Military to use Cubic software for WMD attack readiness

In preparation for an attack against the United States using weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. military will rely on Cubic Corp. for the software to help plan its response.

Cubic of San Diego won a three-year, $24 million contract from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command to develop, test and support new software to help the military prepare for chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attacks. The contract falls under the Joint Operational Effects Federation program.

Once complete, the Defense Department and all branches of the military will use the tool to assess and plan for threats to air, land and sea operations, according to Cubic.

Cubic personnel in Kingstowne, Va., and San Diego will work with DOD and all in-theater combat commands to determine user requirements. Cubic is expected to deliver a base set of networked, collaborative modeling, analysis and workflow management tools during the program's first two years.

The tools will help DOD and other users assess chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear impacts from an opposing military force, allowing planners to coordinate logistical support to prepare for threats.

Currently, planning is based on the subjective judgments of each military service.

Cubic's new software will offer modeling and simulation tools to improve analysis and help standardize planning across all armed forces. The software eventually might be integrated into computer-based simulations used for training combat forces.

Cubic's Threat Technologies Division is part of the Mission Support Business Unit of the Cubic Defense Applications Group.

Ethan Butterfield is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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