Cyber Superiority for Air Force Combatant Commanders: Integrated Air/Space/C2/Cyber Dynamic Spectrum Exploitation for Enhanced Situational Awareness

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-09-C-0146
Award Id:
90193
Agency Tracking Number:
F08B-T06-0143
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Beeches Technical Campus, 7902 Turin Road, Ste. 2-1, Rome, NY, 13440
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
883336190
Principal Investigator:
Andrew Drozd
President/PI
(315) 334-1163
adrozd@androcs.com
Business Contact:
Arnold Kloven
Director Of Contracts
(315) 334-1163
akloven@androcs.com
Research Institute:
Syracuse University
Stuart Taub
Office of Sponsored Programs
113 Browne Hall
Syracuse, NY, 13244
(315) 443-9356
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This effort is to investigate advanced cyberspace capabilities that can integrate global and theater resources in support of the combatant commander in order to provide operators with robust situational awareness, control of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum, and maneuverability in cyberspace. Applications of interest include, but are not limited to warfighting in the cyberspace domain and applied cognitive task analysis for the understanding of cognitive task demands. In this effort, we will apply a dynamic radio frequency (RF) resource management approach for EM spectrum exploitation to further secure our info-structure capabilities, thwart cyber attacks, and maintain our freedom to operate dynamically in the cyberspace domain. This approach will involve EM spectrum monitoring and control to determine wireless access to critical info-structures by both authorized users and cyber intruders. The goal is to achieve intrusion detection, prevention, and response at the physical layer. This is indeed a new area of research, as most of the existing info-structure security work mainly focuses on higher layers (data, network). Because knowledge of security appliqu,s at the physical layer is lacking and not well understood, the advances in intrusion detection and access control technologies at the higher layers will be leveraged; however, even those technologies are not sufficient and fully robust, as the physical layer has its unique characteristics that demand in-depth studies. This will be a core research topic for the proposed research effort, which will investigate EM spectrum exploitation and control at the physical layer to provide an additional cyber defense shield. BENEFIT: The results of the research will have application to commercial computer networks, airline operations, and telecommunication systems.)

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