Strategic Command awards architecture contract

Lockheed Martin Corp. has won a 10-year, $213 million R&D contract to build a new architecture for the U.S. Strategic Command, headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

The command has hired Lockheed, under the cost-plus contract, to develop the Integrated Strategic Planning and Analysis Network, a mission planning and execution system.

ISPAN will support global strike, missile defense, information operations and nuclear deterrence.

ISPAN, which will integrate several legacy systems into a single architecture, will give commanders the ability to monitor worldwide situations in real time and then plan a coordinated response with regional combatant commanders, according to a company release.

The data that ISPAN will integrate comes from a variety of systems, including space-based, airborne and ground-based sensors.

'ISPAN will allow USSTRATCOM to collaboratively plan its new, growing missions through an integrated, flexible command and control system. The system will enable them to reach out to systems, sensors and forces worldwide to plan for time-critical strikes, computer network operations, space operations and global integrated missile defense," said Leroy Jeter, director of USSTRATCOM programs for Lockheed Martin.

For each new threat, the system provides a set of different courses of action to respond. The system also gives commanders estimates of probability of success, potential collateral damage, the required resources and assets, and a time frame, according to the release.

The work will be completed by January 2014 and work will be performed at USSTRATCOM headquarters, as well as a new Lockheed Martin facility in Bellevue, Neb., that is being built to support ISPAN and other local programs.

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