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22 Dec 21. US National Cyber Director Unveils New Doctrine at Cyber War College Conference. After almost two years of operating within the COVID-19 environment, Cassandra C. Lewis knew it was time that her organization’s annual flagship conference focus on the enduring impacts of the pandemic.
“For many of us, stateside, it appears that the worst of the lockdowns are behind us. However, for much of the rest of the world, which we are a very active participant in, the pandemic is still very much on the forefront of their minds,” Lewis said after a recent trip abroad to gather with international alumni of the National Defense University.
Lewis leads the University’s College of Information and Cyberspace, as its newest chancellor as of Dec. 17, after having served as interim chancellor for about two years. The college is commonly referred to as “The Cyber War College,” alongside its sister senior service colleges that award Joint Professional Military Education Phase II credit to select U..S military officers.
This was the second year in a row that the annual conference has been offered exclusively online due to COVID-19-related concerns. The pandemic-fueled pivot to remote work and adoption of enabling technologies like Microsoft Teams was one of the points made by Kelly Fletcher at Cyber Beacon 2021.
Fletcher, who is performing the duties of the DOD chief information officer, served as the morning keynote speaker of Cyber Beacon 2021, alongside moderator Harry Wingo. Wingo is a member of the CIC faculty and lead for the CIO Leadership Development Program at CIC, a prestigious, intensive and in-residence 15-week graduate program offered by CIC.
“While the in-person experience is invaluable and irreplaceable, hosting the conference virtually has its benefits,” Joe Billingsley, the event’s main organizer said.
He continued, “We are able to save American taxpayer dollars due to no travel and lodging expenses for government officials and tap into globally distributed speakers and attendees. One of the best examples of this was Jeff Moss, founder of the Blackhat and DEF CON hacker conferences, presenting from Singapore last year.”
Alongside its full-time JPME program on its Fort McNair campus in the nation’s capital, CIC also offers graduate certificates and a master’s degree for remote and part-time students. These regionally accredited graduate programs are tuition free for eligible DOD personnel.
A representative from the part-time student body, Kellie Bohnsack of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, was selected to provide an introduction for the afternoon keynote of Cyber Beacon 2021. “Highlighting our remote student population is very important to me,” Lewis said.
Bohnsach introduced Chris Inglis, the first National Cyber director, which is a brand-new role in the White House. Although new in this role, this is not the first time he has participated in CIC-hosted events.
Most recently, last year, Inglis represented the United States Cyberspace Solarium Commission in a workforce focused event in conjunction with the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence , and the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service.
Talking of the office he now leads, Inglis stated in his Cyber Beacon remarks that “The money came into being, such that we could then resource the office, about three weeks ago. So, to say it’s new and nascent is perhaps an understatement.”
Inglis used the Cyber Beacon forum to explain what this office will do. He said, it plans to “bring coherence, connectivity leverage for all the parts that are already in this space, such that we propose, if you’re a transgressor in this space, you’ve got to beat all of us to beat one of us.”
He goes on, “That’s a new proposition. That’s a fundamental transformation of the way we’ve been proceeding in this space for a very long period of time.” He calls out this approach again in his remarks, “You need to beat all of us to beat one of us,” which some observers have already identified as the unveiling of a new doctrine. (Source: US DoD)
21 Dec 21. Australian government invests in new National Artificial Intelligence Centre. The Australian Government has launched the National Artificial Intelligence Centre to help unlock the potential of AI for business by coordinating Australia’s AI expertise and capabilities. The National Artificial Intelligence Centre has been established within CSIRO’s data and digital specialist arm Data61. The Centre is part of the Government’s $124.1 m investment under its AI Action Plan, which sets out a vision for Australia to become a global leader in developing and adopting trusted, secure and responsible artificial intelligence.
Minister for Science and Technology Melissa Price said, “The National Artificial Intelligence Centre will play a pivotal role in ensuring we can take advantage of AI technologies, which has been forecast to contribute more than $20 trillion to the global economy by 2030. This investment will strengthen Australia’s ability, lift our global competitiveness through AI, and attract new investment and world-leading specialists. It will unlock the potential of AI and create new opportunities for business to access critical AI expertise and capabilities,” she added.
The launch of the National Artificial Intelligence Centre positions Australia as a global leader in AI technology, harnessing our collective capabilities, talent and resources to be developers and drive early adoption of AI by our businesses, Minister Price said.
“The National Artificial Intelligence Centre will also help address barriers that small and medium enterprises face in developing AI and other emerging technologies by connecting business with the talent, knowledge and tools to succeed.”
CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said the world was racing to find the next big breakthrough in AI.
“Here in Australia, we’re focused on using AI to solve key national challenges that can really make a difference for all Australians,” Dr Marshall said.
Ms Stela Solar has been appointed as the Director of the National AI Centre. She has previously worked with Microsoft as Global Director – Artificial Intelligence Solution Sales and Strategy.
“Stela has the vision and industry knowledge to work with CSIRO to continue bridging the gap between industry and our world-leading AI specialists,” said Dr Marshall.
Under the AI Action Plan and the Government’s Digital Economy Strategy, the CSIRO is also delivering $47.3 m in scholarship programs for AI and emerging technologies to attract and retain over 460 home-grown, job-ready specialists.
For more information on the National Artificial Intelligence Centre visit www.csiro.au/naic. (Source: Rumour Control)
15 Dec 21. HAPS flight test results show path to unlock stratospheric communications, says white paper. A white paper published by the High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) Alliance looks at how members have been testing and improving HAPS vehicles and communication systems to bring connectivity to more people, places and things worldwide. Entitled Bridging the Digital Divide with aviation in the Stratosphere – HAPS Flight Test Results Show Path to unlock Stratospheric Communications, the paper shares results of the HAPS Aviation Working Group. The aviation testing and use cases described in the white paper reveal HAPS technology’s potential to offer greater connectivity as well as support a broad range of applications, including earth observation, disaster management, mobility communications and humanitarian missions. Telecommunications, technology, aviation and aerospace companies, as well as public and educational institutions, will benefit from the paper’s information and insights.
“As the HAPS landscape and aviation ecosystem continue to evolve, so have the flight test techniques and use cases needed to unlock the stratosphere’s potential and to offer greater connectivity and support for a wide range of applications,” said HAPS Alliance Aviation Working Group Chair Andy Thurling. “A lot has changed and much has been learned over the last few years, and our white paper highlights new updates and additional use cases from Alliance members. The paper also notes how the legacy of HAPS pioneer and Alliance co-founder Loon is making new industry opportunities possible and is helping to overcome the challenges that lie ahead. We thank the HAPS Alliance Aviation Working Group members for their contributions to this paper.”
To tap into the larger market opportunity, HAPS solutions in the stratosphere need to operate in harsh thermal conditions, including temperatures as low as -90° C. The white paper shows how HAPS Alliance member organizations are navigating these challenges to build a cooperative ecosystem. In fact, by 2029, the HAPS market is expected to reach USD4 bn in value, according to Northern Sky Research. The paper outlines how HAPS Alliance Aviation Working Group member solutions are unlocking the potential of the stratosphere, filling a capability gap between terrestrial networks and satellites at 18 to 50 km above the surface of the earth.
As we head into 2022, the HAPS Alliance continues to drive advancements to the HAPS ecosystem. Our new aviation white paper is a great example of how the Alliance is accelerating the commercial adoption of HAPS technologies and building a robust HAPS ecosystem, which are our ultimate goals,” said HAPS Alliance Officer and Treasurer Gregory Ewert. “This paper shows how the Alliance is enabling member companies to work toward eliminating the digital divide and expanding connectivity worldwide.”
Alliance members collectively advocate for the advantages of HAPS with relevant authorities in various countries, build a cooperative HAPS ecosystem, develop common product specifications and promote the standardization of HAPS network interoperability. The Alliance brings together some of the world’s most recognizable companies across telecommunications, technology, aviation and aerospace. The white paper is available as a free, downloadable document here. https://hapsalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/12/SpA_Flight_Communication_Tests_White_Paper_English_Final_2021.pdf For more information visit: www.hapsalliance.org (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
16 Dec 21. USAF cyber team demonstrates first ever in-flight mission. A U.S. Air Force mission defense team demonstrated the ability to conduct near real-time cyber threat analysis aboard an for the first time earlier this year. The first was executed by the 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron Mission Defense Team aboard an active MC-130J Commando II. It was the first time their capability was connected to an operational weapon system outside of the labs, according to an Air Force release. Mission defense teams are specialized groups that protect critical Air Force missions and installations such as critical infrastructure or computers associated with aircraft and remotely piloted systems. They are separate from the cyber protection teams each of the services provide to U.S. Cyber Command.
The demonstration has led to approval for the team’s capabilities to be integrated into flight operations with the MC-130J while it is in flight.
“The MDT’s ability to provide near real-time mission system cyber analysis allows mission owners critical insight regarding the weapon system’s critical components and inputs,” said 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron MDT flight chief Master Sgt. Javier Parris. “Moreover, this capability can be utilized to enhance aircrew situational awareness, decreasing their time to react to emerging cyber intrusions.”
The Air Force said as of Dec. 8 the mission defense team successfully conducted an in-flight test of the new cyber suite aboard the MC-130J and it was the first time flight data had been collected in near real time to enable cyber defense of flight operations in flight. Specifically, the cyber analysis provided by the team could shape preventative maintenance functions for the aircraft and could predict requirements needed to harden operations.
“My squadron was tasked, as a Mission Defense Team pathfinder, to predict and overcome the challenges of the future strategic competition environment — specifically within communications contested or congested environments,” said Maj. Emily Short, commander of the 27th Special Operations Communications Squadron. (Source: Defense News)
16 Dec 21. Orbital Insight to build AI for intelligence community based on artificial data. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has selected a team of commercial and academic partners to build an artificial intelligence system with synthetic data, which will further help the agency determine how it builds machine learning algorithms moving forward. Orbital Insight was issued a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research contract by the NGA, the company announced. Dec. 16. It will collaborate with Rendered.ai and the University of California, Berkeley, to develop a computer vision model As the organization charged with analyzing satellite imagery for the intelligence community, NGA has put increased emphasis on using AI for its mission. The agency sees human-machine pairing as critical for its success, with machine learning algorithms taking over the rote task of processing the torrent of satellite data to find potential intelligence and freeing up human operators to do more high level analysis and tasks.
“There is an influx in imagery and data that humans can’t analyze with eyesight alone,” Orbital Insight CEO Kevin O’Brien said in a statement. “While our national security relies on this data, computer vision can help provide the right answers. We’re honored to have been awarded this Phase II contract and continue our partnership with the NGA. The results of this project will be instrumental for the defense intelligence community.”
To build effective AI, engineers need to feed massive amounts of training data — images of the types of objects they want it to find — to machine learning algorithms so they can automatically find those objects when presented with new images. While companies use real world data to train these algorithms, there simply isn’t enough. Real world data is often supplemented with synthetic data, entirely artificial but designed to look like the real world data the machine is being built to work with.
Most algorithms used by the government are trained on both real world images and synthetic images, but this effort will solely use synthetic data. Orbital Insight says the project will improve efforts to use mixed training data to build AI tools. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/C4ISR & Networks)
15 Dec 21. National Cyber Strategy: Foreign Secretary statement. The Foreign Secretary has released a statement on the launch of the UK’s National Cyber Strategy. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “Technology allows us to enjoy incredible freedoms. These freedoms, however, are threatened by malign actors seeking to undermine democracies in the digital world and beyond. Now is the time for the free world to fight back, and harness the power of technology, to promote freedom not fear.”
The new £2.6bn National Cyber Strategy, launched today, will solidify the UK’s position as a leading democratic, responsible cyber power. We will set the rules, roles and responsibilities that govern a free, open and secure cyberspace that benefits all global citizens.
We will create a network of liberty with our fellow responsible cyber powers to defend against criminal and malign use of cyberspace. We will unleash the very best of British innovation, developing next-generation technology that protects us and our allies from those who seek to undermine us. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/)
14 Dec 21. US Army assigns data, tactical cloud experiments to multidomain task forces. The U.S. Army’s multidomain task forces will serve as primary test beds for the service’s emerging data and cloud initiatives, top service officials told reporters.
The Army is in the throes of modernizing its cloud infrastructure and data flow to units across its enterprise and tactical networks around the globe, to units from the corps level and below, as underpinned by the recently signed digital transformation strategy.
MDTFs will serve as initial experimentation units to test some concepts that will then be scaled to corps and division levels.
“Army senior leaders made a decision about two months ago to anchor our mission data and cloud efforts to the multidomain task force,” Lt. Gen. John Morrison, deputy chief of staff for G-6, said in a Dec. 14 call with reporters. “We have recently published an execution order that aligns our resources and our energies to establishing that.
“It will be anchored to the multidomain task forces so we can increase the numbers of reps and sets and, quite frankly, increase our learning opportunities as we really work through how do we enable data at the edge so that we can significantly increase our ability to see, sense, understand, decide and act, and achieve decision dominance that we’re going to need to for a multidomain-capable force.”
MDTFs are to be in constant contact with adversaries during the so-called competition phase of conflict. The first Multi-Domain Task Force was created in 2017 and is based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It focuses on the Indo-Pacific region, namely China, meaning its constant presence in competition should lend fruitful feedback for how to continually develop and progress concepts.
Officials previously announced this effort, but Morrison on Tuesday provided greater fidelity on what the MDTFs will provide the Army in the way of experimentation for future concepts.
The Army also recently signed its unified network plan, which is meant to set the foundation for how the service will link its enterprise and tactical network. The work involving MDTF personnel will be the first tactical attempt at working to pass information across that enterprise to tactical architecture, Morrison said.
“As we put out our initial cloud and hybrid cloud and data capabilities to support the Multi-Domain Task Force, that’s going to put pressure on what we need to do from a unified network perspective so we can provide that secure highway with the right guardrails. That synchronization is going to be absolutely critical,” he said.
Following this experimentation, Morrison added, efforts will move to corps and then division (the Army didn’t want to add complexity at the brigade level by trying to link information back to the enterprise level just yet).
Morrison said the Army believes this is a more pragmatic approach to learn through exercises throughout the rest of fiscal 2022 and into fiscal 2023. Morrison and Raj Iyer, the Army’s chief information officer, noted that as a part of these ongoing efforts — and in line with the new digital transformation strategy — the Army is looking to rework its data and cloud strategies.
“The Army data plan … is getting rewritten now and refreshed through an executive order to an implementation order to make sure we reflect the priorities of the Army modernization efforts, primarily around how we operationalize the multidomain task force and the integration with the corps,” Iyer said. “The Army has had a cloud plan now for also well over a year. That also is being updated now to reflect the priorities that we just talked about in terms of establishing the tactical edge cloud capabilities as well as all [U.S.] capabilities for cloud in Europe and [U.S. Indo-Pacific Command]. Those are being worked in parallel under the overarching guidance of the [digital transformation strategy], but we expect all of them to be approved and start to implement early in FY22.”
The data plan, which was only about 4 months old, was rewritten and signed Dec. 10, Morrison said.
He added that the Army wants to experiment with tactical cloud capabilities, which he referred to as an eventual hybrid cloud environment. Adversaries will seek to degrade communications and data flows, so forces must be able to plan for this congested battlespace, the argument goes.
“It really comes down to where do you have to have the data, where do you need to have compute and storage so that when you are operating in that degraded environment, you’re able to still conduct operations,” he said. “If we just do everything in the cloud, if a unit was to get cut off and not have conductivity back to the cloud, wherever it is, then obviously they become mission ineffective. We’ve got to find that right balance that allows us to really take the power of the cloud and the capabilities that will be resident there and apply them at the point of need.” (Source: Defense News)
14 Dec 21. NATO looking at holistic path to boost cyber defense arsenal. NATO is moving into 2022 determined to increase its cyber defense posture, investing in new capabilities, refreshing its policies, and learning from recent exercises to do so.
Coming off the heels of the most recent flagship exercise – Cyber Coalition 2021, held in-person in Tallinn, Estonia – alliance officials are focused on ensuring that networks, people, and resources are as protected as possible, several leaders said at a media day held Dec. 6.
“We have to evolve, we have to progress, we have to increase our level in defending these networks,” said Gen. Philippe Lavigne, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation since September 2021.
The alliance has a multi-pronged approach to boost its cyber defenses via modernized and refreshed capability investments, new policies and strategic concepts, and by strengthening information sharing and situational awareness between its 30 member nations.
NATO plans to spend several hundred m euros on cyber defense capabilities over the next few years, said Ian West, chief of the NATO Cyber Security Center in Mons, Belgium.
Those funds will be spent both on refreshing existing equipment – “a constant need” – and to modernize NATO’s capabilities, he said during the media day.
Industry will continue to be involved in these investments, he noted. “I don’t think that we’ll ever not need industry, and I can’t think of anything that they’re not involved with.”
NATO recently announced several efforts meant to help the alliance work more closely with private-sector entities on a host of critical technologies, to include cybersecurity. These include the Defense Innovation Accelerator of the North Atlantic (DIANA), and an innovation fund to support the development of dual-use technologies.
Member-nations will invest up to €1bn ($1.16bn) into the fund, said David van Weel, NATO’s assistant secretary-general for emerging security challenges, at the media day.
In addition to new funding, NATO plans to merge its two major cybersecurity conferences into a new forum, dubbed NATO Edge and to be held next fall, likely in Mons. The NATO Communication and Information Agency’s NITEC Connect industry conference will combine with the NATO Information Assurance Symposium (NIAS) to form the new conference, West said. “I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to actually being in-person with our community again,” he added.
On the policy side, the alliance approved a new cyber defense document in June at its Brussels summit, and cybersecurity will feature prominently in a forthcoming strategic concept paper, to be formalized at the 2022 NATO Summit next June in Madrid.
The last strategic concept, released in 2010, featured about a paragraph on cybersecurity, “with a few mentions elsewhere in the document,” said David Cattler, assistant secretary general for joint intelligence and security.
While the 2010 document was “prescient” in its assessment of the types of cyber threats that NATO would face over the next decade, “It’s clear that we now need more emphasis on cyber,” he said during the media day.
(Source: Defense News)
14 Dec 21. Airbus and OneWeb expand their partnership to connect European defence and security forces. Airbus and OneWeb have signed a distribution partner agreement to provide low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication services for military and governmental use. As the leading provider of military satellite communication services in Europe, Airbus will offer new communication services utilising the OneWeb constellation to select European and UK armed forces, and civil protection and security forces, from the end of 2021.
“As Europe’s leading government and defence secure communication provider, we continually look to extend and augment the services we offer. With the OneWeb LEO constellation we can offer military customers real flexibility as we look to deliver the future integrated mesh networks, combat cloud and information superiority that demand these new and innovative approaches. With this new offering based on the OneWeb constellation and Airbus technology, we will be the very first provider to offer this type of service to European forces,” said Evert Dudok, Executive Vice President of Connected Intelligence at Airbus Defence and Space.
Neil Masterson, OneWeb CEO added: “We are thrilled to expand our work with Airbus to meet the connectivity needs of European defence and security agencies on land, at sea and in the air. Our network will enable secure, resilient, real-time communications for military and civilian government organisations, starting in the Arctic and expanding to global mobility use cases.”
In the frame of this partnership, Airbus and OneWeb plan to develop a complete range of secure services dedicated to the specific needs of armed forces for all their operations on land, at sea, and in the air.
LEO constellations enable the development of a new generation of terminals and antennas of reduced size, weight and power. These constellations will also make it possible to offer real-time space communications, very useful for transmitting live video streams from sensors such as those embarked on UAVs.
These new satellite communication services will provide armed forces with high-speed, all-IP (Internet Protocol) communications, making it possible to prioritise communication flows and ensure a very high level of availability. Users can complement existing services and networks with the ability to switch between LEO and GEO (Geostationary orbit) satellite communications throughout operations to derive the benefits of a flexible and interoperable network.
The partnership will offer services to connect vehicles on the ground, battleship at sea and aircrafts in flight. Thanks to these features, this connectivity service is fully designed to support future multi-domain cloud applications and enable information superiority.
The Airbus designed OneWeb satellites are currently being produced at the Airbus OneWeb Satellites facility in Florida, USA. After an initial start of service over the Arctic area from North Pole to the 50th parallel OneWeb expects its services to be available with global coverage of the Earth by the end of 2022 with a constellation of 648 satellites in low Earth orbit.
13 Dec 21. Black Box Launches Velocity Partner Program. Black Box, an industry-leading provider of IT connectivity solutions, today announced the launch of the Black Box Velocity Partner Program, which gives VARs and resellers across North and Latin America the programs, training, product authorization, and support to boost sales and revenues. Members of the Velocity Partner Program also gain access to strategic pricing incentive programs designed to assist in closing new business.
“While we’ve always focused on delivering best-in-class products and solutions, we’ve put fresh energy into our channel-focused offerings to help our partners sell more effectively and successfully,” said CJ Ballejos, Vice President of Sales, Americas TPS at Black Box. “Combining resources across key areas of sales and support, the new Black Box Velocity Partner Program delivers a wide array of tools our partners can use to kick sales into high gear.”
The benefits of joining the Black Box Velocity Partner Program include access to evaluation units for installation and testing, as well as reduced-cost products for demos and for sales and technical staff training. VARs and resellers can earn incentives for sales, registrations, authorizations and other customer loyalty activities. Velocity Partner Program members can take advantage of a 4% discount for any sale to federal, state, or local government body and for sales into the education market. When Black Box is in a competitive bid to win business, partners also can use the “meet comp” program to gain an edge in pricing.
Currently in phase 1 of the rollout, covering North America and Latin America, there are plans to expand the program internationally in the near future. All partners begin as Ruby Partners and then qualify for training and authorization across one or more of three key areas — pro IoT, pro AV, pro KVM — or as an authorized partner for all professional products.
More information about the Black Box Velocity Partner Program is available at https://www.blackbox.com/velocity. Further information about Black Box and its full product portfolio is available at www.blackbox.com.
13 Dec 21. Codan, Penten complete long-range comms demonstration. The companies have showcased secure long-range communications capability to Army representatives as part of their C4 EDGE collaboration.
Codan Communications and Penten have performed a secure beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) skywave communication exercise, spanning approximately 330 kilometres between the Majura Field Firing Training Range in the ACT and Bourke Hill in Dubbo, NSW. Codan’s Sentry-H 6120-BM Transceiver leveraged Penten’s Helix encrypted communication suite to deliver digital voice, messaging, and frequency hopping over a skywave — an ionospheric propagation path. The exercise was the latest of a number of prototype demonstrations to Army Headquarters over the past week by members of the C4 EDGE battlegroup (Evolutionary Digital Ground Environment) — a defence co-operative led by EOS Defence Systems exploring the development of a sovereign land battlegroup and below communications environment for the Australian Army.
“I am delighted with the outcomes of this opportunity to demonstrate the HF Skywave capabilities of Codan Sentry-H HF Transceivers to the Australian Army under the auspices of the C4 EDGE program,” Paul Sangster, CEO of Codan Communications, said.
“This has led to Army becoming more aware of Codan’s sovereign industry capabilities in HF communications and we believe will lead to a deepening of the relationship between Codan and Army.”
Matt Jones, newly appointed CEO of EOS Defence Systems Australia, welcomed the progress of the advanced BLOS capability.
“Australia has two of the world’s best HF radio manufactures and C4 EDGE’s investment in upgrading their technology to a new level of security and integration can only result in more sales locally and internationally,” Jones said.
Codan’s Sentry-H HF Transceivers technology is expected to be integrated with additional high assurance cryptographic capability in 2022. (Source: Defence Connect)
13 Dec 21. Lockheed Martin, Radisys to Enhance 5G.MIL™ Interoperability with Open Standards-Based Stack. Lockheed Martin leverages Radisys’ 5G software suite to support fielding of relocatable 5G base stations within military tactical networks. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Radisys, a global leader in open telecom solutions, have established an enterprise agreement for use of Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) software in Lockheed Martin 5G.MIL™ products. The agreement includes development of critical capabilities like 5G-enabled wireless relay and Integrated Access and Backhaul (IAB). Wireless relay to global network infrastructure is an important part of tactical communication when warfighters operate in places where wired interconnections are not possible or are cost prohibitive.
The pace and scale of 5G deployment increases the demand for wireless relays as an alternative to fiber backhaul solutions. Lockheed Martin and Radisys are working together to accelerate 5G capabilities into Lockheed Martin’s 5G.MIL™ Hybrid Base Station to use within military tactical networks. Radisys’ Connect 5G Software Suite is compliant to 3GPP Release 16, and it delivers enhancements in functionality, capacity, coverage, latency, mobility and reliability to support the requirements of diverse 5G applications.
“With key collaborators such as Radisys, we can accelerate development and deployment of 5G.MIL™ network capabilities that benefit our defense and national security customers,” said Dan Rice, vice president, 5G.MIL™ Programs at Lockheed Martin. “Resilient mesh communications create a network effect that raises the deterrence capability of U.S. and coalition forces, while improving battlefield effectiveness, should deterrence fail.”
Lockheed Martin’s 5G.MIL™ programs are leveraging the latest commercial technologies to bring 5G-enabled network solutions to market. Across all operational domains, it’s increasingly necessary to support unified secure and resilient connectivity by enhancing commercial 5G technology for adaptive, interoperable terrestrial and non-terrestrial military networks.
“Lockheed Martin’s expertise building systems and platforms that operate in the toughest environments matches our decades-long commitment to connect the furthest stretches of the world together,” said Munish Chhabra, head of Software and Services Business, Radisys. “By providing access to our industry-leading Connect RAN protocol software that is compliant to 3GPP specification and O-RAN architectures, we are helping to enable Lockheed Martin to develop 5G.MIL™ solutions aligned to their customers’ specific requirements.”
Radisys and Lockheed Martin have previously worked together on wireless mobility, including providing key technology to enable the world’s first commercial LTE-over-Satellite system. Radisys is a member of every major wireless industry working group and maintains strong relationships with 5G chipset and original equipment manufacturers to ensure software compatibility. For additional information, visit www.lockheedmartin.com/5G
Radisys, a global leader in open telecom solutions, enables service providers to drive disruption with new open architecture business models. Radisys’ innovative disaggregated and virtualized enabling technology solutions leverage open reference architectures and standards, combined with open software and hardware to power business transformation for the telecom industry, while its world-class services organization delivers systems integration expertise necessary to solve communications and content providers’ complex deployment challenges. For more information, visit www.Radisys.com or follow @Radisys on Twitter for the latest announcements and news across the corporation. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE))
10 Dec 21. The SAS family of ARA antennas are intended for applications such as EMC testing, spectrum monitoring and security jamming. These antennas are available from PPM Systems as part of a wide range of products for military and defence applications. Depending on the application, a number of different configurations and options are available. Some of the important features of these antennas include:
extremely broadband to mission specialised antennas covering full spectrum operations
multiple size and weight options to support a variety of platforms to handheld operations
available as passive units or as active units to support collection and jamming applications
varying voltage and power output levels to support varying mission requirements
single or multiple outputs to support ancillary devices and multichannel systems.
Contact PPM Systems for more information and to discuss specific requirements: www.ppmsystems.com.
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