U.S. Army Awards SimSpace Agreement to Build
Portal and Content Repository for Persistent Cyber Training Environment
Agreement Awarded to Winner of Second Cyber Innovation Challenge
(Arlington, VA – August 6, 2018) The National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) and the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) today announced the U.S. Army had awarded the Boston-based SimSpace Corporation an Other Transaction Authority agreement to develop an order portal and a content repository that will enable members of the Cyber Mission Force (CMF) access to the Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE) platform and associated training aids.
“The U.S. Army is seeking to develop capabilities to effectively plan, build, and conduct CMF training.” said Tim Greeff, chief executive officer of NSTXL. “We are honored that the Army has chosen TReX to manage this very important project, a component of the PCTE platform, that will leverage new, innovative methods of accessing learning aids and the development of training content. We will work with SimSpace to ensure the resulting work meets the Army’s goals.”
Currently, CMF training scenarios are manually deployed on a variety of cyber range resources with varying capabilities that lack fidelity, interoperability and reusability. In addition, they cannot be scaled to support projected demands. To close this training shortfall, the Department of Defense requires a PCTE that can rapidly deploy and redeploy high fidelity training scenarios, on demand, into specific environments to meet the needs of the CMF.
PCTE deploys prototype capabilities through competitive Cyber Innovation Challenges (CICs) to the field consisting of capabilities including event management, environment creation/replication, and connections into to the Services’ Crew Training Facilities. With continued evaluation of the CIC prototypes by CMF personnel, the PCTE platform will continue to evolve based on changes to technology, threat, and tactics, techniques and procedures.
The SimSpace Corporation was awarded this agreement as a winner of the second competitive PCTE CIC. This CIC focused on enabling user access to the PCTE and training aids through an order portal, as well as the establishment and operation of a content repository. The intent of the challenge was to evaluate the technical feasibility of integrating these capabilities into a PCTE baseline training solution.
“We are pleased that the Army has awarded us this agreement,” said William Hutchison, CEO and co-founder of SimSpace. “We have great technology, but our success also comes from the fact that some of our key personnel have worked in or for the military. We believe our order portal and content repository will allow the CMF to train more efficiently and effectively in order to better defend the DoD’s mission critical networks.”
SimSpace will deliver the second CIC components to the Army by August, 2018.
About NSTXL – The National Security Technology Accelerator is a non-profit based in Arlington, VA. It is the essential Pentagon partner for rapidly delivering mission-driven systems and emerging technologies to the U.S. military.