Boeing to demo Cyber C2 solutions

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Boeing has been awarded a $1.2 million contract by the US Air Force Research Laboratory to study and demonstrate improved situational awareness, visualisation, and automated course-of-action processing for network environments during cyber attack.

“Boeing will analyze network operations, develop procedures and processes, and apply tools that will enhance network command and control capabilities. The results of the study will be demonstrated at the Air Force Research Laboratory,” the company says in a statement.

Boeing, along with subsidiaries Federated Software Group (FSG) and Tapestry Solutions, will demonstrate a test system that maintains positive command and control of cyber assets through automated alerts and actions. The system will enable the Air Force to perform its missions under all network conditions.

Technical and programmatic leadership of the program will be accomplished at Boeing facilities in Anaheim, California, and Herndon, Virginia, building on cyber architecture and technologies developed for a variety of internal and government customers.

The system will include Boeing’s Common Enterprise Mission Oriented Architecture, a network service-oriented architecture middleware solution that allows easy generalisation of network interfaces and automated services and provides seamless integration of new features and capabilities without network disruption.

Tapestry and FSG are among several companies Boeing acquired in 2008 that support the company’s growth strategy in operations support and technology development.

Meanwhile, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) has awarded General Dynamics (GD) Advanced Information Systems an advanced technical exploitation program (ATEP) contract to provide around-the-clock intelligence analysis, software systems development and support, as well as sensor exploitation research and development of space-based and airborne sensor data.

GD says the five-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a ceiling value of $600 million.

“With this award, GD’s solutions will directly support national priorities, including the Overseas Contingency Operations and missile defense, with timelines to meet that range from minutes to hours,” the company said in a statement.

The National Air and Space Intelligence Center serves as the national and US Department of Defence executive agent for the processing, exploitation, analysis, integration and dissemination of measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) data collected from radar, electro-optical and infrared technical sensors.

It prepares signatures of threat targets, develops analytical tools for technical analysis and provides these techniques for the fusion of MASINT data in direct support of operational missions of the DoD and mission partners throughout the intelligence community.

General Dynamics has been serving NASIC as a prime contractor since 2001.