C4I Networks

Security organizations are increasingly reliant on reliable and secure communication and information-gathering means. Close attention, therefore, needs to be paid to technological developments and threats in cyberspace. This means that information security is not merely a matter of technology. Adequate effectiveness of protective measures need to be continuously verified and tuned with the responsible agencies for them to act quickly and effectively in care of a cyber attack. Attacks of this type occur soundlessly and without warning, and the slightest weak point can result in major damage.


Picture Pierre Dumont

armasuisse intern receives award from the NATO CCDCoE for his work in Tallinn (Estonia)

We are delighted to report that the armasuisse Science and Technology intern Pierre Dumont has received an award from the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCoE) for his research work and his contribution during the Locked Shields exercise in 2017. During his internship at armasuisse Science and Technology, Mr Dumont was given the opportunity to undertake research for six months at the CCDCoE in Tallinn (Estonia) and thereby obtain important experience for Switzerland in the cyber sector.


Factsheet 1

SDR system architecture


Software-defined radio (SDR) systems are ideally structured in the same way as conventional radios. The signal first passes through the RF front end, before being processed and finally output for the user. 


Factsheet 2

Software which tells the hardware what to do.....


The technological trend points to the decreasing specialisation of hardware components. For the most part, ICT systems will in future be controlled primarily by software.

In the past, hardware components tended to be replaced by cheaper and higher-performance hardware components: ever faster processors and larger memories were the order of the day. But now hardware components are controlled by software and hence one is networked with the other. The general virtualisation of all ICT resources promises greater flexibility at lower cost by dividing up the available resources appropriately and deploying them according to need. Rigorous specialisation through software configuration and control makes it possible, for example, to adapt the necessary processing, memory and network elements flexibly in line with functional and performance requirements. In figurative terms, it is thus possible to switch within a short time from a large auditorium to several separate classrooms – or vice versa – as capacity can be freely allocated. But this increased flexibility also means greater risks. The experts at S+T examine all types of software and hardware systems by regularly testing them, comparing them and checking their safety.

Factsheet 3

Practice makes perfect – the world of simulator training


S+T has produced a summary of existing training and simulator systems. Training facilities are a vital element in all security-related organizations – not least of all the Swiss Armed Forces, given the growing shortage of training opportunities, training periods and training staff. It is essential to keep developing these facilities with a view to optimizing the usefulness of the training results.

Factsheet 4

Methodical decision-making processes – a strategic core competency in a changing environment

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Practice-proven: equipment ready for preliminary testing

Organizations with security-related roles such as the DDPS, the police or the cantons are constantly confronted with the need to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Here a methodical approach is beneficial to decision-making and also saves costs. In this context, S+T is conducting a multi-phase proof-of-principle trial. This covers the whole process from the initial on-screen simulation and the initial field trials through to full-scale exercises with armed forces personnel.

Factsheet 5

armasuisse - ETH Zurich team receives Best Paper Award

Best Paper Award
Best Paper Award

Vincent Lenders (armasuisse Science and Technology) together with David Gugelmann, Fabian Gasser and Bernhard Ager (ETH Zurich) have received an award at the annual Digital Forensic Research Workshop conference (DFRWS EU 2015) in Dublin.


Sciences and technology C4I-Networks
Mr. Adrian Turtschi
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
CH-3602 Thun
+41 58 468 27 52
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Mr. Adrian Turtschi
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
CH-3602 Thun

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