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PM I3C2 Transitions to PM Defensive Cyber Operations

By DCO Public Affairs

Project Manager (PM) Installation Information Infrastructure Communications and Capabilities (I3C2) is realigning its mission in support of the Army’s newly defined vision for the network of the future.

The PM I3C2 originally established itself as the Army’s technology leader, providing global IT information infrastructure installation services and capability. In-mid February, I3C2 relinquished ownership of two of its sub-organizations; Product Manager (PdM) Power Project Enablers (P2E) and PdM Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP). P2E and I3MP now operate under PM Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (DCATS). The relinquishment of these responsibilities allowed for increased responsibility in the Defensive Cyber Operations portfolio, and a key reorganization to prioritize delivering cyber capability to the Soldier at the speed of relevance.

As a part of the reorganization, the PM will officially be re-designated as PM Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO). Stakeholders will primarily consist of the U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) and the Cyber Protection Brigade (CPB).

The transition from PM I3C2 to PM DCO will be marked in an observation event on October 26, 2018 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. DCO will remain under the leadership of I3C2’s current PM, Col. Chad Harris.

"The transition from I3C2 to DCO is all about doing what’s best for our stakeholders, and for the Army,” said Col. Harris. “Reorganizing has postured our team for growth, and will enable us to focus on the defensive cyber operations mission.”

Four organizations will support the DCO mission: Product Manager (PdM) Cyber Platforms and Systems (CPS); PdM (Cyber Analytics and Detection (CAD); Director, Applied Cyber Technologies, and Product Lead Allied Information Technology (AIT).

As part of the shift in focus and mission, current Product Manager Defensive Cyber Operations LTC Scott Helmore will be renamed PdM CPS. A commissioning ceremony for Applied Cyber Technologies was previously held on Oct. 12, 2018, where Mr. Joe Kobsar assumed responsibility as Director. An additional ceremony will be held on Nov. 14, 2018, for the Assumption of Charter of PdM CAD by Lt. Col. Leilani-Tydingco-Amarante. PL AIT, which falls under the leadership of Mr. Andrew Strand, will continue to execute its mission within the portfolio in support of our strategic partners worldwide.


Posted October 25, 2018

I3C2 Establishes Director, Applied Cyber Technologies

By Brittney M. Brown, I3C2 Strategic Communications

Project Manager (PM) Information Installation Infrastructure Communications and Capabilities (I3C2) is changing the way it delivers Defensive Cyber capability to Soldiers. On Oct. 12, 2018, the PM established Joe Kobsar as the Director, Applied Cyber Technologies (ACT) during an Assumption of Responsibility ceremony held at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

ACT Kyle Tucker narrates
Kyle Tucker (left), Assistant Project Manager of Cyber Maneuver, narrated the ceremony as COL Chad Harris (center) presented the Applied Cyber Technologies charter to Joe Kobsar (right).

Kobsar, a retired Warrant Officer, served in the Army for 23 years. After retirement, Kobsar began his civilian career at the U.S. Communications Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) as an electronics engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, a master’s degree in Project Management, and is a member of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps. The newly established charter will lead I3C2’s defensive cyber integration efforts through centralized hubs known as the Forge and the Armory. Both are physical locations at Fort Belvoir where I3C2, stakeholders, and industry can collaborate to develop, discuss, test, and store capability in support of defensive cyber operations.

The concept of the Forge has played an integral role in I3C2’s plan to innovatively provide capability to Soldiers at the speed of relevance. The premise of this plan is to streamline and increase the speed of the development phase by leveraging partnerships between the government and industry. According to I3C2 Project Manager, Col. Chad Harris, the Forge is where industry and the government can make innovation happen.

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During the ceremony, I3C2 displayed its latest prototype of the Deployable DCO System (DDS). The DDS is a small, deployable hardware system that enables Cyber Protection Teams to conduct cyber warfare operations in remote locations.

“Over the last eight months or so, I’ve seen the concept of the Forge begin to turn into a reality,” said Harris. “When operational in the coming months, the Forge will bring together the critical pieces of the user, industry, the program management, test and evaluation, and contract, to allow the rapid prototyping efforts that will help us quickly respond to emerging threats.”

During the ceremony, Kobsar thanked his family, including his wife, Alexandra, for their support throughout his military and civilian careers. Kobsar also expression his gratitude to his mentors, as well as Col. Harris.

Mr. Kobsar presents flowers
Joe Kobsar, Director Allied Cyber Technologies, presented his wife, Alexandra, with flowers, and thanked her for supporting his career for more than 30 years.

“Col. Harris, thank you for having the faith in me to be able to do something of this magnitude. I’m very humbled to be selected for this position,” said Kobsar.

Ceremony attendees included leaders from Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), the Army Cyber Protection Brigade (CPB) and the 91st Cyber Protection Brigade. ARCYBER and the CPB are I3C2’s primary stakeholders, and will have staff presence at the Forge.

Maj. Cedric Sherard Jr., Assistant Project Manager of DCO Tools
Maj. Cedric Sherard Jr., Assistant Project Manager of DCO Tools, attended the Assumption of Responsibility ceremony in support of Joe Kobsar, Director, Allied Cyber Technologies.

“We are really excited about the partnership,” said Col. Adam Volant, Commander of the 91st Cyber Brigade. “I think it provides an opportunity for us to integrate some of the talents and unique capabilities that are present in a corporate environment, into a military environment. That will certainly help us bridge any gaps that we have, so we’re excited, and frankly consider it a privilege that we be involved in something like this.”

Establishing ACT is not the last of I3C2’s organizational changes. The PM will officially change its name from I3C2, and begin operating as PM Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) on October 26, 2018. In November, DCO will also establish a new Product Manager (PdM) called Cyber Analytics and Detection (CAD). CAD will be headed by Lt.Col. Leilani Tydingco-Amarante.

“I’m confident in our ability to make our goals a reality because of the team we’ve put in place, and the relationships we’ve built with our stakeholders and industry,” said Col. Harris. “We’re ready to move forward in our mission and do great things for the Army.”

Posted October 18, 2018

PM I3C2 Rings in the New Fiscal Year

By Brittney Brown, I3C2 Strategic Communications

On October 1, 2018, Project Manager (PM) Installation Information Infrastructure Communications (I3C2) bid farewell to Fiscal Year (FY) 18 with a year-end toast. PM Col. Chad Harris celebrated FY18 by recognizing the Budget and Acquisition staff who helped execute I3C2’s $225 million budget. The budget team managed to consistently exceed OPA OSD obligation goals, while the acquisition team facilitated the award of 32 contracts.

Group Toast

“Our team’s dedication to excellence, professionalism, and performance greatly impacted the success of I3C2, said Col. Harris. Their performance was simply outstanding, and reflected greatly upon our organization.”

Awards Recognition

Col. Harris presented civilian employees with certificates of appreciation. Budget honorees included Van Nguyen, Briddgett Tate, Holly Oertwig, Sabrina Simpson, and director Kathleen Holcombe. Awardees from the acquisition team included Leanne Wade, Linda Saunders, Cleopatra Suel, Sheila Ollison, Valerie Armstrong, Bonnie Evangelista, and director Steve Conroy.

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In FY19, the acquisition and budget teams will continue to execute challenging tasks. The PM has prioritized the implementation of agile acquisition strategies to deliver defensive cyber capabilities at the speed of relevance. One acquisition tactic includes the use of Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs). OTAs drastically reduce acquisition timelines, which will enable I3C2 to rapidly deliver cyber prototypes to Cyber Protection Teams. More information about OTAs and other acquisition opportunities will be released to the PEO EIS Business Opportunities page.

Posted October 02, 2018