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Army cyber training, an $850M comms contract, DOJ seeks a CISO and more

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Applications for Army cyber specialists due Aug. 31

Soldiers have until Aug. 31 to apply for a year's worth of training to be cyber operations specialists.

The main task of such specialists, the Army said, is to "provide offensive and defensive cyberspace operations in support of the full range of military operations by enabling actions and generating effects across all domains."

The first phase of the training takes place in Pensacola, Fla., and the second at the Army's Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Ga.

DOJ Criminal Division seeks a CISO

The Justice Department is looking for a career fed to take up the post of chief information security officer in its Criminal Division. It looks like a position for someone with an interest in protecting sensitive information -- the Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes crimes, working with the U.S. attorneys across the country.

According to the job posting, the principal duties are "implementing departmentwide and division security policies, technologies, standards, and procedures essential to the security of the [IT] infrastructure and applications; and provide oversight to the program to ensure compliance divisionwide." The CISO is also the primary adviser on data breaches and cyberattacks.

The job is graded at the GS-15 level, and pay ranges from $126,245 to $158,700. Applications are due by Sept. 7.

Navy awards MIDS contracts worth $850M

Two companies have won Navy contracts worth more than $850 million to produce and maintain the Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminal, Washington Technology reports

MIDS provides secure digital data and voice communications capabilities for Navy, Air Force and Army platforms. The winners -- ViaSat and Data Link Solutions -- have won similar contracts in the past to repair and modernize MIDS.

DISA appoints vice director

Air Force Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel became the new vice director at the Defense Information Systems Agency on Aug. 12, said DISA spokeswoman Cindy Your. The move gives new DISA Director Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn a deputy with whom to build policy.

Zabel comes to DISA from the office of the Air Force CIO, where she was director of cyberspace strategy and policy. C4ISR & Networks was the first to report the appointment.

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