US AFRL contracts BAE Systems to secure information exchange


BAE Systems has secured a five-year contract from the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to improve intelligence sharing.

Valued at around $49m, the contract requires the company to develop, install and maintain cross domain solutions to protect the sensitive information shared between government networks.

BAE Systems Intelligence & Security president DeEtte Gray said: “We’re helping our customers innovate advanced cross-domain technologies to enhance virtualisation, boost data processing, and support the integration of machine learning solutions.”

As part of the AFRL’s Systems Engineering and Evaluation System Analysis Worldwide Cross Domain contract, BAE will develop technologies for several customers, including the Intelligence Community, the US Department of Defense, and other government agencies.

These technologies would safeguard exchange of messages, images, and streaming video and audio data to enhance mission collaboration.

Additionally, BAE and AFRL will work together on the research and development of new tools to address future agency needs and bridge technology gaps.

"The contract requires the company to develop, install and maintain cross domain solutions to protect the sensitive information shared between government networks."

BAE Systems currently provides intelligence and security services to manage big data, inform big decisions, and support big missions.

The company's solutions and services include intelligence analysis, cyber operations, IT, systems development, systems integration, and operations and maintenance to enable militaries and governments to recognise, manage, and defeat threats.

With approximately 10,000 military and civilian personnel, AFRL focuses on the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for air, space and cyberspace forces in the US.


Image: BAE to develop new technologies to secure information transfers in military network. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.