The Joint Project Manager for Protection (JPM-P) and the Contamination Indication/Decontamination Assurance System (CIDAS) Program will host a Pre-Solicitation Conference on November 8, 2012 at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
The goal of CIDAS is to provide capabilities to detect trace levels of chemical warfare agents on surfaces before and after a decontamination operation, and to provide visual indications of the exact location of the contamination. Such technology will afford military personnel the ability to quickly and accurately map the area of disseminated contamination on equipment.
CIDAS would provide unique benefits, such as isolating “hot spots” from “clean spots” on surfaces and visibly indicating whether standard decontamination procedures performed were successful. Personnel will be able to more efficiently focus decontamination efforts, dramatically reducing manpower, water requirements, decontaminant requirements and exposure hazard to personnel.
The system must be compatible with a wide range of materiel and facilities to avoid degrading readiness and capabilities due to damage from the application of indicant.
CIDAS is an Acquisition Category (ACAT) III joint program with participation from all Services (Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps). The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) is the Milestone Decision Authority, with the Joint Project Manager for Protection (JPM P) managing the program and the CIDAS Product Management Office (PMO) responsible for program execution.
The Government anticipates this solicitation will result in one or more Firm Fixed Price Contracts that will provide prototype CIDAS nerve and blister indicants, training/simulants, and applicators, training to Government personnel in use of the CIDAS, and technical support for Government conduct of a Manufacturing Readiness Assessment.
Further details on the CIDAS initiative are available under Solicitation Number: W911QY13R0001.