The US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has deployed hardened FIPS 140-2-compliant wireless LANs from Aruba Networks.
The FIPS 140-2 system, which will provide AFSOC personnel instant-on and rapidly-deployable Wi-Fi access to classified and unclassified networks, is developed by Aruba's partner Telos.
Personnel of Hurlburt Field-based AFSOC take part in global missions including the precision application of firepower, infiltration, aviation foreign internal defence, exfiltration, resupply and refuelling of SOF operational elements.
AFSOC communications and information directorate headquarters director Col. Tony Faughn said wireless was the next logical step in providing lighter and more flexible secure tactical communications.
Aruba Federal Solutions general manager Dave Logan said Telos was providing AFSOC with hardened, secure Aruba wireless LANs that can be field deployed in varying configurations based on mission length, force structure and communications requirements.
"Aruba's resilient, self-healing mesh is ideal for rapid-deployment applications," Logan said.
"Working in conjunction with our adaptive radio management (ARM) technology, mesh enables radio signals to reliably hop from access point to access point without any data cabling."
Cryptographic security requirements for sensitive but unclassified information is specified by the FIPS 140-2 standard.
In the FIPS 140-2 system, the ARM performs automatic compensation for interference, network traffic, and even the types of applications run on the network.