Lockheed gets $31M to bolt down military network security

Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Anagran and LGS Innovations part of DARPA contract

In its ongoing effort to tighten the security around military networks, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency today gave Lockheed Martin $31 million to work on its advanced network project.

That project, known as the Military Network Protocol looks to develop an authenticated and attributable identification system for packet based, military and government data networks, the agency said. Military or government data sent with the MNP will be compatible with normal Internet equipment to allow MNP traffic to pass through legacy network or encryption equipment, DARPA said.

Not only should the prioritization scheme be radically advanced, the system should be extremely difficult to spoof or inject false traffic into, DARPA said.

As part of the same research, BBN last month got almost $11 million to help build self-configuring network technology that would identify traffic, let the network infrastructure prioritize it down to the end user, reallocate bandwidth between users or classes of users, and automatically make quality of service decisions.

Lockheed Martin's team will develop router technologies that include strong authentication and self-configuration capabilities to improve security, reduce the need for trained network personnel and lower overall life cycle costs for network management, the company said.

The defense contractor will team with Anagran, Juniper Networks, LGS Innovations and Microsoft and Stanford University to develop technology.

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