SAIC contract to speed intel to troops

By Nick Johnson
njohnson@scbiznews.com
Published July 9, 2012

The U.S. Army’s research and engineering command picked a Charleston-area defense contractor to perform work on a $37 million contract that would help speed critical intelligence to soldiers on the battlefield.

The U.S. Army/Research Development and Engineering Command Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate awarded the one-year contract to Science Applications International Corp., or SAIC. The work on the Vigilant Pursuit program will be performed primarily in Charleston; Alexandria, Va.; and Aberdeen, Md.

Vigilant Pursuit is the Army’s plan to decrease the time between intelligence and data gathering, and giving orders to troops on the battlefield from that intelligence.

Under the contract, SAIC will provide system design, production, testing, delivery, spares, new equipment training and field service to support the Army Multifunctional Teams. SAIC’s job is to enable the teams to give tactical commanders access to many sources of information and intelligence. The goal is to have onboard sensors that provide real-time data during a mission.

“We look forward to providing the U.S. Army a Vigilant Pursuit system that leverages a flexible, extensible and modular architecture, enabling multifunctional teams to execute their mission-essential tasks and support maneuver-element missions,” said John Thomas, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.

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