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CCOE - CFP 2016 : Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE) Call For Research Papers

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Link: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=0859b117c38436d5321861abd8e2da71&_cview=0
 
When Jul 7, 2016 - Jul 15, 2016
Where Augusta, GA, USA
Submission Deadline Jul 15, 2016
Notification Due Jul 22, 2016
Final Version Due Jul 15, 2016
Categories    cyber security   computer science   electronic warfare   quantum computing
 

Call For Papers

HQDA EXORD 057-14 established the CCoE and designated the CCoE CG as the Force Modernization Proponent for Cyberspace Operations, Signal Communications Networks and Information Services (Signal) and Electronic Warfare (EW); and established the Signal and Cyber Schools. The EXORD further established the CCoE as the focal point for Army Force Modernization for Cyberspace Operations, Signal, and EW as well as the coordinating partner with the Intelligence Center of Excellence (ICoE) for institutional intelligence support to Cyberspace Operations. To that end the CG directed the establishment of an annual Prototyping Experiment to help go after innovative solutions to specifically close critical capability gaps to address Army Warfighting Challenge # 7 -

--Conduct Space and Cyber Electromagnetic Operations and Maintain Communications - How to assure uninterrupted access to critical communications and information links (satellite communications [SATCOM], positioning, navigation, and timing [PNT], and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance [ISR]) across a multi-domain architecture when operating in a contested, congested, and competitive operating environment--

The Cyber Center of Excellence (CoE) that inhibit operational force effectiveness or efficiency. These research papers will be used to assess emerging concepts against documented Army Signal, Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare capability requirements, inform current capability development and doctrine writing efforts, validate concepts, and better understand DOTMLPF impacts for those concepts under evaluation.

The Army Cyber CoE is looking for government solution providers, commercial vendors and academic institutions that have research papers to address these signal, cyberspace and electromagnetic spectrum critical capability needs. These papers will be down selected to find the three (3) top papers by a panel of academic experts as well as field technical experts in the requisite areas matching paper topics. Georgia Tech Research Institute has graciously offered to participate in this panel (peer review process) and to ensure that the papers get the appropriate academic feedback to assist the authors to refine their specific research.

Authors will be provided the opportunity to present an abstract of their paper at TechNet Augusta 2-4 August 2016 to an audience and panel consisting of DoD representatives, peers and the vendor community interested in unique thought, innovative approaches and/or novel solution approaches to some of the more critical capability gaps and learning demands facing our signal, cyber and electronic warfare community. Travel and registration expenses will be covered for authors of these three papers. Furthermore, the intent is to publish at least these three papers within the Army Signal Magazine (http://www.afcea.org/content/#).

Research Areas of Interest: The following capabilities and concepts are of research interest :

a. Short term capability gaps:
i. Tactical Forensics and Malware Detection, and Analysis
ii. Insider Threat Detection
iii. Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) and DCO Mission Planning
iv. Tactical Electronic Warfare Sensors data compression and aggregation
v. Tactical Sensor data efficiencies and visualization
vi. Visualization and management of EW effects
vii. Integrated Network Operations (NETOPS) Capabilities to manage both Upper Tactical Internet and the Lower Tactical Internet.
viii. Tactical Content Delivery, Storage Infrastructure, File sharing and Knowledge Management
ix. Automated Cybersecurity and Network Defense at the tactical edge
x. Network capacity and reach
xi. Software defined radio security methodologies
xii. Cyber Situational Awareness and Understanding capabilities
xiii. Big Data Analytics at the tactical edge
xiv. Defensive techniques for critical manned and unmanned, aerial and terrestrial, and information collection systems
xv. Improve the defense of critical commanders communication and command and control systems
xvi. Improve the survivability and utility of electronic systems in an EMSO congested and/or positioning, navigation and timing denied environment.
xvii. Improve Army operational data sharing and efficiency between Joint and Coalition partners within a Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) operational construct.
xviii. Determine means to improve the efficiency of decisions and delivery cycle of Cyberspace effects utilizing Electronic Warfare assets.
xix. Improve the efficiency of sensors and data collection at the Soldier level.
b. Near term capability gaps:
i. Anomalous/malicious insider detection in large scale networks
ii. Autonomous active computer network defense for large scale networks
iii. Intrusion detection/prevention in large scale networks
iv. GPS jamming mitigation for GPS dependent radios and computer systems
c. Long term capability gaps:
i. Quantum computing integration and benefits
ii. Quantum computing based computer network defense
iii. Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability impacts within a Quantum Computing technology landscape
iv. Autonomous/active and cognitive RF techniques - contested RF avoidance/optimization & jamming avoidance
v. Data storage and protection in a quantum computing environment
vi. Crypto alternatives in a quantum computing environment
vii. Cyber Genome approaches to computer network defense

Key Events: Those interested in participating should submit white papers in accordance with paragraph 5. All papers submitted by the deadline will undergo a peer review process and authors will receive feedback for their papers. Three selected researchers will be invited to present their papers during the TechNet Augusta 2016 Conference, 4 Aug 16, at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center, Augusta, GA. Researchers that submitted winning papers will be officially notified NLT 22 Jul 16 and will have all travel expenses provided for attendance at TechNet 16. More information about TechNet can be found at the following website: http://events.afcea.org/Augusta16/Public/Enter.aspx.

a. Technology Call For Papers published - 7 Jul 2016;
b. Deadline for White Paper submissions - 15 Jul 16;
c. Technology/Paper Down Select Panel - 18 - 22 Jul 16
d. Invitation to Academic Panel - 22 Jul 16;
e. Academic Panel & Paper Presentation - TechNet 4 Aug 2016;
(Currently scheduled for Thursday, August 04, 9:45 - 12:15 PM Engagement Theater Session 7. Room Olmstead A/B Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center Augusta, Georgia Convention Center.)

White Paper Requirements: White papers will be evaluated based upon their unique solutions to the paper areas listed above. White papers will be the sole criteria used to select presenters that will be invited to brief their capabilities in front of the technology selection committee.

Respondents should respond to one of the areas listed in sections three (3) in a single whitepaper with a discrete description of the area of interest addressed. Respondents can submit multiple white papers.

Format: The white paper should be a maximum of 5 pages in length, including figures, charts, and tables. It should be single-sided, single line spaced, utilize one (1) inch margins and utilize Times New Roman 12 pitch font. The cover page shall be excluded from the page count and shall be marked with the BAA number, any required security markings, and the submitter's Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) number if applicable. All White papers must be unclassified. The white paper shall be prepared in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF electronic file format. The document must be print-capable and not password protected. White papers submitted via email must not exceed 5MB. White papers longer than 5 pages will be rejected.

Author Notification: Selected authors will be notified telephonically by 1700 EST 22 Jul 2016 and given follow-on instructions via email. Not all submitters will be invited to brief or demonstrate their papers to the Technology Selection Panel or participate in all key events.

DOD Participation: The Cyber Battle Lab, Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), Cyber Protection Brigade (CPB), TRADOC Capabilities Manager (TCM) Cyber, TCM Electronic Warfare (EW), TCM Tactical Radio (TR), TCM Network and Services (N&S), Requirements and Integration Division (RID), Capabilities and Analysis Division (CAD), Program Manager (PM) community, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and other appropriate organizations will be participating in the review of these papers.

US Government is not obligated by this BAA. This notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the preparation or information provided in the white papers. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any legal purpose deemed necessary. Any organization responding to this notice should ensure that its response is complete and sufficiently detailed; the information provided will be used to assess the respondent's ability to address the capabilities called for in this BAA. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. This is not an announcement of an acquisition solicitation.

Technology/Paper Down Select Panel: All properly submitted white papers and proposals that conform to the BAA requirements will be evaluated by a review panel as described previously for use by the Army operational, institutional, capabilities development, and acquisition communities. All government personnel are bound by public law to protect proprietary information.

The Government may use selected support contractor personnel to provide administrative assistance to federal employees regarding all aspects of any actions ensuing from this announcement, including the evaluation of white papers and subsequent proposals. However, federal employees will be responsible for actual reviews and evaluations. These support contractors will be bound by appropriate non-disclosure agreements (NDA) to protect proprietary and source-selection information and are not permitted to release any source-selection information to third parties, including others in their organization. By submission of a White Paper and/or subsequent Proposal, offerors are hereby consenting access to financial, confidential, proprietary, and/or trade secret markings in the White Paper and/or subsequent Proposal to support contractor personnel.

Points of contact: ALL SUBMISSIONS AND ANY QUESTIONS ON THE OBJECTIVES OR PREPARATION OF THE WHITE PAPER SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO Major Stephen Roberts (stephen.a.roberts3.mil@mail.mil), Major Andrew Stannard (andrew.d.stannard.fm@mail.mil) or Mr. Horace Carney (horace.r.carney.ctr@mail.mil), Cyber Battle Lab, Bldg. 19901, 850 East 13th Street, Fort Gordon, GA 30905. Only questions pertaining to the BAA electronic posting are to be directed to Ms. Tara L. McAdoo, Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Gordon GA, tara.l.mcadoo.civ@mail.mil (706)791-1825.

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