Pentagon Battlefield Weapons 2017 to Include Mobile Tactical Networks

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Pentagon’s elite tech division, DARPA, has launched a groundbreaking technology seen to change the landscape of military communication. DARPA is the same unit behind the internet and GPS, another technology military all over the world are dependent upon.

With the entry of internet and computers, military worldwide face the challenge of communicating without leaking confidential information. Even high-ranking U.S. officials have fallen victim to privacy breach when networks have been compromised.

Securing Confidential Communications

In the battlefield, however, security breach could be fatal, not only to team on the ground, but even to the entire nation. Over the past years, communicating remotely with the headquarters and exchanging highly classified information between coalition partners remained top priority for the Pentagon.

Recently, DARPA launched the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge (SHARE) program. SHARE is a technology that would enable units to communicate using handheld devices remotely in a secure network.

Unlike traditional and highly secured networks where confidential communications are coursed through, the program is less complicated. Since interruption of communication is a common issue using traditional secured network, SHARE can avoid this encumbrance.

Works in Challenging Environments

DARPA program manager Joe Evans said in a statement that the technology is expected to improve communication on the field. With SHARE, communications will no longer be routed to secure data centers while retaining its integrity.

“Troops forward deployed today have to have multiple laptops or devices that are approved to communicate at various levels of classification. The vision of SHARE is to develop software that moves the multilevel security management function from a handful of data centers down to trusted, handheld devices on the tactical edge,” Evans said.

The number one edge of this technology is the ability to transmit sensitive information using both secure and commercial networks. It mainly relies on a resilient network infrastructure that maintains integrity even in challenging environments. With this, U.S. officials can now communicate effortlessly and securely even using public WIFI networks.

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