The U.S. Cyber Center of Excellence will again host an event on the exploration of cyberwarfare and electronic warfare at Fort Gordon beginning Monday.
The 26-day event runs through June 30, according to a cyber center and Fort Gordon news release.
“Cyber Quest is the Army’s initial investment to help our U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command capability managers in the definition of requirements, validation of concepts and identification of quick turnaround acquisition opportunities,” said Lt. Col. Stephen Roberts, Cyber Branch chief, CCoE Cyber Battle Lab, and lead project officer for the experiment.
Roberts said Cyber Quest 2017 will provide external vendors an opportunity to demonstrate innovative solutions to current cyberspace operational challenges while integrating these capabilities within Army systems.
“We want to improve our war-fighting capabilities and seek innovative solutions to existing problems,” he said. “A lot of capabilities have to do with management of the electromagnetic and cyberspace environment to ensure that our war fighters will be able to execute within the emerging mission space of the future.”
Roberts said commanders who are confronted with large amounts of data and information flowing into their command posts are faced with unique challenges.
“We need to get more efficient at dealing with big data problems while driving data analytics and artificial intelligence into the tactical space to help commanders make better decisions with the enormous volumes of data they are presented with,” said Roberts.
Other technologies being looked at include tactical radio offerings capable of near-silent operation, have direction-finding capabilities, and can prevent enemy electronic warfare capabilities from detecting or disrupting friendly force communications, said Roberts.
The event’s experimentation force will include war fighters from brigade combat teams and intelligence units, said Roberts.
“Events like Cyber Quest are absolutely critical as we develop, experiment, and validate electromagnetic spectrum and cyber capabilities and concepts in an ever-changing operational domain,” said Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., Cyber CoE and Fort Gordon commanding general. “We must leverage venues like Cyber Quest to continue to learn, adapt and evolve to meet today’s and tomorrow’s threats.”