Navy eyes artificial intelligence to automate decision making on ships, sensors, and weapons

CHARLESTON, S.C., 22 June 2012. U.S. Navy officials are investigating the use of artificial intelligence technologies to automate business processes and decision making on key Navy and joint platforms ranging from navigation and ship control to tactical analysis, sensors, and weapons.

To do this, computer experts at the Navy Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic in Charleston, S.C., announced plans Tuesday to award a $14 million sole-source contract to Imagine One Technology and Management Ltd. in Colonial Beach, Va. (story continues below)

Imagine One experts will blend artificial intelligence technologies into naval systems to enhance decision making and interoperability as part of the Intelligent Technologies for Decision Making program.

SPAWAR's contract to Decision One is part of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) phase III project. Decision One experts developed some of these artificial intelligence technologies in SBIR phase I and II contracts beginning in 2007.

Decision One's SBIR phase III contract will be an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity cost-plus-fixed-fee type contract with a base year and two one-year option periods, SPAWAR officials say.

Imagine One specializes in mission-critical program management, systems engineering, test and evaluation, cyber engineering services, interactive training, information technology, and logistics services to the Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.

SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic reports to SPAWAR Systems Command in San Diego, concentrates on cyber security, secure, solutions, as well as the design and acquisition of systems, sensor connections, cyber network infrastructures, and knowledge management.

More information on this upcoming contract is online at

For more information contact Imagine One online at, or SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic at

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