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Army-Backed Consortium Seeks to Accelerate Tech Delivery to Cyber Ops Force

The U.S. Army’s defensive cyberspace operations office established a consortium in late July to support the military service in efforts to accelerate the process of acquiring and delivering technology platforms for cyber defense missions, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Companies under the Cyber Operations Broad Responsive Agreement will help identify requirements of cyber mission forces and propose DCO products that the Army Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems should procure.

Col. Chad Harris, project manager for installation information infrastructure, communications and capabilities at PEO-EIS, said the products could include mission planning, data analytics, user activity monitoring and forensics tools.

The DCO office seeks to implement a 30-day acquisition process for cybersecurity offerings through COBRA.

The “other transaction” agreement will have a ceiling value of $100 million over five years, according to the report.

Harris noted that OTAs can help DCO in its rapid prototyping effort as its cyber forces continue to encounter emerging threats.

The office also looks to procure as many as 24 prototypes annually through the Cyberspace Real-time Acquisition Prototyping Innovation Development process.

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