The North American Aerospace Defense Command's Command Center in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, US. Photo U.S. Air Force.
23 September 2013 airforce-technology.com
The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin to continue supporting the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Cheyenne Mountain Complex's air, space defence and missile warning missions.
Awarded under the integrated space command and control (ISC2) programme, the $20m contract requires the company to maintain the critical national defence missions at multiple locations worldwide.
Specific work includes support for ISC2 space, air defence and missile warning missions, ensuring seamless sharing of data with other C2 systems vital to the US's national defence.
The new order represents the second option exercised from the ISC2 contract, which was secured by the company in November 2012.
Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions Space & Cyber vice-president Rob Smith said: "We'll work with our customer to ensure that ISC2 remains the critical link in enabling geographically disparate commanders to monitor and assess multi-mission threats concurrently."
The air defence and missile warning missions form part of the integrated tactical warning attack assessment mission, which delivers warning to the US President if North America is under attack.
By integrating mission critical networks between US Northern Command, Strategic Command and NORAD, ISC2 provides geographically disparate commanders with the ability to monitor and assess multi-mission threats concurrently.
Lockheed, serving as ISC2 programme prime contractor, has modernised the US Air Force's air defence, missile warning, and space command and control information technology infrastructure, while integrating and replacing over 30 traditional systems to provide operators with seamless comprehensive C2 capabilities and access to information.
The ISC2 contract features a total of three one-year options and a maximum potential value of $250m, with work carried out in Colorado Springs, US.