Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has been selected by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to provide support services to the US Marine Corps (USMC) counter radio-controlled improvised explosive device (RCIED) electronic warfare (PM USMC CREW) biometrics programme.
Under the contract, Kratos Defense Rocket Support Service division's technical services business unit will provide acquisition, financial, logistics, training, technical, programme management and administrative support for the programme.
PM USMC CREW biometrics programmes comprise the biometrics automated toolset (BAT), the identity dominance system marine corps (IDS-MC), the biometrics enrolment screening device (BESD), the handheld interagency identity detection equipment (HIIDE) and the BAT server.
The company will also provide support for the biometrics training, which will be conducted by the Tactical Training Exercise Control Group (TTECG) and the Marine Corps Tactics and Operations Group (MCTOG) of the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command (MAGTFTC) in MCB 29 Palms, California, US.
During Enhanced Mojave Viper exercises (EMV), supported by TTECG, marine battalions will be evaluated and trained in biometric tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP).
The EMV is a final training and evaluation site that readies USMC forces for deployment in Afghanistan.
Managed by Kratos Quantico Operations Office in Stafford, Virginia, US, the biometrics programme contract team also includes BAE Systems and Patricio Enterprises.
MCTOG has been designed to support the Spartan Resolve and Spartan Advance exercises, as well as the attack the network biometrics training requirements.
The single award contract, which runs through 2015, has a base value of $1.3m and additional $3m options.
Image: The handheld interagency identity detection equipment (HIIDE) being used to scan a resident. Photo: courtesy of staff Sgt Robert Dedeaux.