US Army Kicks Off Cyber Innovation Challenge for Govt-Industry Teams

cyberwarfareThe U.S. Army has introduced a competition that aims to encourage government, academic and commercial organizations to develop cyberspace situational awareness technology for tactical commanders.

The military branch will use an “other transaction” procurement framework to choose prototype systems from participants in the Cyber Innovation Challenge, according to an article published Thursday on the Army website.

Russ Fenton, a telecommunications specialist at the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence, said the program’s goal is to create new methods for commanders to visualize and measure cyber risks.

Close to 200 representatives from multiple companies were present during an industry day that Army officials held Wednesday to discuss the contest’s scope and parameters.

The branch is scheduled to issue a request for proposals in December and assess technology offerings in March before it awards potential OT contracts by April.

The Army also seeks to bring tools from the competition into the Training and Doctrine Command’s CyberQuest exercise.

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