The security of communications and information for troops operating in tactical warfighting environments is limited. At the tactical edge end-to-end, connections on secure servers are typically unreliable, negatively impacting operations and coordination with coalition partners. Additionally, current infrastructure requirements for such secure connections can be large and cumbersome, limiting tactical deployment in fast-moving operations. In overcoming these issues, Dr. Joseph Evens from the Strategic Technology Office at DARPA and his program Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge (SHARE) is developing handheld devices that can exchange reliable communications at varying security levels.
“Troops forward deployed today have to have multiple laptops or devices that are approved to communicate at various levels of classification,” said Dr. Evans, DARPA program manager. “The vision of SHARE is to develop software that moves the multilevel security management function from a handful of data centers down to trusted, handheld devices on the tactical edge.”
DARPA has started phase two of the SHARE program and scheduled for June, the U.S Army and U.S Marine Corps begins testing of up to 50 prototype devices at a time. In this testing, Dr. Evans will receive pertinent performance feedback regarding the security of the SHARE devices, as well as SHARE’s impact, both positive and negative, on its interface with DoD’s Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) GPS mapping software. TAK is a pathfinder for technology development with the vision of SHARE applied to a broader set of networking environments. It is projected the program will transition to the military branches in 2021.
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