Alion to assist DOD with spectrum reallocation analysis

Alion Science and Technology has won a $1.5 million task-order agreement to assist the Defense Department in the development of a sustainable spectrum strategy, the company said Jan. 24.

Under the agreeement, McLean, Va.-based Alion will help the DOD craft a long-term strategy that will address ways it can anticipate, guide and respond to changes in technology, policy and regulation so that the department can ensure spectrum access for all of its existing and future communications systems.

Specifically, the company will analyze potential impacts to DOD systems and furnish recommendations through various studies and plans that target at-risk radio frequency bands that support critical warfighter missions and are currently targeted for access by commercial systems.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 directs the Federal Communications Commission to develop a national broadband plan for greater transparency in spectrum allocation and use over the next decade. In response to the act and the president’s broadband initiative, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration has identified several potential RF bands for reallocation and auction for broadband services, including bands used by the DOD.

The work will be done as part of an effort by the DOD to ensure that sufficient RF spectrum remains available for its sophisticated communications systems. The DOD wants to be able to both assess and react to the potential effect of reallocating or sharing the bands.

The task order was awarded to the McLean, Va.-based company by the Weapons Systems Technology Information Analysis Center on behalf of the Spectrum Policy and Programs section of the DOD Office of the CIO. The contract expires July 1, 2015.

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