SDA Posts Solicitation and Industry Day Invite Seeking Pool of Performers for Hybrid Acquisition for Proliferated LEO (HALO) for Future Prototype Orders

Posted on: May 31, 2024

Industry Day: June 17, 2024

Original Response Date: July 11, 2024

SDA released a solicitation using other transaction authority (OTA) for the Hybrid Acquisition for Proliferated LEO (HALO) effort, the winners of which will be eligible to compete for future prototype orders. HALO is an acquisition approach to solicit and award rapid, affordable mission feasibility demonstrations. This solicitation provides an opportunity for industry to submit proposals for eligibility into an established vendor pool to compete for specific flight demonstration opportunities in the future. Only vendors in the HALO pool will be able to bid against specific demonstration prototype orders geared toward this effort, with the anticipation of multiple prototype orders being initiated and awarded per year.

A key goal of HALO is to put in place a flexible and fast contracting mechanism to compete and award Tranche 2 Demonstration and Experimentation System (T2DES) and other SDA demonstration projects. HALO may also increase the pool of performers capable of bidding on future SDA programs, including participation in layers of future tranches. HALO will provide opportunities for companies to gain valuable experience working with SDA on demonstration projects. HALO pool members will also be able to work directly with SDA to ensure their security capabilities are sufficient to perform on SDA missions.

HALO is structured as a multiple step competition, with initial selection into the HALO pool limited to non-traditional defense contractors. SDA is expecting multiple initial pool members and intends to review the pool periodically. For more information on the HALO pool requirements for mission success and representative prototype orders, view the full solicitation at the link below. Initial proposals to join the HALO pool are due by 12:00 pm ET on July 11, 2024.

In addition, SDA will be hosting an unclassified industry day event to provide additional information about this solicitation. The industry day focused on HALO will be held June 17, 2024, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET in-person (Northern Virginia) and virtually. Attendance is limited to 2 in-person and 2 virtual lines per organization. Registration for this event will close June 12, 2024.