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A compact End Cryptographic Unit for tactical unmanned systems
Author(s): Hoa G. Nguyen; Ben Nahill; Narek Pezeshkian; David A. Wilson; John Yen; Jacob Leemaster; Brian Telle; Rafael Suero; Joseph Sobchuk; Daniil Utin; Joseph D. Neff; Roger Khazan
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Paper Abstract

Under the Navy’s Flexible Cyber-Secure Radio (FlexCSR) program, the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory are jointly developing a unique cybersecurity solution for tactical unmanned systems (UxS): the FlexCSR Security/Cyber Module (SCM) End Cryptographic Unit (ECU). To deal with possible loss of unmanned systems that contain the device, the SCM ECU uses only publicly available Commercial National Security Algorithms and a Tactical Key Management system to generate and distribute onboard mission keys that are destroyed at mission completion or upon compromise. This also significantly reduces the logistic complexity traditionally involved with protection and loading of classified cryptographic keys. The SCM ECU is on track to be certified by the National Security Agency for protecting tactical data-in-transit up to Secret level. The FlexCSR SCM ECU is the first stand-alone cryptographic module that conforms to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Communications Architecture for Unmanned Systems, an initiative by the Office of the Secretary of Defense supporting the interoperability pillar of the DoD Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap. It is a credit cardsized enclosed unit that provides USB interfaces for plaintext and ciphertext, support for radio controls and management, and a software Application Programming Interface that together allow easy integration into tactical UxS communication systems. This paper gives an overview of the architecture, interfaces, usage, and development and approval schedule of the device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11021, Unmanned Systems Technology XXI, 110210F (13 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2520396
Show Author Affiliations
Hoa G. Nguyen, SPAWAR Systems Ctr. Pacific (United States)
Ben Nahill, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Narek Pezeshkian, Naval Information Warfare Ctr. Pacific (United States)
David A. Wilson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
John Yen, SPAWAR Systems Ctr. Pacific (United States)
Jacob Leemaster, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Brian Telle, SPAWAR Systems Ctr. Pacific (United States)
Rafael Suero, Naval Information Warfare Ctr. Pacific (United States)
Joseph Sobchuk, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Daniil Utin, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Joseph D. Neff, SPAWAR Systems Ctr. Pacific (United States)
Roger Khazan, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11021:
Unmanned Systems Technology XXI
Charles M. Shoemaker; Hoa G. Nguyen; Paul L. Muench, Editor(s)

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