Air Force names 10 more cyber security companies for $5 billion cyber research project
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb., 23 Nov. 2015. U.S. Air Force cyber security experts are choosing 10 more companies to draw from a pot of money as large as $5 billion over the next five years for military cyber security and information systems research and development.
Officials of the U.S. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., announced the contracts Thursday for the Cyber Security Technical Area Tasks (CS TATs) program. The contracts were awarded on behalf of the Air Force Combat Command.
The 10 new companies joining the CS TATs program are:
-- Alion Science and Technology in Burr Ridge, Ill;
-- Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio;
-- Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Va.;
-- Exelis Inc. Information Systems in Rome, N.Y.;
-- Georgia Tech Applied Research Corp. in Atlanta;
-- MacAulay-Brown Inc. in Dayton, Ohio;
-- ManTech Advance Systems International Inc. in Fairfax, Va.;
-- Northrop Grumman Corp. Systems Information Sector in McLean, Va.;
-- TASC Inc. in Chantilly, Va.; and
-- Wyle Laboratories Inc. in Huntsville, Ala.
The 10 companies announced Thursday involve the large business set-aside portion of the CS TATs. Six additional companies taking part in the program's small-business portion of the program were announced last month. The six small-business participants in the CS TATs program are:
-- Barbaricum LLC in Washington;
-- BTRC Federal Solutions in Vienna, Va.;
-- Data Systems Analysts (DSA) Inc. in Fairfax, Va.;
-- Professional Project Services Inc. (Pro2Serve) in Oak Ridge, Tenn.;
-- SMS Data Products Group Inc. in McLean, Va.; and
-- Solers Inc. in Arlington, Va.
All 16 companies participating in the CS TATs program will share the project's $5 billion set-aside fund. The companies will compete for separate cyber security jobs over the next five years. Each small-business job will be worth as much as $3.5 million. Jobs for the program's larger companies could be worth even more.
The contracts call for participating companies to perform research, development, test, and evaluation efforts for software analysis, information assurance, knowledge management and information sharing, and modeling and simulation.
Cyber security tasks may include research in complex, scientific and technical requirements that originate from emerging government requirements, and usually will involve a rapid response, Air Force officials say.
Separate tasks often will integrate the expertise from a diverse group of experts from across different disciplines, and work will be inside and outside of the Continental U.S. All CS TATs contractors have Top Secret facility clearances.
The location of each job will depend on the individual task order. Work should be finished by November 2020.