U.S. Cyber Command Broadens Its Missions

By Richard Sterk, Defense Electronics Analyst, Forecast International.

The U.S. Cyber Command’s (USCYBERCOM) mission is to deter or defeat strategic threats to U.S. interests and infrastructure, provide mission assurance for the operations and defense of the Department of Defense information environment, and support the achievement of Joint Force Commander objectives.

USCYBERCOM, in conjunction with the Services and Defense Agencies, is working to develop and expand infrastructure architectures and capabilities/tools to support Cyber Mission Forces (CMF). Continue reading

Honeywell Aerospace May Be On an Acquisition Hunt

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Thanks to nimble management, Honeywell has maintained a well-diversified portfolio that enables it to mitigate risks, and it has not shied away from refining its operations, acquiring some businesses and divesting others. Continue reading

RUAG Expands into Cybersecurity

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Not content to remain idle, RUAG has expanded the scope of its defense operations with a new focus on cybersecurity.

Over the past year, the company has initiated a strategy that will rapidly expand its presence in the growing cybersecurity market.  As part of this effort, RUAG established a dedicated Cyber Security business unit and plans to invest “multiple millions of Swiss francs over the next few years.” Continue reading

U.S. Army’s Cyber Collaborative Research Alliance: Seeking an ‘Asymmetric Advantage’ Against Cyber Attacks

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

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Recognizing the need to address the growing threat of attacks on its cyber networks, the U.S. Army launched the Cyber Collaborative Research Alliance in 2013.  The alliance – comprising the Army Research Laboratory and a consortium of university partners – conducts research to advance the theoretical foundations of cyber science in the context of U.S. Army networks.  In the Army’s own words, research into cybersecurity is critical due to “the growing number and sophistication of attacks on military cyber networks coupled with the ever-increasing reliance on cyber systems to conduct the Army’s mission.”  The ultimate goal of this research is the rapid development of cyber tools that could be used to dynamically assess cyber risks, detect hostile activities on friendly networks, and support agile maneuvers in cyber space in addressing novel threats. Continue reading

‘Hack This’: U.S. DoD to Pursue Multiple Strategies, Including Cyber Applied Research Program, to Counter Cyber Threats

by Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

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Despite constant efforts to improve cybersecurity, hackers continue to access computer systems, creating serious security issues for governments, businesses, and individuals alike. As part of its expanding efforts to counter cyber threats, the U.S. Department of Defense announced on March 6 that it is launching a new program that will allow select computer security experts, so called white-hat hackers, to try to breach security on DoD public web pages. This effort comes on the heels of President Barack Obama’s February 9 announcement of a Cyber National Action Plan and Congress’ passage of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015; both initiatives aim to strengthen the nation’s cyber defenses. Continue reading

Raytheon Looking to Cybersecurity, International Markets for Growth

By Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Raytheon and Websense will deliver defense-grade cybersecurity to commercial markets worldwide.

Raytheon and Websense will deliver defense-grade cybersecurity to commercial markets worldwide.

With defense spending in decline, Raytheon has been pursuing international sales, tightening its structure, and pushing into growth opportunities, such as cybersecurity.

As the U.S. begins to pull back from its military commitments in the Middle East, defense spending has slowed. Exacerbating the situation is Congress’s implementation and then temporary rescission of spending cuts under sequestration. Seeking to adapt to this “new normal,” the company restructured its operations from six to four groups in 2013 and has since then focused on cutting costs from its core product lines. Continue reading

Cyberspace Test Technology: $127 Million Project Keeps Cyberspace Warfighter Systems Current

By Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

CyberForecast International projects that the U.S. Department of Defense will spend approximately $127 million on its Cyberspace Test Technology (CTT) project over the next 10 years. This project develops advanced technologies and methodologies for the testing and evaluation of DoD capabilities and information networks in order to conduct and defend full-spectrum military operations across cyberspace. Continue reading

U.S. Army Earmarks $44 Million for CRA Projects to Thwart Cyber Attacks

By Greg Giaquinto, Electronic Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

CRA_LogoV2Forecast International is projecting that over the next 10 years, the U.S. Army will spend some $44 million on projects being implemented by its Cyber-Security Collaborative Research Alliance.  In the latter part of the decade, funding will average more than $5 million a year as the Army attempts to bolster its cybersecurity capabilities.

This funding is being driven by the Army’s need to advance the theoretical foundations of cyber science in the context of Army networks.  Among future efforts, the project will develop theories and models relating fundamental properties of dynamic cyber threats to dynamic risk assessments and defensive maneuver algorithms.
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Operational Awareness Technology – A $215 Million USAF Project to Improve Threat Intelligence

by Greg Giaquinto, Forecast International.

The U.S. Air Force’s Operational Awareness Technology project is a multifaceted effort that will continue to be supported by the defense budget even in the face of pressures to lower costs. FI is projecting that the Air Force will allocate around $215 million toward this project over the next 10 years, with some $39 million to be spent from FY15 through FY16 alone. Driving these expenditures is the Air Force’s push for a network-centric, collaborative intelligence analysis capability.

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