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美国空军在网络情报领域投资9500万美元

2021-02-10 19:18

凯尔西·阿瑟顿

第16航空队负责人讨论了2019年的信息战。FUSION 旨在增强空军的情报收集和应用。

ALBUQUERQUE消息:美国空军第16航空队,旨在不断开展电磁频谱作战,已授出9500万美元的合同,以支持指挥和控制和军种加密单元的作用。

该合同为全频谱情报、监视和侦察业务的非资金支持(FUSIONS ),授予亚特兰大的科学研究公司。科学研究公司可能发展了一种很有前途的方法,这不是公司首获得此类合同。美国海军在2018年授予该公司一份规模和范围类似的合同。

第16航空队成立于2019年11月,即司令部成立一个月后就首次征求此项合同。最初的征集强调了"及时向战斗机提供相关的情报数据/产品"的重要性。

第16航空队是将美国空军网络任务与情报、监视和侦察部分合并而创建的。将情报收集与可对计算机发起攻击的组件结合在一起,是美国空军展示网络攻击与在线间谍活动紧密联系的一种方式。网络,如电磁频谱中的监视和活动,可能发生在战争阈值以下,但也可用于瞄准和造成物理伤害。

投资规模表明,美国空军致力于在包括网络在内的所有领域有效作战。

在2020年12月11日举行的一次研讨会上,美国空军空战司令部司令马克·凯利将军说,他告诉16航空队的指挥官蒂莫西·Haugh中将,"带我们所有人,无论是否心甘情愿,还是踢和尖叫,都要参加非动能的对抗。

向美国空军交付数据产品的工作将涉及利用其数据库中已有的信息,并在司令部级别使其有用。如招标中所述,其中一些工作涉及目标产品。

"承包商应就联合和空军目标企业(JTE/AFTE)以及动能、电子战(EW)、信息作战(IO)、空间和网络目标提供针对中小企业的支持,"招标中写道。

该合同旨在支持第16航空队作为"军种加密单元"的角色,或建立一正式机制,通过它与信号服务的情报部门直接与国家安全局联系。

FUSIONS合同的另一个组成部分是确定和推荐"新的或未开发的信息系统",以及"独特的友好、敌方或中立的信息来源",目的是将这些信息转化为相关和有用的情报。

这意味着,从广义上讲,要查看新的互联网连接设备、工具和网络,并制作战术层面的部队可以使用的信息。情报收集和共享至关重要,确保数据本身可以通过现有的DED网络传输。


Air Force Awards $95M For Cyber Intelligence

The investment is a sign of the Air Force’s commitment to fighting war effectively across all domains, including cyber and its electronic warfare cousin.

The head of the 16th Air Force discusses information warfare in 2019. FUSION is designed to enhance Air Force intelligence gathering and application.

ALBUQUERQUE: The 16th Air Force, designed to constantly contest the electromagnetic spectrum, has awarded a $95 million contract to support both command and control and service cryptologic element roles.

The contract — Full Spectrum Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operational Non-Appropriated Funds Support, or FUSIONS — was awarded to Scientific Research Corp of Atlanta. It will run through February 2026. In a sign that Scientific may have developed a promising approach, this is not the first award to the company for this sort of work. The Navy awarded the company a contract similar in scale and scope in 2018.

The 16th Air Force first started soliciting this contract in November 2019, one month after the command was created. The original solicitation emphasized the importance of “delivering timely and relevant intelligence data/products to the war fighter.”

The 16th was created by merging an Air Force cyber mission with an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance component. Combining intelligence collection in the same component as one that can launch attacks on computers is a way for the Air Force to show how closely connected cyber attacks are to online espionage. Cyber, like surveillance and activity in the electromagnetic spectrum, can happen below the threshold of a shooting war but can also be used for targeting and to inflict physical damage.

The scale of the investment is a sign of the Air Force’s commitment to fighting war effectively across all its domains, including cyber.

At a Dec. 11 symposium, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mark D. Kelly said he’d told 16AF commander Lt. Gen. Timothy D. Haugh to “Take all of us, whether we go willingly, or kicking and screaming, into the non-kinetic competition.”

Much of the work of delivering data products to the Air Force will involve harnessing information it already has in its databases, and making them useful on a command level. Some of that work, as outlined in the solicitation, involves targeting products.

“The contractor shall provide targeting SME support regarding the Joint and Air Force Targeting Enterprise (JTE/AFTE), and kinetic, Electronic Warfare (EW), Information Operations (IO), Space and Cyber targeting,” reads the solicitation.

The contract is designed to support the 16th in its role as a “service cryptologic element,” or the formal mechanism by which signals intelligence components of the service work directly with the NSA.

Another component of the FUSIONS contract is identifying and recommending “new or unexploited information systems,” as well as “unique friendly, enemy, or neutral information sources,” with the goal of turning that information into relevant and useful intelligence.

This means, broadly, looking at new Internet-connected devices, tools, and networks, and making that information something troops at the tactical level can use. Vital to that intelligence collection and sharing is ensuring the data itself can be transmitted over existing DoD networks.

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知识来源: https://www.secrss.com/articles/29248

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