Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2017 Contents Information Technology Standards Registry (DISR). While the
DISR hosts many standards, JTNC-developed standards origi-
nated in, and apply to, tactical SDRs.
JTNC recently developed an Open Systems Architecture Pro-
curement Requirements Guide for Waveforms and Tactical
Radios. The guidance is modeled after language from DOD
Instruction (DODI) 5000.02, the BBP 3.0 implementation
directive, DOD Open Systems Architecture Contract Guide-
book for Program Managers version 1.1, and recently released
DOD requests for information and proposals. The intent of the
document is to increase DOD and industry adoption of open
systems architecture. It is useful to program management offices
procuring affordable SDR products and capabilities, providing
recommendations for input to solicitations.
The JTNC DOD Waveforms Standards Directorate continues
to lead the effort based on proactive implementation of BBP 3.0
through collaboration with the open systems community. In
FY16, the directorate engaged with more than 20 PM offices
(leaders and technical experts) across the services, eight other
government organizations, 14 industry stakeholders, three stan-
dards organizations and two allies via working groups, meetings
and training events. The collaborative effort and open systems
approach enabled the development of Software Communica-
tions Architecture (SCA) Specification 4.1, the architecture
framework that assists SDR development and meets military and
commercial application requirements.
While SDRs offer substantial improvements in communication
capabilities, PM offices should strategically address identi-
fied security gaps. The team analyzing waveform security has
observed waveform security gaps that require strategic solutions.
The SDR development environment for security was created
in 2005 based on National Security Agency Type 1 certifica-
tion requirements to ensure trusted communication of classified
information on radio platforms and pre-evaluation of waveform
applications. Since SDRs are indeed software-based, the code
is as potentially vulnerable as any other code. But because of
the importance of this link in the digital chain, the security
of the code is even more important. Cybersecurity threats and
defensive techniques have both evolved to a new level of sophisti-
cation, increasing the risk of compromise to the current products
as a result. Development efforts compliant with SCA 4.1 miti-
gate security risks based on incorporated architectural measures
against more contemporary threats.
Coupled with outdated security controls is recognition that
current DOD security reviews are too limited. The DOD infor-
mation assurance certification and accreditation process and
risk management framework (RMF) control application are not
focused on software-level requirements. DOD needs to invest in
the development of an expanded life cycle approach for wave-
form software based on the RMF controls.
To maximize the benefit to the government of funded software
development, PMs should be specifying, at a minimum, gov-
ernment purpose rights software and appropriate waveform
documentation. Over the course of five in-depth analyses,
JTNC has developed an experience-derived checklist of wave-
form artifacts (including source code) that the team uses to make
observations in the areas of interoperability, security, affordabil-
ity and exportability. This list, referred to as entrance criteria
for a JTNC waveform analysis, is a resource that PM offices can
obtain by contacting JTNC and leverage during waveform pro-
curement to improve the end product.
JTNC will continue to execute its mission toward the vision
assigned by the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, tech-
nology and logistics and the DOD chief information officer for
“ interoperable, secure, and affordable waveforms and wireless
communications in support of service, multiservice and coali-
tion forces.” With a uniquely interagency perspective, experience
base from waveform analyses and recommended standards from
an open systems approach, JTNC will continue to fulfill its role
as technical adviser and share observed trends along with associ-
For more information or to request the white paper “Electronic
Protection (EP) of Tactical Radio Systems,” contact the JTNC
Public Affairs Office at JTNC.Public.Affairs@navy.mil. For
CAC-enabled access, go to https://www.dodir.mil/jtnc_docs#.
LT. COL. MATTHEW A. “MATT” JURY is deputy director of
JTNC, San Diego, California , responsible for providing oversight
and management in the execution of tactical and strategic plans.
He has a master’s degree in acquisition management from Florida
Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in environmental
engineering from the U.S . Military Academy at West Point. He is
Level III certified in program management and a member
of the Army Acquisition Corps.
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