements Document, draft Baseline Requirements Document, draft Statement of Work, and WIN-T Concept of Operations are currently available for download by all interested parties from the Army's Single Face to Industry Interactive Business Opportunities Page Web site at http://abop.monmouth.army. mil under CECOM Solicitation No. DAAB07-02-R-F404.

Prospective contractors will be required to submit their proposals electronically via the web site. To do this, they must register and obtain a password through the web site. All responsible sources may submit a proposal, which shall be considered by the CECOM Acquisition Center.

For more information contact Susan White at CECOM by phone at 732-427-1578, by e-mail at Susan.White@mail1.monmouth.army.mil, by post at U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, CECOM Acquisition Center, ATTN: AMSEL-AC, Building 1208, Fort Monmouth, N.J. 07703-5008, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.monmouth. army.mil/cecom/ac/ac.html.

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