Air Force adds focus on open systems to info sharing BAA

Air Force adds focus on open systems to info sharing BAA

The Air Force has added a new focus area to its Broad Agency Announcement for a “cross-domain cyber reactive information sharing” solution originally released in 2013. 

The new focus area, “Applied Open Systems Development Techniques for C4I Trusted MLS Platforms,” seeks technologies that address the challenges of improved security, resiliency and agility “through integration of novel open systems technologies into modernized systems of record.”

The Air Force is looking for a cohesive approach to addressing the multi-level security (MLS) solutions lifecycle -- from idea to proof of concept  to integration and testing in live and simulated environments. That approach includes new open architecture technologies as well as improved secure information sharing across  multiple security domains from the enterprise to the tactical/mobile user.

The original BAA was seeking new technologies for secure data sharing, smart routing, cyber defense, MLS trust at the tactical edge for a comprehensive, operational picture that would “improve the state-of-the-art for defense enterprise, cloud, and mobile/tactical computing/operations.”     

According to Lt. Gen. Bill Bender, the Air Force's chief of information dominance and CIO, his service branch has put a focus on efforts to protect IT in the cybersecurity realm, but it only touches upon 20 percent of the problem. To address the rest, Bender envisions a “comprehensive, enterprise-level look at the cyber threat as it relates to everything outside of that 20 percent.” 

Proposals for this new focus area are due June 24, 2015. 

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Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.

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