Video: Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Rockwell Collins demonstrate multiple independent levels of security (MILS) at MILCOM 2008

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1Global defense contractors today are challenged with delivering secure communication systems with more functionality, supporting multiple domains, and higher assurance in a platform that is smaller in both size and weight. This directive cannot be satisfied using traditional federated military platforms. To create small and lightweight yet powerful components for future systems demanding the support of multilevel secure (MLS) communications, MILS (multiple independent levels of security), is now being implemented in leading military programs.

MILS is an emerging system architecture based on proven real-time operating systems concepts and is the foundation of modern MLS systems. This technology integrates multiple applications at different security levels on a single instance of silicon.

The very nature of MILS requires it to be robustly proven at the highest levels of Common Criteria (CC) security certification.

Four of the largest defense contractors in the world, Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and Rockwell Collins, demonstrated this exciting solution at MILCOM 2008. These Tier 1 defense suppliers, along with their software partners, are participating in a joint simulated combat search-and-rescue demonstration in which enemy jet fighter aircraft and missiles are identified and destroyed by their systems to enable the successful recovery of a downed pilot.

This multivendor demonstration features the MILS approach to information assurance, which can use Common Criteria–evaluated off-the-shelf products as a base to achieve secure information-sharing in battlespace. This demonstration shows a new approach for building MLS systems in a notional integrated battlefield using MILS solutions across companies and systems.

If you were not able to see this unique, integrated demo at MILCOM 2008, we've brought it to you. Don't miss your opportunity to see it from the convenience of your own office.

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