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Raytheon BBN to Develop Next Phase of Tactical Military Network for DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Raytheon‘s (NYSE: RTN) wholly owned subsidiary BBN Technologies $16 million for phase two of the military networking protocol program.

BBN will create architectures, protocols and network devices to improve network capabilities and integrity for tactical military units. BBN developed and demonstrated the network technology in phase one.

The program’s goal is to enhance network security and performance by ensuring that only authorized users can use the network.

By identifying individual aspects of network traffic, unit commanders will be able to adapt and reassign network resources as according to rapidly changing tactical situations.

BBN’s goal is a networked environment scaled to 10, 000 devices working at speeds up to 100 times faster than in phase one.

“MILNET protocol is an example of the important work DARPA is doing with organizations such as BBN to ensure the rapid and continuous advancement of our military networks, ” said Gregory Troxel, Raytheon BBN Technologies’ military networking protocol program’s principal investigator. “When complete, it will play a critical role in 21st-century military operations by providing our warfighters with information and network security superiority on the battlefield.”

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