The Army has started accepting white papers for its latest round to find technical management and assessment capabilities for the Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE)  program, officials announced July 9.

The third Cyber Innovation Challenge (CIC) is intended for industry partners who can deliver capabilities needed to develop PCTE’s cyber simulation exercise which will be used to train the Department of Defense’s Cyber Mission Forces on network defense operations.PEO-STRI-Feature-Size-Team-Orlando

“The intent of the challenge is to evaluate the technical feasibility of integrating these capabilities into a PCTE baseline training solution that is presently incorporating contributions from selected CIC #1 and CIC #2 vendors with Government integration activities,” officials wrote in the white paper notice.

ManTech International [MANT], Circadence, Metova CyberCENTS and Simspace received the first contracts from CIC #1 with the first capability drop expected later this month (Defense Daily, June 19).

Awards for CIC #2 are expected this summer, with a capability drop scheduled for January 2019.

Officials from the Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training & Instrumentation (PEO STRI) are looking for partners under CIC #3 who can deliver a technical management dashboard for PCTE and control & assessment tools for White Cell cyber training exercises.

PEO STRI is accepting white papers to participate in CIC #3 through August 3.