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Cyber Operations

U.S. Navy Awards Nearly $900 Million in Cyber Operations Contracts

July 17, 2013
George I. Seffers

Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., McLean, Va.; CACI Technologies Inc., Chantilly, Va.; Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va.; General Dynamics One Source LLC, Fairfax, Va.; Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Columbia, Md.; Engility Corp., Mount Laurel, N.J.; Lockheed Martin Services Inc., Gaithersburg, Md.; Science Applications International Corp., McLean, Va.; Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Ga.; Secure Mission Solutions, Fairfax, Va.; STG Inc., Reston, Va.; Systems Research and Applications Corp., Fairfax, Va.; and URS Federal Services Inc., Germantown, Md., are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive (firm target) and firm-fixed-price task orders, performance based contract. The contracts are for the procurement of integrated cyber operations services including the entire spectrum of non-inherently governmental services and solutions (equipment and services) associated with the full system lifecycle support, including research, development, test, evaluation, production and fielding of sustainable, secure, survivable, and interoperable command, control, communication, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C5ISR), information operations, enterprise information services (EIS) and space capabilities. The cumulative, estimated value (ceiling) of the base year is $179,908,600. These contracts include options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value (ceiling) of these contracts to an estimated $899,543,400. Work will be performed worldwide as the task orders are issued. Work is expected to be completed by July 2014. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity.

Smartronix to Support Cyber Operations in Four Countries

June 21, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Smartronix Inc., Hollywood, Md., is being awarded a $17,009,473 firm-fixed-price contract with cost reimbursable, contract line items, for cyber operations support. This contract provides for program management, knowledge and information assurance management, network operations and maintenance, help desk and engineering support services at Quantico, Va., Camp Pendleton, Calif., and various Marine Corps detachments inside and outside the continental United States. This contract contains two option periods, which if exercised, would bring the maximum dollar value to $39,989,046.  Work will be performed primarily within Quantico, Va.; Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Okinawa, Japan; Stuttgart, Germany; New Orleans, La.; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Kansas City, Mo.; and Seoul, Korea, with an expected completion date of June 29, 2014. The Regional Contracting Office, National Capital Region, Quantico, Va., is the contracting activity.

Military Needs Professional Cyber Career Field

March 28, 2012
By George Seffers

Panelists at TechNet Land Forces Southwest offered ideas for attracting, training and retaining cyber warriors. Ideas included bringing more women into cyber, simplifying the process for current soldiers who want to transition, and increasing opportunities for career and leadership development.

Military Website Spoofing Is No Laughing Matter

December 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Earlier this year, the U.S. Air Force Portal was spoofed, causing a ripple of concern through the service branch. Nearly identical to the real site, the fake one aimed to fool people into entering their log-ins and passwords so the information could be captured by illicit sources. Such scams are on the rise across the Internet, and the U.S. Defense Department is not immune to the threat. But in a government department known for passing orders from the top down, the only way to secure the networks is through awareness at the lowest level.

Network Intricacy Complicates Computer Defense

December 2011
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

As more complicated networks develop and deploy unique and expanded capabilities, protecting U.S. cyber infrastructure grows more challenging. The Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate is responsible for defending the nation’s commercial and private networks. But with the complexity of these products, the directorate’s success increasingly depends both on sharing responsibilities among government organizations and between government and industry.

Keeping Pace With Cybercrime

December 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

Evolving technologies such as mobile devices, cloud computing and steganography present challenges for those tasked with finding digital evidence of a crime. But the cyber forensics field also is evolving, and experts in industry and government are finding innovative tools for overcoming the obstacles.

Defense Department Faces Cyber Strategy Gaps

August 1, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Defense Department faces many hurdles in its effort to protect and defend government computer networks. According to an unclassified version of a previously issued classified report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), several cyberspace capability gaps exist.

Navy Builds Around Intelligence, Information Consolidation

May 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. Navy already is encountering unexpected changes following the consolidation of its N-2 and N-6 organizations. The effects of the merger already are leaving their mark on the organization itself along with the rest of the service. Budgetary planners effectively are defining the new organization’s campaign plan for the next few years. And, new technologies have leaped to the top of the Navy’s priority list.

U.S. Navy Establishes Cyber Fleet

January 29, 2010

Although the U.S. Navy has been in the cyber arena for many years, today the service officially moved into the operational cyber domain as Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, USN, took command of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet.

Cyber Operations

March 4, 2009
By Beverly Schaeffer

The networked world is beginning to discover that sharing is not always beneficial. Marauders always have been the bane of cyberspace, but now a new set of threats has emerged to imperil more than just the usual targets. Ordinary citizens now are menaced by sophisticated organizations seeking to damage society or to loot it of its funds-or both. And, as always, the network-centric military is under assault by increasingly frequent and effective cyberagents operating under foreign government control.

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