New Tobyhanna Army Depot Mission: Software Sustainment

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February 13, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: February 13 on

Tobyhanna Army Depot, the Department of Defense’s leading provider in C4ISR systems, is undertaking a new mission: software sustainment.

One of the problems befalling the Army’s software sustainment community is maintaining information assurance vulnerability alert (IAVA) compliance. This involves disseminating a message through the force to identify a vulnerability in a piece of software, which in turn directs certain activities to be taken to mitigate the risks the vulnerability might pose.

Compliance with this effort, which also includes strict timelines as it relates to identifying the criticality of the vulnerability risks, was overwhelming software engineers in the Software Engineering Center located at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Skilled engineers were burdened with simple patching functions as opposed to conducting other critical tasks.

Tobyhanna, in partnership with the Software Engineering Center, is now pursuing an organic capability to tackle this IAVA compliance issue associated with software sustainment across the various mission systems. By using an organic workforce on software sustainment — a government workforce as opposed to contractor support — it provides a lot more flexibility, officials at Tobyhanna told C4ISRNET.