Published:  March 8, 2016

Focus on Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate

The US Air Force’s Rome Laboratory is the USAF research and development center for command, control, and communications and is responsible for planning and executing the USAF science and technology program. The Information Directorate develops information technologies for air, space and ground systems, partnering with other federal agencies, allied nations, state and local governments, and more than 50 major universities. The Information Directorate focuses its research in four major technical areas: Autonomy, Command and Control, and Decision Support; Processing and Exploitation; Cyber Science and Technology; and Connectivity and Dissemination.

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Command and Control of Proactive Defense

Missions are under constant threat of cyber-attacks that can cause the denial of critical services and the loss of data confidentiality. The application of proactive cyber defenses can help prevent these attacks, but may also…

Cyber Deception

The Department of Defense currently depends upon static cyber defense systems. Adversaries can plan their attacks carefully over time by relying on the static nature of our networks, and launch their attacks at the times…

A Science of Network Configuration

Configuration is the glue for logically integrating network components to satisfy end-to-end requirements on security and functionality. Every component has a finite number of configuration variables that are set to definite values. It is well-documented…

Networking Modeling and Simulation: Bridging the Gap from Theory to Field Tests

The use of live field testing for new data links, protocols, waveforms, radios, and algorithms is the traditional best-practice. With that said, the cost, time, effort and complexity involved in large-scale field tests often makes…

Bridging Fault Tolerance and Game Theory for Assuring Cyberspace

Two Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)-funded in-house efforts have shaped the way that AFRL/RI has bridged fault tolerance and game theory: “Fault Tolerance for Fight-Through (FTFT)” and “STORM: Survivability Through Optimizing Resilient Mechanisms”….

Physics of Information Assurance

Information Assurance (IA) is the application of this directive in the cyber domain. IA activities include measures that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation. IA…

The Junior Force Council: Reaching Out to New Employees

Introduction and Council Mission At the Information Directorate, we have a unique group of individuals that serves to ensure that the newer military and civilian employees have a positive impact on the Air Force mission….

Application Specific Abstractions: A Research

The success of modern computing can be largely attributed to abstractions. By abstracting away the intricate details of how lower level components work, users at higher levels of abstraction are able to focus their efforts…

Cross-domain Transfer: Information Support Server Environment (ISSE)

A. Cross-domain Transfer The proper treatment of classified data has always been important throughout this nation’s history. Classification of data was present even in the early period of the American Revolution when the Continental Congress…