HQ SACT is seeking contract support to establish the conditions in which SACT has timely access to the leading-edge capabilities necessary to tackle challenges and problems whose size and complexity defy solutions by solely using existing staff or tools within NATO’s established organisation. TACTICS II is an integral part of SACT’s comprehensive organizational and operating strategy that enables mission accomplishment by integrating high quality deliverables from trusted industry partners, with the unique and manifold capacities of NATO’s established workforce and toolset.

Strategic Factors Driving TACTICS II Contract Deliverables:

Driver: Capability Development. As a key part of the NATO Command Structure Functional Adaptation (NCS-FA), NATO is launching a New Governance Model (NGM) for the development of its Common Funded Capabilities. Demand signals for transformative and adaptive products, as described in this SOW, will be generated systematically from the NGM as well as occasionally from other sources. This emphasizes the point that TACTICS II will be used to support long-term, programmed needs, as well to assist in meeting shorter- term pop-up requirements. Examples of support may include requirements elicitation, analysis, experimentation, acceptance testing, etc.
Driver: New Concepts. The NATO Warfighting Capstone Concept (NWCC), which is due to be published in December 2020, is expected to be a watershed, from which a series of subordinate concepts will evolve. Within the CD&E process, TACTICS II is likely to be required to contribute to conceptual developments by supporting early stage research and brainstorming, through refinement, to eventual concept testing.
Driver: Experimentation. NATO nations continue to recognize the value of experimentation in transforming, adapting and innovating for Alliance modernization. Nations cannot afford to make ill-informed investment decisions; this is where experimentation provides a tool through which to discover, test and validate courses of action before committing to decision. Meticulous planning and experiment design work is needed in order to ensure objectivity and the provision of irrefutable evidence. This is time-consuming, technical work. While much of HQ SACT’s Operational Experimentation Branch’s program comprises deliberate, programmed experimentation, there is also a requirement to respond to urgent requirements; this creates a tension, which must be managed, between high quality experimentation and the delivery of essential outcomes for customers, including commanders and forces engaged in current operations. The execution of TACTICS II tasks and the development of deliverables will take place in both programmed and urgent scenarios, contributing to SACT’s ability to steady-state and pop-up demand signals.

Period of Performance: Base Period: 1 April 2021 – 31 December 2021 with four possible 12 month option periods (1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022, 1 January 2023 – 31 December 2023, 1 January 2024 – 31 December 2024, 1 January 2025 – 31 December 2025). Available options shall be exercised at the sole discretion of the HQ SACT Contracting Officer, based on satisfactory work performance, available funding, and on-going/ evolving work requirements.

Bid Closing Date: Bids shall be received at HQ SACT, Purchasing & Contracting Office, no later than  15 January 2021 1 February 2021, 09:00 Eastern Standard Time, Norfolk, Virginia, USA. No bids shall be accepted after this time and date.

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