Prof. Wang Receives DARPA Grant

Posted on 2023-05-02

Lan Wang

Prof. Lan Wang, department chair and Dunavant Professor, has received a grant from the Mission-Integrated Network Control (MINC) program sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Peraton Labs is the prime contractor of the contract.

As outlined on the DARPA site, the objective of the MINC program is to ensure that critical data finds a path to the right user at the right time in highly contested, highly dynamic communication environments using secure control of any available communication or networking resources (communications, compute, or storage capabilities).

The MINC approach is designed to interoperate with a heterogeneous mix of legacy and future systems to ensure timely and reliable delivery of data that is not guaranteed today. This capability replaces the manual, static configuration of individual, tactical networks and the associated limited internetworking capabilities. The growing emphasis on all-domain warfare compounds the complexity of controlling heterogeneous networks. MINC embraces these challenges by introducing the mosaic warfare concepts of optionality, diversity, and rapid adaptability to the orchestration of networks of networks.

The MINC program will realize "on-demand" connectivity to enable effects chains by focusing on the development and integration of three key capabilities:

  1. Creating an "always-on" network overlay to access available networking and communications resources and control parameters;
  2. Using a cross-network approach for optimizing and managing network configuration and information flows; and
  3. Creating a mission-driven approach in determining the critical information flows for warfighting services.