Military Embedded Systems

Raytheon releases software data transfer solution for cross-domain mobile and tactical information sharing


November 08, 2012

Brandon Lewis

Technology Editor

Embedded Computing Design

WASHINGTON – Raytheon has released the software-based Small Format Guard (SFG), a cross-domain data transfer solution for SWaP-C-minded mobile tactical forces. The adaptable, multi-level data transfer solution is operable on AdvancedTCA (ATCA) processor boards, Single Board Computers (SBCs), or other rugged 64-bit x86 architectures, and supports a variety of security protocols for mission-specific requirements.

SFG provides secure, bi-directional transfer of almost any data type across an unlimited number of classified and/or unclassified networks. One SFG can be levied with as many as 12 unique security levels, which have passed Certification and Accreditation (C&A) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).

Running SELinux on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Operating System (OS), the COTS-based Raytheon product contains a Configuration Builder software tool set, allowing approved tailored configurations from end-user development environments to be loaded. An autonomous solution, SFG loads at power on, and is designed to be cycled on and off without complexity.

Because of its ability to operate with secure data stores, SFG allows hardware to become unclassified at power off, and enables the selection of mission-specific data flow policies. During operation, logging can be performed to a local disk or achieved remotely through an Audit Review System for post-mission auditing.

Stemming from Raytheon’s High Speed Guard product, Small Format Guard is suited for use in multiple tactical scenarios, from high-redundancy airborne data centers to single-system Forward Operating Bases (FOBs).


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