Air Force chooses CSRA to maintain DCGS military networking for reconnaissance imagery
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas, 8 Jan. 2016. Military networking experts at CSRA Inc. (formerly SRA International) in Fairfax, Va., will maintain and upgrade a U.S. Air Force imagery-distribution system under terms of a $35.4 million contract announced this week.
Officials of the Air Force Acquisition Management Integration Center (AMIC) Detachment 2 at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, are asking CSRA to manage and maintain the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (AF DCGS) Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (PED) Operation Center.
The AF DCGS PED architecture consists of an Asynchronous Transport Mode (ATM) network that transports serial sensor bit streams, non-serial imaging sensors bit streams for still images and full-motion video.
The ATM network also moves still images, video, voice, avionics bit streams, and data from reconnaissance aircraft flying overseas to various AF DCGS sites for processing, Air Force officials say.
ATM broadband networks are designed to transport digital voice, data, and video signals, and are in place to unify telecommunication and computer networks. These networks handle traditional high-throughput data traffic like file transfers, as well as real-time, low-latency content such as voice and video.
This kind of network was developed in the 1980s as a public switched telephone network (PSTN) and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), although its use is declining in flavor of Internet Protocol (IP) networks.
On this contract CSRA will do the work at Langley Air Force Base, Va., and should be finished by February 2019. For more information contact CSRA online at www.csra.com, or the Air Force AMIC Detachment 2 at www.25af.af.mil.