Air Force Issues Formal RFP for Cyber Weapons
Cyber Warfare becomes official US policy
In a recent broad agency announcement—a public document issued by any agency usually requesting something from the private sector or notifying the world at large that there are contracts up for grabs—the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) called on contractors to submit proposals for specific “cyberspace warfare operations” (CWO) capabilities, including “cyberspace warfare attack.” It doesn’t get much more explicit than that.
More specifically, the BAA outlines “cyberspace warfare attack” as those capabilities that would allow the Air Force to “destroy, deny, degrade, disrupt, deceive, corrupt, or usurp the adversaries ability to use the cyberspace domain for his advantage,” Threatpost reports.
It also requests “cyberspace warfare support” capabilities, which are basically the means to intercept enemy cyber attacks, open doors to their networks, and otherwise locate both sources of access and sensitive areas within enemy networks that are ripe for attack.
Israel will probably continue to act as a semi-official US proxy in this regard, but I imagine the Pentagon is keen to beef up its own capabilities.
(via The U.S. Air Force is Officially Seeking Cyber Weapons | Popular Science)