U.S. Marines Enhances Cyber Operations with ONR's Tactical Cyber Range

By CIOReview | Friday, December 26, 2014

ARLINGTON, VA: U.S. Navy and Marines has now focused on the development of cyber operations with Tactical Cyber Range of Office of Naval Research (ONR). ONR’s Tactical Cyber Range will be refining enemy-base hidden communications in a noisy, dense electromagnetic spectrum during the battle.

Maj. Christian Fitzpatrick, ONR tactical cyber special projects officer, states that Tactical Cyber Range will extends cyberspace training to Radio Frequency (RF) physical environment to integrate information related capabilities with traditional fires, supporting mission objectives. The Marine Corps Information Enterprise Strategy plans to train cyber personnel in realistic operational environments by using development technologies.

To support large military operations, Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force (II MEF) engages ONR’s networking, communications, sensors, unmanned systems and augmented reality technology to coordinate cyber and electronic warfare actions. ONR’s Tactical Cyber Range will also be used to extend the capability of the Joint Information Operations Range to test, plan and assess information operations.

The test conducted on Tactical Cyber Range during Bold Alligator exercise is a pair of signals intelligence (SIGINT) and Cyber augmented reality glasses. The pair is the result of collaboration between ONR’s Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism Department and TechSolutions Program. Bold Alligator is a joint, bi-annual exercise to demonstrate new technologies and capabilities. The alliance enables them to eliminate the chance of information overload while continuing with the operations. The Cyber augmented reality glasses process relevant information for Marines to conduct cyber operations and operate assigned weapon system with the assurance of surroundings’ awareness.