ALCOAST 321/20 – AUG 2020 SOLICITATION FOR RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT TEST AND EVALUATION (RDT&E) IDEAS

Below is a solicitation. Hopefully it will generate some ideas. We have a good group here that might have some suggestions. 

ALCOAST 321/20 – AUG 2020 SOLICITATION FOR RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT TEST AND EVALUATION (RDT&E) IDEAS

R 271021 AUG 20
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-9//
TO ALCOAST
UNCLAS //N03900//
ALCOAST 321/20
COMDTNOTE 3900
SUBJ:  SOLICITATION FOR RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT TEST AND EVALUATION (RDT&E) IDEAS
1. The Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) and Innovation Program
invites all military, civilian, reserve, auxiliary, and contractor personnel to
submit research project ideas for the FY22 RDT&E Project Portfolio. Visit the
Coast Guard’s crowdsourcing platform, CG_Ideas@Work
(https://cg-ideasatwork.ideascalegov.com), and submit ideas directly to:
https://cg-ideasatwork.ideascalegov.com/a/ideas/recent/campaigns/1078.
2. If you do not yet have a CG_Ideas@Work account, you can easily register using
your ‘.mil’ email address to access the platform from any personal or Coast Guard
device. If you are unable to access the idea submission form, please submit your
idea via email to: research@uscg.mil including your idea title, a short summary,
and your contact information.
3. The deadline to submit ideas for the FY22 RDT&E Project Portfolio is 11 SEP 2020.
Project ideas will be reviewed and ranked by stakeholders from across the service
at an Idea Submission Review in 1st Quarter FY21.
4. The Coast Guard’s senior leadership has identified the following research priorities:
    a. Growing Advanced Computing Capabilities to Maximize Readiness. How can we apply
artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced analytics to manage risk and
make decisions based on data?
    b. Continued Development of Mobile Solutions to Deliver Mission Excellence Anytime,
Anywhere. What mobile-enhanced tools can we provide to our members to improve the Coast
Guard’s operational impact and mission support delivery?
    c. Utilize Autonomous Systems to Address the Nation’s Complex Maritime Challenges.
How can we integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS), unmanned surface vehicles (USV),
and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) to improve operational safety, effectiveness,
and efficiency?
    d. Strengthen Resilience, Safety, and Security of Coast Guard systems and personnel
to Deliver Mission Excellence Anytime, Anywhere. What tools or ways of doing business
can improve our members’ safety and security and position the Coast Guard to take on
complex and difficult to predict challenges like COVID-19 and emerging cyber threats?
    e. Develop Human Machine Teaming to Maximize Readiness. How can we manage the
relationship between our people and automated systems in a way that maximizes the
capabilities of humans and machines while guarding against complacency and the loss of
key skills?
    f. Maximize Readiness Today and Tomorrow by Enhancing C5I capabilities.
What command, control, communications, computers, cyber, and intelligence
capabilities can we put in the field to make the Coast Guard more ready and more agile?
5. Not all great ideas fit in the priorities above. All potential research project
ideas will be reviewed and considered. Your ideas and input are requested.
For inspiration, check out the current RDT&E Project Portfolio and website here:
http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/acquisition/rdte.
6. POC: Ms. Alexandra Swan, COMDT (CG-926), at: 202-309-8255 or
Alexandra.P.Swan@uscg.mil.
7. RADM M. J. Johnston, Assistant Commandant for Acquisition and Chief Acquisition
Officer, sends.
8. Internet release is authorized.

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