Navy to get help analyzing new technologies

Alion Science and Technology Corp. will analyze technical data and emerging technologies for the Navy under a three-year, $3.3 million task order.

Alion will provide the Navy's Joint and Special Operations Program in Navy Crane, Ind., with engineering analysis of relevant emerging technologies and weapons systems to ensure that applicable technologies are quickly implemented to meet end-user requirements. The objective is to make the best use of technology to maintain and enhance the warfighter’s asymmetrical advantage, company officials said.

The Joint and Special Operations Program develops weapons, munitions, enhanced optics, infrared targeting systems and other technologies in support of the Special Operations warfighter.

The Navy Crane program gives warfighters an advantage on the battlefield by developing technologically advanced weapons and equipment, said Chris Amos, Alion’s senior vice president and manager of the Technology Solutions Group. “Alion is helping Special Operations warfighters resolve engineering challenges and improve current system designs,” he added.

Alion will research current technical requirements for weapon systems, develop key performance parameters to test the technical performance of the systems and perform design reviews on the systems. Also, the award includes making recommendations on how the Navy Crane program can improve current or proposed designs to enhance system effectiveness, ruggedness and sustainability.

The task order was awarded through the Weapon Systems Technology Information Analysis Center, which is operated by Alion, and runs until Sept. 1, 2011.

Subcontractors include Advanced Automation Corp. and The Wexford Group International, a CACI company.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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