NORAD Contingency Suite [NCS]
Rapid Response Process (RRP) PMD "NORAD Contingency Suite Rapid Response Project," directed NCS implementation in response to the C-MNS. Contract Award Number F19628-02-C-0025 was awarded February 4, 2002 to Technology Integration Group, 7810 Trade St., San Diego, CA. The September 11th attack changed threat scenarios and increased the urgency of additional capabilities to help counter these threats and to ensure NORAD has a capability in place to execute its expanded Homeland Defense mission. NCS was implemented in response to CAF 307-01 Combat Mission Needs Statement (C-MNS).
The Tactical Component Network (TCN) is a demonstrated Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) solution. The TCN architecture has successfully been demonstrated by the United States military in a variety of stressing applications. The Tactical Component Network (TCN) provides the ability for command authorities to form a common representation of a mission application in real-time at the local, national, or regional level, hence increasing the effectiveness and speed of the decision timeline. TCN integrates diverse capabilities into a collaborative system allowing participants to transfer information in a uniform manner across a diverse set of communication paths. TCN has it genesis in the world of complex sensor networking, where a variety of different sensor types with different precisions and capabilities form a cohesive track picture.
After the events of 9-11, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) selected two components of TCN - Multi Source Correlator Tracker (MSCT) and Visualization (Tactical Display Framework [TDF] - to immediately eliminate its greatest shortfall in US air defense by integrating the FAA CONUS internal radar into the NORAD air defense system. Through components such as visualization (TDF), legacy-system tracking, and correlation (MSCT), value-added services for threat evaluation or identification can be attached to a local segment. The NORAD Contingency Suite (NCS) was deployed to NORAD's three Sector Operations Control Centers (SOCC) and its Air Operations Center (AOC). Those two components have also been installed in the Joint Air Defense Operations Center (JADOC) at Boling AFB that provide air defense for NCR.
Both the MSCT and TDF are proprietary to Raytheon Solipsys, Inc. As of mid-2009 NCS software maintenance for the NCS systems were installed at the Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS), the Western Air Defense Sector (WADS), and the Test Training and Transition Facility (TTT).
The NCS provides back-up air sovereignty capability for the continental United States in the event of a catastrophic failure of the Q-93 computer systems in the NORAD Air Defense Sectors. There was still a need for a final modernization solution for the Q-93. However, the resources identified in the current AF budget were insufficient to accomplish this effort. BCS-F Spiral 2 was an improvement over the legacy air defense command-and-control software, the FYQ-93, but not as effective as the current NORAD Contingency Suite, a Pentagon Operational Test and Evaluation Directorate (DOT&E) report stated. However, commanders at both the Western and Northeastern air defense sector facilities were not comfortable with BCS-F Spiral 2 taking the place of NCS].
In January 2004, MSCT and TDF were deployed to the Baghdad International Airport to support the Control and Reporting Center (CRC) located in that theater. US Central Command (CENTCOM) requested this capability to fuse the sensors deployed in theater and then feed that information into the CRC. This gave the CRC an enhanced air picture with greatly extended range within the theater. The MSCT and TDF were deployed in a mobile transient case configuration.
In September 2009 it was announced that the Government intended to award a sole source contract to RAYTHEON SOLIPSYS for Source Integration Servers for the NORAD Contingency Suite (NCS) Air Defense Mission System using the simplified acquisition procedures. Only one responsible source and not other supplies or services will satisfy the agency need to replace six current Source Integration Servers. These are custom built servers designed for a specific purpose only utilized in the NCS.
Raytheon-Solipsys Corporation solely owns the data rights to the software in this proposed contract action. The specific software to be supported is the Multi-Source Correlator Tracker (MSCT) and the Tactical Display Framework (TDF). Both the MSCT and TDF are proprietary to Raytheon-Solipsys Corporation. NCS was developed, produced, and installed by Raytheon-Solipsys Corporation under contract F19628-02-F-0003. Raytheon-Solipsys Corporation currently provides Software Helpdesk Support and Technical On-Site/On-Call Support under contract FA8722-07-C-0001. The Period of Performance for this contract expired on 03 July 2009. NCS software maintenance for the NCS systems is currently installed at the Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS) and the Western Air Defense Sector (WADS). NCS was implemented in response to CAF 307-01 Combat Mission Needs Statement (C-MNS).
Raytheon-Solipsys Corporation is the incumbent contractor on NCS FA8722-07-C-0001. In mid-2009 Electronic Systems Center, Electronic Systems Group awarded a sole source contract to Raytheon-Solipsys Corporation of Fulton, MD, for 24/7 Software Helpdesk Support and On-site/On-call Technical Support for the NORAD Contingency Suite (NCS) System. The purpose of this sole source effort is to maintain the NCS system until it can be transitioned to the Battle Control System - Fixed (BCS-F) Program. The Period of Performance for this effort is for one year with an option to extend for an additional six months. The anticipated period of performance for the basic year will be from 04 July 2009 to 03 July 2010. The anticipated period of performance for the option, if exercised, will be from 04 July 2010 to 03 January 2011 to provide additional technical and on-site support during system transition, should there be a need. The total dollar value for this effort is estimated at $450,000.
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