Air Force, Strategic Capabilities Office Aim to Develop Cyber Planning Tool Via ‘Project IKE’

The U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense’s Strategic Capabilities Office have decided to continue the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s work on a program to provide cyber personnel with a tool to plan and carry out cyber operations, Fifth Domain reported Monday.

DARPA’s Plan X program has been renamed Project IKE and a spokesman for DoD said the project seeks to develop an artificial intelligence-based platform meant to provide cyber warriors a new way to analyze the “common operating picture.”

“IKE will provide cyber command and control and situational awareness across the whole of DoD’s Cyber Mission Force,” said a spokesman for the Pentagon. “The objective of IKE is to develop automated artificial intelligence/machine learning techniques to assist human understanding of the cyber battlespace, support development of cyber warfare strategies and measure and model battle damage assessment.”

The report said Project IKE could serve as a foundation for the Joint Cyber Command and Control initiative in support of the U.S. military’s cyber personnel.

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