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Software Defined Everything (SDx) and 5G/6G Cellular Design Prototype for Tactical Radios

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Electronics

OBJECTIVE: Develop a materiel solution that prototypes a converged network capability designed to converge modern telecommunications and internetworking concepts (e.g. Software Defined Everything (SDx), 5th /6th Generation (5G/6G) cellular) with that of military, tactical radio wireless communications technologies (e.g. Barrage Relay Networks (BRNs), Wideband High Frequency (WBHF) networks, Single Channel Ground Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS),and NATO Narrowband Waveform (NBWF).The target implementation would converge military-specific wireless communications technologies with these modern enabling network technologies.Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) can and should specifically be explored as means to simplify current network designs for military multi-level security services, black/red cryptographic separation and black core networking services.Modern military wireless communications provide advancements, and ready convergence with other advanced wireless communications solutions is critically needed; specifically 5th/6th Generation cellular.

DESCRIPTION: Warfighters need the right information, in the right place, at the right time, wherever they are located.Radio-aware networks are emerging to address these needs. A recent Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) develop, RFC 8175, defines a Dynamic Link Exchange Protocol (DLEP) mechanism for integrating IP routers and mobile radios, enabling faster convergence, more efficient route selection, and better performance for delay-sensitive traffic – generally known as “Radio Aware Routing” (RAR).The data networking services of SINCGARS, WBHF and the NATO NBWF were developed prior to these innovations.The desired solution at completion with provide the commander the capability to integrate SINCGARS, WBHF and NATO NBWF into converged Internet Protocol (IP) based data networks leveraging modern convergence approaches.

PHASE I: The Phase One deliverable will be a comprehensive white paper describing: • Study focusing on means to achieve a converged SDx based network leveraging current military tactical radios and 5G/6G cellular technology. • Analysis of approaches and opportunities for an SDx based tactical network

PHASE II: • Develop and demonstrate a prototype solution of an SDx- based network leveraging current and emerging PM Tactical Radio platforms and currently available technology (e.g. 5G)• Phase Two deliverables will include: o Prototype solution suitable for supporting a battalion operation which has reached TRL 5 o Demonstration of the prototype with Army tactical radio systems o Test report detailing solution performance o Product documentation detailing functions and operations of the prototype Monthly Progress reports. The reports will include all technical challenges, technical risk, and progress against the schedule. o A baseline schedule for phase III.

PHASE III: • Develop and demonstrate a solution that provides a viable technology insertion to migration to an SDx based design.• Phase Three deliverables will include: o Prototype solution suitable for supporting a battalion operation which has reached TRL 6 o Demonstration of the prototype with Army owned or emerging radio systems o Test report detailing solution performance o Product documentation detailing functions and operations of the prototype o Productization readiness report which presents any remaining design or implementation issues with respect to suitability to deploy within the command post o Monthly Progress reports. The reports will include all technical challenges, technical risk, and progress against the schedule.

KEYWORDS: VHF Radio, HF Radio,Digital RF, Signal Processing, HMS, SINCGARS

References:

1. SDX Central:“What is Software Defined Everything”, https://www.sdxcentral.com/cloud/definitions/software-defined-everything-sdx-part-1-definition/; 2. Wired:“Are you ready for Software Defined Everything (SDx)”, https://www.wired.com/insights/2013/05/are-you-ready-for-software-defined-everything/; 3. Deloitte:“Software Defined Everything – Breaking Virtualization’s Final Frontier”, https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/financial-services/us-fsi-software-defined-everything.pdf; 4. CSA:https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/working-groups/software-defined-perimeter/#_overview

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