Air Force hires 24 companies to develop enabling technologies for open-architecture command and control

Nov. 9, 2020
Program seeks to develop systems in an open-architecture family of systems that integrates several platforms to enable new warfighting capabilities.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio – U.S. Air Force researchers are enlisting the help of 24 U.S. technology companies to develop enabling technologies for military forces to respond to global threats in 15 minutes or less under terms of contracts collectively worth nearly a billion dollars.

Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, announced the 24 companies last Wednesday in the potential $950 billion Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) program.

This program seeks to develop and operate systems across air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum military domains in an open-architecture family of systems that integrates several platforms to enable new warfighting capabilities.

Companies selected are:

-- Altamira Technologies Corp. in McLean, Va.;

-- Amergint Technologies Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colo.;

-- Carahsoft Technology Corp. in Reston, Va.;

-- Geosite Inc. in Stanford, Calif.;

-- Lyteworx Automation Systems LLC in Alexandria, Va.;

-- MarkLogic Corp. in San Carlos, Calif.;

-- Rebellion Defense Inc. in Washington;

-- Rhombus Power Inc. in Moffett Field, Calif.;

-- Soar Technology Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich.;

-- Vidrovr Inc. in New York;

-- Advanced Simulation Research Inc. in Orlando, Fla.;

-- Borsight Inc. in Ogden, Utah;

-- Datanchor Inc. in New Albany, Ohio;

-- Paste link hereDigital Mobilizations Inc. in Warrenton, Va.;

-- Elbit Systems of America in Fort Worth, Texas;

-- F9 Teams Inc. in Seattle;

-- Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. in Reston, Va.;

-- Infinity Labs LLC in Dayton, Ohio;

-- Radiant Solutions in Herndon, Va.;

-- Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Wash.;

-- Ortman Consulting LLC in Alexandria, Va.;

-- Peraton Inc. in Herndon, Va.;

-- Orbital Effects in Ann Arbor, Mich.; and

-- Sierra Nevada Corp. in Sparks, Nev.

These companies will share as much as $950 million over the next five years to find better ways to establish situational awareness, develop courses of action, and deliver effects at unmatched speed for U.S. military forces and its allies.

The Joint All Domain Command & Control (JADC2) -- formerly referred to as Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) -- seeks to develop technologies for multi-domain operations designed for real-time data collection, validation, and analysis; artificial intelligence (AI)-based human-augmented decision making; data security, identity, and trusted access; and real-time communications via decentralized network automation to speed-up military decision support, decision making, and communications.

These companies will undertake prototype projects using commercially available technologies, concept demonstrations, pilots, and agile development to improve commercial technologies incrementally for broad defense and public applications.

On these contracts, the companies will do the work at locations to be determined at the contract direct order level, and should be finished by May 2025. For more information contact the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at

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John Keller is the Editor-in-Chief, Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine--provides extensive coverage and analysis of enabling electronics and optoelectronic technologies in military, space and commercial aviation applications. John has been a member of the Military & Aerospace Electronics staff since 1989 and chief editor since 1995.

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