WASHINGTON – Another slew of companies, including a division of Germany’s Siemens, are entering a Defense Department competition to realize a vision of seamless military communications, as part of a deal worth up to $950 million.
The US Air Force on Sept. 22 selected 30 additional vendors to bid for contracts related to Joint All-Domain Command and Control, a multibillion-dollar project aimed at better connecting military services and armed forces Land, Air, Sea, Space and Cyber.
Recent award winners include:
- Agile Defense of Virginia
- Altagrove of Virginia
- Autonodyne of Massachusetts
- BMC Software Federal of Texas
- Clear Creek Applied Technologies of Ohio
- Colossal Contracting of Maryland
- California Confluence
- The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Massachusetts
- EpiSys Science of California
- Epoch Concepts of Colorado
- FGS of Maryland
- ICR of Colorado
- InfoSciTex from Ohio
- Innoflight of California
- Own company of Washington
- Jasper Solutions of New York
- Memcomputing of California
- Nteligen of Maryland
- Oceus Networks of Virginia
- Orbital Insight of California
- Patronage Systems of Virginia
- Radiation Technologies of Alabama
- RKF Engineering Solutions of Maryland
- RUAG Space USA from Alabama
- Siemens Government Technologies of Virginia
- SRI International of California
- Sterling Computers of South Dakota
- Sigma Defense Systems of Georgia
- Terbine of Nevada
- Vannevar Labs of California
The Air Force added 27 companies to the growing list of eligible bidders to work on the contract in July, including AT&T Corp., a unit of AT&T. C4ISRNET reported in November 2020 that the service has presented similar awards to a total of 93 companies.
While the Department of Defense on Thursday did not specify what the contractors would produce, a contract announcement said players would be tasked with maturing, demonstrating and deploying “capabilities across platforms and domains, incorporating open systems design, modern software and… to enable the development of algorithms” JADC2.
The work is expected to be completed in May 2025. Exactly where the work will be carried out has not been determined.
The indefinite supply, indefinite quantity, multiple award contract was completed by Air Force Life Cycle Management in Ohio. IDIQ contracts provide a set of products or services over a set period of time. They are commonly used by the federal government; They are designed to streamline the procurement process.
The Army, Navy, and Air Force each have their own contributions to JADC2: Project Convergence, Project Overmatch, and the Advanced Battle Management System.
L3Harris Technologies, Leidos, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies and Science Applications International Corporation or SAIC announced earlier this week that they have been selected for an ABMS digital infrastructure consortium. An Air Force official also said an ABMS test model would soon be made available to industry to improve experimentation and evaluation.
Colin Demarest is a reporter at C4ISRNET where he covers military networks, cyber and IT. Colin previously reported for a South Carolina newspaper on the Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Administration—specifically, the Cold War cleanup and nuclear weapons development. Colin is also an award winning photographer.