SAIC to provide engineering services for USMC's Combat Operations Center


Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) has secured a task order to provide engineering services in support of the US Marine Corps' (USMC) Combat Operations Center (COC).

The single-award task order is valued at approximately $39m and has been awarded by the US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic.

The new agreement includes a one-year period of performance with four additional one-year options.

US Navy and USMC Customer Group senior vice-president and general manager Tom Watson said: “The COC is the cornerstone command and control suite for deployed marines.

“We are proud to have been selected to continue to provide the USMC with modern hardware and secure, reliable software.”

SAIC will be responsible for delivering engineering, logistics, testing, software integration, software development, information assurance and software security, as well as programmatic support services to operate and maintain the Marine Corps system under the arrangement.

"We are proud to have been selected to continue to provide the USMC with modern hardware and secure, reliable software."

USMC’s COC is a deployable, self-contained, centralised unit that offers shared command and control (C2), and situational awareness functionalities in a collaborative environment.

The facility has been designed to improve the tactical common operational capability for all levels of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF).

It also provides support to the MAGTF throughout the complete range of military operations, while facilitating critical warfighting functions such as C2, intelligence, manoeuvre, fires, force protection, and logistics.

The USMC COCs have been deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and various other operational exercises and missions worldwide.

SAIC also received a task order to deliver comprehensive cyber support and protection services to the USMC Forces Cyberspace Command (MARFORCYBER) in May.