Air Force wants new tech for cross-domain, mobile info sharing

The Air Force Research Laboratory is looking for ongoing answers to the challenge of sharing information across multiple security domains, both within the enterprise and out to mobile and tactical environment.

The Cross Domain Innovation & Science (CDIS) within the lab’s Information Directorate has issued a presolicitation https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=caf957d28687c4adb06d419c5fb63cbf&tab=core&_cview=0 for white papers on information-sharing technologies that can thrive within multi-level security (MLS) and cybersecurity environments. CDIS will accept ideas yearly for fiscal 2014 through 2018.

CDIS wants to develop new technologies for secure data sharing, trusted computing, smart routing, cyber defense; MLS trust at the tactical edge, and a comprehensive, user-defined operational picture that crosses multiple security domains, according to the announcement.

The announcement lists five technology areas in need of improvement:

1. Multi-enclave/multi-domain cyber user-defined operational picture (UDOP), to extend enterprise status monitoring efforts and cross-domain solutions to meet operators’ needs.

2. High-risk data type mitigation, to provide micro-virtualized, ultra-high-risk content and investigations for malicious behavior before passing them to other security domains.

3. Fine-grained grammar for orchestration, making use of formal grammars for quick adaptation of workflows to meet changing mission, security and performance requirements.

4. Content and label-based routing, to extend the trust provided at node and network environments to the information objects and assure end-to-end trust in passing and delivering information to recipients.

5. MLS trust at the edge, to extend the robustness and usability of MLS mobile and desktop endpoint technology to meet the critical needs of mobile warriors.

CDIS said it is not looking for formal proposals at the moment, but only for white papers. Those addressing fiscal 2015 should be submitted by Jan. 30, 2014; for fiscal 2016 by Jan. 15, 2015; for fiscal 2017 by Jan. 15, 2016, and for fiscal 2018 by Jan. 17, 2017. The solicitation notes that paper will be accepted up to Sept. 30, 2018, though funding may be gone by then.

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