BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT (BAA) 04-11 Control Plane; CLOSING DATE: 12 January 2005; FULL PROPOSALS FOR FIRST SELECTIONS: 09 March 2004; POC: COL Tim Gibson, DARPA/ATO; Email: BAA04firstname.lastname@example.org; Web: http://www.darpa.mil/ato/solicit/ControlPlane/index.htm PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND DESCRIPTION: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Advanced Technology Office (ATO) is soliciting proposals under this BAA for an Internet Control Plane protocol (hereafter called the Control Plane Program). The purpose of the Control Plane Program is improving end-to-end Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) wide-area network performance between the Continental United States (CONUS) operating base and forward deployed tactical units. The technology the program seeks to develop is the ability of individual hosts (end-points) to learn essential characteristics about the network path between themselves and their transmission partners. This allows the hosts to "shape" the traffic they generate so it can pass through the network with the minimum amount of additional network load (e.g., minimizing retransmissions, reducing fragmentation) possible. To shape their traffic correctly dynamically the hosts must become aware of the wide-area network's state. Additionally, when multiple network paths are available, a host should be able to choose the path that best meets its requirements and simultaneously transmit over multiple paths. Finally, DARPA/ATO is soliciting proposals under this BAA to perform vulnerability testing (e.g., Red Teaming) and performance testing of the technical Control Plane solutions. PROPOSERS DAY CONFERENCE: A Proposers Day Conference will be held on 4 February, 2004 at the Executive Conference Center, One Virginia Square, Arlington, VA beginning at 8:30 am and ending late in the afternoon. The purpose of this Conference is to promote additional discussion on this topic, encourage teaming, and answer questions potential proposers may have about Control Plane. Please contact Marisa Riehn (Marisa_Riehn@sra.com) not later than 30 January 2004 if you plan to attend. Please declare your citizenship in the e-mail. Foreign nationals should complete and return a DARPA Foreign National Visitor Request (DARPA Form 60) not later than 30 January 2004 if they wish to attend the conference. The DARPA Form 60 will be sent to you based on declaration of citizenship. The Proposers? Day is voluntary: attendance is not required to propose to this BAA. The overview briefing and Questions & Answers will be available through the Control Plane website: http://www.darpa.mil/ato/solicit/Control Plane/index.htm. Additionally, attendees who would like to share information at the conference may submit a request to make a fifteen minute presentation to discuss your capabilities and innovations related to this topic. Please contact Marisa Riehn of SRA Inc., Adroit C4ISR Center (Marisa_Riehn@sra.com, to provide an overview of the material you wish to present. All material to be displayed at the conference must be screened in advance by the Program Manager for sensitive, but unclassified material. Additionally, all material must be approved for release to the public by the funding organization (government, corporate, etc.) prior to presentation. The Control Plane Conference will be open to the public.
EVALUATION CRITERIA: Proposals will be evaluated on their general merit, compliance with program requirements, and other factors listed below. In order of importance, the proposal Evaluation Criteria includes: (a) Technical Approach; (b) Operational Utility; (c) Concept of Operations; (d) Management Approach; (e) Potential Contribution and Relevance to the DARPA/ATO Mission; and (f) Cost Realism, including implementation costs. Proposals may be evaluated as they are received, or they may be collected and periodically reviewed.
ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE: Proposers choosing to respond to this BAA must read the associated Proposer Information Pamphlet that provides specific information about this BAA, including instructions on how to respond.
Technical Point of Contact:
Colonel Tim Gibson, Program Manager, ATO
Contracting Point of Contact:
Anthony Cicala, Contracting Officer
Who can apply:
Eligible functional categories:
Research and Technology Development
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Defense, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Contracts Management Office, 3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22203-1714