By John Keller
Military & Aerospace Electronics
13 Jan. 2010
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency
(DARPA) in Arlington, Va., is awarding multimillion-dollar contracts to
two research organizations to build prototype advanced computing centers
to demonstrate and test cyber security, defensive information warfare,
and information assurance technologies.
DARPA awarded a $30.8 million contract to the Lockheed Martin
Simulation, Training, & Support segment in Orlando, Fla., and a $24.8
million contract to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory in Laurel, Md., to develop prototypes of the National Cyber
Range (NCR), which is to revolutionize the state of the art for
large-scale cyber testing.
The National Cyber Range will provide an advanced computer and data
networking laboratory in which experts can assess information assurance
and survivability tools; replicate the kinds of large and complex
computer networks that support U.S. Department of Defense weapons and
operations; conduct several large cyber security experiments at the same
time. conduct realistic tests of the U.S. Global Information Grid (GIG);
and develop and deploy revolutionary cyber testing capabilities.
The National Cyber Range is DARPA's contribution to the federal
Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative (CNCI), a secret
multibillion-dollar project to build defenses for government computers
against foreign and domestic hackers and cyber terrorists.
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