Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced today that the university is opening a new Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation in Discovery Park.

"We live in a dangerous world in which we must continuously invent more, discover more, and innovate more than those who oppose us, and be able to deliver those technologies quickly into the hands of the people who use them to protect the rest of us," Daniels said. "Purdue is well-positioned to do this. We are accomplished at not only discoveries in science, engineering and technology, but delivering those discoveries to the market quickly. We think we can do the same for national security and defense." 

As the world deals with changes brought about by emerging technologies such as supercomputers, robotics, rapid manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, and at the same time struggles with cybersecurity and biosecurity, the nation's defense and security agencies are perhaps moving even faster to understand what these new technologies will mean in the future. 

The Purdue institute was announced during a daylong symposium on global defense issues on the Purdue campus. Dan DeLaurentis, Purdue professor of aeronautics and astronautics and President's Fellow for Defense Initiatives, will be the interim director of the new institute.

A newly announced Purdue University institute will conduct advanced defense and security research, such as new rocket engines similar to this 2014 test of a combustor as part of NASA’s Project Morpheus. (Purdue University photo/Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories.)

The institute will work with Purdue's other research centers and institutes to research areas such as advanced instrumentation, nanotechnology, social and behavioral sciences, big data analytics, and simulations to deliver integrated systems solutions to the nation's security and defense community.

In the 2016 fiscal year, Purdue was awarded more than $50 million for advanced defense-related research projects. The new institute will centralize defense and security research efforts across campus, and, it is hoped, will make Purdue the pre-eminent university in national defense and security.

"Our nation's universities and their research capabilities are the envy of the world, and for good reason," Daniels said. "We should use this competitive advantage, along with government laboratories, private-sector corporations and venture capital firms to ensure continuous technological military superiority." 

Dan DeLaurentis, Purdue professor of aeronautics and astronautics and President's Fellow for Defense Initiatives, has been named the inaugural and interim director the Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation in Purdue University’s Discovery Park. (Purdue University photo)
Dan DeLaurentis, Purdue professor of aeronautics and astronautics and President's Fellow for Defense Initiatives, has been named the inaugural and interim director the Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation in Purdue University’s Discovery Park. (Purdue University photo)

DeLaurentis said not all discoveries will be from bench science or engineering – behavioral and social science will be equally important.

"We must develop teams that can understand and then address threats in a manner that integrates technical, social and policy factors," he said. "These issues must be confronted holistically when we develop pathways to greater security."

Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, chief scientist and executive director of Purdue's Discovery Park, said that the United States has gained a technological advantage, or "offset," in each of the past major conflicts. Nuclear weapons, stealth technologies, global positioning and accuracy are all examples of the ways the U.S. has stayed ahead of its adversaries. But to stay ahead now, the U.S. should be in a state of continuous development, or continuous offset, he said.

"We can no longer rely on decades of military superiority via so-called technology 'off-sets.' Countries around the world are innovating and advancing, whether it is quantum computing, cryptography, or hypersonic weapons, or artificial intelligence, the gap is closing fast," he said. "In the future we must out-invent, out-discover, and out-innovate our adversaries every day."

"Hoosiers across Indiana are pioneering new technologies in defense and cybersecurity, playing a key role in keeping the world safe. Since 2002, defense contracts have doubled in Indiana, creating thousands of high-paying, quality Hoosier jobs. Indiana's world-class research institutions like Purdue University are crucial in the development of this sector, working in partnership with industry leaders to help them develop innovative new technologies. Today, Purdue is helping train the next generation of engineers and technology experts, and with the launch of its new Institute for Global Security and Defense, we'll soon see more Purdue graduates ready to fill these great new jobs coming to our state," commented Jim Schellinger, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

"Leaders from around the world continue to look to Purdue University to help find solutions for some of our most complex security and defense issues. This year's Global Defense Symposium is another way for Purdue to set the course by exploring the evolving global security landscape. Our nation's research universities will be vital components of our defense strategy, helping to develop many of the innovative technologies that will keep our nation safe," said Eric Holcomb, Indiana Lieutenant Governor and Governor-elect.

More information about the Purdue Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation can found on the website.

Milos Popovic, assistant professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been awarded the prestigious Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.

Popovic is one of 16 scientific researchers from universities across the country to receive this year’s fellowship, announced by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation this week. Each of the fellows will receive an unrestricted research grant of $875,000 over five years.Milos Popovic

Popovic will investigate light-based devices for future microchip technology where light particles -- photons -- squeezed into nanometer-scale dimensions in silicon nanowires on chips give rise to unique physics. His research may enable ultra-low energy, “smart” self-adaptive circuits, and technology for communication and computation using quantum mechanics.

“The campus is delighted to learn that Professor Milos Popovic has joined the ranks of our highly talented faculty who have previously been named Packard Fellows,” said Vice Chancellor for Research Stein Sture. “We congratulate Dr. Popovic on this outstanding achievement.”

Popovic joined the CU-Boulder faculty in January 2010 after serving as a postdoctoral associate in the optics and quantum electronics group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds the GE/Donnelly Faculty Fellowship in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, graduating first in his class, and his master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at MIT.

The Packard Fellowship program was established in 1988 to allow the nation’s most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements. The program arose out of David Packard’s commitment to strengthen university-based science and engineering programs in recognition that the success of the Hewlett-Packard Co., which he co-founded, derived in large measure from the research and development in university laboratories.

The 2012 fellows were selected by the Packard Fellowship Advisory Panel, a group of 12 nationally recognized scientists and engineers, and approved by the Packard Foundation Board of Trustees from a field of 98 researchers nominated by presidents of 50 universities that participate in the Packard Fellowship program.

Popovic joins 13 other faculty from CU-Boulder who have received the prestigious fellowship over the years.

For more information about the Packard Foundation go to http://www.packard.org.

Members Work for Global Collaboration in the Fight against Cyber Crime

The rise of cyber attacks - and the call for global collaboration on solutions that reduce the threat - has led the United States Secret Service to become the sixth government agency to join Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program (TSCP).

The move reflects a growing awareness of the need for a united effort and common solutions to defend against the advanced persistent threat of cyber attacks against nations and commercial organizations alike. High-profile attacks, such as GhostNet and the U.S. electrical grid infiltration, create the imperative for government agencies and private industry to work together on viable and robust solutions that protect electronic information regardless of where it resides.

The U.S. Secret Service joins the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), U.K. Ministry of Defence, Netherlands Ministry of Defence, and France's Network and Information Security Agency (ANSSI), to provide critical insight into the real-world applications of solutions and processes that can protect mission-critical information and intellectual property from theft by politically motivated cyber criminals.

TSCP is the only government-industry partnership dedicated to helping member organizations equip themselves with the necessary means to combat computer-related crimes. As a member of TSCP, the U.S. Secret Service adds to its already formidable portfolio of cyber defense initiatives, including an Electronic Crimes Task Force and Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program.

"As the Secret Service continues to seek new and innovative ways to combat the increasing threat presented by transnational criminal organizations, our ability to partner with the private sector and academia has become the key to our success," said Michael P. Merritt, assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service.  "Membership, on both the Governance Board and the Executive Committee of TSCP, is an honor, and the Secret Service is looking forward to becoming a trusted partner with all TSCP members."

Membership with TSCP offers an extension of resources, expertise, and capabilities, creating a global network of government agencies, aerospace and defense (A&D) companies, and software vendors who unite under the TSCP mantle to collaboratively address the most critical issues in cyber security today.

"Our mission is to foster secure collaboration through federation so that information can be protected while being shared in a global environment. In an era characterized by persistent cyberthreats, we reach out to U.S. and international governments and A&D companies to bring them together to develop solutions that protect information for global collaboration, so business gets done - around the corner and around the world," said Keith Ward, TSCP chairman. "The U.S. Secret Service is a welcome addition to this effort, bringing additional expertise and insight into best-practices for defending against the growth of sophisticated cyber attacks."

In addition to government agencies, TSCP members include BAE Systems, Boeing, EADS/AIRBUS, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Rolls-Royce and Finmeccanica.  Partner members include Exostar.

 For more information, please visit www.tscp.org.

Voltaire has announced that it continues to grow its adVantage Partner Program, which now includes more than fifty partner organizations consisting of resellers, VARs and distributors. The program provides comprehensive sales, marketing, technical training and support services to help partners worldwide sell Voltaire's industry-leading portfolio of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) and InfiniBand datacenter solutions.

New members of the program include Dasher Technologies and Torrey Point which recommend Voltaire products to their customers because of their differentiated and solutions-oriented approach to networking. In addition to 10GbE and InfiniBand switching platforms, the Voltaire portfolio includes unique software offerings to address key networking requirements such as: managing networks in the age of cloud computing and virtualized datacenters, accelerating access to storage, and reducing latency for applications such as high frequency trading.

"Our strong technical expertise and vendor independence allow us to integrate best-of-breed software, hardware and services into a custom solution that directly impacts the business, said Al Chien, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Dasher Technologies. "Voltaire's approach to 10GbE networks includes a software management layer in addition to the switches that is unique in the industry and serves as the foundation for cloud networking. We are pleased to be part of the adVantage program and to offer Voltaire solutions to our customers."

"Torrey Point designs networks with a focus on maximizing the return on technology investment for our worldwide clientele," said Steve Fazio, chief executive officer, Torrey Point. "Voltaire's 10GbE solutions meet the new infrastructure requirements for datacenter and cloud computing environments of all sizes. We are pleased to add Voltaire products to our offering."

"Growing the adVantage Partner Program to more than fifty channel partners worldwide represents a significant milestone for Voltaire's continued expansion into the 10GbE market," said Patrick Guay, executive vice president of global sales and general manager at Voltaire. "We are continually expanding our product set while providing our partners with more technical and sales content via our partner portal to enhance the program. The adVantage program provides our partners with the fundamental tools to help differentiate their business and to deliver an outstanding customer experience. The formula is simple: provide leading-edge products that enable unique solutions -- at an extremely competitive price point, with up-to-date technical training, and outstanding support."

Students from several Michigan colleges will compete in the Michigan Collegiate Cyber Defense Network (MCCDN) State Qualifier at Davenport University in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Teams from Baker College (Clinton Township, Flint and Jackson campuses), Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, and Jackson College will be participating in the cybersecurity event. 

The MCCDN State Qualifier provides an opportunity for educational institutions in Michigan to practice cybersecurity skills in a competitive environment and have those skills evaluated by industry experts, improving the cyber defense workforce of the future. 

"We strive to bring new innovations to these events, in order to challenge the teams to learn and grow in ways that will help them throughout their careers," said Jacob Brabbs, a cybersecurity analyst for Merit Network. Brabbs is the lead network and systems engineer for the Michigan Collegiate Cyber Defense Network (MCCDN). 

At the start of the competition, each team of students will be provided with an identical complex network of fourteen virtual machines in a mixed environment of Windows, Linux, and networking devices. Each team is expected to keep the network operational, prevent unauthorized access, and accurately identify compromises and compromise attempts. 

The Michigan Cyber Range, powered by Merit Network, is sponsoring the event and supplying the virtual environment where the competition will take place. Merit's Secure Sandbox simulates a real-world computer network, however, it is completely isolated and secure. This ensures that the students can explore and experiment in a virtual world, without compromising their campus networks. 

A red team of cybersecurity professionals will attack the virtual infrastructure of the collegiate teams to test the students' ability to secure and defend their resources. Each student team will also launch attacks against their competitors during the event. Scores will be based on a team's ability to keep critical systems running, the number of service requests completed, incident response techniques and mitigation planning. 

At completion of the event, one team will be named the winner and will move on to the Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on March 27-28, 2015

The Michigan Collegiate Cyber Defense Network is a group comprised of network engineers, security experts and educators who volunteer their time to advance cyber defense education in the state of Michigan.

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