Military Embedded Systems

Critical USAF cyber infrastructure situational-awareness contract signed with SAIC for $630 million


June 25, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

The 557th Weather Wing's system monitors the servers’ overall health and provides security features such as firewalls and antivirus scans that are tailored for the specialized weather systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Shirk)

RESTON, Va. Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has won a contract from the U.S. Air Force 557th Weather Wing to manage and modernize the critical hardware and software for its Technology Application Development and Sustainment (TADS) system to support the development of accurate and timely weather reports, which are critical for warfighters in the field.

Under the terms of the SAIC contract, say company officials, TADS will move the service to a software-centric, cloud-based approach that is intended to investigate and implement innovative ideas to improve mission performance such as big-data analytics, machine learning, and improvements in meteorological and space weather science. The new TADS system will fully integrate multilevel cybersecurity capabilities while increasing overall system reliability and performance in support of all combatant commands, national agencies, and international organizations.

The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a base five-year ordering period and a six-month extension; with all options exercised, the contract has a ceiling value of $630 million. Unisys Federal, which won the contract originally, was acquired by SAIC in March 2020.

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