WASHINGTON — Another batch of companies, including a division of Germany’s Siemens, are entering a Department of Defense competition meant to bring to fruition a vision of seamless military communications as part of a deal worth up to $950 million.

The U.S. Air Force on Sept. 22 selected 30 more vendors to compete for work associated with Joint All-Domain Command and Control, a multibillion-dollar endeavor that aims to better connect the military services and provide critical information to forces across land, air, sea, space and cyber.

The latest awardees include:

  • Agile Defense of Virginia
  • Altagrove of Virginia
  • Autonodyne of Massachusetts
  • BMC Software Federal of Texas
  • Clear Creek Applied Technologies of Ohio
  • Colossal Contracting of Maryland
  • Confluent of California
  • The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory of Massachusetts
  • EpiSys Science of California
  • Epoch Concepts of Colorado
  • FGS of Maryland
  • ICR of Colorado
  • InfoSciTex of Ohio
  • Innoflight of California
  • Intrinsic Enterprises of Washington
  • Jasper Solutions of New York
  • Memcomputing of California
  • Nteligen of Maryland
  • Oceus Networks of Virginia
  • Orbital Insight of California
  • Patrocinium Systems of Virginia
  • Radiance Technologies of Alabama
  • RKF Engineering Solutions of Maryland
  • RUAG Space USA of Alabama
  • Siemens Government Technologies of Virginia
  • SRIInternational of California
  • Sterling Computers of South Dakota
  • Sigma Defense Systems of Georgia
  • Terbine of Nevada
  • Vannevar Labs of California

The Air Force in July added 27 companies to the growing list of eligible bidders for work on the contract, including AT&T Corp., a unit of AT&T. C4ISRNET in November 2020 reported the service made similar awards to 93 total companies.

While the Defense Department on Thursday did not specify what the contractors would produce, a contract announcement said the players would be tasked with maturation, demonstration and proliferation “of capabilities across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software and algorithm development in order to enable” JADC2.

Work is anticipated to wrap in May 2025. Exactly where the work will be done was not defined.

The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, multiple-award contract was done through Air Force Life Cycle Management in Ohio. IDIQ contracts provide for a number of products or services over the course of a predetermined timeframe. They are frequently used by the federal government; they are thought to streamline the procurement process.

The Army, Navy and Air Force each have their own contributions to JADC2: Project Convergence, Project Overmatch and the Advanced Battle Management System, respectively.

L3Harris Technologies, Leidos, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies and Science Applications International Corporation, or SAIC, earlier this week said they were selected for an ABMS digital infrastructure consortium. An Air Force official also said industry would soon be provided an ABMS test model, meant to improve experimentation and evaluation.

Colin Demarest was a reporter at C4ISRNET, where he covered military networks, cyber and IT. Colin had previously covered the Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Administration — namely Cold War cleanup and nuclear weapons development — for a daily newspaper in South Carolina. Colin is also an award-winning photographer.

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