Air Force offering $300M for research on SIGINT, cyber tech

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The Department of the Air Force is dedicating up to $300 million over the next five years to research concepts at the intersection of signals intelligence, electronics warfare and cyber operations.

In a March 27 notice on FedBizOpps, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate announced it is soliciting white papers for the research, development, integration, test and evaluation of experimental capabilities, concepts, theory and applications addressing cyber operations technologies within the Department of Defense.

The proposals selected for funding under the two-step, broad agency announcement will include methods of integration, improving coordination and advancing the capability to conduct cyberspace operations in a multitude of environments, taking into consideration operational and contingency planning, as well as technology and approaches to better equip the warfighter. Offerors should describe preconditions and assumptions necessary for proposed techniques to work effectively.

The solicitation is open and effective until Sept. 30, 2022. Individual awards won’t normally exceed 48 months, and will typically range from $1 million to $5 million.

Technical information relevant to this opportunity is contained in a seven-page addendum classified SECRET, which can only be requested under specific guidance. Awards are closed to foreign participation at the prime contractor level.

Submissions are suggested by May 12, 2017, to best align with projected fiscal 2017 funding, or by Dec. 1, 2017, for fiscal 2018. Dates for subsequent years can be found online.

The entire broad agency announcement and contact information for submissions can be viewed on FBO.gov.