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Army project for critical wireless communications

Alion Science And Technology : 07 August, 2009  (Application Story)
Alion has been given a contract from the American Army for ensuring continuity of access to wireless communications for critical systems
Overcrowding in the radio-frequency (RF) spectrum that was once the exclusive domain of the Department of Defence (DoD) is threatening national security. Yet, the commercial sector's use of wireless spectrum is rapidly expanding as well, in particular for mobile wireless devices. To address these competing needs, Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions provider, will support the Army Spectrum Management Office (ASMO) with RF spectrum modelling, simulation, analysis, certification, and automation services under a $7.8 million contract.

The contract, issued under the Alion-operated Modelling and Simulation Information Analysis Center (MSIAC) contract vehicle, will provide ASMO with the technical services needed to ensure that adequate RF spectrum access is available for current and future Army platforms.

"Constraints on real-time access to RF spectrum are a risk to both military personnel and the emergency services at home," said Sue Archer, Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Operational Solutions Group. "Alion's modelling, simulation and spectrum experts will help ASMO determine the operational effectiveness of Army communications and sensor systems. We'll also be helping ASMO plan for the future of national and international RF spectrum use. More efficient RF spectrum use can result in better information assurance and higher rates of information transfer, which ultimately benefits military personnel."

Under the contract, Alion will provide a dynamic means of designing, testing, and certifying spectrum-dependent system (SDS) technology; develop improved software tools to model RF compatibility and availability on the battlefield; and assist ASMO in evaluating Wireless Network after Next (WNAN) technology. WNAN can dynamically sense, characterize, react and adapt to changing network conditions. Alion will research and identify RF spectrum management and modelling issues associated with WNAN and make recommendations for effectively addressing these issues.

The period of performance runs from June 26th, 2009 through until June 25th, 2012. The work is sponsored by the Defence Modelling and Simulation Office, 1901 N Beauregard St, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22311.

The Alion-operated MSIAC, the US Department of Defence (DoD) centre for integrated support of the M&S community, provides broad support for M&S programs throughout the government. In addition, M&S University, developed by Alion for the MSIAC, provides training on using M&S to make training, acquisition, logistics and experimentation more effective.

ASMO, located under the Army Chief Information Officer/G6, is the service level office for all spectrum related matters. ASMO coordinates RF spectrum policy and guidance, and represents the Army in spectrum negotiations with civil, military, national and international regulatory organizations.
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