Military Communications Conference
29 November–2 December 2021 // San Diego, CA, USA // In–Person Conference
Enabling All-Domain C2 and Communications

Restricted Technical Program

Papers submitted to the restricted-access program must be approved to have Distribution Statement C (release to U.S. Government and contractors) or Distribution Statement A (full public release). Authors will be asked to verify that they have obtained this approval.

The attendance restrictions make this portion of the program appropriate for material that is For Official Use Only (FOUO) or export controlled.

Accepted papers will be presented at the MILCOM conference and will be provided to DTIC for distribution after the conference. Proceedings will NOT be available for the Restricted Access Program.

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Purpose: MILCOM
Technical POC: Bryan Cooley (310)336-1092
Security POC: Judy Shimamura (310)336-5038
2310 E. El Segundo Blvd
El Segundo, CA 90245
Date of Visit: 11/29/21-12/1/21

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DD2345 submitters will be required to show proof of U.S. citizenship (or unexpired US permanent residency) at conference.

Deadline for submittal is 11/15/21. No clearances will be processed on site.

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Restricted Panels
Room: Temecula 3 & 4

Morning Session
10:20 - 12:00

Early Afternoon
13:30 - 15:00

Late Afternoon
15:45 - 17:30

Secure Data Sharing at the Tactical Edge: The Intersection of Technology and Operations

Mary Schurgot, DARPA, Panel Moderator

5G Technology – Enabling Future Mission

Invited Panel
Peter Kim (Aerospace), Elina Neira (MITRE), Dr. Khanh Pham (AFRL/RV), Dr. Amir Stephenson (MITRE)

Moderator: Alinn Herrera (Aerospace)

5G Applications – Enabling Future Mission

Invited Panel
Victor Lin (Aerospace), Dr. Venki Ramaswamy (MITRE), Dr. Jonathan Ashdown (AFRL/RY), Demetrius Davis (MITRE)

Moderator: Darcy Swain Walsh (MITRE)


Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Restricted Papers
Room: Temecula 3 & 4

Morning Session
10:20 - 12:00

Early Afternoon
13:30 - 15:00

Late Afternoon
15:45 - 17:30

Design and Assessment of an Integrated Directional Data and Omnidirectional Control Network

Jin Li, Brian Dong

Hiding under Noise for Low Probability of Detection: Link and Network Level Design Considerations

Marcus Urie, Cenk Kose, Mark Johnson

Air Force Common Tactical Edge Network Prototype Flight Experiments

Daniel Whisman, Thomas Goff, David Wiggins, Devanshu Mehta

Use of K-Nearest Neighbors Machine Learning to Detect Cyber Threats on the Navy Smart Grid

Preetha Thulasiraman, Vincent Chan

Laser Communications Through Clouds and Obscurants

Lewis Roberts, Michael Cheng, Dariush Divsalar, Sam Dolinar, Makan Mohageg, Lars Chapsky, Sabino Piazolla, Stephanie Luk

Multi-domain Assured & Networked Tactial Information Sharing (MANTIS)

Michael Atighetchi, Katarzyna Olejnik, Joud Khoury, Zachary Ratliff, Cole Winsor, Edward Lu, Matthew Shaver, Camdon Cady

On the Feasibility of Porting the MUOS Waveform to a GPP-Based SDR Platform

Sunill Ramlall, Thomas Gadek, Ashwin Amanna, Francisco Raygoza, James Bohl, Nicholas Echeverry, William Blair, Dale Bryan, Michael Gudaitis

Autonomous Vehicle Intervention for Resilience in Time-Varying Networks

Jeffrey Poston, Jeremy Bruch, Adaleena Mookerjee, David Stopp

Data-driven Defeat System for Small Objects: DS2

Cordula Robinson, Alex Tapley, Marco Franco, Stratis Ionnidis


Secure Data Sharing at the Tactical Edge: The Intersection of Technology and Operations

Date: Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Time: 10:20-12:00
Room: Temecula 3 & 4, First Floor (Ground Level)

Organizer & Moderator: 

Dr. Mary Schurgot, DARPA

Dr. Mary R. Schurgot joined DARPA in 2020 as a program manager in the Strategic Technology Office (STO). Her research interests include secure and efficient data sharing, automated decision aids, and the design of new networking and communication paradigms. Prior to DARPA, Schurgot was technical director of machine learning and edge capabilities at CACI where she developed and led programs at the intersection of analytics, cyber, and networking. She has served as principal investigator and technical lead for DARPA programs and transition efforts.  Schurgot earned her bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.



Christopher Foster, Two Six Technologies {Confirmed}

Mr. Christopher Foster is a Research Director at Two Six Technologies, focused on the research, development, and transition of capabilities in the areas of mobile security and data privacy. Foster is the Principal Investigator for multiple DoD programs centered on developing scalable, secure communications systems. He has over twenty years of experience developing advanced technology across a diverse set of technical areas, including geophysical sensor systems, GPS-denied positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT), and special communications. Foster earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, both in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from Cornell University.


Dr. Tamer Refaei, MITRE {Confirmed}

Dr. Tamer Refaei is a Senior Principal Scientist at the MITRE Corporation. Refaei received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 2007.  He served as the Principal Investigator for a number of MITRE funded research projects which investigated the application of Named Data Networks in tactical communication environments.


Patrick Franks, 75th Ranger Regiment {Confirmed}

MAJ Patrick Franks received his commission from Mississippi State University in 2009 as an Infantry Officer.  As a lieutenant, he served as a rifle platoon leader, company executive officer, and Assistant S-3 in 10th Mountain Division. After the Signal Captain’s Career Course, he served as the NETOPS Officer, 58th Signal Company Commander, and Brigade Future Plans Officer in 101st Airborne Division.  In 2018, CPT Franks was selected to serve Rangers as Deputy Regimental S-6 in 75th Ranger Regiment.  After promotion to Major, he attended the Air Command and Staff College and completed their Joint All-Domain Strategist curriculum. MAJ Franks was selected to serve Rangers again as the Regimental S-6 in the 75th Ranger Regiment.  


Mathew Cotner, 75th Ranger Regiment (contractor) {Confirmed}

Mr. Mathew Cotner has 15 years of experience designing and implementing IT solutions for the 75th Ranger Regiment. His career with the 75th started when he volunteered to serve in the Ranger Regiment as an enlisted soldier. Mr. Cotner has configured and developed communication solutions across the full spectrum of the 75th's use case. For the last ten years he has served as the 75th's Senior Systems Engineer. Mr. Cotner has been directly working on the issues of IT security on the battlefield, all domain interoperability, and network resilience.


Donald Coulter, Army Futures Command {Confirmed)

Mr. Donald L. Coulter serves as the Senior Science and Technology (S&T) Advisor to the Army Network Cross-Functional Team (N-CFT) within Army Futures Command.  The N-CFT is responsible for driving requirements and transitions to enable reliable communications across all domains.  In his role as Senior S&T Advisor, Coulter identifies technologies and capabilities to address challenges to the tactical network.  Coulter received his B.S. in computer science from Bethune-Cookman University, M.S. in business administration from Texas A&M University-Texarkana, and M.S. in computer science from Stevens Institute of Technology.



Description: The DARPA SHARE (Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge) program is developing secure, resilient data sharing technology to solve interoperability challenges across mobile tactical networks. SHARE is securing tactical mobile handheld devices to support distributed information sharing at multiple security levels without the need for reachback to large-scale fixed infrastructure.  SHARE enables persistence in challenging environments by creating overlay networks using named data networking (NDN) technology based on individually secured packets.  SHARE software is integrated with the Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) application running on Android.     This panel will discuss the SHARE program and in particular the application of SHARE technology to operational needs through an agile Development Operations (DevOps) process leading to a “direct-to-operations” transition of research and development (R&D) capabilities.  Panelists include technologists and operators working together to solve mission-relevant communications challenges including: resilient data sharing in peer-to-peer networks; scalability of mobile ad hoc tactical radio networks; and interoperability within the Services and with partners, to include new approaches for data and key management.  The panel will also discuss open tactical networking challenges and related science and technology (S&T) efforts.    Distribution Statement “A” (Approved for Public Release, Distribution Unlimited)

The intention is for this panel to be held in the restricted access session at the CUI level.

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