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QADE: Quantification, Analysis, Defense and Evaluation System for Resilient and Secure Wireless Communication Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-16-P-0039
Agency Tracking Number: A16A-007-0125
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A16A-T007
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-08-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-02-14
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive
Rockville, MD 20855
United States
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Yalin Sagduyu
 (301) 294-5267
Business Contact
 Mark James
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Research Institution
 The University of Memphis
 Prof. Zhou Lu
315 Administration Building \N
Memphis, TN 38152
United States

 (901) 678-2533
 Nonprofit College or University

Wireless communication systems are critical components of Department of Defense (DoD) information operations, such as tactical mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) and control of unmanned vehicles. These systems must offer trusted and reliable mission-oriented information exchange over the air in contested, congested, and adversary battlefield scenarios. The broadcast nature of the wireless communication channel can inevitably expose wireless signals that contain critical information to a wide range of malicious attackers, which may attempt to disrupt or intercept or spoof the information. Recent emergence of stealth (silent or low-signal) attacks such as emulating legitimate behaviors, or randomizing their footprints are difficult (even if possible) to detect by the conventional intrusion detection systems. However, there is no systematic framework yet to model, analyze, quantify, and evaluate these attacks. To address this critical need, we propose to design the Quantification, Analysis, Defense and Evaluation (QADE) system for secure and resilient wireless communication operations. The key innovation is to jointly integrate comprehensive mathematical attack modeling, impact and resiliency quantification, and high-fidelity radio experimental evaluation to develop an efficient system for combating wireless stealthy attacks.

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