Raytheon has been awarded a $9.8 million contract as part of DARPA's Plan X cyber program, according to a company news release.
Plan X, first announced in 2011, is described by DARPA as a "foundational" cyberwarfare contract for the Department of Defense to "plan for, conduct, and assess cyberwarfare in a manner similar to kinetic warfare. Towards this end the program will bridge cyber communities of interest from academe, to the defense industrial base, to the commercial tech industry, to user-experience experts."
Raytheon said its research will focus on enabling the Department of Defense to predictably and rapidly scale and execute cyber operations with accurate and assessable results. "When supporting our customers' missions, we can help assess the results of launching missiles or any weapons in other domains - land, air, sea or space," said Jack Harrington, vice president of cybersecurity and special missions for Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services division. "Raytheon is working to provide the same mission confidence to the cyber domain through our work with DARPA's Plan X."