ARLINGTON, Va. – US military researchers needed a company to develop a fast self-healing web-like network that connects sensors and weapons. They found their solution with CACI International Inc. in Arlington, Virginia.
Officials at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., last month announced a $20.4 million contract with CACI-Federal for the Mission-Integrated Network Control (MINC) project. ).
MINC seeks to build and demonstrate software that creates a secure network overlay with control mechanisms that enable distributed management of networks of agile, self-healing networks to support multi-domain destruction networks in dynamic environments. contested on land, on and under the sea, in the air, in space and in cyberspace.
CACI joins the BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Nashua, NH, on the MINC program. BAE Systems won a $24.9 million MINC contract at the end of January.
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The program is a core component of mosaic warfare, which seeks to stitch together individual combat platforms like the ceramic tiles in mosaics to create a larger intelligence picture and larger set of forces. The idea will be to send so many weapons and sensors to the enemy that his forces are overwhelmed.
The MINC program aims to ensure that critical data finds its way to the right user at the right time in contested environments using secure control of all available communication or network resources, DARPA officials say.
This ability to connect sensors to shooters replaces manual, static configuration of individual tactical networks and limited network interconnection capabilities.
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MINC will culminate in this paradigm shift from static manual configuration of closed rigid architectures to evolving towards autonomous approaches where applications and networks adapt to changing military conditions.
The MINC program does not intend to develop new communication hardware and network resources, but rather will develop the algorithms and software of network and communication systems to configure and control available resources in an opportunistic manner.
The MINC program will address three key challenges that tactical networks face today when operating in extreme network environments: the lack of network interoperability between heterogeneous large-scale communication systems; insufficient network capacity to support missions; and the inability to autonomously reconfigure networks to align with military missions.
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The project aims to develop on-demand connectivity between sensor-to-shooter networks by focusing on three key capabilities: developing an always-on network overlay to access available network and communication resources and control settings; use an inter-network approach to manage network configuration; and creating ways to determine the best information flows for web kill services.
MINC seeks to capitalize on advances in networking in software-defined networks; network functions virtualization to decouple network functions from hardware; information-centric networking to securely discover and retrieve data; and intent-driven networking for autonomous mapping of user goals to network management policies.
For more information, contact CACI online at www.caci.com, or DARPA at www.darpa.mil.