RFI – CBRNE Common Analytical Laboratory System

The Joint Product Manager, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive Detection Equipment Analytics and Response Systems (JPdM CBRNE A&RS), Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD is conducting market research to identify potential sources with the capability to integrate CBRNE into a Common Analytical Laboratory System (CALS). 

JPdM CBRNE A&RS released a request for information (RFI) as a follow-up to a RFI posted in April 2010 in order to inform industry of the intent of the CALS effort, update previous information from sources capable of system level mobile laboratory integration, and request further information pertaining to CALS.

The CALS will provide a common, modular, and transportable/mobile analytical laboratory system to support Department of Defense (DoD) field analytic units. CALS will provide field confirmatory- or theater validation-level analysis capabilities to support the identification of chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) materials in environmental samples. Information produced by the system will assist commanders or the local authority with managing the effects of a CBR attack or disaster. 

The CALS will be based on a modular design concept through the use of modular analytical and support subsystems. The subsystem is comprised of an assembly of components that draw from the suite of common equipment (e.g., subsystems are comprised of assemblies). Components are integrated into assemblies and then into subsystems using a modular open system approach (MOSA). This modular design concept enables subsystems to be integrated into platforms/laboratory enclosures. 

The analytical subsystems will provide capabilities that enable operators to meet a broad range of CBR identification and reporting requirements. Each analytical subsystem will include the required ancillary equipment and expendable, durable, and consumable items needed to operate the integrated components and assemblies. 

Each of the integrated platform/laboratory enclosures includes support subsystems that provide capabilities needed to safely receive, process, and store environmental samples. These subsystems provide/distribute electrical power, environmentally condition the system’s interior, and support the safe operation of the transportable laboratory. 

Respondents should be able to provide engineering and integration capabilities to the CALS program during the engineering and manufacturing phase leading to a Milestone C decision. 

Further details are available under Solicitation Number: W911SR-14-CALSRFI. The response deadline is December 13, 2013.