Call For Papers

The Coalition Interoperability Forum is accepting whitepapers/abstracts describing how an innovative solution using the operational vignette addresses one or more of the challenge areas.  Papers must be submitted no later than September 6, 2019.  USINDOPACOM will review submissions, and select solutions to be presented to a senior review board held during the Forum.  Teams selected to make an oral presentation of their solution to the board will be notified October 1, 2019. The solutions selected at the CI Forum will be included in rapid acquisition proposals by USINDOPACOM.

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Submissions must be received by 6 September 2019

OPERATIONAL VIGNETTE:

  • In 2021, US and mission partner forces are deployed to an austere location in support of a multinational peace-keeping operation. The mission requires that the combined forces have the ability to quickly pack up, move to a new location, and re-establish secure communications to each other and to their higher headquarters located in their home country. Voice-only communications are not an option, as frequent file sharing and shared imagery (e.g., common operating picture) are required. Workstations have been known to fail in this environment, so virtualized desktop solutions are preferred to retain information in the event of hardware failure.

CHALLENGE AREAS:

Federated Coalition Information Sharing Architecture

  • Many US mission partners desire a federated architecture that allows for interconnection of nationally-owned networks, versus direct extension of services and infrastructure from a single nation.
  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Federated Mission Network is a good example of a framework that is used to establish standards and agreements to govern Federation between multinational partners that have long-standing, pre-existing information sharing agreements.
  • CHALLENGE:  What are some models of federation used in commercial industry, and how can those be applied to ensure secure and interoperable federation between USINDOPACOM and mission partners in the Indo-Pacific, who require dynamic coalitions and who do not have pre-existing agreements?
     

Secure VDI in the Cloud

  • USINDOPACOM requires a coalition information sharing environment that is secure, interoperable, globally accessible, portable to different mission environments, and dynamic to support a varying set of mission partners. Virtualization (e.g., virtual desktop infrastructure) and cloud computing are two technologies that can meet most of the desired attributes.
  • CHALLENGE:  What commercially available approaches can be leveraged to support this desired information sharing environment? Are these approaches and technologies releasable to mission partners and can they support classified information sharing requirements? Are there commercial multi-cloud approaches that support multiple vendor solutions?
     

Multinational Cloud Cybersecurity

  • Cybersecurity is one of the top priorities of the Department of Defense (DOD). Assuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information is paramount to supporting DOD missions and daily operations.
  • As the DOD moves toward a cloud-based information sharing environment, cybersecurity will have to evolve to meet new threats and new models of information sharing. Similarly, mission partners will have to evolve their approaches to cybersecurity as they move to cloud-based information sharing.
  • CHALLENGE:  What models, frameworks, standards, policies, governance, and technologies are used by commercial industry to ensure cybersecurity for multinational / multi-tenant clouds?  Security is often a trade-off with cost and accessibility. Are these approaches cost-effective, secure, and flexible enough to meet changing mission needs and priorities?

 

 

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