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3 Army Events Seek to Assess Cyber Tools for Warfighters

cyberThe U.S. Army has launched three events in an effort to assess and procure cyber platforms designed to help soldiers identify and counter cyber threats.

Cyber Blitz, Cyber Quest and Cyber Innovation Challenge are not competing events,” Col. Joseph Dupont, trail chief for the Army cyber acquisition task force, said in a statement released Tuesday.

“They complement each other through a partnership to inform decisions and give program managers a venue to quickly assess the operational readiness of new capabilities.”

The service branch’s communications-electronics research, development and engineering center held the first Cyber Blitz event in April at Fort Dix in New Jersey in an effort to help uniformed personnel perform electromagnetic and cyber operations through interactions with various staff functions.

The Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence will hold its inaugural Cyber Quest event in July at Fort Gordon in Georgia to assess cyber platforms that have reached the Technology Readiness Level 6 and 7 designation, Heininger reports.

The center also plans to address insider threat and malware detection, electronic warfare sensors as well as mission planning in defensive cyber operations through Cyber Quest 2017.

The cyber focal office of the assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology will collaborate with the cyber COE and the Army Cyber Command to conduct in July the fourth Cyber Innovation Challenge, which seeks to evaluate and purchase prototypes of cyber tools for warfighters through partnerships with small defense contractors, the report added.

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