A call for anti-terrorism IT

Navy person using keyboard

WHAT: A broad agency announcement from the Pentagon's Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office seeking IT tools to help fight terrorism.

WHY: The digital realm is an important front in counterterrorism, and the Defense Department is looking for a suite of tools to support its efforts.

The announcement, issued by the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office and the Navy Engineering Logistics Office, seeks leap-ahead advantages in several technologies. Specifically, it calls for analytical methods to better understand threats posed by adversaries in tunnels, an apparent weakness in defense planning capabilities. DOD officials want contractors to provide "a holistic analytic methodology for detecting tunnels and tunneling activity" and software tools that display results of analyses.

The department is also looking to make strides in cloud computing. It laments the lack of data storage and processing available to personnel in the field and therefore calls for "a low-cost, lightweight and hardened micro cloud server that stores mission-specific data" drawn from an operations center at the company or battalion level. The micro cloud server must have a minimum of 1 terabyte of usable capacity for stored data when disconnected and must interoperate with commercial gear and use the Pentagon's proprietary protocols to interface with government communications equipment.

The announcement includes a miscellaneous category of analytical capabilities -- essentially a fill-in-the-blank section for industry, with certain parameters. Tools that are fair game include platforms that ingest data from a variety of sources, mobile applications, and visualization and special recognition tools.

The sweeping solicitation also addresses cybersecurity and calls for tools capable of "anticipating adversarial actions, assessing potential impacts, and...implementing new broad-spectrum methodologies."

Responses are due by March 4. Most contracts awarded under the solicitation are expected to last from six months to two years.

Click here to read the announcement.

Posted by Sean Lyngaas on Feb 08, 2016 at 12:41 PM


Featured

  • Defense
    Soldiers from the Old Guard test the second iteration of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) capability set during an exercise at Fort Belvoir, VA in Fall 2019. Photo by Courtney Bacon

    IVAS and the future of defense acquisition

    The Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System has been in the works for years, but the potentially multibillion deal could mark a paradigm shift in how the Defense Department buys and leverages technology.

  • Cybersecurity
    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff)

    Mayorkas announces cyber 'sprints' on ransomware, ICS, workforce

    The Homeland Security secretary announced a series of focused efforts to address issues around ransomware, critical infrastructure and the agency's workforce that will all be launched in the coming weeks.

Stay Connected