Applied Research Associates (ARA) has received a contract to support the US Air Force Global Strike Command’s (AFGSC) requirements development for next-generation technologies and associated infrastructure.

Under the terms of the $3m contract, awarded by the Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Operating Location Global Strike Command (AFICA-KG), the company will partner with Summit Technology Solutions to provide onsite services at two US Air Force (USAF) bases.

ARA Analytical Solutions Division manager and vice-president Lew Goldberg said: "This is a great opportunity for the ARA team, focused on sustaining and improving our nation’s strategic deterrent.

"This is a great opportunity for the ARA team, focused on sustaining and improving our nation’s strategic deterrent."

"ARA has a long history supporting the Air Force. We are proud to continue supporting this critical mission."

In particular, the ARA team will provide a wide array of technical assistance, acquisition planning, quick response research, special studies, and software development supporting AFGSC in fully employing the latest improvements in information technology.

Additional responsibilities include the provision of system tests and decision analysis, counter-proliferation support and analysis, resource allocation analysis and development, and technical information systems through coordinated efforts with other Air Force agencies, services, and the Joint Staff.

Headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, US, the AFGSC is the focal point for requirements definition, development, and advocacy of existing and future mission needs to address Air Force, US Strategic Command, Department of Defense, and national objectives.

The command monitors research and development efforts and actively participates in acquisition planning for development of future systems.

Specifically, AFGSC analyses the future threat, technology, funding, and current arms control treaties and their collective impacts on acquisition processes and warfighters requirements.