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Air Force to hire contractors for cyber training

A Florida facility needs nearly three dozen subject matter experts, course developers and training systems administrators.

Jan. 6, 2014 - 11:00AM   |  
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The Air Force is seeking contractor support to augment personnel at its premier cyber operations and information training unit.

Specifically, the 39th Information Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., wants nearly three dozen contractors to serve as subject matter expert instructors, course developers and student mission training systems administrators, network system administrators, and hardware and infrastructure maintenance personnel, according to a request for proposal on Contractors will play a role in planning, designing, and administering course materials.

In total, the 39th Information Operations Squadron provides training for as many as 1,100 students a year, the RFP noted.

Potential contractors must understand the unique requirements for cyber domain operations, including defensive and offensive cyber operations and the Department of Defense Information Networks (DoDIN), which comprises DoDís capabilities for collecting, processing, storing and disseminating information on-demand, according to the solicitation.

Personnel must also be able to manage and maintain the array of networks, infrastructure and student mission training equipment required for the training unit to function effectively. The RFP notes that future capabilities will include integration with the DoDís Joint Information Environment, a massive undertaking to consolidate and standardizing disparate networks and systems and providing more enterprise IT services.

The competition is restricted to small businesses.

The deadline for industry responses was pushed back to Jan. 21. And the contract is expected to have a five-month base period and two one-year options.

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