Network-centric tactical operations are in full swing at the U.S. Department of Defense. Forecast International projects that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will spend more than $1.86 billion on its Network-Centric Enabling Technology project over the next 10 years.
This project develops applications that integrate information arising from intelligence networks, open and other external sources, sensors and signal/image processors, and collection platforms and weapons systems.
In FY16, the XDATA subproject is developing a scalable, robust framework for user-defined, adaptable visualizations. In FY17, the Network Defense subproject is expected to demonstrate the capability to anticipate specific attack formats on one network based on attacks observed on similar networks.
Funding for the Network-Centric Enabling Technology project is being driven by the Pentagon’s requirement to develop technology for use in network-centric operations. Despite the federal government’s budget-cutting climate, Forecast International expects the project to be well funded for the near future, with funding averaging $150 million per year from FY16 through FY18.
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