Distibuted Ledger Techniques - White paper demonstrating your experience, expertise, and success in working with distributed ledger techniques

Agency: Other Defense Agencies
State: Illinois
Level of Government: Federal
  • D - Automatic Data Processing and Telecommunication Services
Opps ID: NBD00159911189715984
Posted Date: Oct 5, 2017
Due Date: Nov 3, 2017
Solicitation No: USTCT2DLT
Source: Members Only
Solicitation Number :
Notice Type :
Special Notice
Synopsis :
Added: Oct 04, 2017 9:53 pm
United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) is seeking non-federal partners ("Collaborators") in industry and/or academia to consider for entry into Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) as described in 15 USC 3710a with the government to produce collaborative studies illustrating potential future capabilities for USTRANSCOM. These studies will produce findings on the maturity, applications of, and risks/benefits of distributed ledger transaction security technologies (e.g., Blockchain and similar techniques) in USTRANSCOM's government/industry distribution provider environment.

This is not a solicitation for a procurement contract, nor should this announcement be construed as implying any future solicitation by USTRANSCOM or any other government agency in this area.

You should write your white paper for the purpose of demonstrating your experience, expertise, and success in working with distributed ledger techniques and your willingness to enter into a non-paid, research collaboration with USTRANSCOM. The details of actual research under a CRADA will be set by discussion, if your company is chosen from respondents to this RFI, and do not have to be fully specified in your whitepaper.

Potential Research Topics:

A. Current state-of-the-practice of distributed ledger techniques; identification of today's leading users and providers
B. Applications of distributed ledger techniques and instances where they have been implemented for security and surety of logistics and transportation transactions
C. Vulnerabilities of distributed ledger techniques and methods of measuring their performance and security in realistic environments
D. Instances of failure of distributed ledger techniques; source of failures and mitigation steps required to restore performance
E. Pre-conditions which must be satisfied for successful implementation of distributed ledger technology, with special consideration of use in an environment of multiple legacy government and industry information technology systems
F. Techniques for live monitoring and measuring of distributed ledger security performance
G. Impacts on transaction timeliness over current security techniques, methods of transaction version control, and needs for supporting data processing, storage and communication
H. Extensibility of the techniques across extended/multi-party domains
I. Recommended architecture based on implementation; public, private or hybrid distributed ledgers
J. Best practices for design of distributed ledger systems across enterprises (e.g., government and industry transportation transactions)
K. Other topics as determined by discussion

USTRANSCOM will provide:

1. Access to government subject matter experts
2. Access to pertinent information architectures for investigation and prototyping of realistic distributed ledger techniques.
3. Other resources as discussed by the Parties to the Agreement

Small businesses are encouraged to respond to this announcement. Potential Collaborators may team with other qualified non-federal parties.

Specific study outputs and any development and demonstration goals will be determined during discussions with Collaborators prior to CRADA signatures, and refined as necessary during the life of the CRADA.

Multiple federal agencies may participate on behalf of or in partnership with USTRANSCOM, including but not limited to agencies of Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), other Federal Laboratories, and other agencies of the U.S. Government, as USTRANSCOM deems appropriate.

Supporting information, discussions, demonstrations and other collaborative activities should remain at the UNCLASSIFIED level. Legacy IT system architecture documents are For Official Use Only, if used. If classified information exchange is proposed by the Collaborator, Collaborator personnel must be appropriately cleared at the outset of the CRADA, at no cost to the government.

CRADAs are defined in 15 USC 3710a(d), in part, as "any agreement between one or more federal laboratories and one or more non-federal parties under which the Government, through its laboratories, provides personnel, services, facilities, equipment, intellectual property or other resources with or without reimbursement (but not funds to non-Federal parties) and the non-Federal parties provide funds, personnel, services , facilities, equipment, intellectual property, or other resources toward the conduct of specified research or development efforts which are consistent with the missions of the laboratory; except that such term does not include a procurement contract..." More info on USTRANSCOM's use of CRADAs is found at http://www.ustranscom.mil/dbw/orta.cfm

CRADAs resulting from this announcement are forecast to be in effect for approximately a 2-year period, although duration can be tailored to suit the parties' needs before or even after work begins, by mutual agreement.

USTRANSCOM and other designated government agencies selected by USTRANSCOM will evaluate potential Collaborators' white papers (submittal instructions follow). Based on response to the RFI's requested response element and Government interest and capacity to enter into such agreements, USTRANSCOM will choose one, multiple, or zero white papers as basis for additional discussion, and so notify the respondents.

Initial selection of white papers and subsequent discussions do not guarantee selection of any Collaborator by USTRANSCOM to actually enter into a CRADA.

After initial white paper selection, the government will conduct discussions separately with each selected Collaborator, seeking to reach mutual agreement on objectives, duration, intellectual property, and resources to be applied by the parties in the proposed CRADA-based experiments. The government may choose to visit pertinent facilities for a tour of Collaborator capabilities prior to final selections.

No funding is available from the government to cover white paper preparation or submittal costs, or to cover discussions, facility visits or any other Collaborator costs of preparation for or participation in a CRADA.

The Collaborator(s) and USTRANSCOM will draft and seek to finalize specific CRADA objectives and language collaboratively via discussions/mutual agreement after white paper selection.

Interested parties may respond with white papers no later than 3 November 2017 (12:00 midnight central time) by unclassified e-mail to transcom.scott.tcj5j4.mbx.orta@mail.mil by submitting an UNCLASSIFIED written white paper in the following format. Hardcopy submittal is not allowed. Please use the following format:

- Microsoft Word or .pdf format of not more than 10 pages in length, on standard 8 1/2 by 11 page, with 1 inch margins at top, bottom, left and right, in Times New Roman font of not less than 12 inch point size, with not more than 6 lines per inch.

- Pages numbered sequentially in the bottom footer including company name and identification of proprietary information as appropriate on each page.

- Clearly marked/identified proprietary information, photos, or diagrams. Proprietary information or trade secrets do not have to be disclosed in this response, if the general technique can be otherwise described

- Include the following elements (within the 10-page limit):

--Title (no separate title page needed)

--Company name and U.S. state of incorporation, and incorporation of any parent entity. Companies with foreign ownership or parentage must identify the nation of incorporation of the non-U.S. entity

--Description of approach to collaboration on your selection of topics A through K above; additional topics recommended for collaborative study; brief description of what information your company is willing to provide to USTRANSCOM for each topic

--Proposed outputs of the collaboration, which may include studies, prototypes and test/demostration data

--Resources to be supplied by the Collaborator during the CRADA (examples: access to facilities, personnel expertise, information systems, proprietary techniques, hardware, software, materials, prototypes, etc.)

--Resources requested from USTRANSCOM (examples: personnel skillsets, data, access to selected environments, access to facilities including test/demo facilities, etc.; no DoD-provided funding is permitted)

--Identify all proprietary information in your white paper with appropriate markings or citations

--Include points of contact (name, point of contact, address, e-mail, and phone) for notification of selection/non-selection and follow-on discussions/visits (if chosen)

USTRANSCOM and other government entities participating in white paper review and actual collaborative work under CRADAs may include in-house support contractors and members of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). Non-disclosure agreements will be signed as required by the Parties to incorporate these participants. The USTRANSCOM Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) technical advisor (coordinator of USTRANSCOM Technology Transfer activities) is a member of the MITRE National Security Engineering Center, an FFRDC.

Proposals not selected for further discussion will be archived by the government and appropriately protected.
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