The massive contract would cover more than 20 task areas and would build out one of the divisions of the Pentagon's fledgling cyber branch.
The emerging Pentagon division that coordinates military cybersecurity and cyberattacks is asking private contractors to help finish standing up the Cyber Command. Among the tasks to be assigned under a request for proposals issued Thursday are support for eavesdropping to detect threats and assistance with repelling hacks equivalent to an armed attack against the nation.
The potentially five-year contract is capped at $475 million and covers nearly 20 task areas, according to the new performance work statement.
This is the second federal effort in a week to outsource cyber work, at a time when civilian and military agencies are hurting for experienced and talented computer whizzes. The FBI plans to contract out professional, management and support services for up to $100 million, according to a request for proposals synopsis posted April 21.
The Pentagon’s business move is intended to build out the so-called Cyber National Mission Force, according to Thursday’s solicitation. The contract is designed to “to streamline USCYBERCOM’s acquisition of cyber mission support capabilities and services, information technology services, and cyber professional services” across multiple disciplines “under a centralized structure.”
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