DARPA Hosts Conference on SHARE Secure Tactical Handheld Network

Secure Tactical CommunicationsThe U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) will host a conference this week on the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge (SHARE) program.

The objective of the SHARE program is to develop the technology for multilevel secure information sharing across tactical wireless communication networks.

SHARE will build upon existing commercial handheld devices (e.g., smartphones and tablets) and existing infrastructure (e.g., cellular and Wi-Fi networks). Because they are commonly available, these technologies make rapid and widespread deployment possible. The program will demonstrate a quickly deployable secure multilevel network through which US and coalition tactical operators can share information while maintaining the security of sensitive information, safety of operations, and integrity of U.S. systems.

DARPA has issued a presolicitation notice for the effort, seeking research proposals to develop security and networking architectures and software for SHARE. Further details are available via Solicitation Number: HR001117S0009.

SHARE is a three phase effort that will initially develop and mature relevant networking and security technologies, then develop a prototype on a mobile device, and finally integrate and demonstrate the capability in a coalition demonstration or exercise

The conference will be held January 31, 2017 in McLean, Virginia. Advance registration is required.