Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) helps build the next generation of diverse foreign policy leaders. Jonathan Stutte is a staff writer for YPFP’s publication, Charged Affairs. Jonathan asked IDS International President and CEO, Nick Dowling, questions about what President-Elect Biden’s foreign policy will look like. Nick used his years of focusing on the challenges of conflict and instability, having provided several military and civilian solutions to national security challenges as well as his work to end the Balkan wars, to provide answers.
The Emerging Technology Institute’s (ETI) mission is to integrate emerging technology into local, state and federal agencies by fostering innovation through collaborative partnerships with industry and academia. On Tuesday, November 17, ETI will put its mission in action for Tech-Palooza. This event is North Carolina’s biggest one covering topics such as denied environment capabilities, tag/track/locate, IoT, AI and autonomy, and wearable tech. IDS’s Cyber and Information Warfare (C&IW) division will join the US Army Research Office, USASOC, SOCOM, JSOC and many more for it. Tech-Palooza is open to the public. C&IW looks forward to meeting and talking with attendees.
IDS International has been awarded a basic ordering agreement with the US Army’s Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise (EAGLE) to support materials and equipment on installations around the world. Under the Army Sustainment Command, EAGLE standardizes multi-faceted supply, maintenance, and transportation efforts in and outside the Contiguous United States. These efforts prepare forces for deployment, sustainment, and redeployment in current conflicts; reset forces; and rebuild readiness for future deployments and contingencies to meet the demands of 21st Century conflicts.
In the Fox News article, “US officials targeted on American soil, across the world by purported sonic attacks”, Reporter Hollie McKay interviewed IDS President and CEO, Nick Dowling, as an expert source on sonic attacks. Nick spoke about what these attacks mean for our security now and in the future. “This type of sonic attack will create immediate debilitating effects in its target and long-term health effects. So it can be used for tactical or strategic purposes, for short-term distraction or debilitation or long -term psychological or political effects…”
In the C4ISRNET article, “US Army conducts first-of-its-kind exercise for tactical information warfare unit”, IDS Solutions Architect, Amanda Lockwood, explains how units supporting the ECT are using SMEIR, our proprietary information operations and cyber warfare training environment, to conduct surveillance of potential targets. “The teams tied together publicly available information via social media to inform operations in both the physical and virtual environments at Muscatatuck, which included targets' workstations, servers used to push propaganda, and physical recruiting meetings,” said Lockwood.
SMEIR, IDS's proprietary information operations and cyber warfare training environment, is highlighted in the current episode of Urban Warfare Project Podcast. "SMEIR (Social Media Environment Internet Replication) system, we can do IO campaigns, open source scraping….all social media and internet…instead of having 1,000 people typing and putting stuff in, we just turn this on and it populates all of that. We can tailor the messages and triggers, so a unit can exploit that.” - Nicholas Marchuk, special operations forces training and testing development lead at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center
IDS CEO Nick Dowling and former FEMA Chief of Staff Nat Fogg talk at the 2020 Champlain Institute about how the US government responds to disasters, with particular focus on what we have done right and wrong with COVID-19. Dowling's advice includes more widespread testing and data collection so we can track what behaviors are linked to infection rates; bringing people together; and setting policies to help state and local officials understand best practices. However, above all "Listen to the scientists. Listen to the epidemiologists. Put public health officials out front," said Dowling.
IDS CEO Nick Dowling participated in the Champlain Institute program in Bar Harbor Maine, talking with terrorism expert Jasmine El-Gamal about the problem of extremism. "...it really highlights the importance of, and difficulty of, nuance when it comes to our (USA's) response in these situations....when we are going out and addressing threats like this..." Jasmine - referring to her conversations with detainees at Guantanamo Bay where she lived for a year and a half after 911.
IDS is delighted to have been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification, an internationally recognized standard that ensures our products and services meet the needs of customers, through an effective quality management system. IDS’s decision to work towards ISO 9001:2015 accreditation demonstrates our commitment to continually improving our products and services.
IDS International has won a seat on the Department of Defense (DoD) Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation (AM&E) Security Cooperation Support Services contract. IDS’s assistance in this extraordinary DoD Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation (AM&E) initiative will strengthen fact-based decision-making and improve the effectiveness of security cooperation throughout the DoD system, and with partner nations.
IDS International has been awarded a seat on USAIDS’s Building Resilient and Inclusive Communities in Conflict (BRICC) program for activities within North East Syria. USAID’s objective with BRICC is to foster resilience and stability in conflict-affected communities across Syria.
CyberTropolis is the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center's persistent training environment for advanced cyber-physical training and exercise support. At this one-of-a-kind location, there is live-fire development testing and training range for critical infrastructure systems, capable of supporting live offensive and defensive operations. MUTC’s virtual network is a secured enclave of the city’s enterprise network, fully designed to facilitate cyber intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance as well as exploitation activities. Environment is cleared for drones, open-air GPS jamming, electronic warfare, and active capture between 10 KHz to 26 GHz.
SMEIR, IDS’s fully functional cyber and information operations range, was one of the technologies sponsored by the US Army during 2019 Cyber Blitz held at Fort Dix, New Jersey. IDS is developing and delivering exercise relevant content within the replicated training environment including social media personas and content (e.g. posts, tweets, photos), fictitious web content, and exercise role player and persona demographic themes. Additionally, IDS is designing and developing the offensive and defensive cyber operational scenarios tied to software-defined networking, virtualized network topology, and simulated traffic generation.
IDS’s proprietary sandbox training environment, SMEIR, emulates the key aspects of the complex challenges our warfighters confront on the battlefield. Our large-scale training environment allows exercise designers, planners, and participants to realistically replicate the dynamic nature and unique impacts of online information, including social media. Utilizing SMEIR, CTTSO will now be able to replicate an online environment in which methodologies and tools for collecting and analyzing necessary information can be practiced and refined.
IDS will provide specially trained open-source intelligence (OSINT) expertise, creating a real world battlefield and social media replication. Working with OPSGRP CEMA Cell, IDS will coordinate and plan cyberspace effects in the exercises, including OPSFOR and population activity on simulated social media and other internet activity, ensuring MSEL/scenario development is accurately portrayed within the training. We are excited to once again be part of the JRTC team.
IDS International has announced that all website content within its proprietary cyber and social media training environment, SMEIR, will now be licensed, free of charge, to all government customers. Those currently using the product, and all future SMEIR government customers, will have unrestricted access to all training content allowing for rapid, turn-key training scenario deployment.
Peter Singer’s new book recognizes the innovative part SMEIR has played in combating the weaponization of social media. For the stressed, exhausted soldiers dodging enemy bombs and bullets, it’s not enough to safeguard the local population and fight the evil insurgents; they must now be mindful of the ebb and flow of online conversation.” (Excerpt from LikeWar) Peter Singer’s new book recognizes the innovative part SMEIR has played in combating the weaponization of social media.
Inc. magazine today revealed that IDS has been included in the 2019 Inc. 5000. Amongst an outstanding of peers, all privately held, IDS has consistently grown revenue over the last three years. Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent.
“IDS continues to be one of the most innovative companies in the defense space,” says President and CEO, Nick Dowling. “The Tech Connect award is a testament to the great work our cyber and social media team is doing to help our military deal with the convergence of conflict and competition within the digital and live worlds.”
Inc. magazine today revealed that IDS International is No. 1383 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.
IDS collaborated with The Rockefeller Foundation and Clear Outcomes on this important thought piece on how we can use to make decisions and ensure safety. The Rockefeller Foundation and other experts have called for widespread testing and contact tracing to get Americans back to work more safely. Data and evaluative thinking, as being done by IDS and Clear Outcomes, could also be an essential approach to assessing what comes next.