Leidos Australia has been chosen as the prime system integrator to deliver the first part of Joint Project 2096 Phase I intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) integration.
The Australian Department of Defence’s (DOD) Joint Project 2096 is a multi-phased programme that aims to support military and intelligence force elements and organisations in their operations.
Phase I will provide functionality to the Defence Secret Network (DSN) to create a unified, integrated mission dataset.
This will allow users to discover, access, analyse, manipulate and publish ISR information and intelligence, enhancing the security of Australians at home and abroad.
Australia’s Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said: “This project will allow intelligence analysts to rapidly search and discover collected data to improve intelligence and decision support to Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the whole of Government decision makers.
“The project will help deliver on the Government’s commitment to improve the situational awareness, mission planning and warfighting capabilities of the ADF as outlined in the 2016 defence white paper.”
The DoD has allocated $500m for the first part of Joint Project 2096 Phase I, which will focus on the acquisition and integration of ISR data and applications as well as sustainment.
It will provide the infrastructure on the DSN and deployed DSN to store, manage and process large volumes of ISR information and intelligence.
Australia Defence Industry Minister Steven Ciobo said that the project supports 65 new jobs for the ISR Development and Support Centre.
Ciobo added: “Leidos has a proven track record of delivering integrated data solutions, and will ensure around $450m is spent in Australia.”