Air Force to expand use of cyber warfare training center

The Air Force wants to expand its cyber force development by opening its cyber warfare simulation center to more military commands, educational institutions and other federal agencies, according to an online article in NextGov.

But the program could be scrubbed due to the possibility of large budget cuts in the Defense Department, the article said.

The program is part of the Defense Department’s Joint Cyberspace Operations Range, JCOR, that runs troops through training, accreditation and simulated warfighting exercises. Current members include the Air Force, Navy, National Guard Bureau and U.S. Strategic Command.

The Air Force Network Integration Center Joint Cyberspace Operations Range at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois plans to begin expansion around Jan. 15, 2013, a draft acquisition notice states.

“The primary purpose of this work effort and JCOR,” the draft solicitation explained, is “to conduct cyber force development and validate the processes and procedures, and operation of cyber systems.”

The service is expected to vet vendor proposals mid-August through mid-September for the maximum five-year contract.

The Air Force specifically is looking for examples of work in engineering and the building of simulators that mimic multiple network enclaves and are interconnected to simulate thousands of simulated websites and the Global Information Grid environment, the United States’ warfighting data network, NextGov said.

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