US Marine Corp offers $26 million to businesses for cybersecurity training

The military group is seeking a small business to create cybersecurity courses to train its personnel.

The US Marine Corps is offering $26 million to an SMB able to develop training courses for staff who will be involved in cybersecurity missions.

The combined solicitation, posted April 12, is focused on small businesses willing to work with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific), Program Executive Offices, Marine Forces Cyberspace Command (MARFORCYBER), and Fleet Cyber Command (FCC).

As noted by Fedscoop, the US government needs military personnel and civilians to be trained in cybersecurity for use in future missions.

"The cyber training services acquired in this solicitation shall provide support to develop and deliver technical courses required to meet operational standards at National-level organizations providing support to cyber security missions," the request reads.

"The courses will be aligned to compliment on going Cyber Security technological initiatives within MARFORCYBER and FCC."

Courses must be both online and delivered in person.

In March, the US Marine Corp announced plans to expand MARFORCYBER from a small unit to a more substantial addition to national defense.

Brig. Gen. Lori E. Reynolds, the MARFORCYBER chief, says marines will be brought "into the realm of cyberspace" and will operate in both offensive and defensive missions.

The contract is for three years with two additional years as an option. Companies can bid for the contract until 12 May, 2016.

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