The SIGNAL Blog

BAH Awarded $325 Million for Improvised Threat Enterprise IT

February 15, 2017

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia, has been awarded a $325,868,201 ceiling cost-plus-award-fee task order under the General Services Administration (GSA) Alliant contract to provide reliable and secure Enterprise Information Technology (EIT) operations anywhere in the world in support of the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO). The EIT task order enables rapid aggregation, fusion and dissemination of operational information, intelligence and technology to respond to emerging threats. It provides the DevOps-enabled path to production for JIDO mission information technology (IT) capabilities; leverages Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community enterprise services; and delivers IT capabilities in response to combatant commands, the intelligence community, military service partner organizations and other DoD/federal agencies. The task order provides a key component for JIDO’s mission to enable DoD actions to counter improvised threats with tactical responsiveness and through anticipatory, rapid acquisition in support of combatant commands’ efforts to prepare for, and adapt to, battlefield surprise in support of counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency and other related mission areas including counter-improvised explosive device. Work will predominantly be performed in Virginia and the National Capital Region; however, contractor personnel will also be embedded as needed with globally deployed U.S. forces. The expected completion date is March 5, 2022.  Joint IED defeat funds along with other agency/department contributions in the amount of $2,618,250 are being obligated at the time of award.  This task order was a competitive acquisition and two offers were received.

Nuclear Materials Training with a Virtual Twist

February 14, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
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Sandia National Laboratories scientists have adapted serious gaming technology and methods to enhance nuclear materials physical security training. Using prerelease stand-alone augmented reality headsets, the approach could revolutionize nuclear security engineering training.

DHS Invites Industry to Test Critical Infrastructure GPS Technology

February 13, 2017



The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate has announced an opportunity for manufacturers of Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment used in critical infrastructure to test their products against GPS jamming and spoofing.

The GPS Testing for Critical Infrastructure (GET-CI) event, to be held April 17-21, at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana, is the first in a series of test opportunities.

DHS established the program to assess GPS vulnerabilities, advance research and development and to enhance outreach and engagement with industry, Robert Griffin, acting DHS under secretary for science and technology, said in a written announcement. The objective is to improve the security and resiliency of critical infrastructure, he added.

The GET-CI events provide industry an opportunity to test GPS equipment in unique live-sky environments. For the April 2017 GET-CI event, DHS will create live-sky test scenarios focused on spoofed GPS signals.

DHS invites manufacturers of commercial GPS receivers and equipment used in critical infrastructure to submit applications for participation. Submission instructions and further information are included in the Request for Information for Participation (RFIP) announcement on FedBizOpps. Interested organizations should submit applications for participation by March 33, 2017.

For further questions about the event and how to participate, email GPS4Critical-Infrastructure@hq.dhs.gov.

U.S. Army Introduces Cyber Fast Track for Civilians

February 13, 2017

The U.S. Army is responding to the high demand for cyber experts with a new program that could let qualified civilians be commissioned directly into the service with a rank up to colonel. The Defense Department also is looking into whether the idea could work for the other services.  

 

3rd Annual Florida CyberThon Draws More Students Than Ever

February 14, 2017
By Tony Ferguson



The third annual CyberThon event drew in more students than ever, providing hands-on cybersecurity, defense training to students of many ages who worked to defeat simulated cybersecurity threats to an online banking network. Students from dozens of Florida schools participated in the challenge hosted by AFCEA's Pensacola "Blue Angels" Chapter.

Researchers Advance Liquid Metals for Futuristic Electronics

February 10, 2017



A collaborative, multidisciplinary team of U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory researchers recently demonstrated that nontoxic liquid metals can create multifunctional, reconfigurable electronics and flexible power connections for nontraditional electronics.

A New Trainer for Airmen: Skynet From 'Terminator'

February 9, 2017



They can extinguish shipboard fires and deliver explosive devices to kill suspected shooters, and now robots can help U.S. airmen with the 27th Special Operations Wing in New Mexico practice for intense missions, such as hostage situations.

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