Raytheon BBN bags $16 million DoD funding to develop attributed military network


Raytheon BBN Technologies announced it has been awarded
$16 million in additional funding by the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA) under phase two of the Military Networking Protocol (MNP)
program to create architectures, protocols, and network devices that will
improve network capabilities and integrity for tactical military units. BBN is
a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN).


The goal of the MILNET Protocol program is to enhance network security and performance by providing
user-level attribution for military computer networks to de-anonymize network
traffic. The MNP program’s suite of security techniques will ensure that use of
the network is limited to authorized users and that it is extremely difficult
to spoof or inject false traffic into the network.


In addition, 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 guarantee the swift delivery of mission-critical information to
the correct individuals and units.


“MILNET Protocol is an example of the important work
DARPA is doing with organizations such as BBN to ensure the rapid and
continuous advancement of our military networks,” said Gregory Troxel,
Military Networking Protocol program principal investigator at Raytheon BBN Technologies.


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 towards the goal of a networked environment
scaled to 10,000 devices working at speeds up to 100 times faster.


By TelecomLead.com Team
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