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Geospatially Integrated Cyber Situational Awareness

Description:

TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Human Systems, Information Systems, Sensors, Battlespace

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this topic is to develop standardized integrations between cyber assessment, monitoring, and exploitation tools with existing and emerging situational awareness / common operational picture (COP) / Mission Command platforms at tactical, operational, and strategic levels. The need for these standardized integrations arises from the convergence of computer, telecommunications, and other networks along with global acceleration of information systems capabilities and proliferation of agents who exploit these systems that has resulted in the modern and future operational environment, including abstract digital domains, co-existing with the physical environment.

DESCRIPTION:

SOCOM is exploring options that provide Special Operations Forces (SOF) with a fused COP for exercising mission command. Integrating digital network topography, assets, and known vulnerabilities into a GEOINT context will expand real-time situational awareness to include visualization of computer systems, networks, network-enabled systems, electromagnetic spectrum, and related capabilities that are becoming critical to battlefield operations. This will inform decision-making required for execution of operations and will enable rapid deployment of offensive and defensive cyber capabilities by SOF operating at the tactical level. By making the invisible visible, this capability adds to the Hyper-Enabled Operator's immediate situational awareness and rapid decision-making ability. Standardized formats and protocols are key to rapid information sharing between operational echelons and among partner forces. The ability to include data from the cyberspace domains as a new type of standardized sensor or information feed into the COP will enable these assets and capabilities to be seamlessly included in mission rehearsal and mission preparation as well as decision support before and during an operation.

PHASE I:

Conduct a feasibility study to assess what is in the art of the possible that satisfies the requirements specified in the above paragraph entitled "Description". To stimulate advances in technology and innovation, solutions including reusable code should be considered as well as re-use of open source code and integrations with fielded SOF systems utilizing existing open standards.

PHASE II:

Develop, install, and demonstrate a prototype system determined to be the most feasible solution during the Phase I feasibility study.

PHASE III:

Once mature, this system could be used in a broad range of military, government, and commercial applications where geospatially-oriented cyber systems and capabilities data can enhance decision support for military operations or civilian cyber security awareness and response.

KEYWORDS: Cyberspace, Cyber-security, Virtualized Data, Human Machine Interface, Non-traditional ISR, Georeferenced Network Data.

References:

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[6] Geospatial Intelligence and Cyberspace, Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences courseware, https://www.e-education.psu.edu/geog479/node/4, accessed 4 June 2020

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[3] The U.S. Army Concept Capability Plan for Cyberspace Operations 2016-2028, U.S. Army Stand-TO!, https://www.army.mil/article/37870/the_u_s_army_concept_capability_plan_for_cyberspace_operations_2016_2028, accessed 4 June 2020

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[1] Can Cyberspace be Mapped?, C4ISRNET, https://www.c4isrnet.com/intel-geoint/2016/05/18/can-cyberspace-be-mapped-nga-s-working-on-it/, accessed 4 June 2020

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