The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to determine the capabilities of the existing marketplace. The Government intends to use white papers provided solely for internal government purposes to further develop or refine the statement of requirement, not as a basis for making an award determination. The intent is to gather information on technologies at different levels of maturity that have potential to meet criteria discussed in subsequent sections for in-field analysis.
The technologies should be compatible for use by minimally trained soldiers or squads (approximately 7 soldiers) during combat missions of up to seven days without resupply. Technologies should be low SWaP (size, weight, and power); specifically not exceed 16 oz, utilize commercially available batteries for continuous operation up to seven days, and provide results that can be easily interpreted. They shall not be impacted by low temperature exposure/freezing and shall be fully functional on thawing, and be functional in basic, hot and cold environments. Time from sample collection to test result should not exceed 2 hours with minimal requirements for user input steps and results should be easily interpreted by non-experts.
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