By Robin Schumacher, PM PNTMay 25, 2016
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 26, 2016) -- The Army's Direct Reporting Program Manager, Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PM PNT) will be hosting an Assured PNT (A-PNT) Industry Day on August 2-4, 2016 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
The objective of the A-PNT program is to provide Soldiers with trusted PNT solutions that go beyond current Global Positioning System (GPS)-based capabilities. A-PNT seeks to use GPS plus other augmentation sensors and techniques to provide PNT services when GPS signals are denied or intermittently available. The goal is to deliver PNT capability that can determine which sources, including GPS, are trustworthy, and then provide assured PNT for successful mission accomplishment.
The intent of the Industry Day is to update potential vendors on the Army's planned timeline and structure for the A-PNT program, as well as to enhance the industry-government partnership that is critical to providing an effective and evolvable end-product for A-PNT operators and information consumers.
"The Army is confronting new and varied challenges, and we need industry's help to meet them during a time of global change and uncertainty," said Kevin Coggins, program manager for PNT. "A-PNT is an exciting, dynamic, and extremely vital area in which to work. We will continue to bring industry and government together in forums like this to ensure the Army remains at the cutting edge."
Prior to the Industry Day, PM PNT released a Request for Information (RFI) to help shape the event. The RFI, which closed on May 13, 2016, asked for industry's feedback on potential acquisition approaches, including an incremental delivery strategy, as well as different contract types, potential small business participation, and compliance with Army standards like Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) and the Common Operating Environment.
The Industry Day will consist of a general session on August 2, followed by 30-minute one-on-one sessions by appointment on the afternoon of August 2 and all day on August 3 and 4. During the general session, the government will provide industry with its intended A-PNT acquisition strategy and expectations. The one-on-one sessions will allow industry to address specific issues presented by PM PNT in the Industry Day announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website: http://www.fbo.gov, solicitation number W56KGY-16-R-APNT.
PM PNT is a direct reporting PM to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA[ALT]). Based out of Aberdeen Proving Ground, the organization leads the Army in developing and integrating PNT technology and collaborates with the other Department of Defense (DoD) services to deliver integrated PNT solutions.
Registration is open now through June 30 for the A-PNT Industry Day at https://www.pmpnt.army.mil/.