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FAST Labs™ Advanced Technology and Defense R&D

Making tactical networks less vulnerable and more resilient against cyber attacks

Tactical Networks: Defending Mission Computers

Our Tactical Networks R&D team uses advanced resilience-in-depth cyber technologies and protocols to deploy U.S. military wireless tactical networks with autonomic zero-day defense and response security.

The same tactical wireless networks that give U.S. fighting forces their edge have become vulnerable to serious threat. Adversaries can use cyber attacks to disrupt network operations, potentially causing mission failure and loss of life. Even worse, nation-state adversaries have the resources to produce zero-day attacks on tactical networks that are unforeseen by network designers and operators. These attacks can disrupt vital military communications for hours or days, and cannot be detected by known attack properties or signatures.

Proven leadership defending tactical networks

BAE Systems is the industry leader in developing proven resilience-in-depth cyber defense systems that protect wireless tactical networks against zero–day attacks. Leveraging its deep expertise in autonomic defense and wireless networking, BAE Systems' premiere cyber defense system combines cutting-edge monitoring, decision, and response technologies to automatically detect and contain any attack, known or unknown, and preserve critical mission capabilities.

Not just defense, escalating resilience

Our resilience-in-depth cyber defense system operates within the harsh bandwidth, processor, and memory limitations of a tactical wireless network. It also handles both network partitions and heavy packet loss. The system has excelled in formal testing under several government programs. After overcoming stiff industry competition, the system is recognized as the only zero–day cyber defense system suitable for near-term deployment. Integration and deployment work is now underway.

In addition to defending tactical wireless networks, BAE Systems is conducting advanced research to improve the overall operation and management of tactical wireless networks. For example, our Social Network Routing effort is developing routing protocols that can scale to tens of thousands of participating wireless nodes.

Technology collaboration

The Multi-Int Signal Processing R&D group welcomes collaboration with industry and academia on current or future projects. If you are interested in learning more or participating with our team, contact us here.

Life at BAE Systems

When you want a challenging and rewarding career developing incredible new technologies that solve complex problems while helping protect those who protect us, the FAST Labs™ Tactical Networks R&D unit is a great place to work. You would also be working with intelligent, talented people in a diverse and inclusive – sometimes competitive – atmosphere.

If you are interested in BAE Systems, whether you are an experienced pro or a talented college senior or grad student with a science, engineering, math, or physics degree, click here to learn more.


Learn more today. Contact our FAST Labs representative to arrange a meeting.

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