Jane’s talks to Tom Goodman, Director of International Business Development at Raytheon about the growing role of Cybersecurity in today’s missions.
Cyber threats are a direct challenge to our customers’ missions, as they seek to expose critical data and intellectual capital. Raytheon’s cybersecurity strategy safeguards our customers and employees from possible breaches that can erode trust.
These threats also have the potential to create global security risks by disrupting power grids and critical underlying infrastructure like water, power and fuel supplies. They also can impede or halt government, military and commercial operations.
As the “internet of things” continues to expand, consumers and organizations of every size face the increased likelihood that hackers will access their information and sell it to the highest bidder — or use their connected devices to extend their reach into critical networks.
This complex challenge can’t be solved alone; solutions require multilateral leadership from governments, public companies and private institutions.
Raytheon is emerging as a world leader across every side of cyber. From power plants to unmanned aerial vehicles, from Wall Street to the Pentagon, and from around the world to here at home, our cyber solutions work at the front lines and behind the scenes to help us engineer a safer world.
The Cyber Defence Unit was set up as part of the Estonian Defence League to bring technical expertise from the civilian world into the Estonian defence forces to be deployed should a cyber emergency arise.
Interview with one of the founding members of the Unit, Andrus Padar, who is the current commander, speaking about why the Unit is important to defend Estonia’s highly digitised way of life.
Airbus launches XEBRA – Military satellite communications service with world’s smallest and lightest X-band terminal. The XEBRA service from Airbus provides advanced communications capability for high mobility tactical and intelligence based missions using 5.1kg terminals across the global Skynet constellation.
The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) was established on 1 July 2012 as a result of the merger of the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A), the NATO ACCS Management Agency (NACMA), the NATO Communications and Information System Services Agency (NCSA), the ALTBMD Programme and elements of NATO HQ. The establishment of the agency is part of a broader NATO reform. The new NCI Agency “connects forces, NATO and Nations”- and is NATO’s IT and C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, and Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance; refer to Command and control terminology) provider, including cyber and missile defence.
The Agency has a 24/7 mission to:
Connect the Alliance.
Defend its networks.
Provide rapid support to NATO operations and missions.
Deliver critical capabilities, including: the command and control technology for NATO’s ballistic missile defence, the Air Command and Control System (ACCS), support to NATO’s Joint ISR Initiative and Federated Mission Networking (FMN).
Through bilateral and multinational projects assist NATO and Partner Nations in developing interoperable and cost-effective capabilities in the area of C4ISR.
Support Nations in cost-effective certification of their NATO Response Force elements by re-using solutions tried and tested in Afghanistan.
80% of our work is done through contracts with national Industries.
Supporting NATO operations is our top priority.
The Agency is led by Kevin J. Scheid and is part of the NATO Communications and Information Organization.
To strengthen the Alliance through connecting its forces, NCI Agency delivers secure, coherent, cost effective and interoperable communications and information systems and services in support of consultation, command & control and enabling intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, for NATO, where and when required. It includes IT support to the Alliances’ business processes (to include provision of IT shared services) to the NATO HQ, the Command Structure and NATO Agencies.
Team NCI Agency:
Optimises NATO mission success and is recognised as the trusted enabler of information superiority and enterprise excellence.
Uses best practice to develop, deliver, connect and protect capabilities in partnership with other NATO entities, nations and industry.
Earns customers’ confidence through agility, innovation and by delivering coherent and cost- effective solutions.
This briefing examines the evolution of airborne communications from analog voice to networked data link in more depth, explore the market drivers for upgrades and the market drivers for new opportunities, and describe the current revenue market for UHF/VHF/HF communications, situational awareness datalinks, multi-role RF integrated avionics and IFF.
Jane’s correspondent, Patrick Allen, talks to BAE Systems about their e-textile system, Broadsword Spine which allows electronic devices to be plugged straight into a vest, jacket or belt to be hooked into power and data. Broadsword Spine is an invisible network that is built directly into clothing, by using conductive fabrics instead of wires and cables. Electronic devices can be plugged straight into a vest, jacket or belt to be hooked into power and data. Automated management of the power and data is performed by an embedded management computer that forms part of the e-textile loom. A Smartphone app can be used to monitor and control Broadsword® Spine®, allowing greater control by the user.
DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is known for the wide range of research and development programs it runs to open pathways toward technologies that can further the cause of national security. Each program is most often known by its very own acronym, so for all those returning to school, or just to their normal post-summer routines, DARPA offers its own version of the ABCs.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military.
Originally known as the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), the agency was created in February 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in response to the Soviet launching of Sputnik 1 in 1957. Since its inception, the agency’s mission is ensuring that the United States avoids further technological surprise. By collaborating with academic, industry, and government partners, DARPA formulates and executes research and development projects to expand the frontiers of technology and science, often beyond immediate U.S. military requirements.
DARPA-funded projects have provided significant technologies that influenced many non-military fields, such as computer networking and the basis for the modern Internet, and graphical user interfaces in information technology.
DARPA is independent of other military research and development and reports directly to senior Department of Defense management. DARPA has about 240 employees, of whom approximately 15 are in management, and close to 140 are technical staff.
The name of the organization changed several times from its founding name ARPA: DARPA (March 1972), ARPA (February 1993), and DARPA (March 1996).
For more information about the programs mentioned here, as well as the other breakthrough technologies DARPA is developing, visit the Agency’s web site at http://www.darpa.mil.