Air Force to kick off ACT military cyber security program to shield government computers from cyber attack

May 18, 2011
ROME, N.Y., 18 May 2011. Military cyber security experts in the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y., are readying an industry solicitation for release in July for the 5-year, potential $300 million Agile Cyber Technology (ACT) program to develop new information security technologies to safeguard the nation's military and other national-security computer systems from cyber attack. 
ROME, N.Y., 18 May 2011.Military cyber security experts in the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y., are readying an industry solicitation for release in July for the 5-year, potential $300 million Agile Cyber Technology (ACT) program to develop new information security technologies to safeguard the nation's military and other national-security computer systems from cyber attack.The ACT program (solicitation number: FA8750-12-R-0002) will concentrate on developing cyber-security technology for specific military and government user requirements; building prototype technologies for evaluation in operational environments; and enabling military and government computer users to procure new cyber security products in limited amounts for gradual introduction.Specifically, Air Force researchers will be interested in cyber security technology for threat avoidance and cyber defense; full spectrum cyber operations; network exploitation; situation and mission awareness; command and control; modeling, simulation, and war-gaming; cyber infrastructure; and mission assurance.

For the program, Air Force officials are considering a multiple award indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) research and development contract involving cost-plus-fixed-fee (CPFF); firm fixed price (FFP); fixed-price incentive; and cost-plus-incentive-fee orders.

Contractors chosen for the ACT program must have secret facility security clearances and secret safeguarding capability. Register to receive e-mail notification of program updates at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=main&mode=list&tab=login&_atwl=15674b71f7e098c64710ff953a567ba4.

Those interested in participating in the ACT program must register for this solicitation by e-mail with Contract Specialist Christopher Scialdone at [email protected]. Include company name, address, telephone number, point of contact, fax number, e-mail address, and Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code.

For questions or concerns contact Contract Specialist Christopher Scialdone by phone at 315-330-1610, or by e-mail at [email protected], or Contracting Officer Michael Graniero by phone at 315-330-1610, or by e-mail at [email protected].

Direct technical questions to the ACT program manager, Thomas Parisi, by phone at 315-240-5620, or by e-mail at [email protected], or to Tanya Macrina, the deputy ACT program manager, by phone at 315-330-4489, or by e-mail at [email protected].

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/USAF/AFMC/AFRLRRS/FA8750-12-R-0002/listing.html.

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