Commercial Solutions Openings


Target Audience

  • Small Businesses
  • Industry

The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) established innovation as a central line of effort in the national defense strategy of the United States. The decisive military advantage of the United States over its adversaries and peer competitors is steadily eroding. Consequently, under the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) contracting officers may acquire innovative commercial items, technologies, or services using a competitive procedure called a commercial solutions opening (CSO). Under a CSO, the Department of Defense may competitively select proposals received in response to a general solicitation, similar to a board agency announcement, based on a review of proposals by scientific, technological, or other subject-matter expert peers. Use of a CSO is considered to be a competitive procedure for the purposes of 10 U.S.C. chapter 127 and FAR 6.102. Finally, contracting officer shall treat items, technologies, and services acquired using a CSO as commercial items.


The Air Education and Training Command (AETC) Commander tasked subordinate units to identify, evaluate and integrate emergent technologies in order to enhance training quality, create resource margin and reduce training timelines. Commercial technologies such as Virtual/Mixed/Augmented Reality (here after referred to as (X)Reality, artificial instruction (AI)/machine learning, learning management systems (LMS), etc. are being evaluated to meet commanders intent, however we lack commercial off the-shelf solutions that comprehensively represents the T-38C in Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) mission sets for integration into a immersive training ecosystem.

All some or none of the companies may be selected to develop a prototype from existing commercially available T-38 aircraft simulation models within an immersive training ecosystem that incorporates a (X) Reality T-38C fully representing the aerodynamic flight model and avionics Operational Flight Program (OFP within a commercially available flying environment such as but not limited to Prepar3D or X-Plane. The (X)Reality T-38C aerodynamic/physics model will adhere to maximum performance flight characteristics in accordance with aircraft flight manual & pilot stated jet performance. The (X)Reality OFP should replicate the T-38C avionics suite with the addition of simulated weapons beyond those currently used on T-38C allowing learners to train towards Combat Air Forces (CAF) weapon systems such as F-35 or F-15E. Examples could include Continuously Computed Release Point (CCRP) Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), CCRP Laser Guided Bombs (LGBs), Small Diameter Bombs (SDB), etc.

Upon completion of the contract, the T-38 Digital Model Minimum Viable Product solution will be delivered and accepted. The government reserves the right to contract production of the selected solution and will be made based on the availability of government funds.

Tobby Evans

Capability Lead

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Use the following form to apply to the T-38C DIGITAL MODEL CSO.

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