Direct to Phase II - Supply Chain Risk Analysis Management Solution (SCRAMS)
Navy SBIR 2016.3 - Topic N163-D02
SPAWAR - Mr. Shadi Azoum - [email protected]
Opens: September 26, 2016 - Closes: October 26, 2016

N163-D02

TITLE:  Direct to Phase II - Supply Chain Risk Analysis Management Solution (SCRAMS)

 

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Information Systems

ACQUISITION PROGRAM: Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Navy (NC3) Modernized Hybrid Solution; ACAT III program

OBJECTIVE: Develop an automated process and software tool to identify specific suppliers and associated Information and Communications Technology (ICT) components based on inputs, cues and user-determined parameters.  The software tool will need to provide the capability to complete a federated search of available government and internet web-based data and databases, facilitate data discovery, and perform anomaly detection and have analytical capabilities to recognize risks (based on user-determined indicators), be scalable, and provide formatting for export into Microsoft Office products.

DESCRIPTION: The existing process to identify a specific supplier suspected of providing counterfeit, gray market or sub-standard ICT components, is through basic electronic searches of local contract management related folders and files, followed by extensive paper file-folder reviews.  If the supplier is not a Prime (a sub-contractor or a sub to a sub or sub to a Lead System Integrator), the problem set becomes more complex with no additional electronic search capability.  The necessary data is collected and loaded into at least one database over the course of the contracting process but is not readily discoverable nor accessible.  Even if the data were technically accessible, currently it would only be to a very small select few due to limitations of roles and data management structure within a database.

The software tool would need to be innovative enough to help map the commercial supply chain, conduct analysis of and parse out supplier levels (Tiers) and detect and document supplier relationships across Tiers.  It would require access across the data management restrictions, but would be tailored to pull only particular fields relevant to the Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) problem set, providing a more automated, efficient and effective method to meet the need of data discovery.  The implementation of the software tool would be that it works in parallel with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, monitoring transactions and feeding them back through the software tool for analysis, through a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), most likely a Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) web service, and allowing for easy user accessibility. Such a tool could be implemented and success measured in stages. Each stage adding function and capability as requirements are fully met and potentially new ones added. The tool could start with a single Navy Systems Command and be eventually broadened to the entire Department of the Navy (DoN).  This effort would provide a critical capability that would significantly contribute to the DON’s ability to respond to threats from the supply chain and potentially avoid them as well.

PHASE I: For a Direct to Phase II topic, the government expects that the small business would have accomplished the following in a Phase I-type effort.  Have developed a concept for a workable Supply Chain Risk Analysis Management software (SCRAMS) prototype or design to address at a minimum the basic requirements of the stated objective above.  The below actions would be required in order to successfully accomplish Phase I:

- Determination of data types and sets necessary in order to accomplish objective.
- Determine if existing electronic tools or tool-sets can be used or leveraged in order to meet stated objective.
- Determine if the objective is technically feasible, given restraints of data access or availability, among other factors.
- Complete a concept of operations and business rules.
- Tested using existing mock data.
- Structure an approach to implementation of tool(s), including scenario-based implementation and observation using modeling.
- Complete design of tool(s) and validation of analysis.

FEASIBILITY DOCUMENTATION: Offerors interested in participating in Direct to Phase II must include in their response to this topic Phase I feasibility documentation that substantiates the scientific and technical merit and Phase I feasibility described in Phase I above has been met (i.e. the small business must have performed Phase I-type research and development related to the topic, but from non-SBIR funding sources) and describe the potential commercialization applications. The documentation provided must validate that the proposer has completed development of technology as stated in Phase I above. Documentation should include all relevant information including, but not limited to: technical reports, test data, prototype designs/models, and performance goals/results. Work submitted within the feasibility documentation must have been substantially performed by the offeror and/or the principal investigator (PI).

Read and follow all of the DON SBIR 16.3 Direct to Phase II solicitation Instructions. Phase I Proposals will NOT be accepted for this solicitation.

PHASE II: The Supply Chain Risk Analysis Management software tool(s) will be fully developed and implemented using data provided by the Government, tested, and an analysis of the results provided to the Government.  Phase II actions are as follows:
- Implementation and analysis of the Phase I-type effort modeling using ‘real’ data provided by the Government
- Simulation of the tool(s) demonstrating their utility and function
- Analysis of simulations that validates applicability to the SCRM problem set with regard to the stated objective of this SBIR.
- Completion of a prototype that is fully functional and meets the requirements as stated in the Phase II Statement of Work.

PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: The Supply Chain Risk Analysis Management software tool(s) will be transitioned from a PEO C4I based effort to the rest of the PEOs under SPAWAR SYSCOM cognizance, then to the other SYSCOMs within the DoN.  Ultimately the tool(s) can be transitioned for use within the rest of the DoD, and be made available to Industry.  Industry that supports the DoD has the same clear and present danger from threats within the supply chain as DoD in that it is relying on the global supply chain. Phase III expected actions are as follows:
- Integrate tool(s) into all PEO C4I supply chain data processes (N-ERP or others)
- Test tool(s) based on refined requirements from Phase I and II
- Test and complete analysis of tool(s) and determine requirements for transition to commercialization
- Fully integrate tool(s) into business processes for supply chains of Programs of Record within PEO C4I
- Expand tool for use throughout DoN and DoD  Private  Sector Commercial Potential: This tool could be used in any commercial setting where complex supply chain requirements exist and system configuration, funds availability, equipment upgrade/replacement schedules are complicating factors (e.g. utilities, transportation, communication/broadcasting and IT systems and manufacturing industries).

REFERENCES:

1. Defense Security Services Targeting U.S. Technologies Trend Analysis Special Focus Area on Counterfeit Microelectronics, 2015
www.dss.mil/documents/ci/2015_DSS_Trend_Report.pdf

2. Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate Inquiry into Counterfeit Electronic Parts in the Department of Defense Supply Chain, May, 2012
http://www.armed-services.senate.gov/download/inquiry-into-counterfeit-electronic-parts-in-the-department-of-defense-supply-chain

3. Supply Chain Risk Management: A Compilation of Best Practices, Supply Chain Risk Leadership Council, August, 2011
http://www.scrlc.com/articles/Supply_Chain_Risk_Management_A_Compilation_of_Best_Practices_final[1].pdf

4. NAVSUP Transition to Navy ERP, Debbie Dortch, Naval Supply Systems Command Corporate Communications, April 6, 2011.
http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=59606

5. Beyond Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): The Next Generation Enterprise Resource Planning Environment, Laura A. Odell,
Institute for Defense Analyses, February, 2012. https://www.ida.org/idamedia/Corporate/Files/Publications/IDA_Documents/ITSD/2015/P-4852.ashx

6. Navy ERP: Where We’ve Been – Where We’re Going, Beverly Veit, Office of Assistant Secretary of the Navy, June 2010
http://www.asmconline.org/wp-content/uploads/2010PDIPresentations/don/N-ERP%20Been%20-%20Going.ppt

KEYWORDS: Supply Chain Risk Management; SCRM; Program Protection; Anti-Counterfeit; Counterfeit; Grey Market; N-ERP; NC3; Nova

 

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