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The focus on cybersecurity in the supply chain remains a priority in order to deliver “uncompromised” within the Department of Defense. Ensuring that contractors and subcontractors adhere to the requirements of the DFARS clause that specifies the details of this cybersecurity should be a priority for any company that does business with the DoD. Earlier this year, the Undersecretary of Defense, Ellen Lord, drafted correspondence directing DCMA to research ways to determine industry cybersecurity readiness. In March, she stated that cybersecurity standards for contractors are being derived from the NIST security controls, which will include metrics that will be utilized by third party auditors. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has previously stated that cybersecurity would become a key measurement for DoD to evaluate companies.
Small and medium companies have expressed concerns with the proposed standards, citing the challenges of creating a cybersecurity program. Despite concerns, it appears certain that in some manner, contractor cybersecurity will be a factor of “suitability” for the defense industrial base within the next 18 months.
The Langley AFA Chapter hosted the annual Airpower Symposium and Salute to Team Langley. 2019 proved to be even better than last year as the symposium program is expanded, built on past successes, covered more information on wider relevant topics, and provided more opportunity for cross reference with Air Force leadership and industry partners.
The expanded program this year included an ACC/A6 discussion on Communications, Cyber and Networks; a panel discussion (Microsoft, Oracle, Regent University) on Developing Cyber Professionals; and, an AFA CyberPatriot presentation. The second program for the afternoon included ACC engagements with Industry, open to CEO Phil Dismukes. Topics, in order, were:
- Future Training Capabilities (e.g. Virtual, Augmented)
- Networks and Data Access (e.g. AOC, DCGS, Multi-level Security, Wx, etc)
- Re-invigorating the Electromagnetic Spectrum (e.g. EMS as a Domain, EMS touch points to other domains including cyber)
- Air Force Adaptive Basing Concept (e.g. deployability and connectivity).
The second day of the expanded program opened with a keynote address by COMACC, General James “Mike” Holmes. The program additionally included:
- ACC/A3, ACC/A6, Industry Panel on Operationalizing Cyber into Combat Air Forces
- ACC/A2, ACC/A6, Industry Panel on Operationalizing Cyber into ISR Missions
- Lunch presentation from Lt Gen (ret) Bruce Wright, new AFA President.
The afternoon held classified sessions with 24th AF/CC discussing Cyber Operations and a classified requirements presentation from ACC/A5.
The SALUTE TO AIRMAN dinner honored several deployed Airman with awards and offered attendees greater opportunity for engagement and social interaction. The speaker was General (ret) Frank Gorenc, former Commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe. The Symposium was well run and attended and was a jump start for BGI to further engage in the CYBER business. CEO Phil Dismukes attended, fortifying existing partner relationships while building new frontiers with several CYBER focused company representatives.
This week, BGI will attend the Air Force Association’s 35th annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The symposium is one of the nation’s premier events for defense and aerospace professionals from across the United States and abroad. The Air Warfare Symposium brings together Air Force senior leadership, as well as leaders in industry, academia and government to address the challenges facing the Air Force today and in the future. The BGI team gains detailed insight of global perspectives from attendees with diverse backgrounds and experiences at AFA Orlando. The two days of discussions help to further educate us on the factors transforming the defense market landscape and helps us stay current on the most relevant issues, including:
- The evolving nature of aerospace and air power
- Shifts in the legislative arena
Attendees have access to innovative information and ideas, while Symposium sessions provide a breadth of industry insight and forward-thinking outlooks. The conference provides direct exposure to influential keynotes to address pressing topics and is a terrific networking opportunity for business contacts. BGI CEO Phil Dismukes states, “BGI has attended the AFA Air Warfare Symposium for over a decade. We find that the professional development and the exposure to key leadership and Air Force direction helps guide us in our role in supporting the warfighter.”
The BGI Cyber team attended Microsoft Ignite in Washington DC to experience and receive training on advanced capabilities for government customers as they develop Cloud strategies to improve efficiencies and productivity.
The two day event, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC offers several different Learning Paths that include over 100 deep dive sessions and workshops and access to over 350 experts in the field. Each of the available Learning Paths is curated with modules and workshops that will provide instruction on the tools and services that attendees can use every day as well as help them prepare to face new challenges.
To find out more about Microsoft Ignite see their event website at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite-the-tour/washington-dc
On October 18, 2018, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a day-long workshop to educate industry and government representatives about the security requirements applicable to Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Hundreds of attendees, in person and via webcast, learned about the implementation and assessment of CUI. Defense contractors are familiar with these security requirements through various DFARS clauses, which mandate protective measures for CUI and the ability to respond to a cyber incident involving this information. Additionally, a heightened focus on supply chain vulnerability (reference MITRE’s August 2018 report, “Deliver Uncompromised”) has amplified the need for strict security controls on contractor IT systems, as well as a more robust oversight by DoD of these systems.
Because of this, we can expect, in the not-too-distant future, that contractor IT systems will be assessed for cybersecurity compliance by a responsible entity, yet to be determined. The resultant “rating” may be relevant in the contract bidding process, and/or the ability to continue working on existing DoD contracts.
Protecting all contractual information remains a critical factor in protecting the warfighter. As more and more emphasis is placed on supply chain vulnerability, maintaining strong cybersecurity practices is essential for all contractors that do business with DoD.
The Combat Air Forces (CAF) Weapons and Tactics Conference (WEPTAC) is an annual two week event that brings together hundreds of warfighters from the CAF to discuss current issues, to look at future issues, and to provide solutions for joint employment of forces. New technology is the key area. Attendance is primarily Air Force personnel, but there has been an increasing amount of participation from the Army, Navy and Marines. This movement focuses on joint warfighting. It is hosted by the United States Warfare Center and run by Air Combat Command Directorate of Operations. An independent Industry Trade Show runs concurrently during the second week of the CAF WEPTAC and is open to all defense industry organization including small bushiness who want to showcase their existing and future technologies and capabilities. It presents an opportunity for the defense industry to meet with warfighters who currently use or potentially will use their products. They are able to obtain direct feedback from the actual warfighters on what they like and don’t like about existing products technology and hear about products they would like to see in the future. Industry representatives may participate if invited by the working group chairman. BGI will be attending both the industry trade show and several of the sessions in the second week. “Many of our existing relationships in industry and current contracts were the result of attending WEPTAC. It is the best conference for warfighter integration and exposure,” says CEO Phil Dismukes.
BGI looks forward to attending the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) from November 26 – November 30 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. I/ITSEC is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference and is the catch all for Simulation and Training business. BGI has attended I/ITSEC for the past 21 years and again this year will be there in force with over a dozen employees supporting demonstrations, customers and our own existing program management and business development initiatives.
Each year there is a strong conference theme, this year’s is “Launching Innovations in Learning: Ready. Set. Disrupt.” This is directly in line with our BGI emphasis of meeting the needs of the customer by thinking outside of the box, inventing, and exploring to ensure that military and civilian personnel are comprehensively trained to face the many challenges posed by the continuously changing environments where they operate. This aggressive solution-oriented pursuit stems from the highest levels of DoD leadership and the history of BGI’s desire to be out in front supporting the warfighter.
BGI’s forward growth demands that we comprehensively understand the ever-evolving and dynamic environments faced by the warfighter, to help us position our core competencies and pipeline. Our ten year vision centers on all aspects of training and I/ITSEC is the ultimate environment to engage our customers and strategic partners and learn about the changing needs and requirements in the industry. The lessons learned from I/ITSEC will flow to the entire BGI team through each of our programs, projects and pursuits. “I also anticipate that all BGI attendees will leave this conference with an enhanced perspective and reenergized to continue with our mission to integrate operational, technical, and engineering expertise to enhance customer capability and add value to aviation, training, defense, and national security programs,” said Phil Dismukes, CEO and Founder.
For more information please refer this link: http://www.iitsec.org/about-iitsec
Tampa, Florida (October 2018) – Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI) is pleased to announce its latest contract award, the B-1 Training Systems Program. This effort involves the sustainment of 35 flight and maintenance training devices at Dyess Air Force Base (AFB), Abilene, TX, Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD, Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX, Sterling, VA, and Tampa, FL. These devices are used to develop and maintain the proficiency level of aircrew and maintenance personnel on this vital asset of our U.S. Air Force. ASI team members for this important program include BGI, LLC and Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions.
The B-1 Lancer, nicknamed “The Bone” is a supersonic variable-sweep wing heavy bomber. This critical component of the Air Force Global Strike Command, stationed at Dyess AFB and Ellsworth AFB can reach speeds of Mach 1.2 and, with in-flight refueling, reach anywhere on the planet. It has a payload of 125,000 pounds and can reach altitudes of 40,000 feet. It can also fly 200 feet off the ground at 700 mph!
“ASI is pleased to continue our support of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) with our third support contract. This program to provide Training System Support Center (TSSC) and Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services, as well as perform major trainer modifications for the next 7 ½ years follows our successful T-1A GBTS and T-38C ATD contracts.” said Daniel Deschnow, Vice President of Programs. “We look forward to serving the B-1 community and supporting their important national security mission.”
Individuals combine their strong skills in a competency with their adoption of BGI’s Core Values – Leadership, Integrity, Commitment, Teamwork and Excellence. BGI recognizes that professionals prioritize their commitment to their team. We also recognize that our people often balance commitments to their family, volunteer organizations or other duties. BGI adopts work practices that support of a positive life-work balance. When allowed by the contracts, BGI offers a compressed work schedule that creates a three-day weekend every other week. Flexible work schedules and hourly compensation give individuals an ability to fulfill their commitments early, meaning employees can generate free-time to support their causes without using paid time off. Telecommuting can be an option once an individual is comfortable with the team. BGI supports government and industry partners across the country. We work with our customers at their locations, either on-premises or through our primary engineering office in Akron, OH. Customer locations include Lexington Park, MD, Orlando, FL and Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. Travel to these or other locations supported by our customers, and opportunities to experience first-hand the impact BGI products have on our customers’ lives, are available for the adventurous.
BGI creates training solutions for aviation. Our Operational Analysts and Engineers join government and industry partners to develop a variety of advanced training solutions. In the area of flight simulation, BGI software engineers and systems engineers provide technical expertise to real-time systems that simulate aircraft for manned devices and battlespace components for constructive entities. These are Fifth-Generation flight simulation systems and are often highly technical and complex. Providing simulation fidelity that mimics the real-world devices requires superior skill. Our employees solve some of the most challenging problems in industry. In the areas of in-flight training and maintenance training, Operational Analysts develop courseware and provide student instruction. Engineers develop technical systems, such as databases and IT systems, that support the curriculum.