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OTC Strategic Vision 2016

Open Technology Center 2016 Program Activity Review

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The once distinct lines between national defense and homeland security have been erased. In today's world, core mission objectives of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense must overlap to provide one, unified global security posture.

In 2014, the Open Technology Center of Excellence, Inc. (OTC) was established to support a joint-agency vision and address common objectives identified within strategic agency guidance such as the Department of Homeland Security's 2014 Quadrennial Home Security Review, the National Guard Bureau's 2014 and 2015 Posture Statement, DoD's Better Buying Power and the 2013-2038 Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap.

The Open Technology Center is operated as an independent, non-profit entity that conducts research and development, and facilitates public-private collaboration and technology transfer between government, academic and commercial organizations in support of national defense and homeland security objectives.

OTC activities support joint-agency efforts to secure national cyber networks; protect critical assets and infrastructure; respond to attack and disasters; advance research and innovation; and promote education, training and workforce development; and facilitate transfer of open technologies to public safety, public service and public administration communities of interest.

OTC's program and project areas include:

  1. Unmanned Remote and Autonomous Vehicle Systems
  2. Open Source Disaster Recovery Documentation Management Suite
  3. Open Cyber Security Application Resource Implementation
  4. Training and Workforce Development
  5. Public-Private Collaboration and Technology Transfer

In each of these areas, OTC's goal is to drive innovation, reduce life-cycle costs, and increase security and technical efficiency of government information technology systems through the use of open source software applications, open technology development methodologies, acquisition practices, public-private collaboration and technology transfer.

 

The OTC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate and hosted by the Mississippi National Guard at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. In addition to supporting Joint Forces mission objectives, affiliation with Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center provides public and private sector program partners access to extensive infrastructure and administrative resources to conduct operational testing, evaluation and training services that address real-world threats and challenges.

OTC's academic research partners include: Arizona State University, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Hinds Community College, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Pearl River Community College, Penn State University, Rutgers University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Project Objectives and Tasks

1. Open Source Unmanned Remote & Autonomous Systems (OS-URAVS)

Objective: Unmanned vehicles are used extensively across government agencies to achieve varied missions including military, border surveillance, mapping, environmental monitoring, disaster recovery and law enforcement. Much of the core technology used to operate unmanned vehicles is similar and could be more broadly shared across agency programs to reduce costs, increase efficiency and facilitate innovation.

While military and special operations groups have access, funding and operational latitude to utilize unmanned (aerial, terrestrial and maritime) systems, a general lack of consistent information, authorization, collaboration, training and access to standardized, government-centric unmanned vehicle systems has hampered broad, efficient adoption of unmanned technologies within domestic public safety, public service and public service communities of interests (COIs).

In addition, the proliferation of small, inexpensive commercially-available unmanned vehicles has created a confusing and potentially dangerous environment for domestic, specifically state, local and tribal entities who seek to utilize these systems in support of official mission activities.

Therefore, the objective of this effort is to increase information sharing and technology transfer between Federal entities with extensive experience with unmanned vehicle systems and domestic government entities which could benefit greatly from access to the strategic, tactical and practical knowledge base garnered from years of military and related operations.

Tasks:

  • Open Technology Systems Evaluation and Analysis
  • Open Technology Assessment and Gap Analysis (FY2014 - COMPLETED)
  • Technology Evaluation and Demonstration (FY2015)
  • Targeted Platform/Payload Transfer (FY2017-18)
  • URAV Pilot and Maintenance Support Training
  • URAV Pilot and Technical Training Program (FY2015-18)
  • Recruitment and Technical Training for Military and Underrepresented Minority Groups (FY2015-18)

 Joint-Agency Stakeholders:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate
  • Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office
  • Mississippi National Guard, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center
  • U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command, Special Surveillance Program
  • State and Local Public Safety Communities of Interest

 

2. Open Source Disaster Response and Recovery System (OS-DRDMS) 

Objective: Create open source software application suite to be use by federal, state and local government entities in preparation and response to natural, environmental or man-made disasters. Application development, hosting and post-event implementation to be coordinated through Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, a FEMA-designated disaster response facility. 

The Open Technology Center will manage the development of a web-based Open Source Disaster Recovery Documentation Management (OS-DRDM) suite modeled after the management system utilized by the State of Mississippi and local government entities in post-Katrina recovery operations.

The application suite will serve as a standardized interface between state and local government entities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to streamline communications, documentation management of supporting documents, status tracking and final accounting close-out operations. 

Core application components to include Electronic Document Management; Recovery Accounting and Compliance; Process Tracking and Reporting and Program Closeout Administration. Additional modules would be added to include emerging technology solutions, and address modifications and updates to system and process needs and requirements.

OS-DRDM Phase I activities to include development of a technical implementation project plan in coordination with FEMA, the State of Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and participating municipalities to ensure requirements, processes and technical operational expectations are clearly defined, relevant and achievable. Phase II activities of technical development, prototype, testing, data management and municipality training would be based on Phase I results.

Tasks:

  • Open Source Disaster Documentation Management System (OS-DDMS)
  • Development of an open source Disaster Document Management System (DDMS) that tracks the information required by FEMA, State and Federal oversight agencies, as well as external parties. (FY2015-18)

 Joint-Agency Stakeholders:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate
  • Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
  • State and Local Public Safety and Emergency Response Communities of Interest

 

3. Open Cyber Security Application and Resource Implementation

Objective: To provide access to open source software applications, tool kits, methodologies and subject matter expert resources to support affordable, operational cyber security resources for federal, state and local government agencies.

Tasks:

Secure Information Sharing Prototype at CSJFTC

Objective: OTC to provide technical and administrative support in facilitating technology evaluation and demonstration workshops activities at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center and other locations.

  • Physical Security Mobile Devise Sensor Evaluation
  • Biometric Security Evaluation and Training

Joint-Agency Stakeholders:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate
  • Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office
  • Mississippi National Guard, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center
  • Mississippi Air National Guard, Combat Readiness Training Center
  • U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command, Special Surveillance Program

 

4. Training and Workforce Development

Objective: Conduct education, training and professional certification courses for Active, Reserve and Veteran military personnel, government and commercial IT professionals, academic student and other individuals seeking to increase their technology skill sets and enhance employment opportunities. The Open Technology Center also seeks increase minority and female participation in military and civilian government and commercial IT workforce through recruitment, training and assistance in job placement and advancement.

Tasks:

Open Technology Training Academy (OTTA) at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center

  • Conduct technical training courses for military and civilian communities of interest at CSJFTC
  • Develop courseware and training programs to address needs and trends in open technologies that support sponsor and program strategic objectives (FY2015-18)
  • Linux Professional Institute (LPI) – Linux Essentials Certification (2015+)
  • LPI Linux System Administration Certification (2016+)
  • Digital Forensics Training (2017+)

Joint-Agency Stakeholders:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate
  • Mississippi National Guard, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Academic Stakeholders:

  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Mississippi State University
  • Hinds Community College
  • Pearl River Community College 

5. Public-Private Collaboration and Technology Transfer

Objective: An inherent benefit of open technologies is the ability of both developers and end-users to access, share, modify and distribute not only technology products but also knowledge and experience of lessons learned from each member of the “community.” The strength of community is found in the size and level of participation of its members.

OTC seeks to enhance the value of each effort by facilitating participation by the broadest audience of potential program participant. Through communication, outreach, demonstrations, briefings, conferences and events, OTC will raise the level of awareness and collaboration throughout government, commercial, academic and development community markets.

It is also the ultimate goal of OTC to encourage, promote and facilitate further development, adoption and technology transfer of products, methods and services engaged or influenced by OTC program activities.

Tasks:

Homeland Open Security Technology Outreach and Implementation

Cyber Awareness Forum - Conduct regular regional and/or national conference for technology vendors, service providers and private-sector investors to help facilitate development of product offerings and other business opportunities that result in technology adoption, use and transfer. (FY2016-18)

Cyber Awareness Forum events http://cyberawarenessforum.com/

Cyber Awareness Forum - Facebook

Joint-Agency Stakeholders:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate
  • Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Law Enforcement Online
  • Mississippi National Guard, Joint Forces Headquarters
  • Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services
  • State and Local Public Safety, Public Service and Public Administration Communities of Interest

 

Open Technology Demonstration and Assessment Briefings

Trusted Mobile Communications in Untrusted Environments - March 30, 2016, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center