Contact: Justin Eimers, U.S. Army -- 253.686.7351

RALEIGH, NC. (June 26, 2018) -- The U.S. Army Network Cross Functional Team, with Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications -- Tactical, will hold a tactical network related technical industry forum on August 1-2, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.

The forum, meant for a technical audience including Cloud service providers, systems and software engineers, network architecture experts, data analytical experts and integrators, will discuss needs for distributed computing (mission command) solutions and the potential to deliver Cloud services to tactical formations. The goal of the event is to assist industry partners and interested government organizations in identifying and aligning their efforts with Army tactical network modernization priorities.

"We are looking to leverage industry's innovative spirit and emerging capabilities critical to enabling our Army to fight and win," said Maj. Gen. Peter Gallagher, Director, Network CFT. Capability discussions will include how the Army could leverage data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, block chain, multi-level security, identity and access management, and storage/delivery across Army tactical formations operating in a disconnected, intermitted and limited bandwidth (DIL) environment.

"Non-defense IT companies are highly encouraged to participate in this two-day forum," said Paul Mehney, Director of Public Communications for PEO C3T. "These companies may already be providing innovative solutions to non-defense clients that the Army could integrate into a military environment. We also welcome their ideas as we formulate our approach on how to employ Cloud services in austere operational environments."

To help accommodate non-defense vendors and the anticipated technical audience, the first day of the event will provide an introduction to Army hierarchy and decision making structures in order to enable attendees' understanding of the physical and network environments in which the Army operates. Technical panels will then discuss Army network implementation, management, and constraints in four distributed computing (mission command) related areas: data logistics, infrastructure, enterprise service architecture and mission partner environment.

The second day will offer conversation and technical exchange between audience members, Army network technical experts and user community representatives. This day will reseat panel members who will be prepared for conversation exchange on each topic area addressed on day one. This will enable vendors, in an open session, to ask questions for clarification, operational understanding (uniformed operators will be present) and technical understanding. At the end of the event the Army will host an optional 'doing business with the Army' session for vendors who would like to understand how to respond to Army solicitations, work with Small Business Offices and explore types of Army contracts that might be employed to seek capability.

For information and registration please visit https://www.fbo.gov/notices/8296773e7ef109ba354c9b36882cc6a2.