Researchers to brief industry 9 May on project to resolve vulnerabilities in defense manufacturing workflows

April 21, 2023
Project will develop tools to identify logic faults and vulnerabilities in defense manufacturing, infrastructure, and logistics workflows.

ARLINGTON, Va. – U.S. military researchers will brief industry 9 May 2023 on a project to protect defense-critical manufacturing workflows by characterizing and resolving vulnerabilities in business logic systems.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., will outline the Business Process Logic (BPL) program for industry at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on 9 May at the DARPA Conference Center at 675 N. Randolph St. in Arlington, Va. The morning session is unclassified, and the afternoon is classified secret.

BPL will extract representations from business logic to characterize and mitigate vulnerabilities by developing tools to identify logic faults in defense manufacturing, infrastructure, and logistics workflows.

Automated workflows written in business logic, such as SAP, Oracle, Workday, IBM Dynamics 365, or Salesforce, control most of the world’s enterprises, from administration and operation of seaports worldwide to the assembly of weapons systems. An example is the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Procurement Integrated Enterprise Environment (PIEE), which processes about 8 percent of the U.S. budget.

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The BPL program aims to develop tools to characterize logic faults in the high-level scripts and templates of business logic systems.

Briefings will outline the BPL technical goals and challenges, and promote an understanding of the BAA proposal requirements. Briefings also will offer question-and-answer periods, and will promote teaming arrangements among participating companies.

Companies interested should register to attend the briefings no later than 1 May 2023 online at The afternoon is open only to U.S. citizens with a U.S. DOD SECRET clearance.

Email questions or concerns to DARPA at [email protected]. More information is online at

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