The Defense Advance Research Projects Agency started phase two of the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge program aiming to protect crucial information on multiple security levels, FCW reported Thursday. The SHARE effort intends to access multiple security levels through one device connected to a tactical network to protect data exchanged with key coalition entities.
Joseph Evans, SHARE program manager working under DARPA’s strategic technology office, said the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps will start testing around 100 of the new SHARE devices in June before a full transition to the military branches by 2020. Evans expects to receive feedback on the devices as well as their Android Windows Tactical Assault Kit GPS mapping interface that is deployed by the State Department and Department of Defense.
The SHARE project was built on discoveries made during DARPA’s Remote, Advise, and Assist program launched to help special forces and coalition partners collaborate on Islamic State counterterrorism missions.