NSA's Top Secret Information Will Be Stored at SNC's System
SNC has been selected for the development and competitive production of the new U.S. Army's Next Generation Load Device-Medium (NGLD-M) to allow soldiers to access Communication Security (COMSEC) products over the network using advanced cryptographic algorithms.
The contract has a potential value of $774 million over ten years.
Following the decision, SNC partnered with Ultra. According to Ultra's press release, the company will provide an integral cryptographic component for the NGLD-M to protect, store, and distribute sensitive information. Ultra announced that its crypto SoC approach had been chosen as an integral component of Sierra Nevada Corporation's replacement for the legacy AN/PYQ-10 Simple Key Loader (SKL) devices.
The NGLD-M is the U.S. Army's initiative to modernise its cryptographic infrastructure and prepare for mounting cyber and electronic warfare threats. NGLD-M will allow operators to employ electronic cryptographic keys while achieving the highest levels of security, including NSA Type 1. This encryption and distribution reinforce the cryptographic landscape by helping to ensure that red forces, cybercriminals and foreign states cannot compromise the cryptographic keys that form the heart of NGLD-M. The final device will be ruggedized, battery-powered and hand-held for deployment in a range of operating conditions. With an NGLD-M device, specially trained operators will be able to reconfigure cryptographic products, generate keys over a network and download software remotely.