Air Force wants to simulate cyberwar in a virtual environment

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The Air Force issued a request Monday for research and product information on a virtualized system that could help the service rehearse combat scenarios in the cyberspace domain.

In the notice, posted to FedBizOpps, Air Force said it's interested in virtualized systems that could modularly integrate with cyberspace domain models.

"The Air Force has routinely used test ranges and a variety of modeling and simulation capabilities to develop, test, evaluate and provide training for its air and space systems. Increasingly, modeling and simulation capabilities are being used to create ranges which model the cyberspace domain," said the notice.

"The Air Force seeks to increase the complexity and fidelity of cyber domain modeling and simulation without the need to install a full set of customized computing, storage and networking hardware for each weapon system that must be represented," added the RFI.

Documents accompanying the RFI explained that the desired solution would rely on commodity – versus custom – computing, network and storage hardware and lean heavily on the virtual machines.

The Defense Department has recognized cyberspace as the fifth combat domain – along with land, sea, air and space – for more than five years, but a focus on training and simulation in preparation for cyber conflict has been gaining momentum across the military.

This summer the Army opened the doors to its Cyber Battleground Range and in an effort to ensure offensive cyber capabilities can be used at "the tactical edge," the Army has ramped up specialized training at corps and echelons below.

For more:
- go to the RFI on FedBizOpps

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