TBMCS system

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has been selected as one of the prime contractors to provide Command and Control Applications and Information Services Development (C2AD) services to the US Air Force.

Awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), the multiple award indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract features a six-year performance period and is valued at $249m for all seven prime contractors.

Under the contract, the company will provide C2AD services for air, space and cyberspace domains to the Air Combat Command (ACC), which serves as the primary force provider of combat airpower to US warfighting commands besides supporting global implementation of national security strategy.

The services facilitate the migration of capabilities from older, antiquated applications and hardware to a contemporary infrastructure using modern tools, techniques and processes.

"Under the contract, the company will provide C2AD services for air, space and cyberspace domains to the Air Combat Command."

SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager Dan Harris said the company will deliver applications and information services that help air force personnel to produce decision-quality information at the right place and time.

The capability packages (CPs) provided as part of the contract will provide the functionality required for replacement and extension of the air force’s conventional Theater Battle Management Core Systems-Force Level (TBMCS-FL) system.

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TBMCS is a software and hardware application tool primarily used by the Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JFACC) and USAF combat forces to plan, direct and control air operations worldwide.

Work as part of the contract is scheduled to be carried out in Virgina, US, with estimated completion by December 2018.

Other prime contractors include Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS), BAE Systems, Charles River Analytics, Northrop Grumman Systems, Lockheed Martin and Solers.

Image: USAF personnel monitors the Theater Battle Management Core Systems during a training exercise. Photo courtesy of US Air Force, photo by Gina M. Chiaverotti.

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