SAIC to support US Army’s biometric collection system development

14 January 2013 (Last Updated January 14th, 2013 03:50)

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract to support the US Army in the development of a tactical biometric collection system.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been awarded a contract to support the US Army in development of a tactical biometric collection system.

Awarded by the Army Contracting Command (ACC) New Jersey, the single-award firm-fixed price (FFP), cost-plus-fixed fee (CPFF) and cost reimbursement (CR) contract features an eight-month base performance period with a one-year option, and a maximum potential value of $73m if the option is exercised.

"We look forward to continuing our support of the DoD's biometric programme and providing this set of critical capabilities that enable US military forces to maintain an edge over its adversaries in biometrics warfare through the integration and fielding of leading technology collection and identification devices."

Under the contract, SAIC will provide a wide range of software engineering maintenance and management services in support of the quick reaction capabilities (QRC) that are managed by the US Department of Defense's (DoD) Product Manager for Joint Personnel Identification (PM JPI).

SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager John Thomas said: "We look forward to continuing our support of the DoD's biometric programme and providing this set of critical capabilities that enable US military forces to maintain an edge over its adversaries in biometrics warfare through the integration and fielding of leading technology collection and identification devices."

Specific services being provided by the company include management of specified design criteria and quality standards of PM JPI.

PM JPI aims to develop a tactical mobile and portable biometric collection capability that will enable US forces to gather and enter an enemy or neutral individual's biological information into the DoD's automated biometric identification system (ABIS) database.

The embedded data will facilitate in identification and verification of the identity of actual or potential adversaries.

Work under the contract is scheduled to be carried out at the company's facilities in Virginia, South Carolina, Arizona and West Virginia.

The contract has been awarded under the US Army's computer hardware, enterprise software and solutions (CHESS) information technology enterprise solutions-2 services (ITES-2S) contract vehicle.