AFRL releases EVEREST draft RFP
On June 21, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) released the draft request for proposals (RFP) for the Engineering for Virtualized Enterprise and Remote Access Technology (EVEREST) effort. Feedback and responses are due by 3:00 p.m. Eastern on July 12.
The Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome NY (AFRL/RI), has a requirement for research, development, prototyping, integration, testing, demonstration, deployment, upgrades, enhancement, sustainment and training of innovative technologies and concepts in support of (EVEREST) projects.
The objectives of this effort are to (1) Provide comprehensive SecureView sustainment in support of operational sites across the DoD and IC, (2) Provide SecureView training to site personnel, and (3) Provide onsite engineering input and resources to operational sites.
Access to information enables the rapid employment of the right military forces at the right place and time to achieve strategic objectives while preventing any adversary from doing the same. However, the US Government segregates our networks by security classification and release caveats. To achieve a position of information dominance, the warfighters and intelligence analysts require access to multiple security domains simultaneously. Multi-Level Access (MLA) solutions provide the users with this ability to securely access disparate domains from a single client device.
EVEREST customers require maintenance of existing MLA technologies to assemble actionable information from multiple security domains in order to establish and maintain battle space situational awareness and understanding. Evolving mission requirements, impacts of information technology (IT) trends, and the increasing sophistication of adversarial efforts to compromise our security solutions also will dictate a never-ending flow of state of the art technologies and capabilities under EVEREST.
SecureView (SV) represents the current standard for multi-level access for the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), and other US Government agencies. SV is a Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) system developed to meet the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s multiple levels of security workstation requirement. It is based on the OpenXT open source type-1 hypervisor and is installed on commercially available hardware.
Technology development will be focused on next generation technology implementation, performance improvements, visualization, ease of deployment/integration, enterprise implementation, expanded hardware compatibility, and security. The scope of this effort is to modernize and improve SecureView system and software configurations under a Government defined operational baseline to meet emerging user requirements, changing operating environments, and resolving problems identified with the system.
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