Air Force will globally integrate security systems

An Air Force plan to bring all base security and force-protection programs under one directorship will get a boost from contracts awarded under the Integrated Base Defense Security System program.

The IBDSS request for proposals, released April 21 by the Force Protection Command and Control Systems Program Office at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., calls for sensors, software, wireless devices, and systems for surveillance, integrated command and control, and wide-area intrusion detection and tracking. The RFP's closeout date is May 27.

IBDSS 'will be the centerpiece of [Operation Eagle Force] from an implementation standpoint,' said Jeffrey H. Thurston, deputy director of force protection C2 systems at Hanscom. 'It will be the way we contract for work and equipment.'

Operation Eagle Force brings force protection together with installation security, said Col. Howard L. Borst, director of the Force Protection Program Office at Hanscom.

The Air Force plans to award four contracts under IBDSS, a five-year vehicle for improving force and asset protection with base defenses at temporary, permanent, nuclear and nonnuclear sites worldwide, he said.

'Seeing first, understanding first and acting first' is the objective of Operation Eagle Force, Borst said. 'We need to see the adversary as far away from the base as possible.'

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