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Research Area 19: Cyber Resiliency Security Research for Precision-Guided Munitions

The AFRL’s Cyber Assured Munitions program is seeking cybersecurity research concepts and approaches that will enhance the cyber-robustness, anti-fragility, and mission assurance properties of munition system architectures, including embedded real-time, inter and intra-weapon networking, and host connectivity aspects. Concepts and technologies that enhance the trust/authenticity, confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the information lifecycle processes (generation, processing, storage, transmission, consumption, destruction) that take place within munition subsystems, between subsystems, as well as between the munition and its ecosystem across the lifecycle are of interest. The development of tools and techniques that enhance the ability to verify and validate security concepts and technologies, as well as assess their performance impact within a relevant simulated mission context are also sought. Solutions of interest can be hardware, software, or algorithms/protocols and must be robust for use in real-time, safety-of-life-critical aviation systems. Example topics of interest include, but are not limited to, formal methods, privacy, authentication/authorization, hardware/software assurance, physics-based security, wireless communications, network security, security architectures, and secure munitions-specific algorithms (sensor fusion, GNC, etc.). Solutions focused on detection and/or monitoring are generally ineffective for munitions applications.

Keywords: Cybersecurity; Cyber-resilience; Physics-based Security; Network Security; Munitions-Specific Algorithms.