SEG projects in the Ground domain have involved entire systems or selected subsystems of Ground Vehicles, Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), Electronics [e.g. Command, Control, Communication, Computer, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) elements], Information Technology (IT) networks, Airport Checkpoint Security and the Ground / Surface Components of Airborne systems (equipment and facilities).

The table provides an overview of projects for which Ground is the 'primary' domain. Project names link to the corresponding project write-ups and a brief description of the SEG role.

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Emerging Counter-MANPADS Technologies (ECMT)

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Program Description: Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) are an acknowledged terrorist threat to commercial aircraft.  The ECMT program assessed the maturity of emerging counter-MANPADS technologies as an alternative to aircraft-mounted Directed Infrared Countermeasure Systems (DIRCM) which were already being explored. 

SEG Role: SEG provided cost and source selection support to the ECMT program. Specific efforts included

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Source selection support for evaluating white papers submitted by potential system development contractors
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Source selection support for evaluating full proposals including cost
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Assisted in creation of the Source Selection Evaluation Board consensus report and brief
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Supported contract award process (Statements of Work, Price Negotiation Memorandums, etc.)

Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE)

IGCE

Program Description: Some government agencies manage high-risk, high-return research efforts. While the ultimate responsibility for planning, programming, budgeting, and executing the programs rests with the agency, contractor personnel who are cross-trained to support agency requirements often perform critical functions. SEG has performed Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCE) in support of solicitations under this type of scenario.

SEG Role: SEG provided cost, source selection, and systems engineering support as part of creating Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCE). Specific efforts included

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Analyze program requirements and provide edits to SOW
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Review and provide input for the program’s Acquisition Plan
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Create Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE)
  • Research labor categories and labor rates based upon SOW descriptions of required personnel
  • Analyze historical program data to ascertain appropriate ranges for other direct charges (ODC)
  • Run Monte Carlo simulation to help choose appropriate cost point for the IGCE
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Document and brief IGCE results

Individual Force Protection System (IFPS)

IFPS

Program Description: The Individual Force Protection System (IFPS) program has developed localization technology based on a very low probability of detection (LPD) signaling device.  IFPS uses tag signals to provide alerts when a person is in duress.  Multiple ground receivers, a single airborne receiver or a combination of ground and airborne receivers provide the identity and location of the tag that has been activated.

SEG Role: SEG provides cost and source selection support to the IFPS program. Specific efforts included review and analysis of proposal packages, creation of cost metrics to assist in proposal analysis, and direct support to the source selection team members.

IT Cost Support

IT

Program Description: Government agencies frequently license IT services and support on a per-seat basis. Requiring additional seats for mission critical tasks can lead to cost growth that is not managed in real-time.

SEG Role: SEG provided cost support to this program. Specific efforts included review of the original contract terms and conditions, analysis of monthly seat license use, reconciliation of use with prior payments, projections of future use and associated costs, and presentation of alternative paths forward.

Integrated Checkpoint Program (ICP)

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Program Description:The Integrated Checkpoint Program develops automated passenger and carry-on bag detection system demonstration, system requirements, and performance goals to allow for test and evaluation. This program enhances security by automating the detection of weapons and explosives on passengers and in personal articles at airports and other mass transit facilities. This project identifies new emerging threats and integrates them into a complete system including the wide variety of liquid- and gel-based explosives. Source: www.dhs.gov. more information

SEG Role: SEG provided cost, systems engineering, and economic analysis support to the ICP program. Specific efforts included

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Analyzing and contributing to program plans, goals, and objectives
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Interfacing with other programs, screening device vendors, and US airports to obtain information and data relevant to the ICP program
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Constructing cost ground rules and assumptions, a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and an LCC model framework
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Identifying areas of passenger checkpoint affected by ICP and determining cost and performance impacts

Magnetic Vision Innovative Prototype (MagViz)

MAGVIZ

Program Description: The MagViz program goal was to develop a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) baggage screening technology capable of locating and identifying threats such as liquid explosives in passenger baggage. The intent was to determine the feasibility of placing MagViz systems into airport service given the projected technological maturity and system cost. more information

SEG Role: SEG provided cost and systems engineering support to the MagViz program during the design of the system and the production of a prototype. Specific efforts included

1. Led the Unit Production Cost and Unit Operations and Support Cost estimation process for the program
2. Assisted in determining appropriate requirements for a procurement ready system
3. Performed cost/cost-performance trade-offs during design phase

Manhattan II

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Program Description:The Manhattan II Project stimulates commercial development of next generation systems that provide the best value combination of performance and affordability for screening checked baggage. The program will work to identify and mature the key enabling screening technologies and algorithm concepts with the potential vendors to meet future checked baggage screening requirements and to help inform the direction of future technical advances to reduce false alarms without sacrifice to detection probabilities.  Testing and evaluation of these systems will focus on probability of detection, level of false alarms, and throughput. The project will identify and investigate the key cost-performance trades for next generation checked baggage screening technologies to meet future TSA checked baggage throughput requirements and reduced operational costs, by assessing initial purchasing cost, operating costs, maintainability, and other elements of the full life-cycle costs. Source: www.dhs.gov. more information

SEG Role: SEG provided cost, systems engineering, and source selection support to the Manhattan II program. Specific efforts included performing cost/cost-performance trade offs across explosive detection systems (EDS) and detection technologies, supporting RFP and source selection processes, creating Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCE), and leading the LCC estimating processes for the program.

Mobile Ad hoc Interoperability Network GATEway (MAINGATE)

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Program Description: The Mobile Ad hoc Interoperability Networking GATEway (MAINGATE) program seeks to develop the next generation Network Centric Radio System with additional capabilities and an assured affordable unit price to the user. MAINGATE will enable heterogeneous groups of radios to be integrated into a heterogeneous network tolerant to high latency and packet loss. The technologies developed for the program will permit affordable, tactical, real-time, high fidelity video, data and voice services to be deployed in a networked environment to support tactical operations in maneuver or dismounted operations for line-of-site and beyond-line-of-site communications on the move and stopped. Source: www.darpa.mil. more information

SEG Role: SEG provides cost, systems engineering, economic analysis and source selection support to the MAINGATE program. Specific efforts include creating Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCE), drafting/reviewing Statement of Works (SOW), providing ad-hoc cost support, and analysis of proposal packages.

National Cyber Range (NCR)

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Program Description: Replicating the complexity of thousands of globally interconnected network systems is a challenge faced by researchers developing tools to protect our nation against the growing threat of cyber attacks. Sophisticated attacks as well as adaptive malware have the ability to devastate defense and commercial networks.

The National Cyber Range (NCR) program has developed the architecture and software tools for a secure, self-contained testing capability to rapidly emulate large-scale complex networks that match the depth and diversity of real-world networks.  The capability, demonstrated at scale with an operational prototype, will enable realistic testing and evaluation of new cyberspace concepts. Source: www.darpa.mil. more information

SEG Role: SEG provided cost and source selection support to the NCR program. Specific efforts included review and analysis of proposal packages, creation of cost metrics to assist in proposal analysis, and direct support to the source selection team members.

Panoptic Analysis of Chemical Traces (PACT)

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Program Description:The Panoptic Analysis of Chemical Traces (PACT) program will develop high-throughput analysis methods that quantitatively and exhaustively catalog the constituents of complex gas mixtures obtained from strategically important sampling locations. The system will accurately identify and rank the amounts of all components from an established library of materials and quantify the extent to which materials not in the library are present. Source: www.darpa.mil. more information

SEG Role: SEG provided cost and source selection support to the PACT program. Specific efforts included review and analysis of proposal packages, creation of cost metrics to assist in proposal analysis, and direct support to the source selection team members.

Security Source Selection Support

Security

Program Description: Due to the continuous threat of sensitive or classified information being compromised because of vulnerabilities within government security systems, it is imperative to aggressively analyze these systems on a regular basis to discover and mitigate any vulnerability before an enemy can exploit them.  This program sought to do this by enlisting the services of contractor Red Team(s) that would “attack” the security system and report their findings and recommendations.  In its purist sense, this was true research into the tools and methods that could be used to penetrate the security and IT infrastructure and then more importantly followed by further research into appropriate mitigation strategies of the vulnerabilities encountered.

SEG Role: SEG provided cost and source selection support to the Security Source Selection effort. Specific efforts included source selection support for evaluating white papers submitted by potential contractors and assisting in development of the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and supplemental Proposer Information Pamphlet (PIP).

Transformer (Tx)

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Program Description:The transportation needs of today’s deployed war fighter are typically met by either highly mobile multipurpose wheeled vehicles (HMMWV) or a helicopter, which have limited availability. The Transformer (TX) program seeks to combine the advantages of ground vehicles and helicopters into a single vehicle, maximizing flexibility of movement. The TX concept will provide options to counter traditional and asymmetrical threats while avoiding road obstructions. Source: www.darpa.mil. more information

SEG Role: SEG provided cost and source selection support to the TX program. Specific efforts included review and analysis of proposal packages, creation of cost metrics to assist in proposal analysis, and direct support to the source selection team members.

Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle (UGCV)

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Program Description: The Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle (UGCV) was a jointly funded program by DARPA and the US Army. This program explored the performance gains enabled by designing combat vehicles without the constraints of accommodating an onboard crew. Primary performance metrics for the UGCV program were: (1) endurance; (2) mobility, and (3) payload fraction. Additional secondary metrics include: (1) airdrop-ability; (2) robustness to crash; (3) reliability; (4) signature, and (5) cost. The UGCV program completed eleven preliminary designs over nine months in FY01 and selected four designs in early FY02. These four designs were then used for critical subsystem testing and detailed prototype design. Two of these designs were capable of 1500 kg of payload and two were capable of 150 kg payload. These payloads can range from marsupial robots to sensors to weapons systems to smaller air vehicles. Two of these designs (one of each payload class) were selected in July 2002 for full prototype fabrication. Testing against the program metrics began in January 2003 with a 12-month series of experiments involving varying terrain and obstacles. Source: www.globalsecurity.org

SEG Role: Provided expert cost analysis support to the DARPA UGCV effort, including cost assessments of several proposed RSTA and Weapons Platform concepts. Supported the design reviews and concept down-selection efforts. Conducted assessment of Unit Production Cost projections.

Wireless Adaptable Network Node (WANN) Unit Price Analysis

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Program Description: The Wireless Adaptable Network Node (WANN) is one technology component of the Wireless Network After Next (WNaN) portfolio.  The concept is to provide a handheld wireless device with an Ethernet port to allow peer to peer networking in tactical environments.  To be viable, the unit is constrained to strict space, weight and power requirements as well as an ambitious unit cost objective.

SEG Role: SEG provides cost and systems engineering support to the WANN program. Specific efforts included assessing the veracity of the unit cost projections of each of the competing vendors.  The assessment helped inform the decision to select a single vendor for follow-on phases of the program.

Wireless Network After Next (WNaN) Program Assessment

WNaN

Program Description: The goal of the Wireless Network after Next (WNaN) program is to develop and demonstrate technologies and system concepts enabling densely deployed networks in which distributed and adaptive network operations compensate for limitations of the physical layer of the low-cost wireless nodes that comprise these networks. WNaN networks will manage node configurations and the topology of the network to reduce the demands on the physical and link layers of the nodes. The technology created by the WNaN effort will provide reliable and highly available battlefield communications at low system cost. Source: www.darpa.mil. more information

SEG Role: SEG provided cost and systems engineering support to the WNaN program. Specific efforts include review and analysis of system design, bill of material (BOM) data, and contractor unit production cost (UPC) estimates as part of strategic analysis of potential transition opportunities.