Northrop Grumman improves Air Force threat database

ROME, N.Y., 12 Sept. 2005. The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a five-year, $49 million contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. of Fairborn, Ohio, for the Automated Virtual Information Production Support System II (AVIPSS II).

ROME, N.Y., 12 Sept. 2005. The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a five-year, $49 million contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. of Fairborn, Ohio, for the Automated Virtual Information Production Support System II (AVIPSS II).

"This contract will provide research and development engineering expertise to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio," said Dennis R. Nawoj, program manager in the Information Directorate at the AFRL Rome Research Site.

The objective of the effort is to extend NASIC's current automated threat database production system, consisting of the Automated Intelligence Production Support System, the Knowledge Pre-positioning System, virtual production, virtual intelligence product retrieval environment, and NASIC metadata repository.

"Customer requirements for fast, accurate, tailorable intelligence on diverse and oftentimes unpredictable areas are driving NASIC towards an expanded information architecture that will service these critical needs," said Mr. Nawoj. "Technology developed and implemented under AVIPSS II will provide automated support to intelligence center analysts, as well as easily accessed and tailored virtual intelligence products to operational consumers.

The agreement is a follow-on to the original AVIPSS effort and is an indefinite delivery - indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract with a maximum ceiling of $49 million. Joseph L. Facciolo of the directorate's Contracting Division negotiated the Northrop Grumman agreement.

For more information, see www.ms.northropgrumman.com.

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