SAIC's military maneuver
- By George I. Seffers
- Jul 19, 2000
Under a $6.3 million Army contract awarded to Science Applications International
Corp., information technologies first developed for hospitals, universities,
businesses and schools would be used instead to command missile defense
The contract, awarded July 18 by the Army Space and Missile Defense
Command, supports the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization's Wide Bandwidth
Information Infrastructure program. The Army wants to create a network for
geographically distributed ground test facilities for the Theater High Altitude
Area Defense and Navy Theater Wide Missile Defense.
SAIC will also focus on networking technologies to meet national security
networking requirements for distributing imagery data for seeker and sensor
algorithm developers for Project Hercules, a program tackling some of the
tough algorithm issues associated with ballistic missile defense.
SAIC received the award "based on the information technology and wide
bandwidth applications SAIC is integrating for the Hospitals, Universities,
Businesses and Schools (HUBS) program," according to SAIC. HUBS has been
supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Education
HUBS aims to establish the world's first "smart region" in Delaware,
Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The region wants to create an environment
that will foster business growth, create new job opportunities and develop
telemedicine, health informatics and technology-based education programs.
To achieve those goals, SAIC is developing a suite of IT applications,
including data fusion, data warehousing, data mining, distributed modeling
and simulation, telemedicine, distance learning, and collaborative design
and engineering. The HUBS project grew out of a working group established
by Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Military Research and Development
Subcommittee, and Da Hsuan Feng of SAIC.
Although theater missile defense technologies may seem an odd adaptation
for HUBS technologies, Weldon said they are a natural fit.
"The technical capabilities being developed and integrated for HUBS
have direct applicability for the nation's defense systems," Weldon said
in a written statement. "By finding solutions to the information technology
challenges posed by creating the nation's first four-state smart region,
HUBS is helping to improve our national security."