Air Force awards contracts worth $54 million to support antiterror work

Air Force awards contracts worth $54 million to support antiterror work

The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y., has issued six contracts with a potential value of $54 million to support Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency antiterrorism projects.

The five-year contracts will support DARPA's Genoa II program, which aims to make antiterrorist teams faster, smarter and better coordinated, AFRL said. Genoa II will automate antiterrorist operations so that 'more information will be exploited, more hypotheses created and examined, more models built and populated with evidence and ' more crises dealt with simultaneously,' AFRL said in a statement.

The six contracts go to:

  • 21st Century Technologies Inc. of Austin, Texas, for automated detection, identification and tracking of deceptive terrorist activity, cost: $1.4 million

  • Alphatech Inc. of Burlington, Mass., for a software tool for policy formulation, cost: $4.8 million

  • Cycorp Inc. of Austin, Texas, for a terrorism knowledge base, cost: $9.9 million

  • ISX Corp. of Marietta, Ga. for a software tool that uses virtual agents to promote collaboration among intelligence analysts, cost: $4.6 million

  • Telcordia Technologies Inc. of Morristown, N.J., for a tool to coordinate dispersal and use of intelligence, cost: $5.2 million

  • Veridian Systems Division of Arlington, Va., for a tool that uses advanced logic and pattern analysis, cost: $28.2 million.

  • DARPA's Information Awareness Office is responsible for the Genoa II program. That office also operates the controversial Total Information Awareness project, which includes the potential use of private databases of credit history and medical records, among others, to pinpoint terrorist activity.

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