The arrival of 5G and the trans-Pacific trade war are changing the vendor business.
At least that’s the experience of Ericsson, a supplier to two South Korean telcos rolling out the world’s first 5G networks.
South Korea’s early charge into 5G technology has meant the Swedish vendor has changed the way it delivers its solutions.
It is continuously upgrading its network software, a major departure from the traditional approach of “dropping two software versions a year,” said Fredrik Jejdling, Ericsson executive VP and head of business area networks.
“In order to keep up continuous improvement of the networks we do it twice per month, every second week.
U.S. Air Force researchers are wrapping-up a project, begun in 2015, that asks industry for new ways of using embedded computing and sensors to improve military networking.
The idea is to provide an infrastructure that can extend to all levels of the battlespace involving legacy, current, and next-generation communications technologies to improve communications network resiliency problems.
Pooling best practices from across the company’s weapons programs, the effort includes a growing database with hundreds of requirements and metrics for assessing them, a step-by-step how-to guide for Lockheed cyber staff, and a trademarked Cyber Resiliency Level framework to sum it all up.
The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act required that all weapons begin to be assessed for cyber vulnerabilities, and the 2019 bill kept pressing the effort ahead. Breaking D readers know that Raytheon won contracts to ensure cyber safety for the F-15 and C-130 fleets.
But implementing new cybersecurity standards is just the beginning of a much more complex process, Lockheed execs argue, a process in which their deep knowledge of specific weapons systems is vital.
Dell Technologies and AT&T are developing open infrastructure technology areas for the next-gen network edge that will be required for 5G.
“Dell Technologies addition to the Airship community reaffirms the industry’s growing trust and investment in the open infrastructure model,” said Amy Wheelus (pictured), vice president, AT&T Network Cloud.
“This collaboration will not only enable us to accelerate the AT&T Network Cloud on the Dell Technologies infrastructure, but also further the broader community goal of making it as simple as possible for operators to deploy and manage open infrastructure in support of SDN and other workloads.”
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is incorporating new cyber technologies and standards as it strives for greater interoperability among a growing number of allies and potential partners. This increased reliance on cyber is viewed by command leadership as essential for maintaining effective military capabilities in the face of a growing kinetic and cyber presence by diverse adversaries.
Readiness is the top priority for command’s J-6. This applies to command, control, communications and computers (C4) capabilities, capacities and resiliency as well as cybersecurity. Brig. Gen. Paul Fredenburgh III, USA, the outgoing director for command, control, communications and cyber, J-6, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), emphasizes that the command must be ready to respond fully to any crisis that erupts.
“It’s the evolving tactics, techniques and procedures of zero-day exploits that we really are concerned about,” he says.
The U.S. Cyber Command has released a list of 39 challenge problems fitting under 12 categories: vulnerabilities, malware, analytics, implant, situational awareness, capability development, persona, hunt, mission management, attack, security and blockchain.
The document was released by the Cyber Command deputy director for technology, Berl “Mike” Thomas.
“These Technical Challenge Problems are not requirements for which we anticipate solutions exist today. Rather, they are significant challenges which will require developers to use existing capabilities in novel ways, add new features, innovate, or drive new research,” the document says.
The Integrated Tactical Network is the name of the Army’s envisioned future network, and integration is the name of the game for one of the service’s premier research and development centers.
The mission for the newly named Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center remains largely the same, but seamless integration of those eight closely related technology areas is now a primary focus, according to Michael Monteleone, who directs the C5ISR Center’s Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate.
“The biggest change right now is that we are incredibly focused on the integrated capabilities across the traditional functional areas and really looking at multidomain operations,” Monteleone offers.