DARPA Expected to Spend Big Bucks on Cyber Technology Project

By Greg Giaqunito, Forecast International.

Over the next 10 years, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is forecast to spend approximately $402 million on its Cyber Technology project, with funding averaging over $40 million per year from FY15 through FY18.  The Cyber Technology project develops technology to increase the security of U.S. military information systems and enhance the effectiveness of U.S. cyber operations.  With the Pentagon exceptionally interested in cyber operations, FI’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Intelligence Forecast reports that funding for this project will remain robust beyond 2024.

DARPA’s Cyber Technology project encompasses the following:

Plan X.  Plan X develops technologies to enable awareness and understanding of the cyber battlespace, as required for visualizing, planning, and executing military cyber warfare operations.

Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC).  The Cyber Grand Challenge program will create automated defenses that can identify and respond to cyber attacks more rapidly than would be possible for human operators.

Crowd-Sourced Formal Verification (CSFV).  The Crowd-Sourced Formal Verification project creates technologies that enable “crowd-sourced” approaches to securing software systems through formal verification.  (Formal software verification is a method for proving that software has specified properties.)

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