MLS & MILS Lower Risk, Allow for Greater Interoperability and Data Sharing in LVC Training


The expectation of elevated levels of data protection is the same, regardless of whether the data is being used in a training situation or in an actual mission, according to Ryan Littler, chief engineer for test, training and instrumentation group for Rockwell Collins, during a recent podcast about data security for the military and live, virtual, constructive (LVC) training. In today’s environment, multiple layers of protection are needed for greater interoperability and data sharing.

Littler said, “How data is used doesn’t change its classification and the need to ensure that security expectations are met.”

The new Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS Inc-II) program that Rockwell is working on for the U.S. Navy is a notable example of how the company uses multi-level security (MLS) system solutions to allow for simultaneous processing of data at different classification and levels in their efforts to help the Navy improve combat readiness system.

“Enabling interoperability between old and new generations of technology reflects a tangible reuse of MLS products and program elements across training environments and even operations,” Littler explained. “Rather than ripping and replacing, we can leverage one of the artifacts of MILS – the ability to upgrade components – and create an environment that allows aircrews to train like they would fight.”

Littler also explained how Rockwell’s work on Joint Secure Air Combat Training Systems (JSAS) has enabled information flows that may have been prevented previously because of security classifications. “With this project, data can flow across classification levels in a manner that meets security expectations and protects the data.”

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