In 2010, SCALABLE was awarded a project from the Test & Evaluation / Science & Technology Program at the Test Resource Management Center, which reports directly to the Under Secretary for Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. Named StealthNet, the project provides real-time cyber threat analysis via “hardware-in-the-loop” configuration for simulation of cyber threats to the entire net-centric infrastructure. This new capability is designed to address an existing gap in the Department of Defense (DoD) testing infrastructure to realistically test the vulnerabilities and resilience of Blue Force communications against sophisticated cyber attacks. This is particularly relevant in networks that include both Current Force and Future Force networks spanning ground, air and satellite components. StealthNet will provide the fundamental science and technology advances to mitigate this gap and includes a transition plan for the resulting capability to be incorporated in the testing infrastructure of the US Army.
SCALABLE has designed, prototyped and demonstrated StealthNet’s capability to stimulate Blue Force tactical and Global Information Grid (GIG)-based communication networks with a diverse set of cyber threats in a Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) environment. In addition, the company has evaluated the effectiveness of the threats in disrupting Blue Force communications via key performance indicators, i.e. bandwidth, reliability, delay and quality of service metrics. StealthNet leveraged existing TRL-3 and TRL-4 research on information operations into a comprehensive and modular TRL-6 cyber warfare simulation capability that can be incorporated into the net-centric battlespace testing environment.