Army to hold National Cyber Range Complex Industry Day
On May 16, the U.S. Army announced an Industry Day for a National Cyber Range Complex acquisition. The Industry Day meeting is scheduled for June 21; registration is due by 2:00pm Eastern on June 16.
The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) is seeking market research to assist in developing the acquisition strategy for a multi-year National Cyber Range Complex (NCRC) Event Planning and Operations Support contract to support the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) mission of providing realistic cybersecurity environments to support Test and Evaluation (T&E) of major Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition programs and to enable the conduct of realistic training and certification events for the DoD Cyber Mission Force (CMF). NOTE: This market research effort is separate and distinct from activities related to the development and acquisition of capabilities to support the Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE).
The National Cyber Range Complex (NCRC) will provide the ability to conduct realistic cybersecurity Test and Evaluation (T&E) of major Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition programs and the ability to conduct realistic training and certification events for the DoD Cyber Mission Force (CMF) with a primary training focus on supporting large and complex team and collective training. Located at and operated by Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems in Orlando, FL for the Test Resource Management Center (TRMC), the current NCR is comprised of four key elements: a secure facility, a unique security architecture, integrated tools for cyber testing, and a multi-disciplinary staff, see Figure 1. Accredited by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the NCR provides an efficient and affordable cybersecurity testing and training infrastructure that can operate at levels up to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). Using state-of-the-art network isolation capabilities, the NCR can simultaneously execute combinations of up to eight independent T&E and CMF training events at different classification levels.
To meet growing demand for cybersecurity T&E and CMF training and certification, the TRMC is embarking on a program to increase cyber range capacity by creating an interconnected complex of NCR-like facilities. These new cyber ranges will be located within government owned facilities at the following pre-selected tentative locations: Orlando, FL, Charleston, SC, Aberdeen, MD, Patuxent River, MD and Fort Walton Beach, FL. At maturity, the NCRC will consist of an integrated and interoperable constellation of facilities designed to enable the planning and execution of very large-scale complex distributed cybersecurity T&E and training events.
The NCRC will empower programs to conduct research experiments, development and operational tests, and operational training exercises in environments that emulate their specific computing, networking, and information systems infrastructures.
Full information is available here.