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The Defense Information System Agency is touting the potential benefits of LI-FI


DISA Sees the Light on Li-Fi

The agency director touts the benefits of light fidelity over conventional networking.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)  is touting the potential benefits of light fidelity (Li-Fi) technology, a  form of wireless, light-based communications. Li-Fi is expected to be  more resistant to electronic signature detectors and therefore, less  susceptible to electronic warfare techniques.
Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, USA, the DISA director,  stressed the need for the technology during the agency’s November 6  forecast to industry.
He also emphasized the need for  software-defined networking, which Gen. Lynn said is inexpensive and  versatile. He described a scenario in which warfighters will be able to  hop from one network to the next, similar to radios that hop from one  frequency to another.
Software-defined networking also will allow  warfighters to create an “all new type of international networking” for  whichever allies or partners show up to a fight.
The agency laid out a wide array of contracting  opportunities, including an Inline Intrusion Prevention System, which  will support the Joint Regional Security Stacks by analyzing incoming  traffic flows and performing predetermined automated actions to deter  authorized access. The contract is expected to be awarded in the second  quarter of the 2018 fiscal year.
Other opportunities include the Defense  Industrial Base Network (DIBNet) development and sustainment. The system  allows the sharing of cybersecurity threat information between the  Defense Department and industry.
In addition, the agency expects to award a  contract in early fiscal 2019 for Department of Defense Cyber  Situational Awareness Analytics. The contract will provide for the  development and integration of new  analytics and the sustainment of  existing analytics. It also will provide support integration of third  party analytics.
Army Col. Bryan Lyttle, the agency’s program  executive officer for cyber, said the Acropolis contract, formerly known  as Centaur, is probably the largest being offered from his office.  Without giving a price tag, he described it as a “fairly large” and  added that it is a contract to design, develop and support the agency’s  large set of data warehousing capabilities.
“We’re looking for some innovation within the  contract to help bring down operating expenses because it’s a fairly  big, heavy lift in a couple of different locations worldwide,” Col.  Lyttle said. “But also with the engineering and development on all the  things that go in there, there’s a lot of data feeds, there’s a lot of  software development, in addition to all the hardware pieces that have  to be integrated together.”
The Acropolis contract will provide technical,  engineering, operational, sustainment and management functions to  support day-to-day operations and maintenance on all hardware,  processes, applications, databases, networks, sensors and sensor feeds,  and analytical tools and capabilities included in the Centaur Operations  mission. The agency will award a single contract in the second quarter  of next year.
The colonel also highlighted the Cyber NetOps  Develop, Deploy Support (CNODDS) contract, which will deliver new and  enhanced cyber network operations capabilities while also sustaining  those already deployed. It will be awarded in the second quarter of  2018.

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