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January 25, 2013

Alion awarded $1.5 million contract by Department of Defense

By Rahul Arora, TMCnet Contributor

Alion Science and Technology, a company that delivers engineering, IT and operational solutions to strengthen national security, announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Department of Defense (DoD) to study the impact of potentially reallocating or sharing radio frequency (RF) bands.

The $1.5 million contract was awarded by Spectrum Policy and Programs, within DoD’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. The officials from DoD said the organization will leverage Alion’s expertise to prepare a long-term spectrum strategy that will enable it to anticipate, guide and respond to changes in technology, policy and regulations. Moreover, Alion will also provide recommendations to DoD stakeholders regarding spectrum access after a detailed analysis of potential impacts to the department’s systems.

 “As commercial communications technologies become more pervasive, DoD is facing increased pressure to reallocate some of the spectrum it relies on to conduct modern warfare,” said Maj. Gen. Charlie Fletcher (USA, Ret.), Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Strategic Operations Group. “Reallocation would present a daunting challenge to the government. Alion will assist DoD with the development of studies and plans for specific at-risk RF bands that support critical warfighter missions and are currently targeted for access by commercial systems.”

Meanwhile, Alion Science and Technology announced that it will provide the U.S. Army with geospatial enterprise development, integration and evaluation under a $24 million award.

The Army's Geospatial Enterprise (AGE) serves as the knowledge center for analysis of geospatial information and imagery that represents physical topographies, environmental elements and geographically referenced activities, such as geological information, terrain, roads, and the effects of the time of day or weather. Alion's work includes generating policy and standards that will guide the use of geospatial data throughout the Army, developing geospatial data, supporting the testing of geospatially based systems and creating geospatial policy documents.

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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