Wright Patt, defense firm work to protect weapons from cyber threats

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Wright Patt, defense firm work to protect weapons from cyber threats

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Air Force Research Laboratoy headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO

The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a $47.9 million contract to a defense contractor to explore ways to protect weapon systems from cyber attacks, according to the Department of Defense.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., which has an office in the Dayton region, will research the problem at Wright-Patterson, the Defense Department reported. The contract will expire in March 2023.

“… We’re not sure that we’re addressing all of the (cyber) vulnerabilities that we need to, so building that capability to look at all our weapon systems … across the board is paramount to us,” Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, former Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, said in an October 2015 interview with this newspaper.

In other contract news, AFRL recently awarded a $15 million contract to PC Krause and Associates of West Lafayette, Ind., to reduce the amount of time to develop thermal technologies through modeling and simulation, according to the Defense Department.

The research contract at Wright-Patterson is set to end in 2021.

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