Air Force Looking For ‘Revolutionary’ Cyberspace Concepts

By Stew Magnuson
When it comes to cybersecurity, the U.S. military has been seen as playing a game of catch-up with adversaries that are constantly attempting to penetrate its defenses.
The Air Force wants to get ahead of the curve. It is asking industry, academia, and anyone else who can help, for “revolutionary” ideas on how to defeat adversaries on computer networks.
The Air Force is searching for "game-changing" technologies and concepts that can help it dominate the cyberspace realm in the same way it dominates air space.
The service, through its research laboratory at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y., put a call out Jan. 11 through the FedBizOps website for any idea, software or hardware that will help it rule in cyberspace, whether it be for defense or offense.
“The Air Force is seeking information on revolutionary hardware and software cybertechnology and systems as well as innovative tactics, techniques and procedures that will support, augment and in some cases extend mission range and scope,” the request for information said.
Noting that cyber-operations are critical in every realm in which it operates, the Air Force is looking for a portfolio of technologies or ideas that will cut across all domains — air, space, computer networks, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, as well as fixed and expeditionary bases.
“Air Force missions across the air, space and cyberdomain are increasingly dependent on cyberspace operations.  … The almost annual doubling of the cybertechnology base has created critical vulnerabilities for our adversaries to attack and exploit,” the RFI stated.
The service is working toward an Air Force Cyber Vision 2025 study that will look at state-of-the-art and best practices in the near term —the 2012 to 2015 timeframe — to the long term in 2025. Information gathered will be integrated into this report.
No funding is available for any of the proposals, the RFI warns.
While basic research ideas would be welcome, “the focus of the submissions should be on advanced technology solutions in the idea generation or early development stages.”
The RFI is open until Feb. 24.

Topics: Cyber, Cybersecurity, Infotech

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