The U.S. Air Force is planning to open an Illinois-based cyberspace operations activity to other commands, agencies and even educational institutions.
According to a July 30 solicitation notice, the Air Force wants a contractor to provide training materials, training, technical support, network simulatio engineering and other skills needed for a virtual training environment.
Scott Air Force Base houses the Air Force Network Integration Center Joint Cyberspace Operations Range, currently used by the Air Force, Navy, National Guard Bureau and U.S. Strategic Command.
Contract work is intended to help the Air Force carry out simulator-based activities and events, develop a cyber workforce and assess cyber systems’ processes and procedures.
The Air Force expects to award a five-year contract, options included, with work starting Jan. 15, 2013 and expects to release a request for proposals by Aug. 14.
Proposals will be due to the branch 30 days from the date of release, the Air Force said.