The US Air Force has awarded Booz Allen Hamilton one of several positions of a $950 million (€800 million) IDIQ contract to support development of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), which will enable rapid decision making and all-domain command and control.

Part of DoD’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept, ABMS aims to enable all services to operate together as part of a joint team – connecting sensors, decision makers and weapons through a secure data network to engage across multiple domains more effectively.

Booz Allen will compete for task orders to support digital transformation across all aspects of the Air Force’s command and control enterprise. By leveraging open systems design, modern software, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning applications, the team will develop a connected ecosystem of digital capabilities and technologies across multiple platforms and domains. This interoperable framework will support rapid data collection and analysis, communication, faster decisions and enhanced performance – right out to the tactical edge.

As warfare becomes increasingly digital, information is the new weapon. Through our work supporting every US military service over the past decades, we have seen firsthand the challenges of disconnected systems, R&D, policies and procedures,” commented Senior VP and Booz Allen’s C5ISR lead, Khalid Syed. “The [DoD] is embarking on an ambitious and necessary endeavor to digitally transform its operations, enabling greater mission readiness and seamless communication from sensor to warfighter. Booz Allen has the expertise needed to integrate diverse legacy systems and breakthrough technologies to strengthen the Air Force’s performance today while it architects solutions for tomorrow.”

The ABMS concept is attracting a broad spectrum of ideas for tools, facilities, capabilities and potential solutions from a wide range of possible suppliers – as evidenced by this graphic. (Image: Lockheed Martin)

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