U.S. Navy aerial warfare experts needed special network-security software to enable combat aircraft to exchange video and imagery data securely with tactical control centers. They found their solution from Computer Systems Center Incorporated (CSCI) in Springfield, Va.
In March 2014, officials of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station in Ridgecrest, Calif., awarded a $12 million four-year contract to CSCI for software enhancements intended to overcome limitations in how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) exchange control and sensor information with ground-control centers and tactical aircraft.
The contract calls for CSCI experts to design software and engineer the Dynamically Adaptive Secure Area Network (DASCAN) system which is the central component of the U.S. Marine Corps Tactical Operations Center and Command Operations Center (TOC/COC) architecture.
CSCI experts also will provide technical help at Marine Aviation Weapons Tactics Squadron (MAWTS) Weapons Tactics Instructor (WTI) events at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, Ariz., as well as describe intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting (ISRT) communications capabilities.
In addition, CSCI will perform data analysis and modeling to ensure that aircraft can continue to exchange surveillance and targeting data with Marine Corps Tactical Operations Centers and Combat Operations Centers.