Air Force researchers approach industry for next-generation trusted computing technologies for future weapons

Sept. 9, 2021
Technologies are for military systems with cyber components; shared clouds; embedded computing; mobile platforms; and wired and wireless networks.

ROME, N.Y. – U.S. Air Force trusted computing experts are asking industry for next-generation technologies to achieve cyber superiority, and integrate these technologies into future weapons.

Officials of the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y., reissued a broad agency announcement on Wednesday (FA8750-21-S-7001) for the Capabilities for Cyber Advancement project, which seeks to safeguard missions in air, space, and cyberspace from computer hackers.

Technologies of interest include cloud architectures; code analysis; cyber modeling and simulation; decision support for cyber missions; design frameworks; measurement techniques; formal methods; mobile and embedded device security; recovery from attack; non-traditional cyber security; data security in untrusted environments; protocol development; risk management; secure processors; secure development tools; standards for information exchange; trusted hardware and software; virtualization; and zero-trust computing.

These technologies will be for military platforms and programs of record with cyber components; shared clouds; embedded computing devices; mobile platforms; automation systems; tactical systems; and wired and wireless networks.

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The the Capabilities for Cyber Advancement project will be open through 2026, and will spend about $975 million on trusted computing technologies during that six-year period. Many contractors could be selected to participate. The Air Force will accept only white papers now, and those submitting promising ideas may be invited to submit formal proposals.

The first round of white papers were due last April. Subsequent rounds of white papers are due by the end of September in 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025.

Companies interested should email white papers to the Air Force's Walter Karas at [email protected]. Email questions or concerns to the Air Force's Amber Buckley at [email protected].

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