The Department of Defense (DoD) invests billions of dollars every year in weapons research and development to obtain and maintain full spectrum dominance in military operations. An increasing percentage of the critical technology in our state-of-the-art weaponry consists of software algorithms and data. Adversaries and competitors use open source literature research, computer network attacks, theft by well-placed insiders, and reverse engineering to access and exploit our software technology. Stolen technology and data are used to compete with us not only on the battlefield, but also within the global economy.
DoD established the Software Protection Initiative (SPI) to counter those efforts and protect critical software. SPI researches, develops, tests, and deploys protections to prevent the unauthorized modification, reverse engineering, and distribution of critical DoD software. This talk describes the unique SPI objectives and approaches, outlines its vision, and describes some of the technologies that have been developed and deployed.
Jeff A. Hughes is the Chief of the Anti-Tamper - Software Protection Initiative Technology Office of the Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory. Mr. Hughes was selected by the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology to organize and execute the DoD Software Protection Initiative (SPI). Mr. Hughes is noted for his work in automatic target recognition, sensor fusion, low observable analysis/design, and modeling and simulation efforts using HPC computer assets. Mr. Hughes has served on numerous NATO, US Government inter-agency committees, and DoD working groups. He has authored and presented numerous papers in both classified and open forums. He graduated from Ohio State University with both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.