Alion Science and Technology has been awarded a contract to enhance geospatial battlefield intelligence capabilities of the US Army.
Awarded under the Defense Technical Information Center's (DTIC's) weapon systems technology information analysis centre (WSTIAC) contract vehicle, the $24m order covers provision of support services for the development, integration and assessment of the army's geospatial enterprise (AGE).
Specific responsibilities include creation of policy and standards that will guide use of geospatial data across the army, development of geospatial data and policy documents, as well as support for the evaluation of geospatially based systems.
Alion Group senior vice president and distributed simulation group manager Terri Spoonhour said: "These capabilities include such mission-critical applications as increasing battlefield situational awareness for operational forces across the Department of Defense (DoD), improving training and achieving a common operating environment within the army geospatial enterprise."
Work under the contract is scheduled to run through to January 2016.
AGE is a distributed database and supporting infrastructure responsible for acquisition and management of geospatial data in support of the army battle command's (BC) combat and peace-keeping missions in a net-centric environment worldwide.
Considered critical to the army's LandWarNet/BC capability development strategy, the system helps in analysis of geospatial information and imagery representing physical topographies, environmental elements and geographically referenced activities, including geological information, terrain and roads, as well as the impact of the time of day or weather.