The U.S. Army may at some point need to allow soldiers to conduct offensive cyberwarfare at the brigade combat team level, according to a panel of chief warrant officers speaking at AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2014, Augusta, Georgia.
U.S. Army officials struggled during AFCEA TechNet Augusta 2014 in Augusta, Georgia, to discuss the future of cyber operations when much of that future is currently unknowable, in large part because no one knows the full effects or challenges of emerging technologies.
The cyber era requires partnerships and information sharing across the agencies, industries and nations, said Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, the new commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, Fort Gordon, during a keynote address at the AFCEA TechNet 2014 Augusta conference, Augusta, Georgia.
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden single-handedly shocked the U.S. intelligence community by leaking reams of information to the news media, but the insider threat is much more widespread, said Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, the new commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, Georgia.
“Who would imagine one person could have as much impact on this nation as he did,” Gen. Fogarty said, referring to Snowden. “And we were not prepared for that. We were not looking for that. That’s an asymmetric attack that occurred, and it’s happening every single day.”
The U.S. Army is building a Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and it will not come cheap, warned Maj. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, USA, the center’s new commanding general.
All too often, the topic of cyber presents a negative view of vulnerabilities and attacks, but cyber has a positive role to play in national defense, said Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command.
U.S. Army officials are laboring to define what the force will look like in 2025. But technologically speaking, it is hard to define anything beyond the next two or three years, said Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, USA, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, during AFCEA TechNet Augusta held Sept. 9-11, Augusta, Georgia.
Science Application International Corporation, McLean, Virginia (W91CRB-11-D-0001); Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio (W91CRB-11-D-0002); Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean,Virginia (W91CRB-11-D-0003); Exelis Incorporated, Alexandria, Virginia (W91CRB-11-D-0004); Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Herndon, Virginia (W91CRB-11-D-0005); Wintec Arrowmaker Incorporated, Washington, Maryland (W91CRB-11-D-0006); and Technical and P
A-T Solutions Incorporated, Fredericksburg, Virginia, was awarded a $9,016,253 modification (P00005) to contract W911QX-12-C-0174 for freedom of maneuver for the Afghan national security forces programs. These programs will develop and assess a spiral development and prototyping approach to expedite integration of technical and operational information. These programs will also integrate tactical training and technologies for host nation forces that support counter-improvised explosive devices operations in Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Afghanistan ($7,573,652; 84 percent) and Fredericksburg, Virginia ($1,442,600; 16 percent), with an estimated completion date of March 29, 2015.
Aardvark, La Verne, California, was awarded a $7,600,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the components of the Launched Electric Stun Device Program: TASER XP25 Cartridge, TASER X26 Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW), Extended Digital Power Magazine, and holster for the CEW. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-14-D-0092).
ImSAR LLC, Springville, Utah, was awarded a $98,971,746 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for research and development, rapid advancement and integration of small aperture radars on small unmanned aerial systems. Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (W911QY-14-D-0007).
Nova Technologies, Panama City, Florida, was awarded a $55 million modification (P00007) to contract W900KK-12-D-0005 for modification of the fire training system for simulated battlefield training of fire support specialists, joint fire observers and soldiers at the institutional and unit level. Army PEO Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Illinois, was awarded a $10,006,600 modification (P00019) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0046 for sole source modification for limited scope services to provide additional development and testing of the current Common Infrared Countermeasure Technology Development phase system.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Maryland, was awarded a $34,666,402 modification (P00054) to contract W15P7T-11-C-H267 for continued operations and sustainment of the Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar currently deployed in theater. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $16,296,359 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2014. Work will be performed in Linthicum Heights, Maryland; Hagerstown, Maryland; and Afghanistan. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.
It's very easy to fall into the trap of viewing simulated training as a game. With the prevalence of military-themed video games available to the general public, many people, including troops, grow up, or adapt to, playing virtual war. Despite the fact that I know training is different than playing, and despite the fact that I’d already talked at length with sources who drove home this point, when I went to experience Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS 3) in person, I expected to have fun playing with my avatar.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, Andover, Massachusetts was awarded a $109,078,477 firm-fixed-price level-of-effort foreign military sales (Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine) contract with options for engineering services for the Patriot System Tracking Radar. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-14-C-0093).
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, Kongsberg, Norway, was awarded a $13,202,364 modification (P00069) to contract W15QKN-12-C-0103 for post-production conversion of Common Remotely Operated Weapons Systems M153A1 to Common Remotely Operated Weapons Systems M153. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.
Cubic Applications Incorporated, San Diego, was awarded a $7,342,769 firm-fixed-price contract with options for operating the Korea Battle Simulation Center. Work will be performed in the Republic of Korea with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2019. The Army Contracting Command, Yongsan Garrison, Republic of Korea, is the contracting activity (W91QVN-14-C-0033).
Northrop Grumman, Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $31 million modification (P00108) to contract W31P4Q-08-C-0418 to add fiscal 2014 funding for continued research and development of the integrated air and missile defense hardware and software systems. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.