Air Force reaches out to industry for fresh ideas on cyber security, SIGINT, and EW

U.S. Air Force researchers are reaching out to industry for new ideas in cyber security, signals intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare (EW), and spectrum warfare.

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ROME, N.Y. - U.S. Air Force researchers are reaching out to industry for new ideas in cyber security, signals intelligence (SIGINT), electronic warfare (EW), and spectrum warfare.

Officials of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y., have released a request for information (BAA-AFRL-RIK-2015-0023) for the Full Spectrum Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Cyber Operations Technology program.

The RFI is soliciting industry for white papers that outline new technologies in cyber operations involving EW and SIGINT. Areas of interest include cyberspace operations that involve planning, technology, and new equipment for the war- fighter with SIGINT, EW, and cyber capabilities.

Electronic warfare, signals intelligence, and cyber security of primary thrusts of the Air Force Full Spectrum Signals Intelligence and Cyber Operations Technology program.

Researchers expect the Full Spectrum SIGINT and Cyber Operations Technology program to result in experimental capabilities, concepts, theories, and applications in SIGINT and EW cyber operations to support the 24th Air Force, 25th Air Force, and other government agencies.

Topics of interest include applying machine learning, mission platforms, and spectrum issues to cyber operations, and improving cyber exercise technology, Air Force researchers say. Researchers are looking for classified and unclassified responses.

Funding for the program is roughly $49.8 million through 2020: $9.8 million in 2016; $11 million in 2017; $10 million in 2018; $10 million in 2019; and $9 million in 2020.

Air Force researchers are asking industry to send white papers no later than 8 Jan 2016 for the fiscal 2016 part of the program, 1 Dec. 2016 for fiscal 2017, 1 Dec. 2017 for fiscal 2018, 30 Nov 2018 for fiscal 2019, and 6 Dec. 2019 for fiscal 2020. White papers will be accepted until 30 Sept. 2020.

Additional technical information is available in a classified document at the Secret level. To request a copy of the classified document, as well as to submit white papers, e-mail either Air Force Capt. John Cobb and 1st Lt. Richard Agbeyibor at afrl.rigd.baa13-02@us.af.mil. Phone Cobb at 315-330-4315 or Agbeyibor at 315-330-3097 for questions or concerns.

For contacting questions, contact the Air Force's Gail Marsh by e-mail at Gail.Marsh@us.af.mil.

More information is online at www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/AFRLRRS/BAA-AFRL-RIK-2015-0023/listing.html.

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