DARPA seeks to develop new battlefield information sharing system


The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is set to develop new software and networking technology that can simplify secure data sharing among the US and coalition troops across mobile tactical networks.

The new information sharing technology will be developed as part of the new secure handhelds on assured resilient networks at the tactical edge (SHARE) programme.

Researchers at the agency aim to design technologies and policy tools for distributed tactical security management on handheld devices.

The programme also focuses on the development of networking technologies based on resilient and secure architectures that work in challenging environments; and software that rapidly configures security across the network.

DARPA programme manager Joe Evans said: “Troops forward deployed today have to have multiple laptops or devices that are approved to communicate at various levels of classification.

""Troops forward deployed today have to have multiple laptops or devices that are approved to communicate at various levels of classification."

“The vision of SHARE is to develop software that moves the multilevel security management function from a handful of data centres down to trusted, handheld devices on the tactical edge.”

The agency is said to create a system where information at multiple levels of security classification could be processed on a single handheld device, by using a resilient secure network that links devices without needing to route traffic through secure data centres.

This system could be used on existing commercial and military networks, while safeguarding sensitive information and operations.


Image: DARPA aims to create a system where information at multiple levels of security classification could be processed on a single handheld device. Photo: courtesy of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.