Encore IITask Area 7 - Information and Knowledge Engineering

This task area includes the development of information flow models across functional domains; functional data models; standardization and implementation of common data elements; prototyping, development and implementation of shared databases in standard/common/migration system or systems; data mining, and development of data migration strategies to identify the plans and processes for the transition of legacy data to shared data through the utilization of data standards.  This task area also includes knowledge management support for Law Enforcement/Counterintelligence (LE/CI) activities, technical network analysis and operations support, information dissemination management/content staging, and technical and engineering efforts in support of the DoD GIG.  The contractor shall assist the government in performing the following activities for services required under this task area:

Interim and Target Functional and Data Architecture Development  Identify and evaluate interim and target functional data architectures including:

  • Applicable open systems standards (data standards) to be implemented
  • Standard modeling and software engineering tools to be used in functional and data model development
  • Process and simulation models within a functional area to facilitate data model development and data integration
  • Logical, functional and physical data models required for architecture development
  • Data elements targeted for standardization.

Data Management Strategy Development  Identify methodologies for centralized management of distributed database environments, functional processes to identify single data entry points and opportunities for data reuse by other standard/common/migration systems and applications.  The contractor shall also provide data mining services to sort through data in order to identify patterns and establish relationships.  Data mining parameters include:

  • Association - Search for patterns where one event is connected to another event
  • Sequence or Path Analysis - Search for patterns where one event leads to another later event
  • Classification - Search for new patterns (may result in a change in the way the data is organized)
  • Clustering - Find and visually document groups of facts not previously known
  • Forecasting - Discover patterns in data that can lead to reasonable predictions about the future.

Cross-Functional Integration Strategy Development  Evaluate other functional areas and their associated standard/common/migration systems to identify opportunities for cross-functional data integration and data sharing.

Implementation Planning  Develop transition plans for the implementation of data migration strategies developed under this task area.

Support  Implementation of enterprise services requires the identification and evaluation of interim and target functional and data architectures to support the core services; identification of methodologies for centralized management of distributed database environments; identification of opportunities for cross-functional data integration and data sharing; and the development of transition plans for the implementation of data migration strategies.  Identification of interim and target functional data architectures includes identification and evaluation of open systems standards; standard modeling and software engineering tools; process and simulation models; logical, functional and physical data models; and data elements targeted for standardization.

Knowledge Management Support The contractor shall provide assistance in developing processes and procedures designed to facilitate increased all source intelligence, law enforcement/counterintelligence (LE/CI), and technical data fusion support. This shall  include assisting with the compilation and maintenance of references for intelligence and operational watch-standers, assisting with development of data mining and visualization initiatives to improve situational awareness leading to a Common Operating Picture (COP). Support under this task may include intelligence and LE/CI efforts designed to support information operations and information assurance, intelligence methods, development and maintenance of intelligence websites and data, assistance with internal communications and process, including database development. 

Law Enforcement/Counterintelligence (LE/CI) Knowledge Management Engineering Support The contractor shall assist in researching, analyzing, developing and implementing processes and procedures designed to facilitate increased all source LE/CI fusion support. The contractor shall assist in tracking developments in DOD and LE/CI Community architectures and will provide information required by DoD LE/CI center architectures. The contractor shall execute tasking with LE/CI Center Liaison guidance and authority in the areas of LE/CI technologies to support analytical initiatives. Support would consist of research, identification, and development implementation plans for software, hardware and architectures, assisting with and/or participating in LE/CI community meetings, providing LE/CI systems architecture, engineer, plans and policy coordination assistance. This would include coordinating with civilian and active duty military law enforcement and counterintelligence representatives, government civilians and other contractors when required to determine optimal information requirements, Request for Information (RFI) architectures and dissemination methods. The contractor may also be required to assist with database administration and development in support of LE/CI databases, as well as assisting in the development of database designs, maintenance of backup and recovery plans, performance monitoring, and execution of data migrations.  The contractor shall assist in the production of technical manuals and procedural guides at the Data Base Administrator (DBA), System Administrator and user levels for LE/CI Center specific architectures.  This support shall also include the thorough documentation of data elements and schema for databases, and periodic updates as modifications are made. The contractor shall provide as required tools for importing data from disparate Defense component databases of LE/CI interest, and in ensuring data feeds are useable and compatible with LE/CI systems, and provide technical advice on LE/CI architectural transformations to accommodate LE/CI requirements. The contractor shall provide visualization support to aid in analysis of data gathered in the databases and from other sources.

Technical Network Analysis and Operations Support The contractor shall provide assistance in developing processes and procedures designed to facilitate NetOps and information assurance operational support. The contractor shall assist in compiling and maintaining references for operational watch-standers.  The contractor personnel will assist in analyzing ongoing Information Assurance/Computer Network Defense activities on DoD systems and make recommendations for action to protect the DoD Global Information Grid (GIG).  The contractor will produce special reports and assessments related to specific cyber incidents and trends when required, which may include employing extensive and advanced open source and intelligence research techniques for developing specific reports. The contractor may develop and present in-depth intelligence briefings and presentations and reports on incidents affecting DoD computer networks. The contractor may also assist with the management of intelligence and LE/CI websites. The contractor shall provide technical and analytical support on a 24/7 basis to monitor and detect network irregularities and assist with the response, reporting, and briefing of GIG activities.

Technical and Engineering Support The contractor shall provide incident analysis and handling support, to include vulnerability analysis and assessment and incident and vulnerability trends analysis. This will include assisting with the development of bulletins, courses of action (COAs), tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), concept of operations (CONOPS) and response actions for defending the DoD GIG in support of operation plans (OPLAN), concept plans (CONPLAN), functional plans (FUNCPLAN) and support plans This support will also include assisting with network management functions which may include technical and analytical computer network defense support, coordination with LE/CI and counterintelligence authorities, assisting with responses and countermeasures for execution in response to exercises, crisis and contingency operations, vulnerability and global network attacks, assisting with development of emerging DoD information assurance policy, computer network defense policy and doctrine and DoD network operations and programs. The contractor shall also assist with the development of documents and presentations supporting network operations. 

Information Dissemination Management/Content Staging Support The contractor shall provide operational support that includes efforts designed to gather, integrate and disseminate information in support of net-centric solutions for the DoD GIG.