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AFRL releases draft RFP for $300M EVEREST contract focusing on SecureView development, integration, and training for Department of Defense and Intelligence Community

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AFRL EVEREST Draft RFP Released for SecureView Support and Development 

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has released a draft request for proposal (RFP) for its Exploitation, Virtualization, and Engineering Research of Secured Technologies (EVEREST) IDIQ in support of sustainment and continued development of AFRL's SecureView solution. The requirement focuses on research, development, prototyping, integration, testing, demonstration, deployment, upgrades, enhancement, sustainment, and training of technologies and concepts.  The contract is expected to be a five-year Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF) IDIQ with a maximum $300 million ceiling. The response deadline for the draft RFP is July 12th, 2023.

Background on SecureView 

SecureView is a Cross-Domain Access Solution developed by AFRL that enables Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) users to access Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) on a single workstation. With the integration of Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) capability packages, SecureView enables secure remote access to classified networks for telework or on-the-go operations.  Thus SecureView enables the DoD and IC to achieve information dominance by enabling warfighters and intelligence analysts to simultaneously access multiple security domains from a single client device. 

Main Objectives of the EVEREST Contract

SecureView has been developed under previous contracts, and EVEREST seeks to further research, develop, sustain, and deploy SecureView baseline along with next-generation capabilities for access, transfer, infrastructure, cloud, and storage for the operational community.

Per the draft RFP, the main objectives of the AFRL EVEREST IDIQ are to:

  1. Research, develop, and design capabilities and infrastructure into next-generation baselines
  2. Develop upgrades, infrastructure, and patches to enhance existing baselines
  3. Sustain current baselines through maintenance and support
  4. Deployment of SecureView and next-generation baselines to operational sites throughout the DoD and IC
  5. Develop and deliver of SecureView and next-generation training

Bidding Analysis

The prior iteration of the EVEREST contract was the $99.9 million Virtualized Intelligence Platform Engineering and Research (VIPER) IDIQ held by Assured Information Security (AIS).  VIPER also focused on progressing the baseline performance and capabilities of SecureView. Besides AIS, other contractors with the most experience performing computer program and systems design work with AFRL over the past three years that may emerge as bidders include Parsons, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Peraton.

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