Peraton Labs moves forward in developing self-healing networks as part of DARPA mosaic warfare project

Jan. 5, 2024
MINC to build secure network overlay software to manage agile, self-healing networks of networks to support kill webs in contested environments.

ARLINGTON, Va. – U.S. military researchers are moving forward with a project to develop fast self-healing web-like networking that connect sensors and weapons on land, on and under the sea, in the air, in space, and in cyberspace, with a $9.5 million order Friday to Peraton Labs Inc. in Basking Ridge, N.J.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., are asking Peraton to continue the company's work on the Mission-Integrated Network Control (MINC) project.

MINC seeks to build and demonstrate software that creates a secure network overlay with control mechanisms that enable distributed management of agile, self-healing networks of networks to support multi-domain kill webs in contested dynamic environments.

Peraton won its original $19.3 million MINC contract on 2 Jan. 2022. The BAE Systems Electronic Systems segment in Nashua, N.H., and CACI International Inc. in Arlington, Va., also have been involved in the DARPA MINC project.

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The program is a vital part of mosaic warfare, which seeks to assemble individual warfighting platforms like the ceramic tiles in mosaics to make a larger intelligence picture and a larger force package. The idea will be to send so many weapons and sensors at the enemy that its forces are overwhelmed.

The MINC program seeks to ensure that critical data finds a path to the right user at the right time in contested environments using secure control of any available communications or networking resources, DARPA officials say.

This capability of connecting sensors to shooters replaces the manual static configuration of separate tactical networks and limited internetworking capabilities.

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MINC will culminate in this paradigm shift from static manual configuration of closed rigid architectures by moving towards autonomous approaches where applications and networks adapt to changing military conditions.

The MINC program will address three key challenges tactical networks face today as they operate in extreme networking environments: the lack of network interoperability across heterogeneous communications systems at scale; insufficient network capacity to support missions; and the inability to reconfigure networks autonomously to align with military missions.

MINC contractors are developing on-demand connectivity between sensor-to-shooter networks by focusing on three key capabilities: developing an always-on network overlay to access available networking and communications resources and control parameters; using a cross-network approach for managing network configuration; and creating ways to determine the best information flows for kill web services.

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MINC seeks to capitalize on networking advances in software-defined networking; network function virtualization for decoupling network functions from hardware; information-centric networking to discover and retrieve data securely; and intent-driven networking for autonomous mapping of user objectives to network management policies.

On this order Peraton Labs will do the work in Arlington, Va.; Basking Ridge, N.J.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Cambridge and Woburn, Mass.; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; and Sherman Oaks, Calif., and should be finished by February 2025.

For more information contact Peraton Labs online at, or DARPA at

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