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Frank Pound: DARPA Plan X Program Seeks to Provide ‘Unified’ Cyber Space Framework for Military Operators

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CyberStockThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is near the release of a program designed to help military cyber warfighters plan and carry out missions in cyberspace, DoD News reported Thursday.

Frank Pound, a program manager at DARPA, told DoD News in an interview that the Plan X program is built to provide cyber operators “a unified architecture from which to conduct cyber operations or reason about cyber or visualize cyber.”

Cheryl Pellerin writes Plan X works to help military operators plan missions through assessment of routers, file servers, gateways and other components of the cyber terrain.

Pound noted that DARPA engineers developed applications that work to help cyber warfighters sense and detect activities on a network and used the Mitre Corp.-built Cyber Observable Expressions data model to define cyber space terms on the cyber warfare program.

DARPA will launch Plan X at the annual Cyber Flag and Cyber Guard joint exercises in Suffolk, Virginia, in June and deploy the program in 2017 for use by personnel at the Defense Department and U.S. Cyber Command, Pound said.

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