Logicon Wins Information Warfare Research Contract for Wireless Networks

Falls Church, Virginia, UNITED STATES

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 31, 2000 (PRIMEZONE) -- Logicon Inc., a Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) company, has been selected by the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Rome, N.Y., to investigate Wireless Information Network Cyber Defense through a one-year contract valued at $250,000.

The research program represents a first-of-its-kind effort by the AFRL Information Connectivity branch to address radio frequency domain intrusion detection and operational continuity of critical communications capabilities in the wireless information grid during an information warfare (IW) attack.

"For the last two years, both the AFRL Rome research site and Logicon have been advocating the need to advance knowledge in this new and very real threat area," said Paul Zavidniak, technical lead for Logicon's IW intrusion detection and forecasting research and development activities. "This program will be a vital element in ensuring the survivability of secure communication networks."

AFRL's Wireless Information Network Cyber Defense program investigates areas such as fusion of information, communication, collaborative environments, modeling and simulation, defensive IW, wireless network security, and survivability and availability of information grids. These research efforts will provide the knowledge base for information resiliency in theater-deployable communications such as mobile radios, tactical data links and next-generation software-defined radios.

"This project will identify the criteria needed to detect intrusions in the wireless environment of the tactical communications grid, develop an IW attack model based on these events, and develop a recovery model that incorporates the range of options available for sustaining communications during an IW attack," said Mr. Zavidniak.

The AFRL Information Connectivity branch is chartered to identify and develop technologies for global connectivity to command, control and intelligence information users via an integration of land and wireless networks. These technologies satisfy critical warfighter requirements for wireless communications services in both peacetime and hostile terrestrial, airborne and space-based environments.

Logicon's San Diego office, which specializes in communications and information systems, will lead the company's work on the project.

Logicon, headquartered in Herndon, is a leader in advanced information technologies, systems and services. Areas of expertise include command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); information systems; training and simulation; science and technology; base and range support; and commercial information services.

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