DHS adds vendor muscle to modeling and simulation effort

Contractor will assist agency's Complex Event Modeling Simulation and Analysis project

Lockheed Martin Corp. will work with the Homeland Security Department’s modeling and simulation project under a five-year, $7 million contract.

The contract calls for Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company’s Advanced Technology Center to assist DHS’ Science & Technology Directorate’s Complex Event Modeling Simulation and Analysis project.

Under the CEMSA contract, SSC will develop a new modeling, simulation and analysis infrastructure, according to a Lockheed announcement today.

The goal is to integrate the infrastructure with existing DHS systems to provide advanced capabilities that can quickly assess “the interdependencies and cascading effects on Critical Infrastructures and Key Resources when dealing with multiple, concurrent disruptions,” the announcement said.

The Lockheed Martin tool, called Rapid Analysis of Infrastructure Disruption (RAID), is a new modeling and simulation environment that will be more adaptive than current systems.

The RAID tool will allow DHS and national leaders to analyze the impact of multiple disruptions at local, regional and national levels in a time frame required to make effective decisions, Lockheed said.

Lockheed Martin will specify and deliver to DHS a system design with all associated aspects including hardware and software architecture, interface specification, network throughput, operations concept, model identification process and a model maintenance/updating approach.

The deliverables also include a working prototype of the CEMSA system within the first 12 months of the project.

Lockheed Martin, of Bethesda, Md., ranks No. 1 on Washington Technology’s 2010 Top 100 list of the largest federal contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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