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CTTSO Challenge Pavilion - IW/ET

As violent events initiated by a "trusted insider" continue to take center stage in the media, at-risk organizations in local communities and worldwide are spending more and more capital for better ways to identify and address pre-event indicators. CTTSO's Irregular Warfare and Evolving Threats program desires a non-invasive approach that will accurately predict when an individual is primed to commit a hostile act. Additional details on the challenge and prize can be found in the CTTSO Challenge Pavilion.

CTTSO Challenge Pavilion - TTD

The Training Technology Development subgroup is seeking a mobile app that facilitates the collection and creation of content that can be easily organized, accessed, and shared in innovative ways on a smartphone and/or tablet to improve mission critical performance.  Additional details on the challenge and prize can be found in the CTTSO Challenge Pavilion.

CTTSO in the News

The Military Thinks Bitcoin Could Pose a Threat to National Security

Announcing the IEEE VAST Challenge 2014
 

VAST 2014 ChallengeCTTSO is co-sponsoring the 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Challenge. This year’s competition asks participants to use innovative visual analytics approaches to examine realistic but synthetic text, transaction, network, geospatial, temporal, and streaming data to solve an international missing persons drama unfolding on the fictitious island of Kronos. The Challenge is open to participation by individuals and teams in industry, government, and academia. See http://vacommunity.org/VASTchallenge2014 for details.

 

BAA Still Under Development

The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office’s (CTTSO) is experiencing a delay in the release of its annual Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). The CTTSO fully intends to publish a BAA, and we look forward to receiving bidder solutions to our users’ combating terrorism capability gaps for fiscal year 2015. Please continue to check the BIDS site and/or the FedBizOps site for the official release of the BAA.

2014 Advance Planning Briefing for Industry (APBI) Slides Available

The presentation slides and the requirements booklet from the 2014 Advance Planning Briefing for Industry (APBI) are now available on the BIDS site.

Register for CTTSO’s Annual Threat Day 

CTTSO will host its annual Threat Day on January 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. The event is unclassified; however, registration is open to CTTSO stakeholders only. Click the registration link to request an invitation to register. Once approved, more details about the event will be provided.

The CTTSO participated in the 2013 Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) Program

The RIF Program was established to facilitate the rapid insertion of innovative small business technologies into military systems or programs that meet critical national security needs. RIF also intends to facilitate innovative technologies that show a clear transition path to fielding the technology into existing defense acquisition programs.
 RIF Program BAA

New Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) 13-Q-3066

The CTTSO has posted a new Broad Agency Announcements (BAA).  The new BAA, 13-Q-3066, may be downloaded via the BIDS Web site at https://www.bids.tswg.gov.

Phase 1 submissions (Quad Charts) are due no later than 3 p.m. ET 1 August 2013.

CTTSO to Sponsor 2013 Global Security Challenge

Online judging will take place from July 23 – August 26, and the final event will take place September 12 at Royal Holloway University of London.

CTTSO Contracts White Canvas Group to Develop Performance Enhancement System for U.S. Military

June 25, 2013 - White Canvas Group, a technology solutions incubator, announced today that it has been awarded a contract with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office to develop a performance enhancement and training program for elite U.S. war fighters.

Fire Protection Research Foundation Develops Better Tests for PPE

June 24, 2013 - The Fire Protection Research Foundation is working on a new project led by International Personnel Protection to develop procedures to improve how barrier protective clothing for first responders is evaluated regarding limiting exposure to hazardous liquids. This project is funded by the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) of the Department of Defense's Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office.

New Instant Notification System App for Bomb Squad Response and Investigation Now Available for Download

The TSWG IED Instant Notification App (INS) is now available free to all United States bomb technicians. The app designed by the Force Protection product group of Applied Research Associates was unveiled during the April gathering of the National Bomb Squad Advisory Board, as well as representatives from the ATF, FBI, DHS, DoD, and the Technical Support Working Group.

Armored Passenger Vehicle Handbook

The APV Handbook is a quick-reference guide on APV life cycle management, training, testing, and performance topics. The 205 page APV is intended to serve as a comprehensive ready-reference and best practices guide for those Federal personnel and agencies involved in the acquisition of various levels of commercial APVs. The handbook contains guidance on APV budget and procurement requirements, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures, vehicle classification specifications, general threat information, inventory control methods, driver training.

Human Subjects Use or Animal Testing in Research

As a component of the Department of Defense (DoD), the CTTSO is responsible, by law, to ensure the protection of human subjects and the humane treatment of animals used in research projects. Offerors proposing solutions that include the use of animals or human subjects are required, as a condition of award, to demonstrate compliance with the federal protection standards required by the DoD. For more information, see the Human and Animals in Research section in Reference Materials at www.bids.tswg.gov.

Global Security Challenge Winners Announced

The Global Security Challenge (GSC), in its fifth year, stimulates technical innovations that make airports, cities, military operations, and enterprises safer by finding and publicly recognizing the most promising security start-ups in the world. This helps focus investor attention on these promising companies. The finals were held at the University of London on November 11-12, and this year’s winners were from... Read more

New Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Human Social, Cultural, and Behavior Modeling (HSCB) Program

The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) has posted a new Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Human Social, Cultural, and Behavior Modeling (HSCB) Program. The Program is managed through the Director, Defense Research and Engineering (DDRE). CTTSO is acting as an execution agent to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) for the HSCB Program. The new BAA, 09-Q-4590, may be downloaded via the BIDS website at www.bids.tswg.gov.

**Phase 1 submissions (Quad Charts and White Papers) are due NO LATER THAN Thursday, June 11, 2009, 4 PM ET**

Quad Charts and White Papers are being requested in the following area: Human Social, Cultural, and Behavior Modeling (HSCB). See the full BAA package for details.

Classified submissions MUST have a BIDS submittal number for tracking purposes and comply with all BAA package requirements per the BAA.

All contractual and technical questions regarding this BAA must be directed to the Contracting Officer at 09-Q-4590@tswg.gov. All security related questions regarding this BAA must be directed to the TSWG Security Officer at BAAsecurity@tswg.gov.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure the 'Company Information' section (business type, business location, district, etc.) on your BIDS registration form is up-to-date. Login and click the 'Edit My Account' link in the Account Center panel to update your information. It is also important you have a valid email address associated with your BIDS account.

If you have questions regarding the BIDS website, please submit to BIDSHelp@tswg.gov or use the Help Request link on the BIDS site.

New Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) 09-Q-4554

The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) has posted a new Broad Agency Announcements (BAA).  The new BAA, 09-Q-4554, may be downloaded via the BIDS website at https://www.bids.tswg.gov.

**Phase 1 submissions (Quad Charts) are due NO LATER THAN Thursday, April 9, 2009, 4 PM ET**

Quad Charts are being requested in the following areas:  Blast Effects and Mitigation (BX); Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Countermeasures (CBRNC); Explosives Detection (ED); Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Low-Intensity Conflict (EOD/LIC); Improvised Device Defeat (IDD); Investigative Support and Forensics (ISF); Irregular Warfare Support Program (IWS); Physical Security (PS); Surveillance, Collection, and Operations Support (SCOS); Tactical Operations Support (TOS); Training Technology Development (TTD); VIP Protection (VIP).  See the full BAA package for details.

Classified submissions MUST have a BIDS submittal number for tracking purposes and comply with all BAA package requirements per the BAA.

All contractual and technical questions regarding this BAA must be directed to the Contracting Officer at 09-Q-4554@tswg.gov.  All security related questions regarding this BAA must be directed to the TSWG Security Officer at BAAsecurity@tswg.gov.

IMPORTANT:  Please be sure the 'Company Information' section (business type, business location, district, etc.) on your BIDS registration form is up-to-date.  Login and click the 'Edit My Account' link in the Account Center panel to update your information.  It is also important you have a valid email address associated with your BIDS account.

If you have questions regarding the BIDS website, please submit to BIDSHelp@tswg.gov or use the Help Request link on the BIDS site.

Advance Planning Briefing for Industry, February 17, 2009

The Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) is holding an Advance Planning Briefing for Industry on February 17, 2009. CTTSO rapidly develops combating terrorism solutions to meet continually evolving requirements defined by end users. CTTSO staff will brief R & D requirements that will be advertised using a Broad Agency Announcement and subsequently funded in the coming fiscal year. Identical briefs are scheduled for the morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session begins at 7:00 AM for registration and continental breakfast. The afternoon session begins at 12:00 PM for registration and light refreshments.

Force Protection Equipment Demonstration VII, May 19-21, 2009

The Technical Support Working Group, of the Combating Terrorism Technology Support Office, is pleased to announce it is a sponsor of the Force Protection Equipment Demonstration VII. The FPED VII objective is to provide leaders and decision-makers from DoD, Federal departments and agencies, and applicable state and local law enforcement and corrections agencies the opportunity to observe and become familiar with COTS force protection equipment available for procurement and testing within 90 days of the demonstration. The unclassified demonstration is NOT open to the public, and is intended for DoD, Federal departments and agencies, and state and local law enforcement and corrections agencies.

NSF SciSIP Solicitation

An important part of advancing the science of science policy is getting scientists and engineers to engage with social scientists in studying science policy within the context of their domain disciplines. The SciSIP program underwrites fundamental research that creates new explanatory models, analytic tools and datasets designed to inform the nation's public and private sectors about the processes through which investments in science and engineering (S&E) research are transformed into social and economic outcomes. In addition to standard SciSIP proposals, this solicitation includes a category for four demonstration projects.

2009 APBI Program Book and Presentation Slides

The APBI Program Book and presentation slides from the 2009 Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry (APBI) are now available in the Reference Materials page under the APBI section.

12.06.2007 » CTTSO Threat Day and Requirements Meetings

Threat Day is the kickoff for the CTTSO FY 2009 Business Planning Cycle commencing a bottom-to-top approach for evaluating technology programs that characterize the National Combating Terrorism Research and Development Program. CTTSO continues its business planning cycle with a full round of requirements meetings occurring through January. The security classification level for these briefings is SECRET and attendance is restricted to invitees only.

Foreign Language Tech Forum

The Foreign Language Tech Forum announces a call for applicants to brief Government representatives on state-of-the-art foreign language technologies. The first of four Forums will take place on February 21, 2008 and will focus on content extraction technologies. Applications must be received no later than December 10, 2007. This Forum is for information sharing only, and is not to be construed as committing the Government to any contract, promise to contract, or as a commitment of any kind. Project funding and travel support will not be provided.

08.22.2007 » REMINDER

Any submitter desiring to respond to the open TSWG BAA (07-T-0155) must do so before the 04 Sept 07, 4PM EDT closing date and time.

07.24.2007 » Personal Protective Equipment 2007 Conference

The PPE 2007 Conference November 28-30, 2007 will provide TSWG and its partners with a forum to highlight emerging technologies in personal protective equipment. PPE 2007 includes an exhibition of new PPE technologies, a seminar on standards and next-generation tools, and training exercises. Join us for educational workshops and round-table discussions on the future direction of PPE research and design.

05.03.2007 » Force Protection Equipment Demonstration VI (FPED VI)

TSWG is a sponsor of the Force Protection Equipment Demonstration VI (FPED VI) August 14-16 2007.

05.03.2007 » Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness Conference

TSWG is sponsoring the 9th Annual Technologies for Critical Incident Preparedness Conference and Exposition November 6-8 2007.

Human Subjects Use or Animal Testing in Research

As a component of the Department of Defense (DoD), the CTTSO is responsible, by law, to ensure the protection of human subjects and the humane treatment of animals used in research projects. Offerors proposing solutions that include the use of animals or human subjects are required, as a condition of award, to demonstrate compliance with the federal protection standards required by the DoD. For more information, see the Human and Animals in Research section in Reference Materials at www.bids.tswg.gov.