BAE Systems, CACI International and Peraton have received separate contracts from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop approaches that would facilitate interoperability between heterogeneous tactical networks and allow military personnel to connect on demand.
The three companies will lead teams to conduct research efforts for the first phase of DARPA’s Mission-Integrated Network Control program, the agency said Friday.
CACI’s industry partners on the project are Nokia Bell Labs, Network Centric Solutions and Phoel Technology Solutions.
Meanwhile, BAE will collaborate with AIMdyn, Apogee Research, RAM Laboratories, and The Regents of the University of California.
The teammates of Peraton are Charles River Analytics, Scientific Systems and the University of Memphis.
MINC program participants will aim to create a network overlay with an always-on connection, a cross-network method to manage configuration and data flow and a mission-based approach to determine critical flows of information intended for warfighting services.
The agency expects contractors to produce an integrated platform for testing in a military laboratory environment and those who complete the initial phase to demonstrate their products through a live, virtual and constructive setting in the second stage.
Phase three of the program will involve development, operational and security tasks, DARPA added.