Military Embedded Systems

Electromagnetic spectrum R&D contract won by Alion Science and Technology


June 21, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

McLean, Va. Defense Information Systems Agency?s (DISA) Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO) officials tasked Alion Science and Technology to help drive electromagnetic spectrum research and development (R&D) to improve efficiency and increase sharing between commercial and federal spectrums under a five-year multiple-award contract that is valued up to an estimated $137 million.

Under contract, Alion engineers will work with DISA DSO to also provide operational spectrum management support, as well as offer its electromagnetic spectrum technical services, strategic spectrum planning and analysis, joint spectrum enterprise capabilities, and spectrum advocacy in support of federal regulatory bodies.

“Securing the EMS [electromagnetic spectrum] domain is critical to our national defense and modern warfare systems; however, radio frequency interference poses a major threat to this goal, as it can impact the military’s access to wireless frequencies,” says Sean Pender, Alion Senior Vice President and Manager of the Technology Solutions Group. Alion's team of engineers will assist DSO with electromagnetic services, including short notice on-the-ground operational support at the forward edge, as well as long range spectrum planning and policy support that are compliant with national strategic objectives.

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