Battelle has been awarded a contract to provide support services for the US Army's identity management and cryptographic initiatives.
The $22.4m order features a ten-month performance period and two option years. It has been awarded as part of the Department of Defense's (DoD) information analysis centres (IAC) software, networks, information and modelling and simulation (SNIM) indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) multiple award contract vehicle.
Under the contract, Battelle will conduct in-depth information assurance research to enable the Army Chief Information Officer/G6 (CIOG6) Identity Management Division to streamline development and implementation of the army's public key infrastructure (PKI).
Battelle Cyber Innovation business vice president David Fisher said the company would offer high-impact technical cyber solutions to address the army's mission requirements.
"The performance of this contract fits perfectly in our strategic focus and we look forward to serving the army to further advance their leadership role in identity management and cryptographic solutions," Fisher said.
Research will also be used to advance cyber strategic planning, identity and access management, communications security (COMSEC), as well as network operations planning and cyber information sharing.
In addition, the company will enhance responsiveness of the army's business activities by ensuring security of a broad spectrum of digital or electronic transactions, while also lowering associated costs.
Improvements in PKI, identity management and network operations provide rapid, broad and more secure physical and logical access both within the army and throughout the national security community.
Work under the contract is scheduled to be performed in collaboration with TASC and Maden Technologies.