Air Force gets helping hand with cyber defense

Booz Allen to assist with network security collaboration, command center creation

Booz Allen and Hamilton Inc. has won a pair of contracts totaling approximately $34.2 million to help the Air Force strengthen its cyber defense capabilities, the Defense Department has announced.

Under a $19.8 million contract, Booz Allen will help foster collaboration among telecommunications researchers, University of Maryland faculty members and other academic institutions to improve secure networking and telecommunications and boost information assurance, DOD officials said April 12.

Under a $14.4 million contract, the company will provide assistance for the establishment of a new command center for the U.S. Cyber Command, the officials said. The U.S. Cyber Command is a subcommand under the U.S. Strategic Command responsible for coordinating computer network defense and directing cyberattack operations.

The Air Force 55th Contracting Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., is the contracting activity.

Booz Allen, of McLean, Va., ranks No. 10 on Washington Technology’s 2009 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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