U.S. Cyber Command released a request for proposals on March 29 officially beginning the search to find its first industry partner to support its joint cyberspace capability development office with policy development and strategic coordination.

The RFP details Cyber Command’s need for a commercial partner to support its J9 directorate with implementing technology and strategy initiatives across the joint services and Intelligence Community.

“The scope of this effort is to provide a full range of program support, policy support and advisory and assistance services to support the needs of the USCYBERCOM J9 Executive Front Office,” officials wrote in the RFP notice. “These services will assist in long range planning, development of strategic communications, review of policies and procedures, recommending documentation and policy updates, consulting, and reporting.”

This is a new contract for Cyber Command which has previously leveraged support work for J9 through host agencies since 2017.

The eventual contract award will cover a six-month initial period of performance followed by four one-year options and a fifth six-month option.

Cyber Command is asking industry to assist the J9 office with cyber strategy and policy support and offering strategic coordination with agency partners and offering preparation.

Contractors will be tasked with providing technical expertise for cyber strategy initiatives, overseeing document reviews, offering task analysis and assist J9 leadership with implementing Cyber Command initiatives.

“This work includes development and coordination of command-wide positions, interaction with internal and external constituencies, research and synchronization of policies related to cyber, with internal and external initiatives and processes related to DoD strategic and operational planning initiatives,” officials wrote in the notice.

The RFP also asks industry to detail how they plan to coordinate interagency policy and concepts of operation efforts among DoD, the Department of Homeland Security and the Intelligence Community.

Work will take place primarily at Cyber Command’s facilities in Ft. Meade, Md., and interested vendors are required to have a Top Secret facility clearance.

Responses to the RFP are due by April 25.