The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Raytheon a $14 million contract to develop and deploy a new secure communications network. Raytheon will build DARPA’s Secure Enterprise Network (DSEN) and provide support to DARPA’s existing classified systems.
The award has a potential total value of $57 million, including maintenance and transition of DARPA’s existing networks to meet future requirements.
Raytheon’s DSEN solution is based on its Compartmented High Assurance Information Network (CHAIN) architecture which provides a secure, compartmented Microsoft Windows-based environment.
With this project, local, disparate networks will be connected to a single, integrated network. In the past, US national security constraints required reliance on “sneaker net” including manually removing hard drives to share information.