JWARN sensors will report attacks

The Marine Corps Systems Command today awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a multimillion-dollar contract to design a next-generation warning system for biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear attacks.

The Joint Warning and Reporting Network would give early alarms via integrated command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems, officials said.

The initial $5 million contract to Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector could grow to more than $15 million over five years if all options are exercised.

'JWARN will provide joint forces with integrated analysis and response capability to minimize the effect of CBRN attacks," said Barry Rhine, president of Northrop Grumman IT Defense Mission Systems.

JWARN's component interface device would connect to sensors that can detect the various types of attack. The component device would relay warnings and alarms to military C4ISR systems via advanced wired or wireless networks.

The Northrop Grumman IT office in Winter Park, Fla., will perform the contract work. Subcontractors include Coalescent Technologies Corp. of Orlando, Fla.; Dynamics Research Corp. of Andover, Mass.; EAI Corp. of Abingdon, Md.; OptiMetrics Inc. of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Sypris Electronics LLC of Tampa, Fla.

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