US Navy Offers $26M Contract to Small Business to Train Military Cyber Personnel

Original Article: FierceGovernmentIT

The U.S. Navy is offering a $26 million five-year contract to a small business to train the Navy and Marine Corps’ cyber personnel.

The Navy issued a combined solicitation for the training program, which will involve online and in-person cybersecurity training for military personnel and civilians in the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and Fleet Cyber Command, as well as the Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command.

“The cyber training services acquired in this solicitation shall provide support to develop and deliver technical courses required to meet operational standards at National-level organizations providing support to cyber security missions. The courses will be aligned to compliment on going cybersecurity technological initiatives,” stated the solicitation at FedBizOpps.gov.

According to Fedscoop, the Navy’s┬áTask Force Cyber Awakening recommended that $300 million be earmarked in fiscal year 2016 to bolster the service’s cyber posture, with a heavy focus on training.

In addition, Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command Commander Maj. Gen. Daniel O’Donohue told Congress last year, “Just as the Marine Corps remains dedicated to the notion that there is no more dangerous weapon than a Marine and his rifle, we believe the solutions to our shared problems in cyberspace revolve around our people, and not systems.”

The contract will have a base period of three years with two one-year option periods. Deadline for questions about the solicitation is April 26, and the bid deadline is May 12.