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1Overview of U.S. Special Operations Command Clothing & Textile Program Fred ChanProgram Manager – SOF Warrior ProtectionNatick Soldier Center
2Background Individual Protection Directorate SOF Special Projects TeamIndividual Protection DirectorateU. S. Army Natick Soldier CenterReporting to: PEO-SOF Warrior,U. S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, FLResponsibility: Development and fielding of clothing and individual equipment for SOF operators (SPEAR program).
3SPEAR Program Growth 10X funding increase to $48M in FY06 $296M total funding in POM 06-11$193M PROC funds in POM 06-11$86M in O&M funds in POM 06-11
5Lightweight Environmental Protection (LEP) Environmental Protective ClothingCold Weather Clothing (LEP & PCU)Wet Weather Clothing (PCU)Hot Weather ClothingExtremity Protection SystemHandwear (MGS), Headwear and SocksTactical Boot SuiteWinter Mountaineering BootHot Dry BootAssault BootFieldedMaterial Vendor – Malden Mills, Fabricator - NISHCurrently fielded to all SOF usersBased on existing commercial off the shelf technologySilk weight (commercial name – Capilene) is layer 1 wicking layer and worn next to skinMid weight (commercial name – Capilene) is layer 2 insulationStretch fleece (commercial name – Powerstretch) bib overalls provide layer 3 insulation300 wt fleece (commercial name – Polartec) jacket provides layer 4 insulationWind resistant (commercial name – WindStopper) fleece jacket provides alternative layer 4 insulation
6Body Armor Load Carrying System Body Armor SystemsReleasable Body Armor Vest (RBAV)Modular Body Armor Vest (MBAV)Low Visibility Body Armor Vest (LVBAV)Load Carriage SystemsEnhanced Load Carrying System (ELCS)SOF Load Carriage System (SOF LCS)SOF Backpack systemBALCS BackpackSOF Backpack SystemFielded
7Lightweight NBC Protection GarmentsAll Purpose Personal Protective Ensemble (AP-PPE)Seven Day NBC protective garmentSlag Protective SuitJSLIST Block 1 Glove Upgrade (JB1GU)Fielded
10Product Transitions Fielded by Army Rapid Fielding Initiative: Lightweight Environmental ProtectionModular Integrated Communications HelmetModular Glove SystemBALCS body armor plate
11USSOCOM & NISH The product development relationship between USSOCOM and the NISH needed improvements:Detailed specification vs. performance specs.Need access to rapid innovation and improvements.Overall product quality requires improvement.Enhance user acceptance of products.
12Competitive Development Model (CDM) Establish a JWOD compliant process for partnering the National Industries for the Severely Handicapped (NISH) non-profit agencies (NPAs) with commercial garment vendors to produce higher quality, Berry-compliant products that improve user acceptance in military applications.General description of the acquisition process.The target audience for this briefing are manufacturers and vendors of outdoor equipment.Their primary customer are retail outlets throughout the US.The government acquisition process is typically very different from how retailers buy inventory from the suppliers.
13CDM ObjectivesImprove garment performance by leveraging commercial capabilities in design and innovation.Improve product quality through application of “best commercial practices”.Establish a mechanism for technology insertion and continuous product improvement.Improve user acceptance through branding.Applies to procurements within the micro-purchase threshold ($2,500)Applies to COTS purchases onlySplit purchasing (two purchases from the same source, done separately, that exceed the micro purchase threshold) is forbidden.
14CDM Parameters Selection process of partners is transparent. A contract defines relationship between partners.Partnerships should be mutually beneficial.Partnerships are for a specified timeframe.Partnerships are renewable.Partnerships can be terminated.
15CDM Process USSOCOM defines product requirement. NISH identifies potential partners through sources sought (i.e. using FEDBIZOPS).USSOCOM and NISH evaluate technical proposals from potential sources.NISH selects partner and negotiates legal terms.USSOCOM, NISH and partner initiate product development.
16Benefits to Industry Diversification of marketplace. Increase total market size.Eliminates need for domestic production.Involvement in design of garments for “extreme” applications.
17Benefits to NISHContinuous organizational learning of new production techniques and quality assurance.Improved product performance and quality.Potential access to larger military or government market.A purchase order is a contractual relationship for a one-time procurement.It applies to commercial-off-the-shelf items only.Acquisition thresholds determine whether Simplified Acquisition rules apply or whether Full and Open Competition is applicable.Simplified acquisition applies to COTS items only.Synopsis of government intent or market survey is required to establish the range of offerors.Repeat purchases are allowed under Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) or GSA purchases.
18Benefits to USSOCOM Improved access to commercial innovation. Improved product performance.Improved product quality.Improved user acceptance through branding.
19Program Manager – SOF Warrior Protection Contact InformationFred ChanProgram Manager – SOF Warrior Protection