SRI International has received a potential four-year, $7.3 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop software under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program that seeks to develop systems designed to detect and respond to cyber attacks on the power grid.
The company will perform software development work through the Threat Intelligence for Grid Recovery project as part of the third technical area under DARPA's Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization Systems initiative, the Defense Department said Friday.
RADICS is a potential four-year, $77 million program that aims to develop automated systems designed to help cyber professionals and electrical engineers restore power within one week after a cyber attack on the electrical infrastructure.
DARPA also expects the program to result in new platforms that work to provide situational awareness, create a secure communications network and facilitate recovery responses, according to DoD.
SRI will perform work in Menlo Park, California, through July 28, 2020.
The Air Force Research Laboratory awarded the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract through a competitive acquisition process with 70 proposals received and will obligate $1.3 million from the service branch's research, development, test and evaluation funds for fiscal 2016 at the time of award.