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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 999.88K | Year: 2015

Rapid and accurate initialization and reconfiguration of network devices provide the foundation for a robust tactical network needed to enable agile mission operations. In Phase I of this SBIR, Architecture Technology Corporation (ATCorp), in collaboration with Future Skies the lead developer of the Armys Command and Control Registry (C2R), established the feasibility of an innovative technology called Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for Tactical Networks (DHCP-T) through detailed design and a proof-of-concept demonstration (or rapid prototype). Addressing the need identified by the Army for automated network-parameter assignment to network devices in the tactical environments, DHCP-T will eliminate time-consuming manual configuration of network devices in mission command systems and dynamically assign network parameters based on mission needs. Developed on industry standards, DHCP-T includes an extensible architecture capable of handling a variety of network devices and networking scenarios, including those involving tactical radios and routers. The software-only technology will operate within the existing COTS network infrastructure, providing a cost-effective solution to network initialization and reconfiguration. Based on the confirmed feasibility, the team will implement a full TRL 6+ prototype of the technology during the proposed Phase II effort o transition the technology to the field to improve the agility of the tactical networks.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.64K | Year: 2015

ABSTRACT:To enable mission assured operations of aerial IP networks in a hostile cyber threat environment, the Air Force has identified the need for cyber defense technologies which will thwart such cyber attacks on these networks preemptively, i.e., before they are launched by the adversary. To address this need, Architecture Technology Corporation (ATC) proposes Cyber Hardening and Agility Technologies for Tactical IP Networks (CHATTIN), a software product which implements a collection of innovative cyber hardening and agility techniques. CHATTIN proactively protects tactical IP networks by avoiding cyber attacks using a strategy akin to the anti-access and area denial strategy used by the military to deter enemies. Currently, vulnerabilities within tactical IP networks present an easy target for our adversaries to conduct cyber operations and achieve devastating effort at low cost. CHATTIN will reverse this asymmetry that currently favors our adversaries by making it prohibitively expensive and difficult for them to conduct cyber operations on tactical IP networks. The Phase I effort will develop the detailed design of the CHATTIN product and establish its effectiveness and implementation feasibility.BENEFIT:IP-based wideband tactical radio waveforms such as TTNT, SRW, CDL, and MUOS are becoming an integral part of Air Force battlefield networks. CHATTIN will directly address the cyber security needs of these tactical IP networks. CHATTIN also addresses the cyber defense needs of the Joint Aerial Layer Network envisioned by the Air Force and well as the needs of AFRLs Aerial Layer Networking program. The Armys WIN-T network and the Navys ADNS are all IP enabled tactical networks which are currently operational and are attractive targets for CHATTIN also. The initial non-military market for CHATTIN would be in public safety, first response, and disaster relief, for providing a secure and reliable tactical communications infrastructure. Beyond that, other emerging commercial markets for CHATTIN include vehicular ad hoc networks and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Architecture Technology Corporation | Date: 2015-11-03

This disclosure is directed to techniques for providing communication between devices in different networks wherein the communication must first pass through an encryption mechanism and the devices do not have the stand-alone capability to encrypt or decrypt the communication. According to these techniques, an adapter may determine certain fields in a data packet that remain unencrypted when the data packet passes through the encryption mechanism. The adapter may then process those fields in such a way that, when the data packets are received by a second adapter, the second adapter may read those fields and obtain information.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 499.54K | Year: 2015

ABSTRACT: Current Air Force unit- and force-level mission planning systems require that users manually enter flight paths. For the emerging class of dedicated airborne communications platforms this is sub-optimal. The mission of these platforms is to extend communications ranges, enabling enhanced (particularly IP-based) connectivity for other mission elements. This calls for a new type of planning system. Rather than end-users entering courses, courses can be planned automatically based on where the other mission elements are positioned. This information, along with relative priorities and specifics about radios allows for more effective planning of courses and placement in airspace of dedicated airborne relays. Such a system can even go beyond mission pre-planning and react to changing conditions in the battlespace (movement, intervening terrain, etc.) to dynamically reposition airborne relays over time for optimal operation. Architecture Technology Corporation (ATCorp) proposes DYNAMICS, an innovative framework providing mission-aware pre-planning and in-mission control of airborne relays. DYNAMICS is a software system operating stand-alone or integrated with existing mission planning systems. DYNAMICS provides: 1) Inverse course planning based on positions and communication capabilities of mission elements; 2) Continuous re-planning during the mission; 3) Prioritization of mission communication/connectivity requirements; and 4) Fully automatic or human-assisted operating modes. ; BENEFIT: The system will provide enhanced mission-aware operation of IP and legacy communication systems. Optimization of in-mission communications based on position of airborne communication relays. Commercial application is as a module for integration into existing DoD mission planning systems, such as JMPS, or as a system for stand-alone use. Non-DoD applications include planning and managing first-responder networks, cellular and municipal wireless networks, and special-purpose networks for large-scale events such as the Olympics or the Super Bowl.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 749.42K | Year: 2015

Mission planning is an error prone and labor intensive process requiring similar data to be entered multiple times through various JMPS UPCs. The Navy is requesting a software solution to expedite and unify the operational mission planning process. Architecture Technology Corp (ATCorp) proposes MoMiP (Mobile Mission Planning) to incorporate mobile hardware platforms (Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, etc.) running multiple operating systems (IOS, Android, Windows) into the mission planning process to facilitate information sharing and expedite mission planning. MoMiP will enable mission planners to enter mission planning requirements and receive ongoing mission planning updates. Using MoMiP, mission planners will be able to request information (weather, weapons inventory, adversary deployments, etc.) directly from other mission planners. In addition, information entered into MoMiP is available to all JMPS UPC systems (F/A-18, E-2, etc.). MoMiP will result in faster mission planning process while eliminating errors causes through redundant manual data entry. ATCorp will design and build MoMiP with emphasis on data security and display accuracy.

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