Raytheon unit moves to Phase 2 of DARPA net upgrades
Protocol program will improve network capabilities and integrity for tactical military units
- By David Hubler
- Jul 13, 2011
Raytheon Co. subsidiary BBN Technologies has been awarded a $16
million Defense Department contract to create architectures, protocols
and network devices that will improve network capabilities and integrity
for tactical military units.
Under the award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,
BBN Technologies will work on the second phase of the Military
Networking Protocol program to enhance network security and performance,
according to a Raytheon announcement dated July 13.
The program's suite of security techniques will ensure that the
network is limited to authorized users and is extremely difficult to
spoof or to introduce false traffic.
With the ability to clearly identify individual aspects of network
traffic, unit commanders will be able to adapt and reassign network
resources as dictated by constantly changing tactical situations to the
correct individuals and units.
In the previous phase of the program, the BBN team developed and
successfully demonstrated the network technology in a test environment
using 200 network devices at a data transmission speed of 100 Mbps.
The team is currently working toward the goal of a networked
environment scaled to 10,000 devices working at speeds up to 100 times
Raytheon Co., of Waltham, Mass., ranks No. 4 on Washington Technology’s 2011 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.
David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.