The Australian Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s (CASG) Joint Systems Division has signed a contract, worth A$55m ($42m), with Leidos Australia.
The contract is for the development of an information communications technology-based system that will manage the operations of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and major joint and coalition exercises.
Leidos Australia has secured the Joint Project (JP) 2030 Joint Command Support Environment (JCSE) Phase 8 Sustainment contract following several contract negotiations.
CASG Joint Systems Division head rear admiral Tony Dalton said that the contract will sustain the ADF’s joint command support environment.
Dalton said: “The contract will enable defence to more effectively and efficiently sustain a key system supporting the ADF’s command and control of operations.
“Valued at just under $55m ($42m) for the first five years, the agreement includes options to extend for up to an additional five with all work to be undertaken in Australia.”
The latest agreement with Leidos Australia is set to offer employment for about 44 full time staff, with most of them employed in the Canberra region.
Dalton said that Headquarters Joint Operations Command uses the JCSE to plan, monitor and conduct military campaigns, operations, joint exercises as well as other activities to meet Australia’s national objectives.
Leidos Australia managing director Christine Zeitz said: "We are delighted to have been selected to provide this critical capability to HQJOC.
“We are looking forward to working with both the JCSE Project Office and Defence in the successful delivery of the JCSE Sustainment programme."