DOE posts RFI for special operations forces cryptologic training
On April 25, the U.S. Department of Energy posted a sources sought notice for special operations training (Solicitation Number: Training-LR-17).
National Security Technologies (NSTec) has, in conjunction with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) developed and is providing courses of instruction that train Special Operations Forces (SOF) Cryptologic personnel in advanced techniques for collection, network characterization, and analysis across the Radio Frequency Spectrum for the purpose of supporting Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze and Disseminate (F3EAD).
NSTec is seeking vendors who can provide USSOCOM training initiatives with subject matter experts (SME) to deveop, teach, and assist with implementation of a program of instruction (POI) for training SOF Cryptologic operators on advanced tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) for collection and exploitation of current and emerging communication protocols as well as provide other operational support functions to include:
– Ability to rapidly acquire (generally within 48 hours), assess and integrate into TTPs non-US telecommunications and other commercial electronic equipment.
– Provide up-to-date, in-depth telecommunications network data.
– Ability to deploy personnel to overseas areas in support of customer requirements.
The POI shall be tailored, as appropriate, to make maximum use of current and emergent equipment, and to integrate technology upgrades and user feedback. This includes coordination with, providing technical guidance to, analyzing feedback from, and interactively refining SOF Signals intelligence (SIGINT) TTPs for SOF Cryptologic personnel executing global Special Operations (SO). The training will incorporate current NSA certification requirements, as they evolve, from various organizations within the agency. Certification requirements may change, increase or decrease based on National Security Administration (NSA) policy. Requirements and changes will be generated by the NSA program office who will transmit them to USSOCOM. NSTec will receive the requirements from USSOCOm and the NSTec Program Manager will communicate the requirements/changes to the contractor in writing via secure communications channels. The vendor shall provide SMEs to operationally asses and evaluate emerging technologies and/or associated TTPs supporting Government analysis regarding potential inclusion of new equipment into SOF SIGINT PoRs. These assessments may require CONUS and OCONUS travel.
Vendor will also be required to train Five Eye (FVEY) SIGINT Partner Nation (PN) personnel in support of (ISO) Government directed requests. The Partner Nation (PN) courses shall be tailored for Government directed training activities, in accordance with (IAW) appropriate approvals for specific protocols, equipment and/or TTPs. U.S. Governmen approval, must be obtained, IAW the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to export training POIs and TTPs.
Full information is available here.