The Pentagon has announced it will fund research programs for the development of tools that can coordinate and bolster cyberattacks, NextGov reports.
Initially announced in June, the Pentagon’s Plan X will “create revolutionary technologies for understanding, planning, and managing cyberwarfare in real-time, large-scale, and dynamic network environments.”
According to official documents, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing military tools for greater visibility and situational awareness during cyber operations.
Through Plan X, DARPA wants an adaptable cybersecurity system that runs on auto-pilot and can repeat certain offensive and defensive functions.
The system, NextGov reports, should also be capable of weapon deployment during cyberattacks.
The Agency is looking for a team to both integrate all of the mentioned functions, as well as purchase and maintain the system’s infrastructure.
DARPA officials will brief contractors on the program in two sessions, including one open and one classified Secret in Arlington, Va., on September 27 with a formal request for proposals to be released at the end of September.