Navy chooses five companies to provide battle management cyber security for Pentagon

PHILADELPHIA, 26 Aug. 2016. Five U.S. defense companies will share as much as $155.8 million over the next five years to help top U.S. military battle management and communications commanders with cyber security technologies and policies.

Navy chooses five companies to provide cyber security for Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff
Navy chooses five companies to provide cyber security for Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff
PHILADELPHIA, 26 Aug. 2016. Five U.S. defense companies will share as much as $155.8 million over the next five years to help top U.S. military battle management and communications commanders with cyber security technologies and policies.

Officials of the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk Contracting Department in Philadelphia are asking the five companies to provide analytical, engineering, and program management expertise to the Joint Staff J6 Directorate's C4/Cyber Program.

The Joint Staff J6 helps the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff develop cyber capabilities, as well as command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence capabilities.

The five companies, announced this week, are:

-- Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Va.;

-- the Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control segment in Orlando, Fla.;

-- Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) in McLean, Va.;

-- Leidos Inc. in Reston, Va.; and

-- Deloitte Consulting LLP in Arlington, Va.

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Contracts to the companies will run concurrently, and each contract includes a five-year ordering period.

Cyber capabilities of the Joint Staff J6 Directorate's C4/Cyber Program are to provide U.S. military forces with a sustained information advantage; enable decision and action at the speed of the problem; and ensure the warfighter receives jointly integrated and effective capabilities necessary to conduct operations.

The J6 group of the Joint Chiefs of Staff represents the joint warfighter in support of developing capabilities in command, control, communications, computers and cyber.

The J6 promulgates guidance and expertise to the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff to shape the joint information environment, and functions as the joint staff chief information officer. The J-6 provides information technology (IT) services to the Joint Staff.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff comprises senior uniformed military leaders who advise the Secretary of Defense, the Homeland Security Council, the National Security Council, and the President of the United States on military matters.

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The Joint Chiefs of Staff consists of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the military service chiefs from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau -- all appointed by the President of the United States following Senate confirmation.

Each of the individual military service chiefs, outside of his Joint Chiefs of Staff obligations, works directly for the secretary of the military department concerned, i.e., Secretary of the Army, Secretary of the Navy, and the Secretary of the Air Force.

Each of the five companies will receive $50,000 up-front, and will compete for separate task orders. The companies will do their work in Norfolk and Suffolk, Va.; Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; Arlington, Va.; and at the contractors' own facilities, and should be finished by September 2021.

For more information contact the Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk Contracting Department in Philadelphia online at www.navsup.navy.mil/navsup/ourteam/navsupgls/navsupflcn, or the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff at www.jcs.mil.

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