DISA Business Match Announced

FORT MEADE, MD—The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), in partnership with the Fort Meade Alliance, presents DISA Business Match, a full-day matchmaking event to connect small businesses with industry primes and DISA officials. The in-person event will take place on Monday, April 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BWI Airport Marriott (1743 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090).

Sign-ups and matching selections/priorities will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sign up early for your first picks!  As an added bonus, when you are in between appointments, meet with DISA’s Chief of Staff, Senior Enlisted Advisor, the SETI Program Manager, or DISA’s Office of Small Business Personnel!  DISA’s updated forecast will be hot off the presses for the event!

You will have the opportunity to share your company’s capabilities with multiple potential partners in this speed-dating format. Registration details for in-person matchmaking with DISA Program Managers and DISA’s Prime Contractors are linked below.

Select here to pre-register before Friday, April 8, 2022.

— Sources: DISA and SAM.gov

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Host Chapter(s):
BDPA Baltimore, BDPA-DC, and BDPA NoVA

For additional information or business intelligence research regarding contract opportunity pipelines, BDPA and H.O.P.E. Project Members or Alumni, business owners, HBCU/MI executives, or JROTC instructors may email us at: info@bdpadc.org for related cybersecurity, quantum technology, or STEM information, assistance, or BDPA mission-partner questions.


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Cyber Students attend Youth Conference of Network Defenders

COLUMBIA, MD — Student Members from National BDPA’s Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. Chapters attended a regional Youth Conference of Network Defenders (Y-CND) with other area students at DreamPort, a cyber innovation and mission accelerator near Ft. George Meade, Maryland.

The annual Youth Conference of Network Defenders (Y-CND) is a charter of events giving area teens and young adults an opportunity to network and submerge themselves with in the information technology and cyber communities. ​ The goal is to foster communication and collaboration while increasing the level of conversations impacting youth and tomorrow’s workforce.

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Powered by Defender Academy, Y-CND events explore the safety, standardization, tools, and diversity and inclusion of the information technology and cybersecurity community. This is their opportunity to ask questions, participate, and figure out their place in cybersecurity.

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According to their mission statement, Defender Academy inspires middle school and high school students to be a part of the team closing the gap in cyber security professionals. Founded on integrity, critical thinking and problem solving, the academy also ensures participating students are prepared and ready to protect and defend the Internet and assets that lie within.

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DreamPort, as a cyber innovation and mission accelerator, is a rapid prototyping facility  supporting United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) and other Department of Defense DOD, Intelligence Community (IC), and Federal agencies. DreamPort was launched by USCYBERCOM through a Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA) awarded to the Maryland Innovation and Security Institute (MISI).

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#BDPACon19 | Atlanta, Georgia | August 1-3, 2019 | bdpa2019.com

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Since 1986 — an annual “Coding Combine” featuring collegiate, voc-tech, and high school IT Showcases

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President Elevates U.S. Cyber Command to Unified Combatant Command

WASHINGTON — At the direction of the president, the Defense Department today (18 AUG 17) initiated the process to elevate U.S. Cyber Command to a unified combatant command (UCC).

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“This new unified combatant command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our nation’s defense,” President Donald J. Trump said in a written statement.

The elevation of the command demonstrates the increased U.S. resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure allies and partners and deter adversaries, the statement said.  The elevation also will help to streamline command and control of time-sensitive cyberspace operations by consolidating them under a single commander with authorities commensurate with the importance of those operations and will ensure that critical cyberspace operations are adequately funded, the statement said.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is examining the possibility of separating U.S. Cyber Command from the National Security Agency, and is to announce his recommendations at a later date.

Growing Mission

The decision to elevate U.S. Cyber Command (Cybercom) is consistent with Mattis’ recommendation and the requirements of the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, Kenneth P. Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security, told reporters at the Pentagon today.

“The decision is a welcome and necessary one that ensures that the nation is best positioned to address the increasing threats in cyberspace,” he added.

Cybercom’s elevation from its previous subunified command status demonstrates the growing centrality of cyberspace to U.S. national security, Rapuano said, adding that the move signals the U.S. resolve to “embrace the changing nature of warfare and maintain U.S. military superiority across all domains and phases of conflict.”

Cybercom was established in 2009 in response to a clear need to match and exceed enemies seeking to use the cyber realm to attack the United States and its allies. The command is based at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, with the National Security Agency. Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers is the commander of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency director. The president has directed Mattis to recommend a commander for U.S. Cyber Command, and Rogers for now remains in the dual-hatted role, Rapuano said.

More Strategic Role

Since its establishment, Cybercom has grown significantly, consistent with DoD’s cyber strategy and reflective of major increases in investments in capabilities and infrastructure, Rapuano said. The command reached full operational capability Oct. 31, 2010, but it is still growing and evolving. The command is concentrating on building its Cyber Mission Force, which should be complete by the end of fiscal year 2018, he said.

The force is expected to consist of almost 6,200 personnel organized into 133 teams. All of the teams have already reached initial operational capability, and many are actively conducting operations. The force incorporates reserve component personnel and leverages key cyber talent from the civilian sector.

“This decision means that Cyber Command will play an even more strategic role in synchronizing cyber forces and training,  conducting and coordinating military cyberspace operations, and advocating for and prioritizing cyber investments within the department,”  Rapuano said.

Cybercom already has been performing many responsibilities of a unified combatant command. The elevation also raises the stature of the commander of Cyber Command to a peer level with the other unified combatant command commanders, allowing the Cybercom commander to report directly to the secretary of defense, Rapuano pointed out.

The new command will be the central point of contact for resources for the department’s operations in the cyber domain and will serve to synchronize cyber forces under a single manager. The commander will also ensure U.S. forces will be interoperable.

“This decision is a significant step in the department’s continued efforts to build its cyber capabilities, enabling Cyber Command to provide real, meaningful capabilities as a command on par with the other geographic and functional combat commands,” Rapuano said.

by Jim Garamone and Lisa Ferdinando
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DIA Director appointed new Deputy Commander for U.S. Cyber Command

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PENTAGON — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced that one of the president’s general officer assignment nominations on 19 JUNE 2017 is Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart for appointment and assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM).  General Stewart is currently serving as the director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Washington, District of Columbia.

CYBERCOM’s mission is to plan, coordinate, integrate, synchronize, and conduct activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks.  CYBERCOM also must prepare to, and when directed, conduct full spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure US/Allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries.

Since 2009, CYBERCOM has been co-located with the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, Maryland, sharing personnel, tactics, tools and a director.  Congress recently directed CYBERCOM to become a full unified combatant command. Both organizations, while often times conducting similar activity, are defined under different statutory terms.

CYBERCOM, as a military organization under the chain of command of the secretary of defense, is governed by Title 10 of the United States Code (USC). NSA is an intelligence organization under the scope of Title 50, with Title 10 combat service support (CSS) duties performed when necessary. These two legal distinctions help define and refine specific roles and responsibilities for the organizations that govern them.

— Sources:
Department of Defense and BDPA-DC
Photos:
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