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DARPA Contracts For New Internet “Standard” With Lockheed

by: Matthew Potter
October 19, 2009

Category: Business Line, Companies, Contract Awards, DARPA, Department of Defense, development program, Events, Federal Budget Process, IT, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, S&T, Services | RSS 2.0

The Defense Advanced Research Products Agency (DARPA) awarded a contract to a team led by Lockheed Martin to “develop” a new internet standard for use by the military only. The contract is worth about $31 million. Joining Lockheed will be companies like Microsoft, Juniper Networks, LGS Innovations and Stanford.

The idea is to build for DoD a more secure protocol. Although ARPA, DARPA’s predecessor, paid for the invention of what has become the Internet using primarily TCP/IP protocol this new set up will be optimized for military use and requirements. In some ways this makes a great deal of sense as the current internet faces a host of issues with protection and perhaps starting from scratch it will be easier to add security functions at the lowest level.

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