Air Force sticks with Lockheed Martin for virtual combat software deal

A contract modification, worth almost $26 million, from the Air Force to continue furnishing technological and simulation support for its virtual combat training facility until 2009 has been won by Lockheed Martin Corp.

The Bethesda, Md., defense contractor will provide technical integration, network management and software and database development for the Distributed Mission Operations Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

As part of its work, the company also will furnish advanced simulation to improve air and space warfare systems and concepts of operational training. Lockheed Martin also will perform test and evaluation services, range integration and decision support analysis.

The Distributed Mission Operations Center lets soldiers experience simulated networked warfare and evaluates tactics, weapons and technology. It links the Air Force's data and combat assets with those of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps to provide joint training opportunities.

The center's war-gaming infrastructure includes representations of more than 200 computers, 20 local area networks and 24 wide area networks that are combined for a battlespace with 19 different weapons systems and command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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