The US Army has awarded a contract to technology solutions provider Alion Science and Technology to support the Army Spectrum Management Office (Asmo ) with associated technical services.

Under the $7.8m contract, the company will provide the radio frequency (RF) spectrum modelling, simulation, analysis, certification, and automation services to ensure that present and future army platforms will receive acceptable real-time access to the RF spectrum.

The company will also provide a dynamic means to design, test and certify spectrum-dependent system (SDS) technology and develop software tools to model RF compatibility and availability on the battlefield.

Alion senior vice-president and manager of the Operational Solutions Group said the company’s modelling, simulation and spectrum experts will help ASMO determine the operational effectiveness of army communications and sensor systems.

In addition, Alion will assist ASMO in evaluating wireless network after next (WNaN) technology and identify RF spectrum management and modelling issues associated with WNaN to enhance assured information transfer that benefits the warfighter.

The WNaN is a technology that can dynamically sense, characterise, react and adapt to changing network conditions.

The solution provided by the company will clear barriers in real-time access to RF spectrum for both warfighters and first responders at the army base.

Work began on 26 June 2009 will continue until June 2012.

The contract has been issued under the Alion-operated Modeling and Simulation Information Analysis Center (MSIAC) contract vehicle and the work being performed has been sponsored by the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office in Virginia.